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Animated gifs still slow down Safari

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Koen Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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Aug 29, 2010 5:35 AM
There were some threads a few years ago on this subject, but it doesn't seem to be resolved so far. Everytime I get a page with one or more animated gifs, Safari completely becomes unusable for up to several minutes.

Anyone knows if there is a way to turn this off, or is there another solution?

I ma currently using Safari Version 5.0.1 (5533.17.8, r65825), on 10.5.8, PPC
iMac G5 1.8 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,255 points)
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    Aug 29, 2010 6:16 AM (in response to Koen)
    Hi,

    Try emptying the Safari cache more often.

    Make sure there's enough free disk space. Right or control click your MacontoshHD icon on your desktop. Click Get Info
    Make sure there is at least 10 to 15% free disk space.






    Carolyn
    27" iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 MBAir iPad 32GB iPhone iOS 4.0.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), QTPro Intuos Tablet Epson Olympus Airport iPods JBL
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,255 points)
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    Aug 29, 2010 6:40 AM (in response to Koen)
    Which version of the Mac OS X are you running and which version of Safari?

    Try logging into another user account, launch Safari. See if you see the same problems there with animated gifs.





    27" iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 MBAir iPad 32GB iPhone iOS 4.0.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), QTPro Intuos Tablet Epson Olympus Airport iPods JBL
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,430 points)
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    Aug 29, 2010 11:28 AM (in response to Koen)
    I really don't think this has anything to do with user settings (cache, prefs, etc), but is a problem with Safari itself

    I doubt that. I have never seen that error in safari 3, 4 or 5.

    Is your Java up to date? Are their any Software Updates available that you haven't installed?

    Can you provide a link to a page where the animated gifs don't work?
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iLife 9 but iMovie 6, QTPro 7.6.6, Safari 5.0.1
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,255 points)
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    Aug 29, 2010 11:35 AM (in response to Koen)
    HI,

    Logging into another user account is to see if the same problems exists in Safari there is not meant to correct anything. If the same thing happens when you launch Safari in that account, then it's a system wide problem, not just your user account. It's just done for troubleshooting.

    If it's just your user account that's effected, quit Safari if it's open. You must quit Safari from the Safari Menu Bar first before deleting these files. Open Java Preferences (Applications/Utilities). Select the Network tab. Now click these tabs: Delete Files / Restore Defaults

    Now go back to the General tab. Make sure where you see: Run applets. The "Within the browser process" is selected.

    Quit Java Preferences. Relaunch Safari.

    See if that helps.








    27" iMac 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 MBAir iPad 32GB iPhone iOS 4.0.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4), QTPro Intuos Tablet Epson Olympus Airport iPods JBL
  • RafiB Calculating status...
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    Aug 29, 2010 9:28 PM (in response to Koen)
    I've had the problem of moving GIF images lagging out Safari multiple seconds at a time for a couple years. I believe the issue started with the switch from Safari 2 to Safari 3, and it was never resolved. There were lots of suggested possible fixes on the forums from users but over the months none of them worked, and I've just learned to live with it.

    If it really bothers you, just use Firefox. I haven't because I don't like Firefox for other reasons, but moving GIFs work perfectly fine without any program stalls whatsoever there.

    I'm on 10.4.11 and Safari 4.1 by the way.
    Black Mackbook August 2006, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,430 points)
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    Aug 30, 2010 7:18 AM (in response to Koen)
    Very poor site and even makes Firefox hiccup!

    goes smoothly with other browsers

    Then use them!
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iLife 9 but iMovie 6, QTPro 7.6.6, Safari 5.0.1
  • steko Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Aug 30, 2010 8:04 AM (in response to Koen)
    Could be related to this old WebKit bug: https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=22280

    Compare this on Safari & Firefox: http://www.dr-lex.be/tmp/Rotation1Sec.gif
    Mac Pro Xeon 8 Core 2.8GHz | 10 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,430 points)
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    Aug 30, 2010 8:12 AM (in response to steko)
    Interesting. That rotates quicker in Firefox than in Safari!

    But both work.
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iLife 9 but iMovie 6, QTPro 7.6.6, Safari 5.0.1
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,595 points)
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    Aug 30, 2010 8:14 AM (in response to Koen)
    Hi Koen

    that site loads slowly here, due some large file sizes, but doesn't freeze at all, this on an mbp 2.4GHz running 10.6.4. It's possible that a ppc mac and/or10.5.8 might struggle rather more.

    Probably there's nothing we can suggest to ease this - if someone else with a similar setup to you says it's fine for them... then perhaps there is.
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