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Chapter 2. The Interface > Getting Illustrator Up and Running

Getting Illustrator Up and Running

Most folks are pretty clear on how to start up a program with the Mac OS or Windows system software, and Illustrator is no exception. For example, you can double-click the Adobe Illustrator icon, which looks as though someone gold-plated the statue of liberty. Or you can double-click an Illustrator file. Or you can drag some other file onto the Illustrator application icon. Some folks call this technique launching a program, others call it running a program—but whatever you call it, you have to do it before you can use Illustrator.

Setting Aside Memory

For those of you using a Macintosh running Mac OS 9 or earlier, prior to starting up Illustrator, you may want to adjust the amount of memory (called RAM, like the sheep) that your Mac assigns to the application. To do this, first select the Adobe Illustrator application icon and choose File » Get Info » Memory. Change the Preferred Size value to assign more RAM to Illustrator. (Even though you can also change the Minimum Size value, don't do it! Lowering this value can wreak havoc on Illustrator's performance and may even prevent the program from running.) Mac OS 10.1 utilizes modern memory management and automatically allocates memory to applications as they need it.



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