[scribus] Scribus slowness workarounds?

Severn Clay severnclaystudio at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 15:37:45 CEST 2010

I'm a longtime user of Scribus, having hung on through some very crashy
versions.  The primary usability problem (one might even call it a bug) is
the speed.  I'll put up with a lot, and I've been generally happy with
Scribus' progress, but I have to ask:

1. Is there a structural reason for the slowness (i.e. XML)?  I've seen a
lot of questions about this problem, but the developers never seem to
address it.

2.  Have any other users found workarounds that make things faster/usable?
 I keep most of my vector layers on "outline" mode, set all my images to
lowest possible resolution, but this doesn't seem to do much.  I work on
documents of 25-50 pages, and I've even tried breaking the files up, but
then keeping styles and formatting changes consistent between the parts
became burdensome - and things were still slow.

Its embarrassing to realize that I keep Scribus on its own desktop and use
the CPU monitor to know when its done with something.

Severn Clay-Youman

PS: I'm using Scribus 1.3.7 (from SVN) on 64-bit Ubuntu

Severn Clay-Youman, LEED GA
Studio Les Bêtes
33 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY
blog: http://lesbetes.wordpress.com
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