As many of us who push the bleeding edge inevitably find out, we occasionally create a few unexpected problems. While those problems can be easily remedied, the tools we have available are somewhat tedious. Annotation Objects are one such animal that, when introduced into our workflow, proceeded to cause other performance issues.
The use of External References produced and spawned a very large list of Annotation Scales. For example, in this set of drawings for a site currently almost built – each drawing has almost 1700 scales – and there is 5 different external references. Small file – long load. Not good.
Autodesk released a tool to cleanup Scale Lists externally, automatically and across multiple files and folders. Shaan Hurley blogged about it back in April here.
Well, silently, Autodesk released another tool to cleanup multiple files of one of the other items that will slow some Civil 3d drawings – Registered Applications. These RegApps can cause performance issues with opening, plotting, or e-transmitting any AutoCAD drawing. You can download it here and get a little more information in Technical Service Document here.
Yes, individually, the command -ScalelistEdit -R and the –Purge Regapp options are still available. But who wants to process all of the drawings you produce or your office produces one at a time.