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InDesign vs Affinity Publisher on 4K Monitors

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Feb 23, 2020

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I have been wracking my brain trying to solve the terrible performance on my 4K monitor with InDesign, Illustrator, and Bridge 2020 on my system (listed below). Photoshop appears to fine.

 

I thought it was my videocard, or Catalina, or my monitor.

 

Then I tried a beta of Affinity Publisher, AND IT SMOKED! Publisher performed like I was using a 2K monitor. Grabber hand, editing, moving objects. Smooth as silk.

 

I'm giving Adobe 6 months to join us in the 21st Century. And if by the end of summer this is still an issue, I'm out.

 

This is painful.

 

System: Mac Pro 5,1. Catalina 10.15.3. 12 core. 48Gb RAM. M.2 boot drive. RX 5700 XT Sapphire Pulse GPU with 8Gb RAM.

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InDesign vs Affinity Publisher on 4K Monitors

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I have been wracking my brain trying to solve the terrible performance on my 4K monitor with InDesign, Illustrator, and Bridge 2020 on my system (listed below). Photoshop appears to fine.

 

I thought it was my videocard, or Catalina, or my monitor.

 

Then I tried a beta of Affinity Publisher, AND IT SMOKED! Publisher performed like I was using a 2K monitor. Grabber hand, editing, moving objects. Smooth as silk.

 

I'm giving Adobe 6 months to join us in the 21st Century. And if by the end of summer this is still an issue, I'm out.

 

This is painful.

 

System: Mac Pro 5,1. Catalina 10.15.3. 12 core. 48Gb RAM. M.2 boot drive. RX 5700 XT Sapphire Pulse GPU with 8Gb RAM.

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I made this 30 second video to show the difference between InDesign 2020 and Affinity Publisher on a 4K monitor. The "edit" is simply hitting Command + Tab (app switching):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyW2vbw1Yig&feature=youtu.be

Compares the egregious performance of InDesign 2020 on a 4K monitor to its competitor Affinity Publisher. System is 12 core Mac Pro with Catalina 10.15.3, Ra...

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Thanks for this -- I thought I was the only one -- I even built a beast of Windows machine as I thought it could be my iMac but still struggling with ID -- I have emailed them numerous times and the lag is killing my productivity -- just downloaded Affinity and all I can say is WOW.

 

Are you still using Alffinity, how do you like it - does it handle INDML OK?

My machine specs are : Intel Core i7 - 9700F CPU @ 3.00 GHZ 8 core 64 GB of ram 64 bit operating system NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 164 MB memory Monitor is BenQ PD3200U 4K UHD - hooked up via HDMI

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