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Feature Request: option to prebuild cache of previews

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:50 pm
by hlff
Hello,

In my line of work, speed of delivery is very important.

The MainType interface is high-performance, but I find that I often have to wait several seconds when scrolling through a font list for the previews to be rendered.

I would like an option which allows the program to pre-build and cache all previews for the current font list. That way, I could simply activate that feature, move on to something else, and then scroll through the font list without having to wait for any rendering at all.

Re: Feature Request: option to prebuild cache of previews

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:22 pm
by Erwin Denissen
We've thought about this, but there are numerous disadvantages so we've decided to stick with the current implementation.

It would take a lot of time to implement, and even then, such feature will cause more problems and delays.

Re: Feature Request: option to prebuild cache of previews

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:14 am
by hlff
HI Erwin -

Is this something that could be added as an optional setting for certain users who really need it?

I understand there may be disadvantages that would be concerning to the average user. But for a power user, perhaps they're willing to trade off those disadvantages for the advantages that cached previews would bring. The slowness of having to wait for cache building to occur in realtime with each use of the software can really slow workflow.

Re: Feature Request: option to prebuild cache of previews

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:02 pm
by hlff
Just following up on this query. Any additional thoughts?

Re: Feature Request: option to prebuild cache of previews

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:02 pm
by Erwin Denissen
I'm sorry, but this requires too much time to implement.

Re: Feature Request: option to prebuild cache of previews

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:57 pm
by Erwin Denissen
The next upcoming major release will come with a new font preview cache. It should improve performance, but it will only cache a couple of hundred previews at a time.

Re: Feature Request: option to prebuild cache of previews

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:10 pm
by Erwin Denissen
We've just released MainType 9, which comes with a new font preview cache, so it should improve performance.