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2 hours ago, sb101 said:

had a look unter preferences>performance, but did not find any option.

As far as I know, that is not possible.
Just out of curiosity: why do you want to hide the export preview?
Perhaps the export via the Export Persona is an alternative for you.

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I don't really need the cpu extra processing. so I thought there must be an option.
eg exporting w=10800 px it takes too long anyway and
cpu goes up to 100% loosing that for other bg rendering tasks.

so an simple on/off switch would be welcome, eg. even remembering the export format (what is useful for eg gif isn't for large images).






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3 hours ago, sb101 said:

but I search for an option to disable it

There isn't one. You could make a Feature Request, but I don't think this would count as a bug (where you've posted this query).

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Unbelievable 😲😳, it took several years to get Serif to add a export preview, and now it's remove it or provide a toggle to disable it?

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export preview IS very cool as an option, but
the temporary memory allocation and the unnecessary cpu load would be prevented.

The malloc() function allocates a block of uninitialized memory to a pointer.

the swp file would benefit if low on mem with other tasks.



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Our app, when possible will utilise any available resources. So taking the CPU to 100% to draw the canvas and then draw the export preview is fairly expected to be honest. Windows will give and take resources whenever an app asks for it. The only time I'd be concerned is if the app goes to a Not Responding state or crashes. Moving to feedback.

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Personally, I would also appreciate to have an option to disable export preview. For some jobs, export preview is essential, for others, it’s not. In the latter case, the presence of export preview creates needless friction to the workflow. We are all conditioned to perceive a spinning wheel (animated “busy” icon) as an indicator that we have to wait for a process to complete until we get the result we want.

Though we do not really have to wait in the present case, it still “feels” not right to hit the Okay (“Write export file to disk”) button before the preview is rendered completely. There’s a psychological hurdle to do so, originating from our experience with “busy” icons elsewhere. Inexperienced users who don’t know about modern CPU management might not even know that they can press the Okay button before the preview is complete.

For all of these reasons — and yes, they are “soft,” psychological reasons, in distinction to “hard,” technical ones, but nonetheless, they shape the user experience! —, I would suggest that you simply add a little checkbox to the export dialog allowing to disable export preview. Hope that makes sense. 🙂

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1 hour ago, A_B_C said:

... I would suggest that you simply add a little checkbox to the export dialog allowing to disable export preview. Hope that makes sense. 

If I had a wish, I would not wish for an on/off switch, but for the preview to be displayed more quickly :12_slight_smile:.

The usual formats take between less than 1 second (JPEG) and 6 seconds (PDF) for a 13 MP image. But GIF takes the cake. The preview lasts a whopping 42 seconds.

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  • 4 weeks later...

The preview is a useful feature but can get in the way.

I searched for an on/off toggle when exporting several large prints in Designer with different ardboards.

On export, the dropdown to select the artboard does not respond for a few seconds due to beachballing for the preview. (MBP M1 Max 64GB)

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in books, there is export also with preview. Sadly, it does not remember area settings (stupid idiotic setting that is always set to default and all the time i have to change it) and after switching, it takes 20-30s to unfreeze the .... preview. 

So yea. After exporting 20 books, yes, this setting is a must have.

This is driving me mad. Very mad. combined with that books are constantly freezing, not updating, not possible to save until next restart of application.

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On 1/2/2023 at 5:33 PM, user_0815 said:

The preview is a useful feature but can get in the way.

I have yet to find a use for it in the way it is implemented. I'm working on a booklet with about 80 pages in total. The first page is blank, awaiting artwork from elsewhere. Exporting to PDF digital high quality it takes over two minutes to display the completely blank first page. The preview is also smaller than the original so for fine work it is not very useful. I think the preview is a good idea but it falls short in function.

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Well, of course, you can zoom in on the export preview to inspect your fine details. So that’s not an argument in favor of the request that there should be a button to turn export preview off.

I think the main argument remains that (a) export preview is not necessary for all jobs, and in such cases (b) creates needless UI friction by imposing a psychological hurdle to the user against quickly pressing the Export button. It is a simply a psychological fact that we are all trained to wait and expect something when we see a spinning wheel icon on a screen, even if we know that, in a particular instance, this spinning wheel icon does not tell us anything and does not want to make us wait with respect to our next action. Good UI/UX design should understand the importance of such psychological facts.

A toggle switch, two lines of code to hide the left panel of the export dialog – this should be done in a moment. Would it be so difficult to add this?


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