We are well aware that this particular subject is very high on all user's mind. However, we did make some progress and Autodesk Design Review 2008 overall performance improved significantly when compared to Autodesk Design Review 2007.
That, of course, does only cover a number of possible use cases, files and everything else related to this tricky subject. Our engineering team still has some distance to go and we are working very hard to get it closer aligned to everybody's expectations.
If you wish, you may share any issues you find or even submit your use case to us. That would allow us to include the data into our QA process and make sure that we do improve in the right areas. Please send me a direct email, should you prefer to keep this information away from public view.
I found that switching off the hardware acceleration improved the application's speed and overall performance, especially when it comes to larger files or 3D related viewing. One example being, Autodesk Design Review 2008 fails to open a complex 89MB file, but opens it just fine, once hardware acceleration has been disabled.
Here are the steps to do so:
- Right click on your desktop and select "Properties"
- Select the "Settings" tab
- Choose the "Advanced" button
- Select the "Troubleshoot" tab
- Adjust the "Hardware Acceleration" slider to your liking
- This method works for all Windows Operating Systems and graphic boards.
I will provide another update when available.