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Aperture in Processing.... mode on startup

415 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2013 10:15 AM by léonie RSS
MGPowell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 26, 2013 2:18 AM

When I open my Aperture Library on my MacBook Pro 13" (8GB of memory), it spends between 5 and 10 minutes in Processing... mode, during which time the application is unusable.


Any ideas what it is doing?


In preferences

- Enable Faces (Off)

- Enable Gestures (Off)


- Share preferences with iLife and iWork (When quitting Aperture)


- Photostream (Off)


- Web - Both Facebook and Flickr - Automatically check for newly published albums (Off)

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 2:50 AM (in response to MGPowell)

    Can you get to the Activity Viewer while Aperture is processing?

    From the main menu bar: Window > Show Activity.   What does it say?


    Does Aperture launch immediately, if you launch it with the "Shift" key held down? That will defer the generation of  previews on start-up. If this will make Aperture launch faster, you may have imported an image or video, that cannot be processed. In that case I'd turn on the "Activity Viewer" and select all images you imported most recently and try "Photos > Update Previews". Then watch the Activity Viewer, and see, for which image or video the processing will hang.


    Another problem could be a corruption of the Aperture library. I'd try to repair the library and/or the permissions.

    See: Repairing and Rebuilding Your Aperture Library: Aperture 3 User Manual




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:37 AM (in response to MGPowell)

    How do I identify the image in error and correct?

    Hi Mark,

    if you keep the "Activity" window open, while building previews, you should see the name of the image currently being processed at the bottom of the window. For problematic images the same name should be displayed for a longer time and apparently hang.


    If you find a suspicious image, export the original and try to open it in another program, Preview or Photoshop. Perhaps this way you can convert it to another format and fix the problem this way.



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Jan 26, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to MGPowell)


    You are welcome.


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