4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2013 3:53 AM by Mark Wastling
Mark Wastling Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Hello there,

 

I have a 2008 white MacBook (2.1Ghz, 4Gb Ram, 120Gb SSD and GMA X3100) which I intend to upgrade later in the year.

 

Having just got myself a shiny new Nikon 3200, I now need some way of processing and archiving my photographs, and obviously Aperture or Lightroom are ideal candidates. I really like Aperture, but it seems very sluggish – even running on the new MacBook Air (I tried it in the AppleStore here in Manchester). But then so did CS6, and Lightroom, and even Elements.

 

So my concern is how well would Aperture perform on my current Macbook? I don't expect lightening fast, but I don't expect extended "processing" pauses, just to look at an image, let alone do any retouching.

 

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

M

  • 1. Re: white macbook 2008 with Aperture 3
    AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,005 points)

    Mark Wastling wrote:

     

    I have a 2008 white MacBook (2.1Ghz, 4Gb Ram, 120Gb SSD and GMA X3100) which I intend to upgrade later in the year.

     

     

    Recommended

    • Mac computer with an Intel i3 processor (or faster)
    • 4GB of RAM
    • OS X v10.7.4 or later

     

    From here >  http://www.apple.com/au/aperture/specs/

     

    Aperture FAQs  >  http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4007

  • 2. Re: white macbook 2008 with Aperture 3
    Mark Wastling Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks, I've read the System Specs.

     

    As the Core 2 Duo is down there - admittedly under minimum - I was wondering what the experience would be like, ie. usable or unusable.

     

    And the new MacBook Air (with an i7) seemed very poor ... and that with an SSD and 4Gb ram.

     

    Which doesn't fill me with confidence

     

    M

  • 3. Re: white macbook 2008 with Aperture 3
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,645 points)

    Mark,

    I am not convinced, the tech specs that AnaMusic pointed to, are very realistic. My experience is quite different.

     

    2 GB will not work at all, 4GB will work with moderately sized image files, and if you do not apply many layers of adjustments, and with no other aplications running concurrently.

     

    For large raw files, I would not start with less than 8 GB, better 16 GB, if possible.

     

    The processor does not matter quite so much as the available RAM and the access time to external drive with the Aperture library and the quality of the Graphics card.

     

    I have worked with Aperture on four different platforms - the best results I had on this machine:

    MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 2.4 GHz i7, 16GB, 500GB SSD,1TB internal HD

    The SSD and the second internal HD made a large difference in combination with the large RAM.

     

    But these two machines are very good for Aperture as well:

    MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 8GB 1333MHzDDR3 1TB HD, 2.2GHz i7

    iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 2,7 GHz i5, 12GB RAM,1 TBHD

     

    But with 4GB, like on the  machine below, it is a pain to do any editing on large image files; It is tolarable with Snow Leopard, but no joy in Lion or later:

     

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2,53 GHz, 4 GB

     

    I assume, you want to do advanced editing, as you got yourself a really good camera, so look for plenty of RAM, a drive with fast access time,  and a good graphics card, if you want to use a large Monitor.

     

     

    Regards

    Léonie

     

     


  • 4. Re: white macbook 2008 with Aperture 3
    Mark Wastling Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Currently running on Macbook ... saving up for MAcBook Pro...

     

    Thanks for the help.