Slower than Molasses In January

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Derick
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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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Any updates on getting an Intel version of the converters? Or switching to libwpd? In the time since I started opening a word perfect document, I've opened the same file with Word, viewed it, closed Word, started Safari, browsed to the Nisus forum site, located this thread and written this message. CPU usage is still at 100%, the importers are using 845 MB (135 real / 710 virtual) & Nisus itself about 100 MB. This is huge overhead just to open a file, & seems much worse than it was in prior versions of NWP. Nisus is still working on importing that file.

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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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Anyone? Anyone?

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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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I wonder whether it would it be possible for there to be a user preference to load converters when NWP is launched or not -- and for them to load in the background when not immedaitely demanded so that users could get on with work?

Obviously if we are launching NWP by opening a doc/docx or whatever, the converters have to load immediately at full speed. But if they aren't needed immediately, but are likely to be, then a process that would allow us to get on with work while the converters loaded would be friendly.

For example, I don't do much doc/docx conversion, so I would opt NOT to load the converters until they were demanded (at which point I would be happy to pause for a minute) whereas someone doing a fair bit of such stuff would opt to load the converters with launch.

Of course, faster loading is the real answer.

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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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Is this problem just being ignored?

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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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Derick wrote:Is this problem just being ignored?
The problem is not being ignored. We are considering options regarding the speed of the ".doc" importer, including the possibility of releasing special "Intel only" downloads of NWP. But at this time we have nothing further to announce, sorry.

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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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martin wrote:
Derick wrote:Is this problem just being ignored?
The problem is not being ignored. We are considering options regarding the speed of the ".doc" importer, including the possibility of releasing special "Intel only" downloads of NWP. But at this time we have nothing further to announce, sorry.
Here's a definite vote for the Intel-only version. Although I haven't been adding my 2 jiao's worth, importing docs and the occasional docx is a many-times-a-day occurrence for me. Although what we have currently generally works well, albeit there are the odd files that it spits out as indigestible, it is slow. The first one frustratingly slow, the others still somewhat irritatingly slow if the file is more than a page or so long. Also, the importer is the only reason I need to have Rosetta on my machines.

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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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I would also like to see an Intel-only version of NWP (or at least the importer).
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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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NWP should automatically save to the original version. That is, you open a .doc file, edit it and click save to overwrite the original .doc file. As it is you must go to File>Export, and save it as an exported file. In short: you open a .doc (or .docx or what-have-you) file, edit it, then hit Command-S to save it without going to the File>Export as… menu. When I am writing I am in the habit of hitting Command-S every so often, and I think there are a lot of people like me.
I know someone could say, but then rtf and doc files are different, and that’s what the Export menu is for. But I think the differences between .doc and .rtf are little noticeable and NWP may prompt the user that some features might be lost.

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Re: Slower than Molasses In January

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We've just put out Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.1 which updates our file importer to the OpenOffice 3.2 code base. We've also made an "Intel" download available, which includes an Intel version of our importer. It definitely runs faster than the PPC importer. Enjoy!

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