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I have eliminated thousands of points on a map exported to Illustrator. The redraw time is still 10-15 seconds after each click, even in Outline mode. The file size is not that large. Any suggestions welcomed.

  • Can't help without seeing the file or the outlines. It might still be a complex vector, or have raster images linked, or both. – Luciano Feb 13 '17 at 16:35
  • The only way I know to speed redraw when it's an issue is to utilize layers and/or hide portions of the artwork as you work. Even the beefiest, most powerful, best GPU, loaded with RAM system can be slow with Illustrator redrawing sometimes. – Scott Feb 13 '17 at 16:43
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I have a K4000 Quadro card, Xeon e5-1650 v2, 850 Evo SSD and 16 GB of DDR3 with decent timings. A redraw of any vector in the thousands of points gets laggy. I try to keep my pathing as simple as possible with the fewest points. Also make sure that if you are working with a decent GPU that you have updated drivers and that GPU acceleration is turned on in Illustrator preferences.

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Access the Document Raster Effect Settings in the drop-down Effect menu:

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Reduce the Resolution:

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The lower you go, the more busted up it starts to look, but the quicker it gets.
It's useful as a temporary workaround.

I asked a similar question and this solution worked well for me.

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