Thanks for the explanation. Your right. Seems like you have tried most things.
But with -
"The file size is 175mb. This includes 26k names, 1700 media files (all pdf or jpg)."
even with "W7 w/12gb RAM" that's a BIG file.
For as long as I can recall big files seem to have always been an issue with FTM 2008+ And I don't want this to get into a - well I have one bigger ..." so I wish you more robust 2014 and would agree it would be one place that FTM could improve.
Just an aside (since I always look for solutions) is if you are working on a section of family where it makes sense is to have a separate file.
Yes, I know. Not ideal. But better to allow you to continue researching rather then loose your interest.
Yes, and I also know, when I speak to groups I clearly state the question of 1 file or 2 or more files is like a discussion of sex, politics and religion - there is no right answer!
Oh well. Back to more ideas for FTM 2014.