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Saturday, May 24, 2008
Flash CS3 with MacbookPro = Very Slow
A few weeks ago my old Windows laptop suddenly went into a blue screen nose dive from which it never recovered. Given the choice between a Vista based laptop and a Macbook Pro the choice seemed obvious. But during the week I finally had a chance to return to a Flash game I'm developing. There were a few missing font issues due to differences between Mac and PC standard fonts but that didn't take long to sort out. So finally I'm testing my physcis based game for the first time on my Mac and it runs like a dog. It ran real smooth on my crappy old PC and it runs real smooth when I run it in the browser. So why does it look like a slow motion replay when run from Flash CS3 on the Macbook Pro. I had installed all available CS3 updates the day before this. So I felt confident I had the latest version and any bug fixes would be applied. Naturally I started searching the forums and yes there were many posts on performance issues for Flash CS3 on the Macbook Pro. Mostly I found complaints but I did come across one totally insane idea that the crazed writer claimed worked. To remove all performamce issues they open and close the Flash help panel and problem solved. I was desperate and so I took the road less travelled and ,yes, my problem was solved. Opening and closing the help panel in Flash CS3 removes all performance issues on the Macbook Pro. Why and how the hell they came across this solution I have no idea. It's like blue vein cheese. How did anyone ever realise blue vein cheese should be eaten and not thrown away. Oh, look the cheese is off! No, no, no it's fine here try a piece. My Flash app runs like a dog here let me just try opening the help panel. How ever they did it I thank them.