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10 easy things you can do to optimize performance

Added on Friday 15th of May 2009 11:25 pm EST
 
Just when you need to get a really big job out the door, InDesign decides to work at a snail’s pace. The software takes too long to load, the screen redraws in slow motion, and printing takes forever. When this happens, it’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to evaluate the situation. We’ll show you what it takes to get InDesign running at top speed.
To optimize InDesign’s performance, we’ll:
• Take a look at hardware configurations to determine if they meet requirements.
• Consider things you can do so InDesign—or you for that matter—doesn’t have to work so hard.
• Change a few of InDesign’s Preferences settings to allow InDesign to work more efficiently.
Think of InDesign as a car and we’re your driving instructors. We can show you how to operate InDesign, but we can’t guarantee its performance. Only you can do that with regular maintenance to both your hardware and software. What we can—and will—do in this article is provide you with 10 essential steps for a smoother ride in InDesign.

Look under the hood

Before you blame InDesign for sluggish behavior, however, you should take a look at your hardware. In addition to standard maintenance, you should check to make sure your system meets InDesign’s requirements. Take a look at Table A to see InDesign CS2’s requirements, and then check out your computer’s configuration in the System Profiler (System control panel in Windows). If your setup doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, the first thing you should do is upgrade.

Note: Several suggestions we make in this article are in regards to your computer hardware, which is beyond the scope of this journal. For guidance in these matters, refer to your operating system’s Help files or an Eli Journals publication specifically written for your operating system, such as The MacAuthority or Inside Microsoft Windows XP.

Prep work

If InDesign still performs less than stellar after dropping a bundle on RAM and other hardware, there are other things you can do to optimize InDesign’s performance. For example:
• Update your software (InDesign CS2 4.0.4 at press time). Choose Help > Updates and click the Show Details button to see a list of available updates and those you’ve already installed, as shown in Figure A.