Storyline and .story files very slow to open and save
I have found that Storyline, as much as I love it, runs a little sluggishly, but it seems to be getting especially slow on my latest project.
I tested before and after installing the December 14 update, and results are similar.
Here are the timings on my reasonably fast computer (Windows 7 Home Premium, i7 quad core CPU, 16 Gb DDR3 1333 Mhz RAM, 750 Gb HDD at 7200 rpm). My drive gets defragged regularly and is in great shape right now.
- Launching Storyline: 44 seconds.
- Opening my current 28 Mb .story file: Over 1 minute.
- Saving that file: 45 seconds.
In comparison, another file I worked on in September, which includes a number of videos and weighs in at 90 Mb, also takes about 45 seconds to save and close to a minute to load. A 24 Mb file from the same period only takes about 25 seconds to load.
My current 28 Mb file has had a lot of slides added and removed, so I don't know if requires compression (can't find any option to do so) or if it has become corrupt.
(I am suspecting corruption because of some other issues that arose today when I opened this file. Many slides which were set to use masters with Calibri headers at 18 pt had resized the headers to 24 pt, went back to default margins instead of the 0 margins I assigned, and several more moved down the slide slightly. The masters looked fine. Several text boxes didn't use their assigned text colour and extended well past the right edge of the slide as text wrapping appeared to have been turned off.)
I just imported all the slides from the sluggish 28 Mb .story file into a fresh .story file. No new errors were introduced (thank goodness!). And -- wow! -- the file size for this version built from imported slides is now 9.5 Mb. (I left out about 7 extra slides, but that's still a huge drop in file size).
Save time is now about 35 seconds, and time to load in Storyline is also 35 seconds.
1) Are these typical times? Do I just have to live with this (or get an SSD?)
2) What factors affect save and load time for .story files?
3) Is there anything else I can try to make Storyline and these files more responsive?