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Photoshop Elements 6 - slow motion of my mouse
Here's a funny thing - I have loaded Elements 6 and it works fine..

However the speed of my mouse when moving the mouse pointer from one side of screen to another is way slower, compared to the speed in any other application?.

I have a wireless mouse, and it slows down in motion speed only in this application- not in Windows desktop or in any other Windows application..

That seems weird? Has anyone else experienced a slow down in the motion speed of the mouse when using Elements 6?.

Againthe normal speed of the mouse in moving the pointer, resumes when I am in any other application except Elements 6. Does this application have a way of speeding the mouse?..

Comments (7)

Hi,.

Unless you've something nasty lurking in the computer I'd suggest buying a lot more memory. It seems the obvious answer..

What version of Windows are you using and how much memory has the thing got in it?.

Editors and newish versions of Windows eat memory and the two together may have hi-jacked it all..

And don't open more than one picture at a time..

Regards, David..

Comment #1

So starting the Element's 6 program will consume a lot of my RAM?.

I have 1 GB of RAM available (installed) and all other programs are closed when I run it..

Maybe it is because the organizer is creating thumbnails of all my 5000 photos?..

Comment #2

Johnaussie wrote:.

So starting the Element's 6 program will consume a lot of my RAM?.

Yes it will. Photo editing is very memory intensive..

What sort of photos, and what sizes, are you editing?What size RAM do you have?What operating system?.

But I doubt that RAM is the cause of the mouse movement slowing down. I've used Elements (and othe programs) with "not enough RAM" before and the mouse was never affected..

I have 1 GB of RAM available (installed) and all other programs areclosed when I run it..

I'll tell you next week .

I am using Elements V4. My first use of it was on a 256MB computer!  and it ran like a dog. 1GB has proved to be fine..

Editing a large jpg (c.300x2600 pixels, file size about 3-4MB) brings the RAM usage up to about 400-500MB. My old computer was using the paging file to go beyond 256MB (as they do) and that's what slows it down - especially because in photo editing you need to access most or all parts of the image on a regular basis so it's not like the slowdown is occasional..

I will be upgrading to Version 6 next week and I'll be interested to note if it is more memory-intensive than V4..

Maybe it is because the organizer is creating thumbnails of all my5000 photos?.

No, that should not be the issue IMHO. Once that job is done once, it is done - the same thumbnails are reloaded next time you open Photoshop..

The organiser is not a big memory user. The editor is..

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Comment #3

Do you by any chance have Windows Vista? Compared to XP, it is much more intensive and uses a lot of memory (512 in fact)...

Comment #4

Thanks so much for the notes about RAM.

Here is my setup:.

2.8 GHz chip1 Gig RAM.

Windows XP.

Pic. in 3000X2000 JPEG roughly about 2 to 3 Megs each picture. FINE setting.

The slow movement of the mouse across the screen happens in Organizer as well as in Editor..

The movement is not terrible - just very noticeable and I have to move the mouse further (left to right) to cover the same amount of "real-estate" on the screen. More movement of mouse than in Windows Desktop or in Windows word or Corel Paint shop pro for instance. Seems like there needs to be a speed-up the mouse option inside the Elements 6 program..

I do notice in Task Manager that the Editor uses about 40% CPU usage when editing. That seems like a lot. SO maybe I need 2 Gig of RAM?..

Comment #5

Johnaussie wrote:.

Thanks so much for the notes about RAM.

Here is my setup:.

2.8 GHz chip1 Gig RAM.

Windows XP.

Pic. in 3000X2000 JPEG roughly about 2 to 3 Megs each picture. FINEsetting.

Well that would be OK - in my experience - for PSE 4. Some would say it's at the low end, but IMHO that doesn't mean you should be seeing a visible slowing of your moouse movement. As I said, I'll tell you next week if it's good for PSE 6 .

The slow movement of the mouse across the screen happens in Organizeras well as in Editor..

Even when my computer was running like a dog with low memory, it didn't slow the mouse and I wouldn't expect it to..

The movement is not terrible - just very noticeable and I have tomove the mouse further (left to right) to cover the same amount of"real-estate" on the screen. More movement of mouse than in WindowsDesktop or in Windows word or Corel Paint shop pro for instance.Seems like there needs to be a speed-up the mouse option inside theElements 6 program..

The "have to move it further to cover the same amount of real estate" is the key - this is a mouse setting that you can control in Windows Control Panel, and/or in any driver that came with the mouse..

The setting should be the same for all software and I still have no idea why you should see a difference in Photoshop (unless PS is managing the display under it's own terms, which could be possible I suppose, it being an image editing program and all)..

Perhaps you could try fiddling with the mouse "movement" settings in Windows and see if it has any effect in Photoshop..

I do notice in Task Manager that the Editor uses about 40% CPU usagewhen editing. That seems like a lot. SO maybe I need 2 Gig of RAM?.

I would think the CPU usage would go up and down depending on whether you are doing some operation on the photo. It certainly shouldn't be at 40% on a consistent basis..

But in any case - high CPU usage does not necessarily mean you need more RAM. Disk I/O (use of the paging file) is what happens when you don't have enough RAM. This can also result in increased CPU as the computer manages the paging, yes, but it doesn't necessarily follow..

That said, memory is good - especially with photo editing - so regardless of whether it fixes your mouse problem (I don't think it will) it wouldn't be silly for you to get more RAM. It will certainly help when you're editing larger images, more than one image at once, fancier editing operations etc..

But sorry, I can't help with the mouse problem in particular..

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Comment #6

John,.

At this point it might be worth asking your question on Adobe's own Online Forum?.

Start here and navigate your way to the one for PSE6:.

Http://www.adobeforums.com.

Perhaps someone there will have experienced the same problem..

One last suggestion..

Does the cursor move consistently less than the mouse (as though the mouse is scaled differently within just this one application) - or is it actually lagging behind the movement of the mouse, as though the app is slow to respond? Just wondered if you perhaps have an existing PSE Catalog from an earlier version that's trying to convert itself in the background, but that process isn't working properly?.

Peter.

Peter - on the green island of Ischiahttp://www.pbase.com/isolaverde..

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