I am running Aperture 3.1.3 and Lion 10.7.1 on a MBP 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM and have:
1. Turned off faces and gestures
2. Set preview images to medium (5)
3. Turned off MobileMe "automatically check for newly published albums"
4. Turned off share previews with iWork and Ilife
5. Killed off indexing for the photo library
Aperture runs so slow at times its unusable. It can take upwards of a minute to process any changes to an image. Loading an image can take upwards of 30 seconds. HDR processing of three images is a full blown 15 minute coffee break.
I took a look at the Activity Monitor and I find that Aperture is running upwards of 3.5 GB of virtual memory and 1 GB plus of real memory. Disk I/O can hit more than 386 per second. CPU utilization runs anywhere from 10% at idle to 268% (really thats what the Activity Monitor says) when running HDR plugin.
I am running all RAW and the typical image size is 19 MB.
Today it wouldn't find my SDHC card that was plainly visible on the desktop without a reboot of the program...
It occationally crashes when exporting to JPEGs.
Occationally it hangs and needs a force quit.
Occationally makes me want to toss my MBP in the dumpster from the roof of my office and give up digital photography when it runs slow and I need to get something out of it quickly.
Anyone have any suggestions? I really don't want to switch applications (too much of a PITA) and buying a new mac would put a crimp in me saving up for a Nikon D4.
I can feel my life slipping away while I wait for Aperture to slog through its machinations and let me edit and export my images...