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FMP processing undermines overall OSX performance substantially

Question asked by wxtyrs on Apr 3, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 4, 2015 by Benjamin Fehr


FMP processing undermines overall OSX performance substantially


FileMaker Pro


FMP Advanced 13.05

Operating system version

OSX 10.10.2

Description of the issue


We do a lot of data import and processing with FMP 13 as a single-user desktop application.

The processing involves building indexing, doing field calculations, et cetera.

When doing such work, the high end iMac i7 ( 32GB RAM, 3TB Fusion drive ) is overwhelmed in general.

For example, the keyboard behavior is erratic regardless of the app used at the time.

With a "modern" OS, there should not be so much interference from the one app.

Is this a FMP problem or an OSX Yosemite (10.10.2) problem???

We prefer not to have a dedicated Mac just for importing the data.

And we have no need to use FMP Server.

Why, these days, is the FMP memory cache still limited to 512MB??

Do we need to purchase a high-end ( fast ) SSD drive??

Steps to reproduce the problem

Any time importing or processing large data sets with FMP

Expected result

Would like to use the computer for other tasks while FMP is at work.

Actual result

Largely can't.  Typing is especially erratic.

Exact text of any error message(s) that appear


Configuration information

iMac 27 3.4GHz i7, 32GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 2TB free HD memory