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Copy and paste take too long

Feb 18, 2013 5:15 PM

I am having trouble with Adoby Illustrator "copy" and "paste" functions. It take a very long time (as long as 30 min) to copy a simple line and even longer to paste it. This probles is getting worse. My file size is unusual as well. A comparable file is 155k and this one is up to 65 meg and growing.

What is wrong and how do I fix it?

 
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    Feb 18, 2013 7:36 PM   in reply to reelbikes

    Copy/paste speed is usually an indicator of OS problems. You've provided no system information, and no information about what version of AI you are using.

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 8:02 PM   in reply to reelbikes

    Do you have a bunch of repeating graphics in your symbols panel and/or your Brushes panel? If so, this is a known issue, there is a solution but it's a bit to spell out without being sure it's the problem. Take a look, let us know. The problem will be obvious, probably lots of ladybugs...

     

    Michael Riordan

    Adobe Certified Instructor

    Digital DesignLab

    http://www.learnadobesoftware.com

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 9:11 PM   in reply to reelbikes

    Just found Adobe's write up, which makes it a whole lot easier on me . Here are the steps you need to follow:

    http://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/copy-paste-artwork-slow-or.html

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 9:08 AM   in reply to reelbikes

    Location of prefs file:

    http://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/preference-file-location-illustr ator.html

     

    How were you able to try the solutions if you did not know where the prefs file is???

     

    Try again, and actaully what they labeled as solution 2 & 3 need to both be done to fix this. In the meantime do NOT copy anything from the infected file to any other file, or this will spread like wildfire to all your files.

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 9:57 AM   in reply to reelbikes

    I'm guessing you are on a mac with a fairly recent version of the operating system. Apple recentlytook to hiding the library folder. Toaccess it, you now need to hold down the option key when you access the go menu. Do that and the Library folderwill magically appear. Then you can look inside for the illustrator prefs.

     

    hope that helps,

     

    Michael Riordan

    Adobe Certified Instructor

    Digital DesignLab

    http://www.learnadobesoftware.com

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 11:08 AM   in reply to reelbikes

    just to keep inexperienced users from changing things they shouldn't.

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 3:43 PM   in reply to reelbikes

    File is still 7 meg (should be 155k)

    Did you perchance save your file with an unnecessary colour profile?

    Did you embed an image when you could have linked it?

    Did you save the file with pdf compatability when there was no need to?

     

    Things like that can balloon file sizes; I suspect the colour profile.

    Try a Save As (or Save a Copy), checking only Use Compression and see what happens to file size and speed of saving.

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 5:14 PM   in reply to reelbikes

    Can you post a screen capture showing your symbols panel and brush panel?

     

    Michael Riordan

    Adobe Certified Instructor

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    Feb 20, 2013 3:27 AM   in reply to reelbikes

    Try trashing unused colour swatches and then save the file under a new name.

    Any change in file size?

     

    There is something in there that is making your file absurdly large. I’m convinced that’s what is crippling your machine.

     

    If you can copy and paste stuff into a new document (bit by bit) it may help. Use Cmd+F for pasting to preserve positioning.

     
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    Feb 20, 2013 9:26 AM   in reply to reelbikes

    If that doesn't happen to all your files, but only to one file, then this file seems seriously broken.

     

    CS3 doesn't offer simple fixes for this. Maybe CS6 with its repair routines can fix your file and it can then be saved down to CS3 again. You could try and use the Demo version or maybe someone will try for you if you post the file.

     
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