when I place a complex pld file (such as a complex vector file converted from a photo) in a new file with a placeholder layer, Photoline will start introducing short spells of unresponsive behaviour.
I assume this is caused by Photoline when it checks whether any changes were made to the original file. An option to turn this file checking off would be much appreciated, because it is quite frustrating. Perhaps introduce a manual update option in the placeholder layer properties?
(2) complex groups of layers slow down Photoline a lot - to the point that basic operations such as painting in a layer mask become impossibly slow and unusable. This is understandable, since Photoline allows the user to add complex layer behaviours that would tax even the fastest CPU.
Having said that, files are becoming more complex, and It would be brilliant if a "cached" option in the layer group layer properties would be made available that effectively turns the contents of a layer group into a static cached bitmap. Access to the inner content of such a layer group would then be denied to the user and automatically the layer group would be closed, up till that time when the "cached" option is deactivated.
Performance of Photoline would be restored to a "normal" workable level with the inclusion of such a feature.
This solution is quite similar to how nodal based compositing applications solve these type of performance problems: the user can decide to cache part(s) of the node tree to prevent the entire things to be updated all the time, and uses cached bitmap versions instead.
In Photoshop these issues are solved with smart objects, which are effectively cached static bitmap versions of their layered content as well. Seeing how Photoline has evolved into a powerful beast, amending the layer stack with a "cached" option for layer groups has become absolutely essential (in my opinion).
I often hit the limit of what my machine can handle, and Photoline becomes very laggy and unresponsive while editing. Currenly I solve this by creating a new file, and importing the slow pld file into the new file with the placeholder layer. But it is rather inconvenient, and even then I may experience issue (1)
What do you think?
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