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I am about to erase my hard drive and start over.  I have approximately 30K pictures in Aperture.  what is the best way to start over with that library when I reinstall the system?  Aperture is not the reason for my overhaul but I would like to start over fresh.  I originally imported my library from iphoto. 

imac 2.93 core 2, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to On Board)

    What is your Aperture version? And what kind changes do you want to make with your Aperture library?

    What do you not like about your current library?

     

    Is your profile signature current  "Mac OS X (10.6.5)"? To what system will you be upgrading to, when you reinstall?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 1:46 PM (in response to On Board)
    everything in aperture is slow, moving from picture to picture etc. this is different than most of the other programs once the computer is booted, which can take over 5 minutes, other programs seem to work fairly fast.

     

    Have you done any trouble shooting? If you show the "Activity Viewer" in Aperture (From the "Windows" menu "Show Activity"), you may be able to see, what Aperture is doing, when it is slow.

     

    Common reasons for a slow Aperture:

    • Your Aperture library may be corrupted after an Aperture crash or "Force Quit". Then it usually helps to run the "Aperture Library First Aid Tools" and to repair or rebuild the Library:
      Repairing and Rebuilding Your Aperture Library: Aperture 3 User Manual
    • Aperture may still be processing after an massive import. That you will see in the Activity window.
    • You may have imported a corrupted image or video. Then only removing this image will help.
    • If you imported smart albums defined in iPhoto with your iPhoto library, and sort your Aperture projects by date, Aperture may be slow or even crash. The best protection against this bug is to delete all iPhoto albums that have been created in iPhoto.
    • Your hard drive may be too full. The system and the applications need working space. If you do not at least have 10GB of free disk space, better more, you need to free disk space asap, otherwise applications may become very slow.
    • How much RAM do you have? If you need to have several applications open at the same time, investing into more RAM may help to increase the performance.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

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    Jan 12, 2013 4:48 PM (in response to On Board)

    OnBoard, are you by chance using PhotoStream? Sometimes PhotoStream fails to initialize properly and gets stuck constantly trying to restart, which can slow the machine down. If you aren't sure, open your Preferences from the Aperture menu and click the PhotoStream tab. If it's enabled, uncheck the box and quit Aperture. Restart Aperture, go back to Preferences and start up PhotoStream again.

     

    If you go to your Utilities folder inside your Applications folder and start up Console, do you see any repeated messages that say something like "Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds"?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 1:42 AM (in response to On Board)

    I do have a lot of iphoto albums,

    Only smart albums may be problematic, see Alex Browns post here: Aperture 3.3.2 unresponsive if library contains old iPhoto albums - solution

     

    • You may have imported a corrupted image or video. Then only removing this image will help.

    How do I know this?

    In this case Aperture may be trying over and over again to render previews and thumbnails for the corrupted media, wasting  its time and never succeeding. Usually you can see it in the Activity window (Window > Show Activity) - if it says "processing" and maybe always showing the same filename. That would be a clear indication that something is wrong with the image or video.

    And also Aperture will be more responsive, if you lauch it with the "Shift" key held own, to defer the generation of previews.

    • How much RAM do you have? If you need to have several applications open at the same time, investing into more RAM may help to increase the performance.

    4 Gigs

    Is your iMac maxed out with 4GB? If not, you might consider to add more RAM. 4GB was perfectly o.k. with Snowleopard, but Lion needs more RAM, and aperture profits enourmously from more RAM, i.e., if you have large raw image files.

     

    To check, if more RAM will help in your case, use the Activity Monito application; it is in the Applications > Utilities folder. This will show you, how much memory the processes are using, as well as the CPU time. If you click at the "Memory" tab, you can see, you can sort your processes by memory usage. For example, I just saw, that Aperture was using 1.8GB of RAM while computing a histogram for a large RAW image. On your system that would be nearly half of the available memory.

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    Usually Safari and iTunes need also very much memory. If you are running one of these memory hogs concurrently to Aperture, I'd close them, if you have performance problems.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

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