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Are there any recommendations on Preferences/Performance/RAM usage limit in relation to onboard RAM?

I seem to be getting numerous 'Affinity not responding' when dealing with larger files which is very frustrating when it can take 3 or 4 minutes to finally respond.

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3 hours ago, D23 said:

Are there any recommendations on Preferences/Performance/RAM usage limit in relation to onboard RAM?

At least for Macs, leaving it at the default, which is usually (always on Macs?) equal to the total RAM installed, is fine unless you typically run several RAM-hungry apps concurrently and one or more of the others continuously needs lots of active memory for its exclusive use to perform well (or at all).

The Mac OS will never let any app use all the installed RAM & it usually manages the allocation of application memory resources quite well. so in general there is no reason to lower the Affinity app RAM usage below the default.


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1 minute ago, D23 said:

And for a PC?

I assume something similar applies but since I only use Macs someone else may have a better answer for you.


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Windows has the same RAM Usage Limit option available in Preferences > Performance. As @R C-R mentions, it defaults to the total amount of physical memory available. When do you notice the Not Responding, is when performing a particular task or using a certain tool? How large are the files this seems to be happening with?

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Panoramas take a hell of a while, especially the rendering which often causes 'not responding' for several minutes. Pasting a second image onto a first, and oddly, resizing often causes a problem. However, the files in question are in the region of 25 to 30Mb.

I just wondered if there were any recommendations.

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