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GPU Options / Performance InDesign

Explorer ,
Jan 04, 2024 Jan 04, 2024

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Hi everyone,

I'm from Germany and thus have the German CC version.
Have massive performance problems on all our PC/Win devices with InDesign.

Of course I've already searched for a solution by myself and have already done the standard tasks - without any positive effect. That's why I write here, fervently hoping for a good and sensible answer instead of just standard copy & paste answers...

1st I started with the preferences - and found nothing. The official Adobe post says:
https://helpx.adobe.com/de/indesign/using/gpu_performance.html
^^But although it's title is general it's written Mac specific. I actually have NO "GPU Performance" entry in the preferences list in InDesign (while in Illustrator and Photoshop I have that for years).

I also have NO animated zoom as described in the article and it's all dead slow, so I'm sure I'm in CPU mode. Why does GPU work in the complete graphics and video apps but NOT in InDesign?

Have a NVIDIA RTX Studio certified notebook with a RTX 3050 Mobile and a Win10 workstation with an RTX460 Ti 16 GB (which is quite fast in all my used apps from CC and others). Already deinstalled and reinstalled InD completely on both system and also tested a 3rd system, a RTX Studio notebook with an RTX 3060 Mobile 6 GB. Same here.

As the above article is from May 2023 it should work since some months now already.
I' automatic update notifications on and according to my CC Desktop app my InDesign is latest version. But it's still 19.01 instead of 19.1 which already should be out for a month now:
https://helpx.adobe.com/de/indesign/system-requirements.html
https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/indesign-19-1-improved-core-features-and-workflo...

So plese don't share https://helpx.adobe.com/de/indesign/kb/slow-performance-indesign.html with me but please help me out here! Thank you very much in advance!

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Community Expert , Jan 04, 2024 Jan 04, 2024

Still yes.

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Jan 04, 2024 Jan 04, 2024

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What do you mean by "performance problems"?

 

First of all - how big  / old are your INDD files?

 

How often are you doing Save As - with a new name - or only Save?

 

There sometimes could be a problem with metadata imported with linked files.

@rob day's solution:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/is-there-a-script-to-clear-indesign-metadata-red...

@Loic.Aigon's solution:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/edit-idml-remove-metadata-save-again-open-in-ind...

 

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Thank you for your answer but that's not part of the solution.

I'm aware of the Save/Save As behaviour and 'save my files small' regulary.

And as I work with InDesign 19.01 I also have new 19.01 files. They're often not really big and I clearly described my problem: "NO GPU suppoprt in InDesign - it's running in software mode" - that's my problem. And that's why I posted "So plese don't share https://helpx.adobe.com/de/indesign/kb/slow-performance-indesign.html with me" 😉

My core question again: "I actually have NO "GPU Performance" entry in the preferences list in InDesign (while in Illustrator and Photoshop I have that for years).

I also have NO animated zoom as described in the article and it's all dead slow, so I'm sure I'm in CPU mode. Why does GPU work in the complete graphics and video apps but NOT in InDesign?"

So: How do I achieve GPU mode in InDesign 19.x PC Win10/11?

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Still yes.

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Nothin' with nothin' but if you're that stunned you haven't been paying attention. I gave up on seeing this on Windows a long time ago.

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Oh, right - I also don't have this option - had no idea that it's missing - but I don't feel that InDesign is slow - and my laptop isn't a speed demon:

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz, 2601 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

16GB RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

 

Any chance you can share your sample doc - on priv?

 

So the question still remains - What do you mean by "performance problems"?

 

2024 / v 19.x is very sensitive to the network "lag" - specialy if you have files that have links to missing locations...

 

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"Performance" is relative 😉

It's absolutely like here: https://www.reddit.com/r/indesign/comments/mpv6gs/why_does_indesign_perform_better_on_my_old_mac_vs/

"Why does InDesign perform better on my old Mac vs my new Windows ???"

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A reddit post is hardly any kind of scientific study. On my self-built Win 11 machine (11th gen i7 with 64GB RAM) I have no complaints about performance.

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And here a technical explanation right from NVIDIA:
https://forums.developer.nvidia.com/t/adobe-indesign-cc-gpu-support-on-windows-x64-machine-by-nvidia...

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"InDesign has built-in GPU acceleration based on MacOS Metal and OpenGL. That acceleration does specific tasks directly on the GPU. This implementation is not part of the Windows version of InDesign.

The NVIDIA control panel settings only control an app’s rendered output. That means IFF the app uses things like MSAA (which InDesign does not), you could control how that is used. But InDesign is rendering simply through the Windows Display Manager and any app specific changes in the Control Panel will not affect the actual InDesign render behavior."

That's why there's no trick or hack to get a solution here - even when some Indian guys posted YT videos how to configure that 😉

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Indesign never supported multithreading... 

 

Again - can you share a sample document? 

 

Or... I could finally prepare "benchmark task" for my tool - you are on a PC so you could use it - but we would have to agree on what things should be tested and how ...

 

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