It would help if ypu posted your system specs, but exactly what is "slow".
I keep my Mac on 24/7 and the apps are sitting in the dock, so there is really no loading of the application, I just click on the file and it opens - pretty much instantly.
If it was any faster I probably wouldn't notice it and that is on an old 450 MHz Mac.
On Windows I used to have to shut applications down regularly and re-open them, but I don't do that on a Mac especially if you have lots of RAM.
Model Name: MacBook Pro 15"
Model Identifier: MacBookPro2,2
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 2 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MHz
Boot ROM Version: MBP22.00A5.B07
SMC Version: 1.12f5
Serial Number: W86449FSW0G
Sudden Motion Sensor:
Overall the performance is ok - but I'd prefer if it was like bullet-speed Im sure there are programs out there that can optimize the performance.
Let me know.
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Lighter weight apps! Software is just so bloated these days that it seems to take time to load anything new. I guess one could do things like using hard drives with faster access time, but if too many people get going too quickly, the software makers will add more bloat and useless features to bog things down again. The faster they make machines, they slower they get.
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Get Onyx and run it, if you have never done a good clean up you will notice a difference. Do you work with really big files? Could be time to run iDefrag.
How full is your hard drive? It is it 90% full, you will be having slow downs. If so back stuff up and get it off the HDD, get down to 20-25% free space and that should help.
And extra Ram couldn't hurt, I think you can put 3GB in there if I am not mistaken, yeah I should know but I maxed mine sometime ago and I forget what the limit is and I am at work so I don't have it in front of me.
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a good way to use the os is to have the programs you use regularly open and running in the background... you can even designate programs to start up when the system boots if you like (system preferences > accounts > login items). i've usually got at least 8 programs running at once and 'hide' the ones i don't need at that moment (using the 'apple + H' shortcut)... then when you click on the app in the dock it will immediately spring open... but yes, 'launching' a program, even on a fast computer with sufficient ram will result in a delay, some longer than others...