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Windell Oskay

We *have* sometimes seen issues with files this large in Inkscape on Windows. You might consider plotting from the CLI instead or reducing the file size.

From the screenshot, it doesn’t immediately look like this file *needs* to be 14 MB. Depending on how you’re generating it, you may be able to save a lot of size by one or more of the following:

* Use lower precision. Digits that specify precision much higher than the machine precision — say below 0.0001 inch — add to the file size (can even double it) but do not add any precision to the plot.

* Simplify styling. If your file is made of thousands of objects that each have style information, this can easily double the file size versus one style applied to everything.

* Reduce the number of vertices. If your paths are made of thousands of vertices, consider using hundreds instead, or perhaps tens of vertices that specify curves. You’ll not only reduce the file size, but improve plotting performance. If you’re generating curves programmatically that’s straightforward. If not, you might consider using simplifying or smoothing operations.

If you’d like us to look at one of your files and make specific recommendations, we can do that as well.