Mac spinning beach ball on every move in Illustrator

New Here ,
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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Hello all,

I'm working on a small file in Illustrator, and I've hit a road block in workflow.

It seems that everything I do is causing a spinning beach ball.

The file is 9.3 mb.

I have reset the prefs.

I have trashed opm.db, CloudKitMetadata-shm, CloudKitMetadata-wal files.

I am not connected to any network.

I'm running the latest version of Illustrator and CC.

On a new Macbook Pro 15" 2016.

2.7ghz i7

16 gb ram

High Sierra.

Any suggestions??

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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Are you using any raster effects, like the artistic effects near the bottom of the Effects menu or blur, drop shadow, glow, etc? These are constantly being recalculated, even when the object they affect are not edited, even when the effects are hidden in the Appearance panel (which is just lazy programming). If that’s the case, try lowering the Raster Effect resolution in the Effects menu. You can lower it for editing then bump it back up for printing and saving.

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Apr 19, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

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no effects going on, just plain old vectors.

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Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018

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A few ideas:

Do you have any other software running?

Have you restarted your entire machine?

Maybe also try saving the file as a different name - I have gotten gremlins in some files like that before.

Are you using any fonts? If so, are they legitimate?

Lastly, is your GPU Enhance turned on?

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Apr 19, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

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I'll try the suggestions and report back. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Apr 19, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

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So far, these suggestions have not helped my situation.

I even move the file to another computer, a newer one with a faster processor and better graphics.

Beach ball still there. Even on the simplest actions like turning off the eye on a layer.

Ugh!

The file didn't start like this. The beach ball started when I added a particular element to the artboard.

But the element is very simple.

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Apr 19, 2018 Apr 19, 2018

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If you take that element out of the file (delete it) does the spinning ball stop?

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New Here ,
Sep 25, 2018 Sep 25, 2018

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Having the same issue here on the new macbook pro 2018

Every thing I do makes the Spin.. even selecting an object.. what a NIghtmare

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Participant ,
Oct 11, 2018 Oct 11, 2018

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Does this happen with only Adobe Illustrator open? (Wondering if there is a conflict with another software.)

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Explorer ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Same issue here: just updated to CS2021 and it is impossible to work.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Please create a new thread as this one is about an old version.

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