Illustrator taking MUCH longer to save

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Aug 04, 2022 Aug 04, 2022

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Hi All,

I've just recently updated to Illustrator 26.4.1 and now when saving any file (small or larger files) it is taking a lot longer to save withthe message appearing "converting text objects with variable fonts and color" while saving.
I know this is because of the added variable font feature, but this extra time is really effecting my productivity.
Are there any options to turn this off, or any work arounds that will help save more quickly?

I am running on an iMac OS Catalina 10.15.7, latest version of Illustrator.

Thanks

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Aug 04, 2022 Aug 04, 2022

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Variable fonts have been added several versions ago, from which version did you update?

Where are you saving your files?

How large are the files?

What's in them (the features you used)?

Do you have font management?

Which fonts exactly did you use in the files? Please tell us the names and where you got them from. Some fonts are known problematic.

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Aug 04, 2022 Aug 04, 2022

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Thanks for the resonse Monika:

1. I updated from version 26.3.1 to version 26.4.1

2. Saving files to my hard drive.
3. Files sizes vary greatly from a few MB to 30-40MB usually, sometimes larger.

4. No special features used usually, but sometimes either placed or enbedded raster images.

5. No font managment used other than FontBook on Mac.

6. On this particular document I'm using 3 fonts, Myriad Pro (Mac font, Arial (Mac font, and "IM FELL DW Pica Roman" an Adobe TypeKit font.

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Thank you for the details.

After (or when) updating did you reset the Illustrator preferences? Unfortunately this is often necessary. It will erase your settings, so you might want to rename the preferences folder as that can be undone.

Since saving files is affected, a reset of the OOBE folder might be an idea as well. https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/illustrator-won-t-open-any-files/m-p/12752278

Is there any difference, when there are no fonts in the file and no linked/embedded images? Linked images when linked from a network can cause issues as well.

 

And then there is an ongoing issue with prionters. Do you have one? Is it turned on? Is the driver up to date and set as the default driver? Illustrator likes the company of a printer. It searches one when opening a file and again when saving it.

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Aug 05, 2022 Aug 05, 2022

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File >> Save As and turn off PDF compatible.

 

OOBE RESET MAC

  1. Quit the Creative Cloud desktop app  (100% you must do this)
  2. The \Users\<user folder>\Library\ is hidden by default for macOS 10.7 and above. Option click on the GO in the mac finder to reveal the Library folder.
  3. /Users/<user folder>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE
  4. Delete all the files within the OOBE folder, but do not delete the folder itself.

 

 

PREFS  RESET (thorough)  

Quit Illustrator

Finder >> Shift Command G

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator 22 Settings/en_US*/Adobe Illustrator Prefs

rename Adobe Illustrator 26 to Adobe Illustrator 26 old

 

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Aug 04, 2022 Aug 04, 2022

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Hello @rickb282611,

 

Sorry to hear about this experience. I hope the suggestions shared by Monika helped resolve the problem. If not, kindly try Choosing "Save As" and unselecting "PDF compatible" and check if it helps.

 

Please update this thread if the issue persists or if you need further assistance.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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Aug 05, 2022 Aug 05, 2022

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Thank you both Monika & Anubhav for your help,
Sorry for the delay, my worklaod has made it hard to respond quickly.


Monika, I had not reset the preferences yet, but I have noticed quicker saving times in a document that has no fonts.

All my linked images are stored in the same folder as the Illustrator diocument, and on my hard drive. 

That is our workflow here, we never work directly off of our server.
I will try the resetting of the OOBE folder once I wrap up a few rush jobs I have and let you know.

Anubhav, I will definitely try unchecking the "PDF Compatable" next and let you know how that works.

Thank you!

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