There was discussion recently about the process of zipping an Audacity project.
This post arises from a discovery I made while preparing to send an Audacity
project to someone.
If you are comfortable with the process, you can skip this paragraph. By way
of a quick recap, if sending an Audacity project via Dropbox, Sendspace etc etc
the folder containing most of the relevant files needs to be compressed (Zip is
the most commonly used format). Ideally, the zip file will contain the folder
called mysong_data plus the file called mysong.aup. If done correctly, when
unzipped the project should be ready to open in Audacity.
Now to my discovery. Having worked on a project, I saved it and then zipped
it. I was rather surprised by the huge size, but accepted that this is how the
When listening to the file again, I was not happy and made some adjustments.
This time I saved the project and closed Audacity. When zipping the updated
project, with Audacity closed, the file was about half the size. I have since
done a test to confirm the result.
It therefore seems that Audacity cleans up after itself when closing. The
point of this ramble is that it is most useful to close Audacity before
compressing a project.
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