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Improving Performance

Power Prompter is optimized to run on older and newer Macs. We try to guarantee smooth 60fps scrolling on every Mac that is compatible with Power Prompter. Though there can be some situations that affect scrolling performance negatively. Especially on older Macs.

Here we're going to give you tips how to improve scrolling performance if you notice hiccups and stutters.

Turn off "Low Power Mode" in System Settings

This is a huge one. If you have low power mode active on your Mac you can expect a 50% performance penalty. Go to the battery system settings and make sure "Low Power Mode" is disabled.

Turn off editor auto scroll

This is maybe the most effective way to improve performance. There's no need for the editor to scroll when you're live teleprompting. Further the editor is not optimized for scrolling so it eats up quiet a lot of CPU when you let it scroll.

To fix this simply de-select the View ▶ Scroll editor during teleprompting menu item. You can alternatively access this option via the Action toolbar item or by pressing ⇧⌘L.

Don't have windows overlapping the teleprompter

Don't overlap the teleprompter windows partially with other apps or windows. A part of the teleprompter window being hidden (behind another window) affects performance negatively.

Don't have windows behind the teleprompter

Same goes for windows that are positioned behind the teleprompter. Ideally there should be no other window between the teleprompter and the desktop. You can hide all apps except Power Prompter by pressing ⌥⌘H. This will make sure that no other app is below or above Power Prompter. You still should move (or hide) Power Prompter's editor window out of the way.

Don't run resource hungry apps

Appls like Google Chrome (especially when they play a video or have some complex web app open) or Adobe Photoshop tend to hug your Mac's resources. If you don't need those apps quit them for the duration of your teleprompting session.

Restart your Mac

We all love our Macs because they run for weeks without the need for a restart. This is great. But the system can get slower over time. Apps that don't close properly, helper apps that use too much memory, etc.

Restarting your Mac can have a positive effect on overall performance. If you can't restart your Mac for whatever reason try quitting (⌘Q) and re-opening long running apps like your Browser or that Photoshop instance that has been running for days.