Just wanted to share some helpful tips on minimizing the lag you may be experiencing. Every so often I get this and I live in uptown Dallas, Texas; with a super fast connection. I have an i7, 16gb memory, so I hardly ever have speed issues on anything dynamic. That being said, I sometimes see lag on all my web-based applications and I take these steps periodically throughout the day.
1. Internet Security:
Disable any/all protection software “real-time scanning”. This MUST be off.
2. Mcafee App Boost:
Total protection upgrade to get this feature. It helps to build a monitor pattern for daily usage, and adjusts over time to allocate CPU, Memory usage.
I use Advanced System Care for continuous maintenance. There are others, but I found this one to be less intrusive and more comprehensive to manage. Honestly, you really need to use a software package like this in conjunction with a security suite. The cleaning, is not revolutionary or complicated, it just prevents “manually” going to through tech steps one by one. Also - DO NOT use the Registry, Disk Optimization or Defrag cleaners EVER. You don’t need to touch the these for any type of daily activity. That’s reserved for spring cleaning so to speak, maybe twice a year.
On these applications, you can see they have a number of tools/features that allow to get granular on your setup. It takes a couple of weeks for the apps to get used to your habits/usage. Right now our smartphones already do this! Think about it, we use them way more than a laptop - but they don’t lag or freeze. It’s doing this automatically with software based on your everyday activity using monitoring. Also “turn this off from running the background after using”. At the end of each day, I run the Scan with those settings and I have it shut down after cleaning.
Here’s a few screenshots.
4. Clear browsing cache:
Every 2 hours or so, I’ll clean the browser cache, close Chrome, and restart. It just helps to keep the Designer from filling up the browser over long periods of time. This is an absolute must throughout the day. It does delete the search history, so back that up if you need to know sites you were searching, or set bookmarks then clean.
5. Browser Tabs:
Try to minimize using the app, while keeping a lot of open tabs. Chrome loads up memory very quickly and it uses a really high CPU percentage.
6. Startup Items:
Be sure to check the start up items, delete or remove anything unnecessary for daily usage. As you can see, there’s nothing in my startup. And the processes are kept to a minimum. End/Stop those you don’t need.
If you’re use to system support, you’ll know about the msconfig dialog. I think on Mac, it’s Activity Monitor and System Preferences. But recheck it to make sure there’s nothing you need running in the background service section.
8. Other applications:
Previously I would use Bridge, Affinity, PS and maybe a PDF software when doing client work. This has caused intermittent lag hanging CPU usage. If I’m not using the app, I just simply close it, to free up CPU for Chrome because it has a really high demand on the processor. Even more so than Photoshop in my experience. Opera is really the smoothest browser anyway, but hey…
In the above Task Manager screenshot, you can see how much a “design” software requires.
9. Browser Extensions:
In addition, disable as many “Extensions” in Chrome as possible. This made a huge difference immediately for me. I really disabled all of them and turned on 1 by 1 to test. Best to disable all when working in the Designer over longer periods.
10. Video Card:
Finally, you really should check this. Without an above average video card. This all is a mute point. Check your card control panel and make sure settings are correct.
Some of you may be familiar with these steps. If you have anything else, please add it so other members can equip with additional tools.
Hope this helps you guys