Why does CGTrader upload uncompressed files?

Discussion started by bigthomas46

The aim of most organizations is to save cost, so I have been wondering why CGTrader is hosting files without compressing them?

1. Is it that hosting is cheaper, even if at that wouldn't it be more reasonable to compress?

2. CGTrader hosts over a million files, what do you imagine the total size of hosting that would be?

3. Would compression save them thousands or millions $$?

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Posted 19 days ago
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What is this in reference to? If a seller uploads a zip file then its compressed right?

bigthomas46 wrote
The post is in reference to the space 3D models consume here on CgTrader and to your second question; Nope, I recently downloaded some 3D files and most of them were not compressed. They're above 400MB each, after downloading I compressed it and it is 50% less than the MB I used in downloading and takes little storage space.
Posted 19 days ago
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Oh, to answer your question, it is unusual for a seller to publish models that are not zipped. You must have had a run of bad luck. Probablly 90 percent of the 3d assets on CG Trader ARE zipped.

bigthomas46 wrote
Wow, 90%? How did you come about this number if I may ask?
Posted 18 days ago
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I'm guilty of uploading uncompressed files. I do it because i don't like additional hassle with zips when publishing assets, but to my defense, my files are pretty small anyway, i would definitely compress them if they were hundreds of megabytes big.

bigthomas46 wrote
Lols, but I think they could have made it mandatory to zip your files before uploading so as to save space and host more files. That's why I'm asking the question are they not concerned about the space uncompressed files are consuming, what is the total size of the hosting over a million 3D files.
3DCargo wrote
3DCargo
I really don't understand why it matters? The server they use is most likely local and hard drive space is cheap these days so I'm sure a few hundred Terabytes (if not more) wouldn't be very expensive at all for a business this size. I mean look at the size of Turbosquid, they host their data locally in New Orleans and its probably as large as CGTrader give or take. Secondly most people have fast internet connections these days and downloading a 1GB file shouldn't take more than a minute on average. So I don't understand why its important?
Posted 18 days ago
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Got that estimate by looking at every model I've purchased and downloaded pretty much since the site came into being. About 105 models in every catagory. All but one were zipped up.

Posted 18 days ago
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LemonadecG, until just rcently, I was on a pretty slow connection. Live very high in the Colorado Rockies - not much internet service way up here. So, even though I have been a pro modeller for about 25 years, a zipped file meant a lot to me until about six months ago. Surely, I'm not the only one living in a rural area with a slow connection.

LemonadeCG wrote
LemonadeCG
That's a good point. I'm lucky to live in a country where fast and affordable internet connection is available to almost everyone, no wonder that sometimes i forget that there are still many people with slow internet. I will consider zipping my files from now on.
Posted 18 days ago
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Thank you! LOL - I'm actually considering emigrating to Iceland. Visited there a few years ago and found great internet service in all but one of the most rural areas conceivable. The only place not covered was so high on one of the remote mountain passes, that internet service was the very least of my concerns. Love that country!

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