I find that TikZ compilations are rather slow. I often work with old computers and the LaTeX compilation is very fast but TikZ slows down the process. Externalizing the graphics helps but making a separate compilation for the graphics is not the idea in my opinion. I think that TikZ is still under development and it's a modern language so will his compilation become faster?
closed as not a real question by lockstep, Thorsten, diabonas, percusse, Andrew Stacey Mar 26 '12 at 16:27
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