Amazing timing. I was going to make a post today detailing further developments regarding this issue.
Unable to find a satisfactory workaround for LBC, I tried a few other applications which offer similar functionality - MenuApp (http://www.desktopap...s.co.uk/menuApp.html
) and PowerPro (http://powerpro.webeddie.com/
) - and experienced the same difficulty. I found a setting in Power Pro which allows one to exclude icons, and the speed of menu display increased drastically.
It seems safe to conclude, then, that the displaying of icons is likely at the heart of this issue. I should add that, to the best of my knowledge, there were no unresolved links in the folders I was attempting to display (although my test of LBC was a month ago, and I have made some changes to the folders in question since then), so I don't think that was a factor in my case. Most of the folders involved, though, did contain a large
number of links, so that was likely was
a factor in my case.
I should also add that I do miss seeing the icons - they help me to navigate to the application I'm looking for - and that PowerPro contains a huge number of functions I don't need, and is more difficult to configure than LBC. But the workarounds suggested in the post above look too burdensome to me, so I'll probably stick with PowerPro for the time being.
I'm not smart enough to suggest any workarounds, but I will say that I'd prefer LBC to PowerPro if this issue is resolved, icons displayed or not, and that I appreciate the DonationCoder site and the people who run it...