Make Illustrator multi threaded on CPU
Illustrator performance is awful, its slow and lumbering at all but the most basic operations. It is bound to only a single cpu thread which is ridiculous now in an age of multi core and multi thread CPU's and it has been this way for many years. It cannot handle background tasks and is completely out of parity in function and performance with other Adobe software such as photoshop and inDesign.
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Dane Muldoon commented
This seems like a an obvious and overdue architectural improvement with CPU performance mostly skewed towards adding additional cores these days.
Oh, Adobe... Please put your resources into this. I know people(myself included) who have spent thousands and thousands on their system and still have to wait on the simplest of tasks. Just because illustrator uses less than 10% of the capacity. While software like e.g. Keyshot uses the cpu power for a 100% all the time, so you can actually build a system to meet your demands or at least, save you time.
We know you can do it, so please do
Mark Nicoll commented
I'm currently hanging around waiting for Illustrator to finish embedding some linked AI files. I have a handful of other files open, but the whole app is locked up so I can't do anything else. It's using 10% CPU capacity (100% on one core). Crazy much?
In other news, I was one of those suckers who went for an Nvidia Quadro card based on all the marketing hype of 10X performance gains in Illustrator... more like constant instability and negative performance issues (and hours wasted experimenting with drivers)! I occasionally turn on so called "GPU Performance" again to see if anything has improved; not so far.
So yeah, multi threaded CPU functionality would be favourite in this day and age.
Andrew Wadsworth commented
My goodness does this need to happen.. Nothing worse than buying an amazing piece of tech and having your software shut it down or have no way of using it.
I'm going to have to agree...
On a 8 core system it will consume on full load 12.5% (one core) and be sluggish.
On our 16-CPU render pc, it will use around 7% CPU (and be under full load) and be sluggish..
YES! PLEASE! It's way overdue for multi-core/multi-thread support.
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Agreed, when will we see multi-threading on Adobe apps.
I agree with this as well. I use Illustrator heavily throughout my workday, and I want it to be able to leverage the hardware on my computer better.
Steve Whitla commented
We also work with extremely complex compositions and it is so infuriating that there's no way to spec a machine to handle them. We have these exteremely powerful machines with extremely powerful CPUs, GPUs and huge amounts of RAM but AI is using a fraction of the power available. I appreciate this probably means re-writing half the program but surely a single-threaded codebase isn't sustainable in the long term as more and more features are added and user requirements become more and more demanding.
In terms of performance gains I would say GPU acceleration has helped our studio out somewhere in the region of 0%. Perhaps less as in a number of cases it has made the program slower and/or more unstable. These are new machines with modern nvidia graphics cards.
Our workflows revolve around AI, so this is probably the number one reason we don't fully embrace the Adobe ecosystem - we're hoping that at some point a competitor program will come along that matches the functionality but doesn't have these performance issues. It would make a world of difference! Even just to know that it was on the radar.
Agreed, this is an absolute must and fundamental considering the specs of even ordinary machines these days. For me, working on complex maps, this is the single biggest problem with Illustrator. In fact it has the worst performance of any app I use, yet the one I need to use most!! And please, don't lump the performance gains on the GPU, as for the most part this really isn't helping much.