InDesign "high quality display" mode - what hardware does it tax?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by c.s., Jun 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    c.s.

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    Is it GPU? RAM? CPU? All of the above? Just trying to determine best hardware for my next computer, and I use InDesign every day.
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    You're looking mainly at RAM and Video Card. How much of each will be determined by your preferences in your software configuration under InDesign -> Preferences -> Performance
     
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    phoenixsan

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    It is my experience....

    on my forays in CS use, that high quality display mode works best in single images. Not so good idea in multi-paged documents. Having said the latter, I think the most taxed hardware in this mode are the GPU and RAM. You are no applying a filter or making a conversion between formats (CPU intensive tasks IMHO).

    But somebody can prove me wrong....:eek:


    :):apple:
     
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    designs216

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    I use Indesign all the time and this has been my experience as well. Although I've got a hex processor, 1GB VRAM and 32GB RAM, the High Quality display mode is sluggish. For this reason, I suspect the issue is not hardware but rather software related. Perhaps Adobe has yet to optimize the software to take advantage of available horsepower -- this has been the trend for several years.

    For this reason, I would avoid swinging for the fence when you purchase your next machine. When I bought my Pro for example, I bought the hex as I considered it to be a good compromise between baseline and 2nd mortgage.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    High Quality display always worked great on even older machines for me.. until CS5 came out. Then it turned into a sluggish mess. I'm not sure what the difference is between version, but it's always angered me.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Sluggish

    In High Quality Display mode, InDesign slows down to a crawl if you have imported 1200dpi bitmap TIFFs such as you would use on occasion for a spot ink or foil plate.

    They are tiny files so there's no reason for this in 2013. Quark never had a problem with them.
     
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    designs216

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    Do you use Quark? I remember thinking when Indesign first debuted that it would never replace the old mainstay. Indesign stuck around and improved and still the standard stagnated and eventually fell out of favor. I switched over and have never gone back to see if Quark ever caught up.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    Not any more

    Have been Adobe only in our studio since CS3, I do miss a few things in Quark, but at the end of the day, they're just tools to let you design.
     

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