On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM, Jasper van de Gronde <
Never underestimate the power of a modern computer :) A typical PC is
able to fill your screen MANY, MANY times per second in terms of sheer
Regardless of the speed of the machine, it will always be possible to
create an image with enough heavy-duty filters to bog it down, even if
Inkscape's algorithms were to be optimised to the max. I wasn't trying to
suggest that a 500x500 pixel object will always slow a machine down, just
pointing out that there's generally less work to do when it's zoomed out
than when it's zoomed in. If an object has a filter that renders slowly -
whether due to computational complexity, inefficiencies in Inkscape's code,
or a slow machine - zooming out will likely cause it to render faster, and
zooming in will likely cause it to render slower still.
Yes, a modern machine can fill the screen many, many times a second. But
calculating what to fill it with can still be a multi-second operation,
depending on the content.
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