My Balsamiq bpmr file just grows and grows


#1

I have a bpmr file that is about 4 MG in size and I just deleted almost half the mockups - including emptying the trash, but it hasn’t shrunk at all. As it is, it takes close to five minutes just to open. Is there anything I can do?


#2

Hmm, sorry for the trouble @webb9447. I would guess that you have a lot of assets or maybe symbols? Usually assets like images or custom icons are the primary cause of large file sizes.

We’re happy to take a look at it and help you figure out why it’s so big. Just send it over to support@balsamiq.com. We keep your data in the strictest confidence and only long enough to verify the software is working properly. Thanks!


#3

I suspect you are right about the number of assets being the issue. Thanks.


#4

Hi Ben,

I deleted a bunch of pages, symbols and assets and the size of the file has not changed. Is there some way to compress it? I can email you the files(before and after) but they are both approaching 4 mg so I want to make sure your mail system can handle it.

Mostly I am concerned about the memory that Balsamiq Mockups is taking up. I just had to shut it down and restart because it had reached my windows 32-bit limit of about 1.5 Meg per application and became unresponsive. I suspect memory leaks as the amount continues to grow as I work with the app, but I am not an expert here.

Andy


#5

Sorry for the trouble, Andy. We would love to take a look at your files. Our email system can definitely handle that size. Please send them to support@balsamiq.com. Thanks!


#6

Hi Ben,

First of all Balsamiq 3 is a great improvement!! Loving it!!

I am seeing the same issue with my bumper files only growing larger and not shrinking as assets, symbols, and mockups are removed. This is a hassle when I duplicate a project file to start a new project and remove many symbols and mockups and the file size does not decrease in the new project.

A cumbersome way to compress the new project file is to export it as as a BMML zip and then re-import it into an empty bumper file. However, this method loses all the notes entered in Balsamiq 3 bumper file. Any suggestions how to compress or export/import and not lose the notes (or mockup order)?

Thank you for all your help Ben,

Michael


#7

Hey Michael, sorry for the trouble. There is not a way to keep the notes and order, unfortunately. Those are feature that either didn’t exist, or were handled in a completely different way that can’t be done via export.

We’ll definitely look at the root problem though and try to figure out why the files are growing. Thanks!


#8

Hi everybody,

The new version (3.1.3) now removes allocated disc space when you empty the trash.
You can get the latest version here:
https://balsamiq.com/download/

Here are the complete release notes:
http://blogs.balsamiq.com/product/2015/06/23/newcalendar/


#9

File sizes are really growing fast these days! One of my latest mockup files now has reached a size of 74 MB!
My observation is that mockup files that include external images tend to be very large. In balsamiq 2, files were very small - bmml was just plain text and external images were neatly stored in their original format in the assest folder. With the new format, I suspect that every image is internally transformed and stored as a bitmap image. This also used to be a problem in earlier Word and PowerPoint versions a couple of years ago.
With today’s storage capacities this is not really a severe issue, but it makes quick sharing of mockup files via email a little bit cumbersome, and it’s not really elegant to use up so much space.

Other than that, thanks for a great product and keep up the good work!