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Aperture 3 slow to import

13258 Views 23 Replies Latest reply: Sep 15, 2010 2:47 PM by tejie RSS
  • HeyJP Level 4 Level 4 (2,375 points)
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    Mar 9, 2010 12:43 PM (in response to Matthew Bergsma)
    One piece of "good" news to report. Turns out, when you see "Importing..." or "Processing..." in the control bar, you can click on it and it pops up a dialog box with a queue that is being Imported or Processed! I found out that my "Importing..." was still trying to import from the CF Card that it had said it was finished with and ejected. I closed Aperture, re-opened, and it did not try to import anymore.

    Then I got "Processing...", clicked on it and saw that it was at #35 of 112 images and counting along. Took another 15 minutes to process all the images. Whatever that means. At that point, everything was cool and fast again.

    I'm a happy camper again.

    17" MacBook Pro - 2.33 GHz - Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 3 Gbyte RAM - 500 GByte Hard Drive - iPhone 3GS
  • RecoveringPCAddict Calculating status...
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    Apr 26, 2010 3:03 PM (in response to Hamper)
    I agree, it doesn't seem to do much for the speed, but it does at least give you some piece of mind that something is really happening. I am new to Mac and Aperture so all of my photos were just stored on a drive. I first copied them to the local drive thinking that would take the USB throughput out of the equation. I kicked off an import of 57,000 pictures just short of 48 hours ago. Thanks to the post about clicking on the dial to see status I can see that it is up to 43,000 of 57,000 so I will not abort the process. Like I say, I am new to mac's but basic hardware knowledge would tell you that 48-60 hours of constant hard drive activity is not a great approach. I am hoping that once this initial import is done, I can return to reasonable performance.
    27 Imac, MacPro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • sidlinger Calculating status...
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    Apr 30, 2010 2:40 PM (in response to sidlinger)
    Update: Aperture 3.0.3 fixed this problem, finally. and it wasn't just a minor improvement, it's now at least two orders of magnitude faster to, for example, import from an iPhone (mostly I'm importing Nikon D3 RAW but sometimes I have iPhone photos). Previously, I had tried all three Aperture Library First Aid options, plus a bunch of things others suggested, all to no avail. When 3.0.3 came out, I installed it, did a "Repair Database" (not sure if this helped or not), and then, happiness. Finally.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2*3GHz Quad, 16GB RAM, 4*30" Cinema Display
  • TakashiMitsuhashi Calculating status...
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    Jun 30, 2010 5:26 AM (in response to Matthew Bergsma)
    Tried to follow your step. No results... Aperture 3 is so SLOW in everithing
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • morrisan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 23, 2010 11:07 AM (in response to Matthew Bergsma)
    So, I am not running AP3, but was reading through this post and thought to try the clearing of the caches as you recommended and dude, works a treat on my 2007 Macbook 13" in speeding up like everything.

    I'm running AP2 and if I turn off Quick Previews(using the "P" key for anyone not sure), the browsing speed is great.

    As expected though, when I turn on Quick Previews, with every photo I've adjusted, it loads the RAW file and then the adjustments made, but for viewing the photos, turning off Quick Preview is brilliant and I turn it back on if I need to adjust a photo again and then the preview updates anyway.

    So, perhaps that method could work for others?


  • booboo95 Calculating status...
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    Sep 12, 2010 6:30 PM (in response to Matthew Bergsma)
    *Where it says: Share Preview with iLife and iWork, say 'Never'*
    *In Real-time, the speed suddenly skyrocketed*.
    Thank you Matthew.

    *Also unchecked: Use Embedded JPEG from camera, New projects automatically generate preview.
    *Enabled Faces did not slow other tasks.
    iMac 2.66GHZ 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), G-Drive, My Book Studio
  • flashgj Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2010 9:57 AM (in response to Hamper)
    For those of you experience slow import speeds, check to see if card reader is compatible with your type of SD/CF cards.

    After updating to AP3, I too was experiencing extremely slow import speeds. I then read on a different forum about older card readers causing problems with some of todays faster memory cards. After updating my card reader my import speeds are faster than they have ever been.
    G5, 24"iMac, 20"iMac, Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • tejie Calculating status...
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    Sep 15, 2010 2:47 PM (in response to booboo95)
    Your tip helped me immensely!
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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