Linked by Bryce Harrington on Wed 2nd Jun 2004 17:15 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces I had to reread Bulia's email three times. It was one of those nigh-mythical events that you read happens in Open Source projects, but never see in person. Yet, amazingly, here it was, and I knew Fred's patch would instantly double Inkscape's utility.
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Re: Inkscape is SLOW (on Windows)
by Bryce Harrington on Wed 2nd Jun 2004 23:08 UTC

Yes, a few others have reported some performance problems on Windows. A lot of Windows users have been quite happy with it, though, so it may be something you can fix.

It's possible that the windows binaries are compiled with debug information (I don't remember offhand), which tends to have a significant impact on Inkscape's performance; try the 0.38 release and compare performance between them.

Someone suggested the Windows Gtk port may be to blame, so that might be worth looking at if you're really curious. I don't know much details about this, but we've had problems reported with it in other areas so it's definitely a possibility.

Also, note that the tutorials tend to push Inkscape's
performance envelope in general, so machines that are a bit stressed on memory somethings show the sluggish behavior you're noticing. Often Inkscape will work fine for more "ordinary" sized documents.

Anyway, if you are able to narrow in on the cause of the performance problem, and report what you find through the bug tracker or mailing list, it may help identify a way to optimize the performance for the next release.