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Can multiple users share Aperture Library over network

638 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 10:24 AM by Vestan Pance RSS
Vestan Pance Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)
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Dec 2, 2012 5:05 AM

I'm considering moving over to Aperture because iPhoto is starting to show the strain under the number of RAW pictures I'm uploading. My current iPhoto library is stored on my NAS and is shared between my RMBP and MacMini. If I make the transition over to Aperture will I be able to have the same set-up?




MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)

    Well this will account for the strain:


    My current iPhoto library is stored on my NAS


    Aperture and iPhoto both need to have the Library sitting on disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Users with the Library sitting on disks otherwise formatted regularly report issues including, but not limited to, importing, saving edits and sharing the photos, performance issues, and general instability.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)
    iPhoto is starting to show the strain under the number of RAW pictures I'm uploading.


    What do you consider to be a "strain"?

    Poor response time? I suspect, that will be more due to the network access on a NAS than to the library size.


    You might try to put your Aperture 3 library on a NAS, but it is not recommended by Apple, see:

    Use locally mounted Mac OS X Extended volumes for your Aperture library


    You will have to ensure,

    • that you do not open the Library from both your Macs at the same time,
    • and you will have to ensure, that the library is only on a disk formatted "Mac OS X Extended". SInce your NAS has a different formatting, put the Aperture library onto a disk image on the NAS. You will have to mount this disk image, before you access the library, like recommended here for iPhoto, see: iPhoto: Sharing libraries among multiple users


    But as I said, if poor performance should be your main reason for switching from iPhoto to Aperture, you will not gain much, if you keep the library on a network attached volume, unless you have a very fast network connection.

    The best performance you get in Aperture with the library on the fasted drive you have. I keep my Aperture library on the internal SSD and the original master image files (the bulk of the data) on a second internal drive.




  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,205 points)

    Aperture will be no faster in this regard.  The NAS will negatively impact performance HUGELY.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)

    iPhoto has been running real slow on both machines but today I corrected the permissions and it works perfectly on the MacMini although I haven't tried opening it via my RMBP.

    How did you repair permissions? If your iPhoto library is slow on a directly connected fire wire drive, repairing the library with the built in first aid tools might help: launch iPhoto with the key combination ⌥⌘ firmly held down and try to repair the database and repair the permissions from the panel that opens.


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