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Illustrator CC v24.1.2 Extremely slow. Problems working with CAD files.

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May 13, 2020

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I am experiencing very slow performance and time lags when using the latest version of Illustrator CC. Hopefully, someone has encountered similar issues? Allow me to explain...

The main part of my work involves working with CAD files supplied by architects in PDF format (previously used DWGs, but latest Illustrator no longer recognises these).  Once opened in Illustrator, I use them as templates to draw stylised versions of apartments for inclusion in sales and promotional items.

I usually open the architect's PDFs in Illustrator and edit them; deleting unneeded information to make them as simple as possible. I've worked with PDFs in this manner for years, and until now I haven't experienced anything like the delayed performance of Illustrator CC 2020. It is excruciating and makes it virtually impossible to work with this software.

The only thing I can suggest is that it may be something to do with the content of the original CADs, which, when saved as PDFs creates an artefact, or artefacts, which require masses of processing in order to render.

A recent batch of these architect's files have assets in them which I cannot delete. When I try to do this, an error message appears saying that Illustrator has almost run out of memory and I should save my file immediately. I have tried resaving the original PDFs as reduced size and optimised versions to no avail. I've also tried importing the PDF by placing them as images.
The original PDFs are only between 900K and 2MB, the average being approx 1.3MB.

The performance of my iMac is perfectly fine in all other aspects.

If anyone has a clue about what is going on and any possible remedies, I'd be very grateful to hear from you!

Here's my set up:

iMac Retina 4K, 21.5 inch, 2019

3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7

32 GB 2667 MHz DDR4

Radeon Pro 560X 4 GB

 

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Illustrator CC v24.1.2 Extremely slow. Problems working with CAD files.

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Hi

I am experiencing very slow performance and time lags when using the latest version of Illustrator CC. Hopefully, someone has encountered similar issues? Allow me to explain...

The main part of my work involves working with CAD files supplied by architects in PDF format (previously used DWGs, but latest Illustrator no longer recognises these).  Once opened in Illustrator, I use them as templates to draw stylised versions of apartments for inclusion in sales and promotional items.

I usually open the architect's PDFs in Illustrator and edit them; deleting unneeded information to make them as simple as possible. I've worked with PDFs in this manner for years, and until now I haven't experienced anything like the delayed performance of Illustrator CC 2020. It is excruciating and makes it virtually impossible to work with this software.

The only thing I can suggest is that it may be something to do with the content of the original CADs, which, when saved as PDFs creates an artefact, or artefacts, which require masses of processing in order to render.

A recent batch of these architect's files have assets in them which I cannot delete. When I try to do this, an error message appears saying that Illustrator has almost run out of memory and I should save my file immediately. I have tried resaving the original PDFs as reduced size and optimised versions to no avail. I've also tried importing the PDF by placing them as images.
The original PDFs are only between 900K and 2MB, the average being approx 1.3MB.

The performance of my iMac is perfectly fine in all other aspects.

If anyone has a clue about what is going on and any possible remedies, I'd be very grateful to hear from you!

Here's my set up:

iMac Retina 4K, 21.5 inch, 2019

3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7

32 GB 2667 MHz DDR4

Radeon Pro 560X 4 GB

 

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What does document info panel say about the number of paths and anchor points?

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I'm afraid I couldn't get anything from the document info panel as the programme just froze - spinning beachball of death and I had to use force quit. I did reopen Illustrator and it was working fine.

I tried again with the faulty files, but this time with Activity Monitor open.

Illustrator was using 100% of the CPU. Again, I had to force quit.

I've been in touch with the originators of the PDFs in the hope that they can remove the offending items from the CAD files and resupply the PDFs. Still waiting on their reply.

Here are a few screen grabs of what the file looks like - from the full page, in stages, to zoomed-in tight (in outline mode) showing the complexity of the grey areas.

This is the full page document (A0). Problem areas are the grey stairwells.This is the full page document (A0). Problem areas are the grey stairwells.Zoomed in you can start to see the elements that make up the grey panelsZoomed in you can start to see the elements that make up the grey panelsZoomed in further in outline mode, shows the density of the lines.Zoomed in further in outline mode, shows the density of the lines.

This a very small section in outline modeThis a very small section in outline mode

 

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You could check if it is a problem with the file or your Illustrator version.

You can install previous versions without removing the current one.

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/using/install-previous-version.html

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OK, I will give it a go with an earlier version of Illustrator.

Thanks.

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No joy. Illustrator v23 won't even open the file. Blank page and spinning beachball of death. Force quit.

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It was worth trying.

Since you said that you have been working this way for years, it is probably a problem with the file.

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