Time Saving Tuesday

Two of Adobe’s most popular applications, Photoshop and Acrobat, take disappointingly long to load up. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could cut the loading time down? For me Photoshop would take almost 25 seconds to startup and Acrobat was also very close to that. It was time to trim down some plug-ins. The software I use below is free from AcroPDF Systems and does not require installation.

First, we’ll start with Photoshop. I frequently use this application for performing common photo editing tasks. I don’t need all of the “above and beyond” plug-ins that the professionals need, well, I definitely don’t need them everyday. Here is what you have to do ( compatible with Adobe Photoshop versions 3 through 8 ):

  1. Download Photoshop Speed-Up.
  2. Run the photosu.exe executable (no installation needed).
  3. Enter in the destination of your Photoshop installation. Mine was C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2.
    Photoshop Directory
  4. Select your options from this screen. I just chose the default options because if you ever need to go back you can just select the “Restore” option.
    Photoshop Settings
  5. Enjoy your faster Photoshop! Make sure you keep the photosu.exe file around in case you need to restore your Photoshop plug-ins. I just stuck the file in my Photoshop installation directory so that I wouldn’t lose it.

If you thought that was great then you will love what the same kind of software can do for Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. It can remove the advertisement banner, disable updates, disable plug-ins, hide the splash screen, and more. You get to pick and choose which items you do or don’t want it to change. Just like the Photoshop tweak above this one is just a few steps long ( compatible with Adobe Acrobat 3 to 7 and Adobe Reader 6 to 7 ):

  1. Download PDF Speed-Up.
  2. Run the pdfsu.exe executable (no installation needed).
  3. Enter in the destination of your Adobe Acrobat or Reader installation. Mine was C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0.
    PDF Directory
  4. There are a lot of different options that you can pick for this one so look through them all to see which ones sound good and which ones you would rather leave.
    PDF Settings
  5. Enjoy your faster Adobe Acrobat or Reader! Make sure you keep the pdfsu.exe file around in case you need to restore any of the settings. I put it in my Acrobat installation directory just like I did for the Photoshop Optimizer above.

Well, I hope that really saves you some time when you are starting up your Adobe software. Photoshop now starts up for me in less than 5 seconds which means it is about 80% faster than before. If I ever find out that I need the plug-ins then I am just a few clicks away from restoring the plug-ins and features I disabled.