Photoshop: Provide a preference setting to turn on/off features/plug-ins on startup

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Make Adobe Photoshop load faster, and be faster. In preferences let users select what parts of the program to load into memory. So for instance I seldom use the levels when I'm designing a website. Would be cool to turn that off and save memory for other tasks.
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Kevin Airgid

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Chris Cox

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Except that levels shares code with dozens of other things. Features in Photoshop are rarely that modular. And features that you're not using don't take up any extra time while you're using the app.
Plugins are the only thing that's optional and modular - and they're already loaded on demand. Only a handful of plugins are loaded at launch time.

Also, the Photoshop launch time is between 1 (SSD) and 20 seconds (for the slowest laptop we can find) - with average systems taking about 4 seconds to launch. If launching Photoshop is taking longer than that, then we need to figure out what's going on with your system. Did you load a lot of presets that have to be reloaded at launch, or third party plugins, or a ton of fonts?
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I actually don't have any issues (i7 4.2 Ghz (over cloaked) ... 32 GB of RAM) I just got that idea for older computer/low memory folks. Maybe the plugins could be turned off/on in a visual way inside the pref. panel? Right now the only way I know to turn them off is to drag them out of the directory.
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Hi Kevin,

Plug-ins are not loaded into memory on start-up. They are only loaded into memory if they are actually used. The only thing that's done on start up is the plug-in names are read so the menus can be populated with the plug-in name. So, in essence, you're asking for something that really isn't necessary for the reasons you want it. If you want to limit a users ability to access plug-ins at all, that's a different problem, and you already have a feature to do this with Edit>Menus....
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cool, from an end user's point of view I NEVER knew this! I always thought all those bad boys where loading into memory! I learn something new every day!!! Who knew!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Sure. That's what we're here for.