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Aperture 3.3 slow on brand new 15in MBP Retina

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Jan 15, 2013 7:44 AM

I've had my new MBP Retina for about 3 weeks now and was really looking forward to photo editing with Aperture 3.3 with the beautiful display but was shocked when the performance began lag pretty significantely. I've maxed out the memory,  and have the 500-something GB SSD. This computer is brand new so barely has anything on it, and I started fresh with a new Aperture Library as well. I am very concerned about this performance (or lack there of).

 

Any ideas?! Please help!

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:20 AM (in response to Rageican)

    Need more information  .  How are you determining that performance is lagging?  Does it ever not lag?  Have you tried on a new User Account?  Does anything show in Aperture's Activity window?  Does it happen on all Images?  Have you rebooted? Etc.

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,440 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 9:49 AM (in response to Rageican)

    Some thoughts:  Aperture 3.4.3 should be the version to use on this laptop (I know, as I have one).  What is the camera or cameras with which the photos have been shot -- looking for size of original file?

     

    Ernie

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,440 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 11:15 AM (in response to Rageican)

    As an 18 MP camera, the file size will not be as large as with some of the newer cameras produce.  But still you might check the size Previews you have selected.  A size consistent with your display size will be best.

     

    But other things may be in play.  Have you repaired the library, btw?

     

    Ernie

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,205 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to Rageican)

    How many adjustments do you have on the photos?  In general, there are some adjustments that are computationally quite expensive.  Shadows/Highlights and Edge Sharpening are both pretty expensive.  Did you bulk apply that to a lot of the photos?

     

    I use Aperture on a similar machine to yours, and in general performance is fairly good with my 1Ds Mark III pictures which are about 21 MP.

     

    Does the lag get worse the longer Aperture is running?  If you go to Activity Monitor how much RAM is Aperture using, and in the System Memory tab what are the numbers beside "Page Outs"?

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:40 PM (in response to Rageican)

    Skin smoothing is, just from observation, one of the most computationally expensive adjustments in Aperture.

     

    It seems odd to me that you save skin smoothing as an effect.  It is always applied via a Brush, and thus is applied to a specific area of the image.  It doesn't make sense to lift and stamp skin smoothing -- much less use it in a saved Effect -- unless one is working on nearly identical versions.

     

    You haven't answered two important and helpful questions:

    - Does anything show in Aperture's Activity window?

    - If you go to {the OS X utility} Activity Monitor how much RAM is Aperture using, and in the System Memory tab what are the numbers beside "Page Outs"?

     

    (Added:)

    I still think something is causing the problem.  I have the same machine (2012 15" rMBP with 16 GB RAM and 500 GB SSD), use Aperture every day, almost always on 24 MP RAW Originals, and rarely if ever see the kind of delays you have described.  Keep providing answers -- we'll figure out what is happening.  :-)


     

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  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 6:34 PM (in response to Rageican)

    What size have you specified for your Previews?

     

    "Aperture➞Preferences➞Previews➞Photo Preview".

     

    Smaller is faster.  The entry (or entries) with asterisks are the size of your display(s).

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