I'm experiencing some frustratingly slow performance while authoring content. For example, moving a box, quiz question, image, etc. takes upwards of 15-20 seconds. CPU usage spikes to 80-90% on one of the four cores, and Captivate stops responding until moving the item is completed.
This even occurs where there are no other applications open.
The computer I'm using exceeds the system requirements:
8GB of RAM
Where is the project located?
If it's on a network resource, close the project, copy it to your local C drive (possibly in a folder named c:\projects) and then open it and see if your performance improves.
Thanks for the reply Rick. However the projects I'm working on are all already stored locally.
Are you on a MAC?
How about your cache files?
They might be stored on a network volume and would also make your responsiveness suffer, and Captivate may corrupt the project if the cache is not local.
Thanks for the responses all. Some answers to your questions:
Windows 7 (64 Bit Enterprise)
Core i5-5200U @2.2GHz
8GB of RAM
I notice a 5-20 sec period when captivate freezes in a variety of situations, such as:
a)moving items or setting their position values manually from properties
b)When clicking on a smart shape, then pressing F2 to edit text
While waiting for whatever change I'm trying to make, the laptop hums away like crazy, resource monitor shows extremely high disk activity.
I have a theory, the PC has full disk encryption with bitlocker 256bit which may be slowing things down a bit? Any thoughts?
I'm creating responsive quiz projects all about 25 random shuffled question slides drawing from question pools of various sizes 30-40 questions to a pool.
Captivate *.cptx file sizes are between 1.5 - 3 megabytes. Probably not relevant because slowness is only while authoring content, but published folder size is 4-7 megabytes.
I restart Captivate once per day - i.e. when I start-up the computer in the morning (I have tried restarting Captivate and the PC at various times during the day but no effect)
Cache files are definitely local
Hope that info helps diagnose the problem.
This isn't one of those Windows 7 'Run As Administrator' scenarios, is it? Just putting it out there, absurdly simple as it sounds. I've been in a few situations where performance and functionality of software has been throttled until I've checked that little box.
Can you verify those file sizes for CTPX and published output again?
1.5 to 3 megabytes for a project with 30-40 questions in several pools doesn't sound right to me.
Are you sure you don't mean 1.5 gigabytes or 150 megabytes?
Is it happens consistently every time when you try to perform the above mentioned operations? If yes, then can you please share the project with us so that we can try the scenario at our end. Please upload it to a shared workspace and send me the link at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can't run in admin because I'm in a corporate environment, I have a ticket with my IT dept. (meaning it will take about 5-6 working days to hear back from them! haha).
Files sizes given are correct. My previous wording was unclear - to clarify, one quiz draws its questions from one question pool. There are a grand total of two images in the quizzes (company logo + 1 other image). There are no videos/audio or any other media of any kind. File sizes are purposely small because of restrictive bandwidth.
When I previously wrote: "I'm creating responsive quiz projects all about 25 random shuffled question slides drawing from question pools of various sizes 30-40 questions to a pool." - I meant that I was creating many quiz projects, and the question pool for individual quizzes are various sizes - not that individual quizzes draw from multiple question pools.
Thank you nsukumar, I will email you a link to a *.cptx flie shortly.
If you're running in a "corporate environment" then you may also find that your Preferences > Default Locations are NOT pointing to folders on your PC hard drive but are pointing to network folders. If so, that could be causing the slowness. You need to have these always point to somewhere local, never a LAN.
If you do not get the IT department to set up your Captivate install so that it always launches with Run As Administrator privileges then it's NEVER going to work properly for you and you will experience many issues. That's the bottom line.
Appreciate the ideas RodWard,
This may be a problem for some who don't change the Captivate default locations from 'My Documents' - these folders may conceivably be mapped to network locations. But this is definitely not the case here. Folders on C: that I created myself such as "C:\Captivate Files\Project name" and "C:\Captivate Files\Adobe Captivate Cached Projects" are definitely NOT network locations.
"Run as Admin" is something I will bring up with my IT dept - I notice a few forum threads on this topic so could be something there.
(To be honest, if this was indeed the issue I would expect crashes / error messages / lack of functionality / etc. rather than have Captivate actually do what I want but just doing it super-slow)
Can you please elaborate little more on the scenario.
1. Are you seeing the slowness in specific scenario?
2. Is it happening with a Responsive or a blank project?
3. Is it happening with a specific project or with all projects( Project with 10 slides as well). In case if it is project specific, Can you please share the project size and slide count details.
4. How often you restart Captivate.
I also am seeing very slow performance, but in my case it is mostly limited to when I record audio. It takes about 5 seconds for the Slide Audio dialog to appear after I press the Record button in the toolbar. I also see a 5-second delay when I press Record within this dialog. These two delays are very frustrating because I have to record audio on hundreds of slides. I have a new computer (64-bit Windows 8.1, Intel i7 with 16 GB of RAM) so I should have plenty of CPU power to handle it. Any ideas?
Can you please elaborate little more on the scenario.
1. Is it happening with a Responsive or a blank project?
2. Is it happening with a specific project or with all projects( Project with 10 slides as well). In case if it is project specific, Can you please share the project size and slide count details.
I have this exact same problem. I have created a Responsive project and everything is painfully slow. I've tried this on a PC and also on my iMAC and to do anything, type in a text box, move question answers etc takes 15-20 seconds. Any suggestions?
You could solve the problem of performance?
I'm having the same problem you ......
I am having big speed issues too. Have an i7 PC on windows 10 with 16 G of Ram and takes about 50 seconds to create a new blank project and ages to preview projects. I have plenty of free space on my disk. I am saving to my local SSD disk and thecache is local. I have cleaned my preferences and run as administrator and nothing seems to make any difference to he speed. Other apps run fine on my PC.
Any other suggestions welcome!
Hi, i am having the same problem. No solution since a year?
You posted this at least two times: are you still on that old version? Be sure to have 18.104.22.1687.
I have the same problem nowadays. Last week, there was no any slow problems.
I am using Adobe Captivate V 22.214.171.1247
I am working on a Responsive project.
There are 147 slides. (Mostly my works same slide count)
Project file size 190 MB
Published Output 90 MB
When I create Blank Project (not responsive) it looks like working normally.
Processor i7-6500U CPU 2.50 GHz 2.59 GHz
RAM 8 GB
System Type 64-bit
Windows 10 Home Editon
Files are in my local, and I am using this computer at home. Not connected a LAN
I try to run Captivate, Run as administrator, but it looks like same slowly.
I have sent the captivate project to Nimmy.
the upgrade to captivate version 126.96.36.1997 solved the problem
I had the same problem, I solved it by changing the screen resolution to 1600x1900 or less depending on the machine.
The problem seems to be in the power of the video card or in the optimization of captivate vs video cards at high resolutions.
I describe the MAC where I work:
- Mac pro (late 2013)
- 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor
- Memory 32 GB 1866 MHz DDR3
- AMD FirePro D700 6 GB video card