Size of .ppta file

I think this has been asked before (on the old forum) but I can't remember the answer.

It seems that that ppta file often has old media in it that is no longer being used - just taking up space. I have been testing various forms of video -- and now I have a ppta file that has a very large video that is no longer used but doesn't ever disappear no matter what I do. I have published, and saved the production (which I vaguely recall was the offered solution before -- no difference).

How do I purge this file of unused video?

P.S. Is there some way to search/access the old forum?

8 Replies
Justin Wilcox

I just tested this out and removing a slide that contains a Flash movie should remove it from the PPTA when you republish. if it's not doing that I would make sure your PowerPoint and PPTA files are located on your C: drive inĀ  a directory that contains less than 256 characters. If that isn't working for you, I would suggest you submit a case by following the steps below.

Please create an Articulate Presenter package, then upload the zip file to our server. You can review how to do this here:

Upload the resulting zip file from your computer to our server using this upload form:

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Leah Hemeon

Hi there,

I'm having a similar issue only it's with audio... I think.

We recently had to rebrand a lot of courses which included re-recording the audio and importing it again (as .mp3 files). I noticed today that the published file is almost double the size of the original published file. The actual content didn't change, the number of interactions stayed the same, etc. We updated logos, colors, and changed some text (one company name to another). As I said the most significant change was the audio.

Any thoughts on why the published files are so much bigger?

Thanks for any insight you can provide. Unfortunately, due to an NDA I can't upload this to support. I'm on my own to troubleshoot it.


Leah Hemeon

The original publish (same course just different branding) was 27 mb when published (zipped). The new version (again, same course just swapped out audio and rebranded it) is 42 mb (zipped).

The ppta of the new version is 48 mb and the pptx of the new version is 9.5 mb. The old version was 45 mb and 10 mb respectively.

I just can't figure out why the new publish is so much bigger than the original when the ppta's and pptx's are so similar.

Leah Hemeon

Thanks for the thought Brian S. I'm not sure about that one because I don't remember the settings of the original... but we did leave everything the same as far as I know.

I'm probably just going to live with it as a puzzling thing and move on. I thought the size might be causing some problems on our LMS but I think we've tracked that down to another issue on the LMS.

Thanks very much for the help though. I appreciate it as always.