I'm surprised you have not had a response on this as I too am experiencing the same thing
I work with CS4 fir about 30-40 mins and it just goes very very slow, and this is the only program I am running. I have 3GB Ram (Windows Vista) and only have a single anti virus program running.
Are you still having the same problem? Or did you find a solution?
Anyone with any insight into why this is happening??
See if it helps to reduce the maximum number of Undos available (Edit > Preferences > General category), and periodically clear the steps in the History panel.
Thank you for the suggestions, we have the same problems. We'll try it out!
I got excited about this but sadly it does not work. Still after 30 mins of use it just lags very bad that it gets to a point where the program hardly responds.
I have been looking into this issue and it seems it is not just me, hundreds of others are reporting this problem and warn not to use CS4.
I think I will keep on using CS3 until there is a solution to this problem, it is not possible to work like this.
Hey greenaplle, do you have the latest CS4 update http://www.adobe.com/support/fireworks/downloads_updaters.html installed?
It addresses some performance issues since the original CS4 release.
Today I have my Fw open (and repeately using) along with other applications for hours on end without a lag.
Yes I did update it and didn't do much.
But like I say I am not alone:
http://getsatisfaction.com/adobe/topics/fireworks_lacking_the_spark - Adobe Employee Agrees On Some Problems.
Your ultrashock link is for Photoshop and there has been updates for that also.
Your getsatifaction link also points out very little complaining since the Fireworks updater.
Thats not to say that in your case, it's not true. I just wish there is more I could offer you in the way of advise. For many the critical issues have been resloved with the update but for some, it's not. Have you tried a complete deactivate, uninstall, Cleanscript, then reninstall, then re--update?
Do you possibly know why Fireworks CS4 would be slow to load on intial startup and would save work files very slowly? I have a very fast system and 6 Gb of ram so it is hard to believe that the platform is the problem. Do you know of any Vista Business 64 bit issues that could be causing this problem? Is it OK to have both CS3 and CS4 installed on the same platform simultaneously? The same file does not have any issues in CS3. Please help if you can. Thank you.
From what I've read, I've come to the conclusion it's a bug in Fireworks. I'll have to post my comps specs when I'm back at work but it's a ridiculous 8 core machine with a crapload of ram. I've just figured that every hour or so I have to exit the app and restart it. What happens is that it just stops displaying anything and pops a 'Not enough memory" message on every mouse-click.
I love the app, just started using it about 6 months ago, but it's really not quite on par with the bulk of the CS4 suite.
Kind of strikes me as the toy Adobe bought and tinkers with every once in awhile.
I hope they improve it because I'm loving the potential...
My CS4 is also a dog... It makes editing graphics a real problem. This use to work fine on a slower machine... What Happened. The only real significance that I know of is I upgraded from a 32 bit system to a 64 bit system. It's the only thing that I can think of that is causing this delay in all my editing and loading. Please write a 64 bit version. If we are doing graphics we all most always now days have a 64 bit system.
Are there any updates to this problem Adobe?
It's such a dog, and I have used my license as well as others on their machines, and all experience severe lag and make it sooo frustrating to use. The Photoshop guys can even keep up even though most of the processes we do for web design mean they have a few extra steps!
Common Adobe, sort out this well documented and widely know issue... seriously!
Does CS5 rectify the issues? If so, Adobe should be offering complimentary upgrades to CS4 users that are sick of the lag issues.
My guess is they are going to say that there are a lot of issues with what is going on with your own personal computer. There are just too many variables. CS5 Free upgrade... probably NOT! If that were the case every piece of software out there would have to give free upgrades. Work it out or buy a Mac.
Yep, while I doubt the free upgrade thing would happen, it's common knowledge it's an issue with the app itself. BTW I have the same issues on both i7 Win7 machines and Core2 Snow Leopard MBPs... so there goes you're last suggestion!
I don't own a MAC anyway it was just a flippant statement meaning there probably is no answer. We want your MONEY .... Trick or Treat