I was reading Jim Edelen’s post on running Sharepoint on a notebook and freeing up memory and decided to see where my 512MB of memory was being spent at the moment. I went through and shut down non-essential services like SQL Server and SQL Server Agent (these freed up @20MB, as was Jim’s observation), then I exited Adobe Photoshop 6.0. I do a lot of utility graphic work through my day and so I keep Photoshop open but minimized for quick use. I couldn’t believe what I saw when over 200MB of memory was freed by closing Photoshop! Hey, I’m a big Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator fan, but this was one of those times I am reminded that they aren’t the most efficiently designed Windows apps out there. I will certainly make a practice of exiting Photoshop when I’m not using it in the future.
This blog is the work of Dave Burke who resides in Burlington, Vermont. It contains my archive of 2335 posts written between 2003 and 2012 and primarily covers .NET and Microsoft technologies.
In late 2012 I returned to my roots in Linux and Open Systems Development and launched NixMash where I blog about Linux, Java, and related topics.