I did some simple tests about performance about loading a picture file up to the point where the application gets a Smalltalk device independent image format.
Tests were done using the “jpg”-format and a 1900x1200x24 picture.
The results are:
using freeimage library it took around 383ms to load such a picture
using pure Smalltalk code it took around 2961ms to load such a picture.
Therefore the freeImage code is about 8 times faster than the pure Smalltalk code …