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Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:06 pm
by Fire Angel
Yes, the title says it all, post in this thread the word count for your longest single Mellel document.

My novel passed 173,000 words today and it is in a single document file. I back up ruthlessly including several on-site backups and weekly off-site backup. I have not found the software slowing to a crawl as the document becomes longer either. It sometimes pauses briefly when I start to edit some text midway through, but it soon catches up and resumes the usual Mellel response times.

So what is your longest document in one file? How is the responsiveness of Mellel when you are editing it?

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:08 pm
by macsailor
My Master thesis reached nearly 29,000 words altogether. No problems at all during the writing process. Worked like a charm together with Bookends.

Forgot to mention it included a lot of cross-references and footnotes as well.

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:02 pm
by Fire Angel
A thesis? That's an important document! Nice to have a word-processor you can trust with such things, good luck with it.

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:28 pm
by ealvarez
40 000 words with index, bibliography and a lot of crossed references. No problem at all. Very responsive.

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:11 am
by Fire Angel
I have not yet written anything in Mellel that needed a lot of cross references. I imagine it has the potential to slow things down a lot unless the data structures and programming are very well designed.

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:16 am
by timofcanberra
thesis 72,000 words 5 tables 332 figures, 333 autotitles, 509 citations, 22 footnotes no crashes, no loss of speed

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:00 pm
by joseph_anton
I'm working on a doctoral dissertation which is currently around 85,000 words, with a large number of citations, cross-references, and footnotes. In my experience, Mellel 4 can handle a document of this length without any perceptible impact on performance. I have, however, noticed that as the document gets longer, it seems to take more time to insert a citation using Bookends (there is a delay of somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds as the citation is inserted).

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:58 pm
by Stefan Green
At the moment my dissertation has 207268 words and 1345 citations + many cross-references (the end product will be shorter) in one file. Mellel handles it just fine, it only takes a few more seconds to save the document compared to a normal size document.

Re: Just for fun, what is your longest Mellel document...

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:39 am
by Fire Angel
Stefan Green wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:58 pm
At the moment my dissertation has 207268 words and 1345 citations + many cross-references (the end product will be shorter) in one file. Mellel handles it just fine, it only takes a few more seconds to save the document compared to a normal size document.
Ah, good, I was hoping someone would have a document longer than mine. The fact that all the citations and cross references don't slow things down shows that the data structures used are well designed.