When I upgraded from InDesign CS4 to CS5 I was surprised at how slow my documents were running, particularly when bringing in large XML files. I found adjusting a couple of settings really helped:
Live Screen Drawing
InDesign CS5 now has a default setting to redraw the page if any changes are made to it. This is particularly problematic when you have a file with a lot of pages in it and it’s redrawing heavily-tagged XML (as is standard in dictionary work). If any changes are made to the lines on the page it seems to reflow the full document. You can fix this by going to:
Indesign – Preferences – Interface – Live Screen Drawing – change the selection to Delayed
The overprint preview allows the user to get a more accurate view of how a document will print and if there are any likely spot colour, transparency, blending mode and overprint issues in the document. CS5 has set the Overprint Preview to be automatically on. When you load XML into InDesign you can see easily where the individual tags are within the document by the colour-coded square brackets at the start and end of the fields. This is useful when editing the text – ensuring you are editing inside the correct tag. However, the Overprint Preview really slows down InDesign and you will be amazed by how much quicker everything is when you turn this setting off.
View – Overprint Preview – unselect
Hope this is useful!
© Sharon McTeir