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  • léonie Level 10 (85,220 points)

    Why would anyone buy it today then it its 3 years old?




    Aperture 3.4.3 is 1 moth old!


    And Aperture 3.3 is very different from Aperture 3.0 - full integration with Mac OS X 10.8 - isn't that what you are looking for?

  • DMarsh Level 1 (15 points)

    No I'm looking for my software which works fully 99.9% to be fixed. Age is a poor excuse. Mac OS X is just that; version 10. It's not version 11. If it was then so be it. We have had no new operating system just an update thus the software we paid for should be fixed to work on it. It's the same company. Stop making excuses for the largest tech company in the world.

  • DelMurice Level 1 (0 points)

    I didn't just buy Aperture 2, been using it for years, and it has worked for me without any problems at all, and the plug-ins I use work fine too.   I didn't see a point in upgrading to something that didn't have anything I needed.  And still, loosing the loope still isn't reason enough to upgrade to Aperture 3.   But things like this, make me wonder if I should stick to Apple apps on my Mac, since it's apparrent they may be using operating system updates as an excuse to force app updates upon us.

  • léonie Level 10 (85,220 points)

    may be using operating system updates as an excuse to force app updates upon us.

    But they did not force the operating system update on you, did they? Snowleopard is a very good operation - the best Apple ever made, imho. So why upgrade, if you do not want and need the iCloud features?  But if you really want iCloud, then Aperture 3 is the photo software to use the features.

  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,030 points)

    It's pretty standard practice in software for companies to stop supporting old versions once a newer version comes out.  Bugs won't be fixed if they don't exist in a newer version.

  • William Lloyd Level 7 (21,030 points)

    I'd like to know where you think you'd get a better shake.  If you found a bug in Lightroom 2 or Lightroom 3, it wouldn't be fixed either.  Even worse, if you got a camera that shipped in the past year or so, it wouldn't work in Lightroom 2 or 3.  The only way to get it working would be to upgrade to Lightroom 4.


    These issues aren't unique to Apple.  I really know of almost no software vendor that will fix bugs in software that has had a newer version available for 3 years.  It's pretty much unprecedented.

  • DelMurice Level 1 (0 points)

    Well I still use Aperture 2, so they didn't force me to upgrade.  But I had to upgrade to 10.8 because I still needed to use an updated Xcode.  But what you say about Adobe apps not being aupported anymore is not true, I still have an old Power Mac G4 digital audio with CS2 still on it, and once in awhile I still get updates for it from Adobe. It's true they don't have to, but it's good customer service.  Apple does have great customer service, and the only company I've ever seen that will send a tech out in the middle of no where to honor their warranty.

  • FuzztoneNL Level 1 (0 points)

    I have to say I agree and disagree with the comments here. If I can explain my situation I think folks here on this thread and Apple themselves will agree that there should be a patch for A2 to work on 10.8. Here goes......


    1. I didn't upgrade to Mountain Lion, I purchased a new iMac running 10.8 (lovely BTW, good work Apple).

    2. I am a genuine user who purchases software. I have A1 and A2

    3. The new version is of Aperture is 3, so I am only 1 behind. If the advancements are so huge and Apple feel they need more cash then they should call in Aperture 7 like all the other software companies.

    4. I don't particularly need to be spending money on Apple software at the moment as I have just spent E2500 on a new machine.


    Come on Apple, one last update to version 2 and then make the next update to v4 and stop the v2 support. If I am warned that 10.8.3 (three) my A2 will not work, then at least the choice and mistake will be mine to make.

  • skyguy3 Level 1 (0 points)

    For those who need to use the loupe and do not want to update I found this workaround. It seems the problem is with Disk Permissions, so with Aperture closed repair the disk permissions.


    (Open Utilities, then open Disk Utility, select disk, then click on Repair Disk Permissions.)


    Open Aperture, select Loupe, press "M" (Show Master Image) or "Z" (Zoom to Actual Size), now the Loupe should work for current session.


    You will have to Repair Disk Permissions every time before opening Aperture for this workaround.


