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My client is on a PowerBook G4/1.33/17" - OS X 10.3.3 and uses FHMX 11.0 build 416 We'll upgrade later this week to MXa ... He's got complex technical drawings, created with FH7. One drawing has about 2000 elements, lots of it are using gradients and there are many nested groups of elements. On FH7 he could work very quick, also on FH10 - OSX. But on FHMX it takes him 3-5 Minutes to move the whole drawing just 1 pixel !!! I found out, if I ungroup all elements I can move the hole drawing quickly again, even if ...

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    Default FHMX slow ... one more ...

    My client is on a PowerBook G4/1.33/17" - OS X 10.3.3 and uses FHMX 11.0 build
    416

    We'll upgrade later this week to MXa ...

    He's got complex technical drawings, created with FH7. One drawing has about
    2000 elements, lots of it are using gradients and there are many nested groups
    of elements.

    On FH7 he could work very quick, also on FH10 - OSX. But on FHMX it takes him
    3-5 Minutes to move the whole drawing just 1 pixel !!!
    I found out, if I ungroup all elements I can move the hole drawing quickly
    again, even if I keep all the gradiants on the elements.
    Changing to ast Preview or Keyline Mode has no effect.

    I hope this will be solved in the MXa update, otherwise we'll switch back to
    FH10.

    Has anybody else experienced these problems?
    If someone likes to try if he can work quicker with this file, I'll send it
    off list. (mailme: almy"at"mac-web.ch)
    Thierry

    +41 52 620 30 61 Guest

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    Default Re: FHMX slow ... one more ...

    Thierry,

    FHMX 11.0 was hopelessly slow when redrawing such files. If you update to
    FHMX 11.0.2, redraw of files like this will still not be blazingly fast but
    it will be much improved over FHMX 11.0.

    By ungrouping elements, you have discovered what I believe is a core flaw in
    the way FHMX handles groups. I'm speculating, but I believe group-level
    attributes are created and tracked for every group in the file. When the
    file contains hundreds of groups, this slows down redraw considerably.
    Nested groups compound the problem exponentially.

    Maybe newsgroup regular, 'davecc' will jump in here with his experiences. He
    works with files like this.

    Judy Arndt
    --
    FHMX 11.0.2 (Build 92)
    Mac G4, OS 10.3.3


    +41 52 620 30 61 wrote:
    > My client is on a PowerBook G4/1.33/17" - OS X 10.3.3 and uses FHMX 11.0 build
    > 416
    >
    > He's got complex technical drawings, created with FH7. One drawing has about
    > 2000 elements, lots of it are using gradients and there are many nested groups
    > of elements.
    >
    > On FH7 he could work very quick, also on FH10 - OSX. But on FHMX it takes him
    > 3-5 Minutes to move the whole drawing just 1 pixel !!! I found out, if I
    > ungroup all elements I can move the hole drawing quickly again, even if I keep
    > all the gradiants on the elements. Changing to ast Preview or Keyline Mode has
    > no effect.
    Judy Arndt Guest

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    Default Re: FHMX slow ... one more ...

    Judy,
    thanks for your reply.
    I'll pop my experience to this topic this Friday, just after I upgraded to
    11.0.2.
    Hope it solves the problem, otherwise we have to downgrade to FH10 ... :-(

    Thierry

    +41 52 620 30 61 Guest

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