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Extremely Slow Open File Dialog FMPA14

Question asked by BruceRobertson on May 14, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 7, 2015 by philmodjunk


Extremely Slow Open File Dialog FMPA14


FileMaker Pro



Operating system version

OSX 10.10.3

Description of the issue

When attempting to open a file using the "Open File" dialog, performance is extremely slow. There may be one or more "beachball" events, lasting 30 seconds or more. Performance is very sluggish during this period.

Steps to reproduce the problem

From Launch Center, click "Browse...".
Try to select and open a FileMaker file (.fmp12). Performance problems may to be related to the count of files in the folder. Try to navigate to a folder with high file count. This typically happens in my Downloads folder, which may have over a 1,000 files, of which several hundred may be FileMaker files.

Expected result

Expected: performance similar to previous versions, where the file selection process and scrolling of the file list in the Open File  dialog is usually nearly instant.

Actual result

The open file dialog will be a bit slow to appear. Then a fmp12 file may be selected, but the "beachball" suddenly starts and continues for 30 seconds. The beachball may stop again, only to appear a few seconds later and once again continue for ten or more seconds. This may be repeated. Activity monitor may show FileMaker CPU usage near or even exceeding 100%.

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear

There are no error messages.

Configuration information

Mac Mini late 2009. 8GB RAM. 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo
OSX 10.10.3
I have various plugins such as Base Elements 3.0; and the Mac file utility "Default Folder"
Disabling these does not seem to make a difference.


Never use Launch Center or the "Browse" button. Use Finder or other methods to find a file, then just double click it.