I’ve tried repairing the permissions. Limiting desktop icons. Removing Safari’s support for ICO icons. Clearing more hard drive space. Nothing. Frickin’. Worked. I have been so frustrated by how slow my Mac Pro has been. I have 2 2.66GHz dual-core processors, 2 GB of memory, and still I was getting spinning beach balls, crunching hard drives and slow menus…and nothing seemed to fix it. I decided to take action. I was fed up! And you know what? It’s really quite simple.
DISABLE YOUR FONTS!
As reluctant as I am to get rid of fonts (being a designer), I don’t need all my fonts all the time. I had over 700 fonts that were activated in Font Book, and was using a demo of Suitcase Fusion to manage additional fonts as well. The second I disabled the fonts in Font Book, my life was Snappy™ again 🙂 !The change in speed is dramatic. I can finally not curse Adobe when I’m using Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver CS3 at the same time. It had been torture. Now it’s the bliss I knew it should have been.Applications with the most speed difference are:
- Safari – no longer sucks compared to IE on Windows. Loads HTML soooo much faster.
- Adobe CS3 Suite – no longer churns away when doing the simplest of tasks (like switching a site in the Files window in Dreamweaver or opening new files in Illustrator)
- Mail – as zippy as it should be