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I’m using Adobe Illustrator CS4 at work on a PC and have noticed that although the file I’m working on is not all that large I’m getting a ton of lag when doing simple operations like moving type or lines. Every click to activate an object seems to have a pause unlike my work at home using a Mac and much larger files. I also seem to get a deteriorating save time… the longer the program is running the longer each save seems to take until I have to quit and restart. The work PC isn’t super fast but should be able to handle this map with no issues. I suspect some memory settings or something else but don’t know where to make changes to help performance.



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Try a "File - Save As" instead of a "File - Save", it may clean up your file. Remove unused symbols and graphic styles etc.
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In addition to Hans said... try the "Save a Copy" option. This also may clean up some in your AI file.

Also, I would recommend to check-off the "Create PDF Compatible file" option. That may help...

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I’m using Adobe Illustrator CS4 at work on a PC and have noticed that although the file I’m working on is not all that large I’m getting a ton of lag when doing simple operations like moving type or lines. Every click to activate an object seems to have a pause unlike my work at home using a Mac and much larger files. I also seem to get a deteriorating save time… the longer the program is running the longer each save seems to take until I have to quit and restart. The work PC isn’t super fast but should be able to handle this map with no issues. I suspect some memory settings or something else but don’t know where to make changes to help performance.



Any ideas?




I had the same problem some time back and searched the forums. I found this for CS3 (although I CS4) the concepts are the same.

http://kb2.adobe.com...320/320782.html

Virtual memory helped me out the most, but there are other good ideas.

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It does sound like a low-memory issue. What are your system specs on your mac and your PC? Check your free memory when you are running, it sounds as if the PC is low on free non-virtual memory.
You may already be aware of this, but the size of the file on disk does not indicate how much memory the file will take to render (an extreme example of this would be a file a bunch of large linked images).
Open Illustrator, make a note of how much memory it is using, then open the file you are working on, make note of the memory again. For example, if the file is using 1-2 GB in memory, and you have only 2 GB RAM, you will be using virtual memory to render that file, so every click on the artboard could result in a disk access as the memory is paged in and out to access the art object.
For memory-intensive work on 32-bit apps, my mac runs smoother than my pc. Illustrator on the mac has 4gb of addressable RAM, on the PC it has only 2gb of addressable ram. That may also be a contributing factor.
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I would also check the scratch disc. I had a similar problem and once I changed the scratch disc to its own drive Illy ran faster and was more stable. Coincidence? Maybe, but it sure made life easier. ;)
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