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Aperture 3.3 Repeatedly generating 7000  previews upon start

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Gordito73-me Calculating status...
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Jun 30, 2012 4:25 AM

After upgrading to Apeture 3.3. I noticed that 15-60 seconds after launching it, it begings to generate 7000+ previews. It doesn't matter if I let it finish or cancel the task, with next launch of Aperture the behaviour is back. I can't stop this no matter whether I uncheck the "New Projects Automatically generate spreviews" in the Preferneces or not. I also tried unchecking the "Maintain Previews for Projects" - no change! When this behaviour starts, Aperture becomes "jerky" in response despite running it on iMac with 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD.


I updated Apeture to 3.3.1 but no change. This is seriously irritating and I am certain it only appeared with 3.3!

iCal, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • dbmoore Calculating status...

    Gordito  it looks like you have done everything except reinstall OSx.  I hope it doesnt come to that.  Hopefully Kierby or Leoni or others will have an Idea.  I always fall back on fsck, PRAM, SMC reset as last resort before going to the Genius Bar  Good luck

  • txinfl Calculating status...

    Hey There, Had the same issue. I think I fixed it by doing two things.


    1) Select all images in the library, and "Update Priview", it may take a while depending how many. I had about 60,000 images in RAW. I have a similar machine to yours which I jsut purchased in May to do this upgrade.  I did the process over night and it had finished by morning.


    2) "Rebuild the Database" - hold down "option" and "command" while opening Aperture. This step may take a while however I have had to do it twice, once before for another issue, it seemed to finish in a few hours. Keep an eye on the "Activity Monitor" and watch that it is processing (you can watch the reads and writes) it may say "not responding" as long as it continues to make the reads and writes let it go.


    I was reluctant to do it, but the Apple Support person told me the only other suggestion was to delete all the previews and regenerate. I figured it would take days with 60,000 images so I went this route. It has been a week now and all seems fine.


    Good Luck!!



  • txinfl Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    oops, can't type...


    In step 1) It should be:  "Update Preview" (which is found under the "Photos" menu)

  • lindsayfrombc Calculating status...

    Hi Gordito73-me,


    It looks like we're having the same problem.


    I just picked up the brand new MacBook Pro with Retina display last night. Brought it home, and tried to upload my photos from my external (which, I had also upoloaded from my old 2008 MacBook onto an external harddrive) after opting out of Setup and Migration assistant (since I've worked with Photoshop and Aperture previously... apparently this would be the "most reliable" method). Everything seemed to be operating fine... except Aperture. It would be fine for the first few seconds (maybe 10?) and then I'd get that oh-so-lovely rainbow wheel that we all love, and the word "processing". This would continue for 10 minutes, then it would pause, and I'd be hopeful and try and click on anything - even a picture - but would be halted back to the "processing" wait. I couldn't even click a thumbnail, let alone open a photo. Now, this wasn't even a problem on my 2008 MacBook, where, admittedly it was slow, but it EVENTUALLY opened. After staying up until 4am, trying a multitude of different options; quickly disabling previews in the first 10 seconds after start-up of the program, stopping gestures, minimizing preview quality, etc., I gave up. I called Apple this morning and said I'd be in to exchange what I thought was a faulty system. I explained everything to the multiple geniuses when I arrived, and they suggested that I try and upload less than my entire photo library (15,000 photos). That seemed like a reasonable explanation at the time. So, I came home, set up an entirely BRAND NEW MacBook Pro, with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD (note that my old MacBook had nothing even comparable to these specs), and hoped for the best. I only uploaded a TENTH of my photos (approximately 3GB's worth) onto the new computer, and am receiving the same results. Clearly this is an Aperture fix (though, I was told that they had "solved" something like this in their previous update), as I've tried many options (like you) with no success. The program attempts to process all of the previews, even though I've disabled that function, and minimized 'extras'  as much as possible. Thus, I am still unable to open even one single photo. It's almost ridiculous that a program of this callibre isn't even capable of opening a photo. As a professional, it's beyond frustrating, since I invested in this new equipment for a reason.


    Anyway, any additional advice would be much appreciated as I purchased the compter and program in order to move forward with my editing at a faster rate. Wondering if Photoshop would run faster... but after an investment into this computer, I won't be able to purchase that for some time...

  • txinfl Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Lindsay are you using managed or referenced libraries? I had similar problem but was able to rebuild database and it solved the problem. I use referenced images as opposed to letting Aperture manage the images.

  • lindsayfrombc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Txinfl,


    I'm trying to inport the photos (and start fresh) from Aperture... Are you meaning that I should maybe be attempting to to upload everything to iPhoto instead (since they share sources now)??


    If that's not what you mean... could you tell me how I can go about doing that?


    Any help is very much appreciated! I've been dealing with this for hours (and almost 2 days) now..

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