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Fix a BBEdit slow-down when editing multiple files
Authored by: pwoolsey on Sep 06, '05 01:27:23PM
I see part of my post to the BBEdit-Talk list has already made it here :-) but since that contained a bit more info which might also be useful, here's the whole thing.
There is a text drawing bug related to font caching in Mac OS X 10.4.x which can produce these symptoms (slow typing and redraw) in BBEdit and other apps. We have reported this problem to Apple and they are aware of it.

We have not yet been able to determine specifically what triggers this bug, so unfortunately I don't have any prescriptive advice at the moment. Sometimes, quitting and relaunching the affected app(s) will correct the problem, but sometimes you'll need to restart.

You can check whether this is the problem you're seeing by using the Activity Monitor to sample the affected app(s) and/or by just looking for excessive activity by the "ATSServer" process. If you are not sure, please send a note to with a sample so we can take a look.
As previous posters have indicated, running Java apps does frequently seem to trigger this problem, but that's definitely not the only cause.


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