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Dreamweaver CC 2019 lag on Mac

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I've noticed lately Dreamweaver CC 19.1 has been slow to respond on my Mac (OS 10.14.4). Scrolling large php files can be slow and jerky; the scroll bar can suddenly jump to the beginning or end of the file. When I switch from a different application (e.g. Chrome) back to Dreamweaver I get the spinning rainbow wheel for a few seconds and sometimes there is a big lag in typing text and then seeing in on screen.

I like Dreamweaver, it's easy to use, I like the code-hinting, I've been using it for years. But at this stage, I'm happy to just spend a bit of time customising myself with an alternative like Textastic - which would be a little annoying but it would also mean no ongoing subscription payments.

I've noticed this issue following the update to CC 2019. Do I have to do some ongoing deletion of preferences files every other day to fix this?

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benjipotter400  wrote

Scrolling large php files can be slow and jerky; the scroll bar can suddenly jump to the beginning or end of the file.

Turn off Live View especially when working with PHP files. 

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Dreamweaver CC 2019 lag on Mac

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I've noticed lately Dreamweaver CC 19.1 has been slow to respond on my Mac (OS 10.14.4). Scrolling large php files can be slow and jerky; the scroll bar can suddenly jump to the beginning or end of the file. When I switch from a different application (e.g. Chrome) back to Dreamweaver I get the spinning rainbow wheel for a few seconds and sometimes there is a big lag in typing text and then seeing in on screen.

I like Dreamweaver, it's easy to use, I like the code-hinting, I've been using it for years. But at this stage, I'm happy to just spend a bit of time customising myself with an alternative like Textastic - which would be a little annoying but it would also mean no ongoing subscription payments.

I've noticed this issue following the update to CC 2019. Do I have to do some ongoing deletion of preferences files every other day to fix this?

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Correct answer by Nancy OShea | Adobe Community Professional

benjipotter400  wrote

Scrolling large php files can be slow and jerky; the scroll bar can suddenly jump to the beginning or end of the file.

Turn off Live View especially when working with PHP files. 

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May 06, 2019

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Hi benjipotter,

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We haven't heard of a whole lot of performance issues with DW on Mac OS, so I will need to know more to investigate your case.

You mention large PHP files in your post - can you provide us with an approximate file size of these pages? Also, are you trying to access these files from a network location?

Deleting preference files regularly isn't something you should be doing regularly. To be sure, do the issues with slowness get resolved every time you restore preferences?

Thanks,

Preran

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benjipotter400  wrote

Scrolling large php files can be slow and jerky; the scroll bar can suddenly jump to the beginning or end of the file.

Turn off Live View especially when working with PHP files. 

CC-LiveView.jpg

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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Hi,

I only ever use Code view but I have made sure Design view is selected. They largest file size I have been working on is only 59Kb (although some can be 2-3k lines of code).

But I have, embarrassingly, solved my own problem. It was a simple matter of having too many files open at the same time. I had multiple files open in Dreamweaver at the same time as I was making tweaks of various files on website (approximately 20) I closed other files and no there's no lag.

I just assumed my 16GM of RAM could cope with that. Obviously not, I assume each time I focused back on Dreamweaver after testing in a browser that Dreamweaver reloads (or checks for changes) on every open file (not just the file that is currently on screen), hence the 10-12 second delay before I could start doing anything?

Lesson learned.

Thanks for your suggestions Nancy OShea

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This is not my issue. Slowness is unbearable. Truly embarrassing. 2019 and now 2020. Only one file open (HTML) at a time. Hesitations, delays in updating, code not highlighting when you click on something. Forced to use another product. 24GB Core i5 2017 27" iMac, you would think that it would be powerful enough to run. Any other thoughts? I have fought with this for a couple of years, my bad for not addressing this issue sooner.

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I have no problems with slowness in DW.  It must be something different on your end.

  • My local site folder resides on my primary hard drive, not a networked or cloud drive.
  • Non-essential background processes are turned off while I work.
  • Documents are free of code errors.

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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having the same issue - one file open (on a brand new 16" Pro with 64gb ram) - just an email blast template. Simple CSS - 4 images linked - sluggish .... DW 2015 worked insanley well - smooth as glass - since then performance has been laggy.

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Nancy, thank you for that information. Unfortunately, your recipe did not work for me.    Are you on a Mac or PC?   What background processes have you stopped?   What processor?   How many cores?   How much memory?   Are you on an SSD drive or a standard hard drive?

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Deleting the preferences did help with the speed issue, but I long for the days when productivity apps were less bloated and complicated... Yes, there was such a time, if you go back far enough... 😉

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My aging Win10 (v 1903) Dell Inspiron workstation (i7-4790, 3.60 GZ) has a meager 16GB of RAM and 1.5 TB Solid State HD.  It's not the fastest beetle on the block but it does what I need without latency problems in Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Bridge, Illustrator & Acrobat Pro DC.

 

  • I quit Creative Cloud Desktop app 90% of the time. No need for it to be running constantly. 
  • I defer cloud backup services and virus scans for off hours.
  • I never use remote file sync in DW.

 

If I think of anything more, I'll let you know.

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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