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    Any way for Layout to not use so many resources while rendering?

    When rendering Google Chrome is super slow. Edge seems pretty good, but Chrome is another matter. It seems I can model okay and do other things. But is there a way to have LW free up a thread for normal computer use while rendering?
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    set priority of lw to low in the task manager.

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    Thanks Oliver, I'll give that a try.
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    You can also make Chrome more efficient by disabling excessive add-ons, leaving only adblocking and script blocking add-ons enabled. In worst case scenarios, many sites are taking advantage of js on your computer for bit-mining. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...n-miner-script
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Parsons View Post
    When rendering Google Chrome is super slow. Edge seems pretty good, but Chrome is another matter. It seems I can model okay and do other things. But is there a way to have LW free up a thread for normal computer use while rendering?
    Try changing the multithreading drop down from Automatic to something smaller. That can be found in the Render Globals panel > Render tab, at the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oliverhotz View Post
    set priority of lw to low in the task manager.
    Thanks Oliver, that really helped!
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    Download free plugin RenderOptimizer from my website http://www.trueart.eu
    It's setting up task priority from inside of Master Layout plugin class,
    which is loaded once during Layout start up.
    It'll keep the same priority after relaunch of app.

    It's setting up app priority only during rendering. After finishing rendering, normal priority is restored.
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    you also ca start your layout with low priority mode if you add that to shortcut icon. that's what i do since LW10 .

    Here i show it looks in windows and LW installed in C: root folder and using custom configs folder
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c start "LightWave 2018" /low C:\LW_2018\bin\Layout.exe -cC:\LW_2018\configs
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    Thanks guys! I'll give it a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    you also ca start your layout with low priority mode if you add that to shortcut icon. that's what i do since LW10 .

    Here i show it looks in windows and LW installed in C: root folder and using custom configs folder
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c start "LightWave 2018" /low C:\LW_2018\bin\Layout.exe -cC:\LW_2018\configs
    start /low is actually IDLE_PRIORITY_CLASS

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...tpriorityclass

    " Process whose threads run only when the system is idle. The threads of the process are preempted by the threads of any process running in a higher priority class. An example is a screen saver. The idle-priority class is inherited by child processes. "

    It's equivalent to setting in RenderOptimizer Priority Lowest.
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    I don't use screen savers since win95 (waste op resources/electricity) so my monitor just goes to sleep after 5 minutes and LW keeps rendering normally at low priority in task manager, no issues there, and as soon and i'v even used 5-6 LW instances rendering at same time and all on low priority makes it spread CPU power nicely/evenly among them and most important machine is still usable unlike with default which makes it very sluggish to do regular windows stuff as OP mentioned.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    and as soon and i'v even used 5-6 LW instances rendering at same time and all on low priority makes it spread CPU power nicely/evenly among them and most important machine is still usable unlike with default which makes it very sluggish to do regular windows stuff as OP mentioned.....
    ..that's why I wrote my plugin Render Optimizer, twelve years ago, to solve this issue once and for all..
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