Sharepoint Designer 2007 Slow - Work Local/Offline?

Posted on 2012-08-25
Last Modified: 2012-08-26
Hi Experts, I've been building in SPD 2007 for a year or so and starting to get more detiled in our development.  As we do, and as we have longer lists with more fields per page, SPD is just sooooo sluggish to redraw all of the fields on the page every time I change anything.  I'm wondering, is it possible to build a page locally and then upload/publish/whatever, so there's no interaction with the server?  Is that even the issue normally?  I'm using a DELL Latitude/Win 7 Pro/Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz/2GB ram which seems to be more than sufficient in most cases...please advise.  Any help is gratly appreciated!  The time it takes for the page rendering is literally about 2/3 of the development time...
Question by:nikaotech
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    by:Rainer Jeschor
    AFAIK there is no offline way. The only performance improvement may be to use a dedicated view for the page to build which limits the numbers of rows to be returned (but all columns you need).
    (its for frontpage but the concept/idea is the same),


    BTW: 2 GB RAM is nothing today - 4GB would be better ;-)

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    Cool, thanks Rainer.  Is the rendering issue most likely on my laptop and not a communication issue with the server or SPD just being slow?  The pages I'm working on are not DVWP, they're the normal DispForm.aspx and similar files that have the form lable on the left and then the input field on the right.  Thus, there are no records being displayed (I've turned off "show data"), it's just the form elements, and any time I add/edit/remove one while customizing the layout of the forms is when the redraw takes forever.  Thanks again!
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    Accepted Solution

    there is a lot of communication going on in between SPD and the server but from my experience the client hardware has a major impact (RAM, CPU and Harddisk).
    I am working on a 8GB / Intel i5 2,67GHz laptop and even as my company dev site is beyond some firewalls and I am on mobile data access - as soon as the basic information is loaded work speed is OK.


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