My colleague thinks a 2+ minute compile time is too long, which prompted the question of this item.
Here are some details:
size of project: 27MB
size of project on disk: 28MB
So, is our compile time reasonable, or could it go faster?
It does seem a long time but there is no information about the output you are generating, the PC you are using, the version of RoboHelp and whether you are generating locally or to a network drive
Have you tried deleting the CPD file?
Very difficult to answer questions like this. Have you tried generating in a different environment to get a comparison?
See www.grainge.org for free RoboHelp and Authoring information.
I did a quick test on one of our bigger projects.
On disk it has 120 MB and 1562 files. The actual number of generated topics is 332 (as reported in the log). To generate WebHelp or Responsive HTML5 to my local PC, it took 45 seconds - so yes, assuming you are generating to a local drive, on a decent PC, it could be faster.
I'd like to re-visit this problem, as we had put it on the back burner for a while, but as I have some time, I'd like to update the issue with more details:
PC: Windows 8.1 Pro, Intel Core processor, CPU 3.30 GHz, RAM 16 GB, 64-bit OS
Robohelp 2017 (on my machine, but is generating to a network drive)
size of project: 24.4MB
size of project on disk: 25.5MB
Compile/generate time: 2 minutes 15 seconds
size of project: 16.9MB
size of project on disk: 17.7MB
Compile/generate time: 3 minutes 25 seconds
I should add that this data is as of this morning; I was working on this yesterday afternoon, and both projects took 8-10 minutes to compile (generate?). In fact, the blue circle sat there spinning for about 40 seconds before the compile even started. At one point, I did a ctrl-alt-delete to see what was happening, and saw Robohelp Not Responding.
and yes, I did try deleting the .cpd file ... no difference.
Just for comparison it would be interesting to see what the results are if you copy the projects to the local C drive and perform the generation from there.