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Are you working the project on a network (shared drive, virtual network, etc.)? Don't. Or is your IT group playing games with cheapo anti-virus software?
One of the projects in our 42-project merged WebHelp runs at 20MB with nearly 400 .htm, .jpg, gif. and .pdf files; image map creation is nearly instantaneous.
Thanks for your response. No, I'm not working across the network. This issue also occurs with the Hyperlink dialog. Anyone have other suggestions?
Quite frankly, this is the first time I've seen this issue come up in the forum, so I'd have to lean towards a system slowdown at your end (usually caused by your IT group).
(By the way, welcome to the forum)
When you select an image and then Insert Image Map/shape, the cursor should instantly turn into crosshairs -- but you won't see them until you hover the cursor over the image.
When you draw the image map, RH has to open the hyperlink dialog. I have seen this take awhile when the topic directory folder structure is complex, and/or the project has many topics. RH has to compile the list before it can let you do the next step.
Is there something going on in the background that might eat up processing time when RH is compiling the topic list?
Another slowdown in compiling the topic list here (and in other tasks) can be caused by filenames with spaces or special characters. Windows doesn't mind, and IE may not complain, but RH and many other HTML application choke on nonstandard file names. Standard means, to me, using alphanumerics and occasionally a - hyphen - or _underscore_ . A double.dot.htm file name is especially troublesome in this regard.