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J-a-x Level 3 Level 3

Nearly every time I reboot my Mac, Aperture asks me if I want to use Photostream in Aperture when I click the Photostream icon. I'm not sure if this is an iCloud bug or an Aperture bug but it's really annoying because each time it has to re-download all of my photostream photos. Does anybody know about a fix?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Unibody MacBook 2.4 Ghz, 8 GB Ram
Solved by J-a-x on Jan 13, 2012 11:22 AM Solved

What a nice suprise today. Aperture randomly went back to the "do you want to use photostream"? thing when I clicked on Photostream (no reboot), and I was pretty annoyed because I needed ot grab a photo form there and I didn't want to wait for it to re download everything. So I though I might as well reboot before re-enabling photostream otherwise I'd have to download 1000 photos, then reoot them do it again (I hadn't rebooted in a long time).


Turns out that after reboot, Photostream magically turned itself back on and didn't require re-downloading anything - all of my already downloaded photos were there!


This is really weird behavior though and it really shouldn't be taking Apple this long to fix it.

Reply by J-a-x on Jan 31, 2012 8:49 AM Helpful

Okay so I figured it out. In order to fix it, one simply has to delete ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement


Once deleted, I rebooted, turned Photostream back on in Aperture, and everything seemed to work after that between reboots. At least so far (2 reboots). Something was corrupted in that directory I think, because I got to the point where I couldn't even turn PhotoStream on period. I'm surprised its an iLife related folder that was causing the problem, but if you look in that folder you'll see that all of your photostream iamges are in it.


Let me know if this helps other people!

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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    You have Photo Stream selected in System Preferences > iCloud ??


    iCloud: Photo Stream / Aperture Troubleshooting

  • J-a-x Level 3 Level 3


  • beweaver Level 1 Level 1

    I have the exact same problem. Aperture Photostream seems to turn itself off randomly. In Aperture's Photostream preferences I have unticked "Automatic Upload" as I don't want Aperture to automatically send, say, my latest batch of 300 imported 12 mpx RAW pics to the cloud. Could have something to do with that.

  • J-a-x Level 3 Level 3

    Same here. I don't want a few gigs of photos to be uploaded to photostream every time I import from my SLR.


    I don't think that should be a problem though...


    Here's what happened to be last time. I went on a trip back home to Canada, took maybe 300 photos while I was there with my iPhone which were all uploaded to photostream (I could see them in photostream on my iPad - cool). Then when I got home I went on my Mac, opened up Aperture in hopes of being able to import the photos that were in photostream but photostream showed no new photos since I had left. I restarted Aperture a few times, and still nothing, despite my iPad showing all of the new photos in photostream. So then I decided to reboot. On reboot, Aperture asked me if I wanted to use photostream, I said yes, and it started from a clean slate, re-downloading my entire photostream, including new photos. Not the smoothest process.


    So anyways, it seems like the Aperture forgetting Photostream bug seems to happen after a reboot when photostream gets stuck for whatever rearson. Not sure if this helps us understand the bug or not but at least I know that a reboot may be required when Photostream is acting up...

  • J-a-x Level 3 Level 3

    I'm still having the same problem after the latest Aperture update last week. Has anybody had any luck figuring it out? I've had my photostream turn off twice this weekend in Aperture.

  • Mike Kornienko Level 1 Level 1

    Just want to chime in that I was having this problem from the very beginning of using Photostream on Aperture (meaning from the first day Aperture started supporting iCloud). Photostream just turns itself off without any reason at all..

    No idea what might be possibly happening, but that's a very annoying problem.

  • beweaver Level 1 Level 1

    Same here. Problem persists after updating to 3.2.2. Apple claimed the problem appeared when you reached the 1000 pics limit and that it was fixed in the update. But obviously it wasn't (or there are multiple issues that need to be fixed).

  • J-a-x Level 3 Level 3

    I have 679 photos in my photo stream and it keeps turning itself off for me, so it's definitely not due to the number of photos.


    It happened to me twice yesterday and I only rebooted once so it also appears it might not be just related to rebooting.


    Re-downloading 678 photos just to get a few new ones each day is really annoying.

  • J-a-x Level 3 Level 3

    Has anybody had any luck figuring out this issue yet? It's getting really frustrating, especially now that I have ~1000 photos in my photostream.

  • AlterEgo Level 1 Level 1

    It continues to be a source of frustration for me. I use Aperture daily, and I was and am still looking forward to Photostream becoming a useful part of my workflow. But for now, it's hit and miss and mostly miss.

  • J-a-x Level 3 Level 3

    I tried a bunch of things today like deleting Aperture prefs, turning off i Cloud, rebooting, turning it back on, waiting for 1000 photos to sync, and then rebooting. Even with all that, PhotoStream is STILL off after the reboot.


    Does anybody know any case where Photostream does not turn off after reboot? I am wondering if this bug is affecting ALL Aperture users (in which case there's no point in trying to find a fix) or if it's only affecting some users.

  • Gilles99 Level 1 Level 1



    I have Aperture, latest version, and my wife uses iPhoto, atest version as well


    on our iMac, it does not happen, Aperture or iPhoto Photostream don't turn off after a reboot or a log out


    On our MacBook Pro, it is very different, both photostream (aperture and iPhoto) turn off after logging out,


    Tried everything as you did, no solution yet


    Can't see the reason why I have the problem on one machine and not the other


    iMac is 2009, MBP is 2011, system is 10.7.2


    To answer your question !

  • aledco Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem here. It doesn't always happen, I'd say maybe 60% of the time I reboot. Can't say whether it happens with iPhoto too since I don't use iPhoto, but Aperture's Photostream compatability appears to be horribly broken.


    Sort it out Apple!

  • Do I look like a joker? Level 1 Level 1


    I donl't have a fix but this issue is going to cause logistical problems with pix missing. Or, slightly less awful, duplicates all over the place.

    I think I shall turn it off and ask Apple to email me when they get it working.

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