How to Fix Silhouette Studio Running Slow?

Silhouette Studio is a software that is used to create logos, designs, and patterns by professionals. The software can be used along with a cutting machine to create your own dies out of fabric, paper, cardboard, vinyl, etc. However, there have been many reports of the software running slow on various devices. The main reason for this is because of either the small amount of RAM or old graphics card or drivers.

Silhouette Studio

Silhouette Studio running slow primarily revolves around software problems locally on your computer. We have some workarounds that proved to be working perfectly for numerous users. Take a look below:

Solution 1: Changing Preferences

One major reason for the software being slow is some of the settings that are set as default options. These are usually CPU extensive and require a firm build. To speed up the software, we can change some of the preferences and see if this does the trick for us.

  1. Go to Preferences and click on Advanced.
    Advanced Settings
  2. Scroll down until you see the option Include Cut Data and make sure that the option is not selected.
Deselect Include Cut Data
  1. Save changes and exit. Restart the software and see if this made any difference in performance.

Solution 2: Updating Software

Silhouette Studio running slow may be caused because of an outdated version of the applications. The developers launch a lot of beta versions and not all of the installations are stable. The best option, in this case, is to keep updating the software so that fixes for previous issues are resolved. To update the software, follow the steps below:

  1. Before starting, close all running background processes using the Task Manager.
  2. Now, go to Silhouette Studio’s official website.
  3. Download the latest stable release either for Mac or Windows.
Choose the latest stable release
  1. Install the downloaded .exe file and restart your computer before launching the software again.

Try to avoid the beta versions as they are usually unstable and there is a chance the software will run even slower.

Solution 3: Updating Graphics Drivers

Another reason for the software running slow could be that the graphics drivers of your PC are out of date. Outdated drivers are one of the most primary reasons for the software to run slow since the workload is already processing intensive.

  1. Press Windows + R, type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  1. Open the Device Manager and expand Display Adapters
    Device Manager
  2.  Right-click and select Update Driver. Choose the Search Automatically option and wait for Windows to automatically install the latest drivers.
  3. After updating the driver, restart your PC and check if the issue still persists.

Solution 4: Move Fonts to Local Storage

Fonts in Silhouette Studio take up a lot of processing power. As a result, the software becomes slow both in startup and while running. There is an option in the software where the fonts can be stored in your local storage from where they can be easily fetched.

  1. Scroll down to Cloud folder in your Silhouette Library.
    Silhouette Library
  2. Click on the designs or the files you want to move to your computer. Now, click on File and click Save Selection and Save to Library.
    Save to library
  3. Select the folder where you want to save the items and repeat for all required items. Restart your computer after you are done and see if this made any difference.

Solution 5: Deleting Application Data

App Data contains temporary user configurations and settings which are fetched by the software whenever it loads up. However, there are instances where this application data gets corrupt. We can attempt at deleting the temporary application storage and see if this makes a difference.

The following are the steps for Windows and Mac users respectively.

For Windows:

  1. Close the Silhouette Studio software and press the Windows +R key. Type in %appdata% and press Enter.
    Run Box
  2. Delete the following folder with all its sub-contents. Make sure to empty the recycle bin as well.
  3. Restart your computer and launch the application. Check if the issue is resolved.

For macOS:

  1. Close the Silhouette Studio software and open the Finder.
  2. Press CMD+SHIFT+G. Type in the following and press Return.
  3. Delete the following folder with all its sub-contents.
  4. Empty Trash and restart the computer. See if the performance has increased.

Solution 6: Re-indexing the Library

There are several libraries present for fonts and designs which can get corrupt. So whenever the software is traversing through it, it can get slow. To re-index the library so all corrupt entries are removed, follow the following steps.

  1. Navigate to the Settings in Silhouette Studio and select Preferences and then Advanced.
    Preferences Icon
  2. Click the Reindex My Library option and wait for the process to complete.
    Reindex My Library

Wait for the process to complete before restarting your computer and launching the application.


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