15 rmpb just arrived - problem?

Apple1234567890

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Nov 16, 2011
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Hi,

I've just taken delivery of a 2015 - 15.4 rmpb - 1TB - dGPU etc

Its all great, however the first thing I tried to do is open a simple .pdf document and zoom in and out.

The thing stutters and the beach ball comes up before jumping to the zoomed in or out position. This is a bit pathetic for a computer of this supposed power?

My 2009 didn't even do that ! (OK its a retina screen ... )

(This is with the dpgu on)

Any thoughts would be great.
 

MBHockey

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Preview can be pretty slow. I think it's one of the worst Apps on the Mac. I'd try using a different PDF reader before chalking it up to the computer not being powerful enough.
 

Apple1234567890

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Nov 16, 2011
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Preview can be pretty slow. I think it's one of the worst Apps on the Mac. I'd try using a different PDF reader before chalking it up to the computer not being powerful enough.
Ah ok, didn't realised. Thanks I'll try something else.
 

venom600

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Also, if you just turned it on, your machine is still indexing for Spotlight, so it will be slower than normal for the first 24-48 hours while that happens in the background.
 

RoboWarriorSr

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This is a known issue and apparently El Capitan does fix this. Its suspected, like many other parts of El Capitan, the performance will be better as the beta continues since the first beta does not even utilize Metal yet.
 

shoehornhands

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Oct 9, 2014
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Yep, I have a 2014 15" rMBP (same processor and integrated GPU as you) and use preview to read pdf formatted books all the time. There is indeed quite a bit of stuttering / beachball every now and then (especially when first opening something).
 

Samuelsan2001

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Oct 24, 2013
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Yep, I have a 2014 15" rMBP (same processor and integrated GPU as you) and use preview to read pdf formatted books all the time. There is indeed quite a bit of stuttering / beachball every now and then (especially when first opening something).
I never use preview for PDF's it's awful, slow, stuttery and uses a lot of battery and resources.

I use Skim for all my PDF's it's a lovely little low impact piece of freeware that is fantastic for viewing PDF's.
 
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Queen6

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I never use preview for PDF's it's awful, slow, stuttery and uses a lot of battery and resources.

I use Skim for all my PDF's it's a lovely little low impact piece of freeware that is fantastic for viewing PDF's.
Another for Skim, open the same PDF in QuickView likely it will not be any issue. The PDF rendering engine has been broken in Preview for some time, hopefully fixed in 10.11

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shoehornhands

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Oct 9, 2014
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I never use preview for PDF's it's awful, slow, stuttery and uses a lot of battery and resources.

I use Skim for all my PDF's it's a lovely little low impact piece of freeware that is fantastic for viewing PDF's.
Thanks, I'll have to check it out. Despite the growing popularity of eBook (epub), I still prefer to have books in pdf format so it's probably time I find a better alternative anyway.