I am having the same issue MD 2023.2 (5007) on a 2019 iMac 3.6Ghz 8 Core Intel i9, Mac OS Sonoma 14.0. The sluggishness seemed to started a few weeks ago with one of the recent 13.6 upgrades before Sonoma became available.
on 02 Oct, 2023 11:59 AM
Yes, I have this problem too. Spinning beachball all the time. No crashes and it does work - just locking up for a second or three each time you try do something. 2023.1 and Sonoma and an M1 Macbook Air here.
Maddy on 02 Oct, 2023 01:49 PM
For those of you who are currently using the iCloud Drive Sync method, can you try temporarily disabling sync or switching to a different sync method, perhaps?
Either way, you could try to temporarily set your devices to 'Don't sync' and restart Moneydance. Does it make any difference?
I switched from iCloud syncing back to Dropbox folder sync. Results (huge improvement!) noticeable immediately. I did restart after switching, but not certain it was at all necessary because the long pauses between mouse-clicks were already noticeably absent.
To change syncing methods you have to disable syncing and then set it up from scratch again on all systems, it is not possible to just "switch" between different methods as the setup is what creates the structure and correct pointers.
I started having the same slowdown with Sonoma on my M1 Powerbook Pro. I also have an iMac running Monterey in my office - that is still sync'd to the cloud and works at the normal speed. So for the time being I will not use the M1 Powerbook until they get this issue solved. I am using the iMac.
I also had a huge improvement in speed and performance after turning off the iCloud sync on the iMac, iPhone, and iPad, and then re-establishing sync through dropbox. It has only been a few hours but so far so good!
on 05 Oct, 2023 05:05 PM
I have an Intel Mac Mini which seems to be slower after the recent update to the MacOS.
Today, I received a warning of excessive memory usage. A forced of shutdown of some apps was required. Moneydance memory usage was at 50GB.
When restarting Moneydance, the memory usage was around 1.42GB but climbed to 5GB overtime.
After shuttingdown the iCloud sync and restarting as suggested by Maddy, memory usage has reamined unchanged. (As per the activiy monitor). Also, Moneydance seems more responsive.
My problem is related to this. I too am running Sonoma on my MacBook M1 Pro. MD saves when I quit the program, but it is very very slow. I am not syncing to the cloud only the hard drive on my machine. I noticed it started when I upgraded. It's not horrible but a bit annoying since it was fine before upgrading. Not sure what to do to speed it up.
Well as a non-IK person who is just following this topic, it has to do with the introduction of dateless files for iCloud in Sonoma. In this case the files are not kept local under many circumstances and thus iCloud ends up removing and then redownloading the 1,000s (10,000s) of files that are internal to the data bundle.
It is not clear that there is a "fix" to this issue other than not upgrading to Sonoma. This is just a fundamental difference in the way that MD syncs files and the way that iCloud syncs files. I understand that you do not want to use Dropbox but at the moment "Dropbox Folder" is probably the best way to sync MD files between machines. Or just have iCloud sync and need to wait a long time with Sonoma.
Your data file is still encrypted with 256 bit AES in the Dropbox folder. Make sure you have a strong password.
Possibly the developer may have some brilliant solution to this or Apple will introduce more features that allow MD to work efficiently. But this may be an issue where resolution is measured in years rather than months.
You might want to also send feedback to Apple on the problems this causes to you using the Feedback app in /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications.