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Speeding up InDesign: A Chart of Ideas

Haeme Ulrich, Swiss InDesign and DPS expert and trainer, runs a great blog (if you speak German). He came up with a cool chart of ideas to speed up InDesign. After all, who doesn’t want to make InDesign faster and more efficient?! He translated it into English for us here:

Haeme Ulrich InDesign Speed Chart

You can download it by clicking here or the image above. Great ideas!

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11 Comments on “Speeding up InDesign: A Chart of Ideas

  1. Haeme, can you explain “You can temporarily disable a GREP Style by adding * at the beginning of the code”? In what way is it temporary? How is the GREP Style reengaged?

    • Jamie, adding a “*” at the start of a GREP style expression makes it an Invalid Syntax, and so it will not be executed any more. GREP styles are ‘run’ virtually continuously, and more than a few slow down ID immensely. To re-enable the GREP style, remove the asterisk at the start again. It’s “temporarily” in the sense that you actually want the GREP styles enabled.

  2. Nice, but lacking two biggies:
    (1) Avoid split and span columns unless you have to use them
    (2) Avoid very long stories. (Long docs are mentioned in the chart, but I’ve found that long docs do not actually slow down InDesign so much as long stories. A book containing 15 chapters will be really slow if all those chapters are threaded. But if each chap. is a separate story, there shouldn’t be a problem.)

  3. David,

    Where did you find the RAM requirements for indesign Cc?

    All I can find are in Adobe site and they claim for indesign Cc 2015 the minimum RAM 2 GB (ridiculously low) and recommended is 8 GB, and makes no mention of GPU or VRAM requirements.

    Thank you.

    [Voice recognition software was used to compose this email. The technology is far from perfect; please excuse any mistakes.]

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