    My Versions:

    OS X  10.7.5

    Aperture 2.1.4

  • DMarsh Level 1 (15 points)

    Sorry skyguy but someone has already mentioned a similar answer to this and it doesn't work. Tried it last night but doesn't work for me in any instance.

  • skyguy3 Level 1 (0 points)

    DMarsh, That's interesting, because it works for me every time!

  • Photowizzard Level 1 (0 points)

    I disagree with you fundamentally. There is no reason why the old Aperture should lose it's Loupe facility because you upgrade your OS. It's merely built in obsolescence.

    If you don't upgrade your OS then you start getting understandable problems with any new release software, but why should new software disable older simpler applications? Other than for profit purposes.

  • léonie Level 10 (85,220 points)
    There is no reason why the old Aperture should lose it's Loupe facility because you upgrade your OS. It's merely built in obsolescence.

    Every application is built on top of  the operating system. It uses the system calls and libraries, and has to conform to protocols introduced by the operating system.

    When a new operating system is released, older applications may be incompatible, because the code needs to be rewritten for the new OS.  The last compatibility update for Aperture 2 is Aperture 2.1.4, released August 27, 2009. It ensures compatibility with MacOS X 10.6.  Aperture: About the 2.1.4 software update


    There have never been compatibility updates for later MacOS X versions, Lion or later. Aperture 3 is the upgrade for Aperture to be used on newer MacOS X versions since 10.7.  When the newest MacOS X version 10.10 will be released this month, only Aperture 3.5.1 will run on this system.

  • Photowizzard Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for this prompt response. I have been advised to upgrade my Aperture, and I've seen Aperture 3 upgrade disks available sealed and unused for £19.


    Is this a mistake to use this, I would naturally like to ensure full functionality, at least with my current OS 10.7.5 and wonder if getting an early A3.0 will be problematic. Should I simply download the latest Aperture for £54 from the App store?

  • léonie Level 10 (85,220 points)
    I have been advised to upgrade my Aperture, and I've seen Aperture 3 upgrade disks available sealed and unused for £19.

    To be able to install this upgrade you will have to provide your Aperture 2 serial number, and the Aperture 1 serial number as well, if Aperture 2 was an upgrade.


    Otherwise, this upgrade installer will be perfect. After you install it, you cause the updaters on Apple's Support downloads page to upgrade to the latest version that is compatible with Lion (Aperture 3.4.5).

    The AppStore is currently selling Aperture 3.5.1, and that requires MacOS X 10.9.


    Before you upgrade, be sure to keep a backup of Aperture 2 and your Aperture library, just in case.

    Apple recommends to rebuild the library before upgrading. The upgrade will make a major rebuild of the library and it is safer, if the Aperture library has no issues. See the release notes (Aperture 3.5.1: Release notes) - down at the bottom "Learn more":


    Learn more

    If you are upgrading your Aperture library from an earlier version of Aperture, here are some guidelines to assist you in a successful move to Aperture 3:

    • Before upgrading, it is recommended (though not required) that you perform a rebuild of your Aperture library. To rebuild an Aperture library, hold down the Option and Command keys while opening your library in Aperture 1.5 or 2, then click the Rebuild Now button.
    • Aperture temporarily uses extra space on your hard drive during the upgrade process. This is for the purpose of backing up critical library info and insuring the integrity of your data during upgrade. If you don't have adequate space on your hard drive to accommodate the upgrade, Aperture will display a warning dialog. You may need to move your library to a different hard drive with more space in order to upgrade it, and then move it back to the original drive when the upgrade is complete. Any space used by Aperture during the upgrade is released and made available to you again once the upgrade has finished.
    • Keep in mind that fully upgrading a very large library is a one-time process that can take a long time; the process may take many hours or even overnight, depending on the size of the library. Once the initial database upgrade is complete, you can begin working with your Aperture library. However, post-upgrade processing will continue in the background for some time, as face detection and preview generation are performed. (A progress indicator and the word "Processing" will appear in the status line of the Viewer or Browser to indicate these operations are underway.) While you can work with Aperture while these operations are performed, you may experience temporary slow-downs. Optimal performance will return when all post-upgrade processing is complete.