How To Speed Up InDesign When It’s Running Really Slow
Hi there in this video we're going to look at how to speed up in design. If it's running a little slow, especially with longer documents. Okay the quickest and easiest is to go to view and where it says display performance switching from high, which I think is the default for a little while now and we're going to go to typical and it just means can you see that image there changed? I'll turn it back on. Just watch it's kind of pixelated display performance at high. It looks nicer with nothing selected. You can actually turn this whole document typical display things will just start running faster but things will look not as nice but don't worry they'll print just fine and go to pdf just fine. It's just a workflow thing was going really badly. You can get a view and go to display performance and go to fast. It's not really a nice way of working but especially for just doing text edits that can work nicely. Now. What I have found on long documents is under view under display performance.
If you have one selected, you can actually kind of forced them to go high and low and they ignore this. What you can do is clear out the object level display settings and just kind of gets everybody back to being whatever you tell it to be in this. I found that happened on one of my documents really long 11 of my notes and just by clearing out the object level display settings. Life became great again and I could work at high quality display or a typical without overriding that. Which is what this option does clear it out. Go back to normal life can be better. One of the other things that can really slow down a document is dynamic spelling fighting w off. Okay, I've got dynamic spelling on. I like it, but especially with Lauren ipsum, everything's spelled wrong. It's not just not the right language. Okay, so dynamic spelling under in design preferences and go to spelling. Remember it's under edit preferences spelling on a pc and just turn dynamic spelling off. If you don't need it, just turn it on while you're working. Turn it off and you'll find life gets a whole lot faster. Another thing you can do is down the bottom here, preflight. We haven't done that in this course. We'll do it in the next video. Okay. But down here, pre flights on by default which has a little green light, that means it's trying to check it every time you do a little change. So what you need to do is this little drop down menu here, go to the preflight panel and where it says on, turn it off. Close that down and it's not going to check it every time you paste a bit of text and I found that speeds me up. All right. The next trick to speeding things up is under preferences. So I'll show you what it looks like first is when I drag this image, you see it's redrawing it as I move by redrawing it. I mean you can see it the whole time. Same with the logo when I'm moving it, you can see where I'm moving it. Okay? I know it seems a bit strange, but same with text watch this. Can you see the text flashes? That one's kind of really stressing the machine out. My my machine is pretty fast so it's it's okay. You might find yours is finding it really hard to move things around. Now you can fix that by going up to in design preferences interface. Remember edit preferences interface on a pc and on the bottom here the moment. No greek king, I'm going to go all the way down the bottom says is going to greek images and text greeting just means it's going to try and it's going to use kind of like placeholder stuff, not the actual image and text itself down here as well. Let's turn this down to never That's that redrawing that we've just seen. And let's greek victor graphics as well, do them all on. Let's click. Ok, now, when I drag this notice it's dragging a lot faster, it's not flashing, but I can't preview the text, you can see it's just a blue blocks when I let go it appears. Okay, So if you can live with that, that might be a nice little thing to speed things up some of the images. Yeah, if I start dragging it, it doesn't try and preview it. But when I let go, it appears same with this image here. Just drag it around, it's fine. All right. The other thing to do is not embedding images. So there is a way to embed images and in design, you know, if you've got embedded images, basically they're not linked. So this image here, I'm going to go to my links panel and see this little icon here embedded how to embed something. It means that it's not going to be connected anymore. So this one here is connecting to a file on my desktop called logo, option four. I can right click it and say in bed link, the good thing about that is that it means when I send the end design file, these two images are inside of it. I don't have to like package it or send these files as well. So it comes along with the file, it makes the file size bigger and it stresses in design out doesn't like doing that. So what you can do is you can unlinked them. So this guy here, I'm gonna right click and say actually un embed link, you need to say yes and try and find the file again or it has the file you just say no and it says where would you like me to put it now that I've kind of like unembedded it and I'll just take it on my desktop in my advanced coursework and you can go in there, nothing really changes. Except now this image is linking to that folder, I just stick it in and things will run a little faster and the last thing is your computer could be just too slow if you are looking to upgrade because things are just painful and slow and none of those tricks worked. What you're looking for is basically three things, there's two kinds of RAM and a hard drive that's going to give you your speed. The first kind of RAM is the normal RAM you get when you're looking at the shop and it says I've got 16 gigs or eight gigs or four gigs, that kind of RAM is your kind of general purpose RAM and that's the main ingredient. Okay, so it's a bare minimum 16 is amazing. If you can get 32 you are winning. So get as much RAM as you can see some laptops, mainly just pcs, you can upgrade the RAM, check how much you can get put in there. Often, it's not expensive for a Mac, most max don't let you put RAM in, it just can't be done. There's hacks to make it work, but really if you're going to buy one, go high on RAM because it's really hard to upgrade the other kind of RAM. It's called V RAM or video RAM. It's generally publicized a little less in the shop. Okay, so basically you've got a video card in your computer and it gets its own little bit of RAM and the more you can have in there, the better where things are really bad is when they don't display the V RAM at all. That means it doesn't have any, there's like an onboard video card on the motherboard. Really bad. Often that's when you're looking at like a $500 laptop, they can keep those prices because they just don't do what's called an external video card. So when you're working in the shop and they're like, hey, does this one have an external video card or V RAM? It'll sound like you know what you're talking about, they'll hopefully be able to help you and point you to a laptop that's got both a good bit of RAM and a good bit of the RAM. The other thing is the hard drive. Now this is kind of weird, like normally it's hard drive, how big it is. But recently hard drives have gone through a bit of a revolution. Okay, there is your normal tape hard drives. Okay, little spinning wheel that spins around and that's how hard drives work. Now we've got something called an SSD drive, a solid state drive. It works more like a USB stick, a big version of it. The cool thing about them is that they are super duper fast compared to your normal standard kind of like wearing away hard drives that you buy. The trouble is is there are a lot more expensive and there are a lot smaller for that more expensive price. So this laptop you're looking at now has one terabyte and cost me a fortune because it's an SSD drive. Now, if you're using an old Mac, you can totally upgrade those model of Macbook Pro I had before this, you could upgrade the hard drive is a bit of a hack. But man, did it make a big difference in the performance? This new one? I'm not sure. Maybe you can upgrade them, I don't know, but it's got an SSD drive so I don't need to if you're on a PC easily upgradable, definitely cheaper to do than on a Mac but probably take it to a technician to do Alright. If yours is still running slow, you could just have a slow computer and you need to upgrade but hopefully in there you'll find a little bit of nugget of good speedy nous to help with your in design workflow. Alright, let's get on to the next video