Archive for March, 2007

Optimizing your Mac part two (Logic Pro related)

March 10th, 2007

Sometimes my G5 iMac (first version) just starts acting weird when doing processor hungry tasks. And while already optimised to quite some extent, there are some extra tricks to keep load off CPU and lets you squeeze those last bits out of your mac, especially if it’s a ‘vintage’ one.

First thing is to free as much RAM as possible (I only have 768 megs), therefore when doing heavy stuff, such as Logic Pro audio processing, the default Tiger’s eye candy won’t help you much.
You’ve already done all the stuff mentioned in my previous article, but there’s more to do – in fact these practices made Logic Pro load fall from 80% to 55% (on a certain project) which is not at all negligible.

1. Use a proggy called Shadow Killer – run it and window shadows are gone. Run it again and they’re back up. Download here

2. Stash (not necessarily trash) all the junk on your desktop. Create a folder somewhere else on the hard drive and put the stuff in (except HD mounts etc. which obviously you can’t). With only a few icons left back there, a task named Windowserver won’t have a lot to look around for when you move the mouse cursor around.

3. Might help if you turn off font smoothing at a certain font size (System Prefs -> Appearance), for instance, at size 9 or 10.

4. Turn Dock magnification off.

5. In Logic Pro, turn font Anti-aliasing off, as well as other visualities (gradients, resolution of waveform definitions etc.)

6. When launching Logic Pro, make sure it’s a ‘clean’ launch (the first application after booting the system up). No other apps should be running. Check out (before restart) also the Accounts section in System Prefs and remove all “unnecessary” startup items (Adobe version Cues, Salling Clickers etc).

7. When Logic Pro is up, click on Finder in the Dock and quit it (Command-Q).

8. Some claim that using thousands of colours instead of millions helps the performance (try it out yourself).

9. Background desktop images – use solid colours.

10. Screen saver – use 1×1 pixel image (black, grey, whatever).

Tell me how it’s working out for you.

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