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Anyone using Apple's Aperture to manage photos?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by nomore, 9 Jul 2006.

  1. nomore

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2003

    Posts: 1,112

    Location: Olympia, WA, USA

    I've got Aperture 1.1.2 running on a PowerMac Dual 2GHz G5 and a 17" MacBook Pro (2.18GHz) both with 2GB RAM.

    Aperture really slows down some times to the point where I get the spinning beach ball of death for 30 seconds or more.

    On the MacBook, I only have about 150 photos (Canon RAW) and it's really getting annoying.

    Has anyone got any tips to speed it up? I might have to try out Adobe Lightroom instead.
  2. Shimmyhill


    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,156

    Location: Norwich

    On the Powermac a GFX card upgrade sounds like it makes a big diff - chap from here who bought my dualie powermca has gone from 5200 > 9800 > x800 and says the difference in aperture is amazing.

    I have been playing with lightroom on my imac core duo and its very slow - i guess its not a universal app.

    I will be trying aperture as soon as my ram comes thru so can report back then !
  3. nomore

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2003

    Posts: 1,112

    Location: Olympia, WA, USA

    Yeah. My PowerMac has a 9600. The MacBook Pro has a 256MB X1600 graphics chip and Aperture 1.1 is a Universal binary... so it will be interesting to compare the speed against Lightroom. I think Apple have created a dud this time. Very nice GUI, but terribly buggy and slow.

    At least Adobe call it 'Beta' lol
  4. Matt


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,661

    Location: Ledbury

    I've been trying out Aperture on my MacBook :) It's ok really, but i get the beachball thing a lot (especially when cropping or rotating). I've got Lightroom too, but haven't used it all that much, there are a lot of small things about it though that annoy me :(

    Lightroom is faster, but it appears to be a lot more basic in what it does than Aperture. Aperture also runs quite well with dual monitors, which makes life a bit easier when reviewing.
    Last edited: 9 Jul 2006