2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 16, 2008 6:47 AM by JoeDaSilva

    Slow response in large file

    Loyd_Jr
      I'm not a newbie but certainly not an advanced user. Most experience has been with web graphics. I'm now trying to edit a family photo that can be printed at sizes up to 16"x20".

      My problem is that many of the things I try to do seem to take an extremely long time to finish, or else they never finish at all. I'm thinking if I use slices and get the file size down the editing can be done much more quickly. Is this a valid approach to working with large files?

      In case you have a question about computer power, my laptop is a Dell Inspiron 9300 with a 1.73GHz processor and 2GB RAM. I have 7.2GB of available space on my hard drive. OS is Windows XP MCE, SP2.

      Any help or suggestions would be helpful.
        • 1. Re: Slow response in large file
          Level 7
          Loyd Jr wrote:
          > I'm not a newbie but certainly not an advanced user. Most experience has been
          > with web graphics. I'm now trying to edit a family photo that can be printed at
          > sizes up to 16"x20".
          >
          > My problem is that many of the things I try to do seem to take an extremely
          > long time to finish, or else they never finish at all. I'm thinking if I use
          > slices and get the file size down the editing can be done much more quickly. Is
          > this a valid approach to working with large files?
          >
          > In case you have a question about computer power, my laptop is a Dell Inspiron
          > 9300 with a 1.73GHz processor and 2GB RAM. I have 7.2GB of available space on
          > my hard drive. OS is Windows XP MCE, SP2.
          >
          > Any help or suggestions would be helpful.
          >
          >
          Fireworks is not designed to work with files of this size in an
          efficient manner. You'd be better off in Photoshop, Lightroom or
          Photoshop Elements.

          It's doubtful slices will be of any help; when the file is open, it will
          still be large.

          What kind of editing do you need to do on the photo?


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          • 2. Re: Slow response in large file
            JoeDaSilva Level 4
            I have the exact same Dell laptop and I'm sure that file would bring mine to a slow crawl with Fireworks. If you weren't aiming to print this I'd say lower the PPI to 72, and then you'd be fine.

            But since that's not an option, Photoshop as Jim suggested is going to be your best bet. Heck, that's what it's made for.