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Hamper Level 1 (0 points)
Why is Aperture 3 so slow to import! It can take five minutes to recognise just a few images on the Desktop and the fan whirls. This must be a bug!

MacBook (white), Mac OS X (10.5.8), 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • willi bauer Level 1 (105 points)
    count me in - it feel like walking in deep sand.
  • Hamper Level 1 (0 points)
    it took about 10minutes to import two images, from a folder containing four!
  • Harpo89 Level 1 (0 points)
    The download speed of Aperture 3 is NOT takes ten minutes to preview a 8 gig card on a new Macbook Pro.
  • Hamper Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the .1 update and just imported two JPEGs from a 2GB card. Admittedly not on the level you were referring to but before the wit would have been intolerable. I think that Aperture will only get faster with USB3 and an SSD HDD, its never going to be a quick slick thing to do otherwise.
  • Carl Berger Level 1 (10 points)
    I don't think that USB 3 will help loading images from the desktop, that's an internal drive issue. It speeds up somewhat if you uncheck the 'do not import duplicates' but it is still very, very slow!
  • Hamper Level 1 (0 points)
    Well thats just because I get my photos through a SD->USB device, but I know SSD would speed thing up.
  • Michael Hickey Level 1 (15 points)
    Here, here!
    If I import a folder of images I have to hit command-i to bring up the import screen, nothing ever shows up, I have to hit escape, repeat the command-i and now the images appear the second time.

    And then if it's a large batch of images, all of the images have to load up before I can start the import process. Can take a VERY long time if it's a large batch.
    Ap2, all you had to do was hit the Import All images and it didn't make you wait for them to load....
    This *****!
  • sean ross Level 1 (25 points)
    I am having a terrible time importing as well. Sometimes it takes forever; and then when I go to import a second card, it will say "begninning" or something like that in the activity window, and it will never get past the "beginning". Sometimes, thouigh, its super quick and simple. The last batch was strange; it imported all the files, and then once it was done it said "completing", and it had to wait until all the files were processed (again in the activity window) before it would give me the option to delete and eject.
  • Hamper Level 1 (0 points)
    Yea processing is the main culprit for me too now.
  • HeyJP Level 4 (2,385 points)
    I'm having a different variation. I imported about 100 new images from a memory card... took 5 minutes to import then it let me close and eject the card.. which I did.

    Now, 8 hours later, it still shows "importing" with a spinning icon. What is it importing? Or is it just processing? And either way, why so long? I have Faces and Places disabled.

  • Matthew Bergsma Level 3 (600 points)
    Importing is literally "ludicrous speed" for me. Not even kidding, it is rediculous when working right. If you don't need faces, turn it off. Also turn off automatic preview generation. If you have more than one drive, use referenced masters with your images set to import to a different drive than the library.

    And try this:

    go to the finder and move everything to the trash that is inside these folders:

    Hard Drive/Library/Caches
    Hard Drive/System/Library/Caches
    Hard Drive/Users/(Your user)/Library/Caches

    Also delete this file:
    Hard Drive/Users/(Your user)/Preferences/

    Reboot... It will take a little bit. Report back if this works.
  • sidlinger Level 1 (0 points)
    Has anyone successfully migrated back to Aperture 2? Or would be going to Lightroom 2 be easier. I have by this point wasted too much of my life on Aperture 3. I have been using Aperture 3 on both Leopard then Snow Leopard on a very high-end Mac configuration (over 10 TB disk, for example) and I've seen it take 30 minutes to import 3 images from an iPhone. And that's not unusual – over the past few weeks I've grown to expect that. Also, is it just me or is Faces terrible at differentiating faces? It's great at figuring out what a face is, but it makes ridiculous guesses about whose face it is. It doesn't seem to work nearly as well as iPhoto when it first got face recognition technology. I think Apple needed to publicly beta-test AP3 like Adobe has done with each LR release. AP3 is completely pathetic and disappointing. Any professional user would be out of business by now.
  • Hamper Level 1 (0 points)
    @HeyJP: If your waiting 8hrs then something's wrong, I take it you have the one and only update released? if so then I don't know what.

    @sidlinger: I think migrating back to Aperture 2 is reactionary, its not a solution. Aperture 3 may be slow but its going to get faster, like I said SSD should solve the problems, but by then (in 2yrs when prices are down) Aperture 4 will be out.
  • Matthew Bergsma Level 3 (600 points)
    Please follow the steps I outlined and report back if it solves your problem.
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