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freddyIV Level 1 (0 points)

I'm having performance problems with Aperture in particular  moving from one photo to another takes a l-o-n-g time.  Could it be that my library is just too big?  Its 70GB. 

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    A 70 GB library is not a problem for Aperture. I am currently running with a library that is 235 GB.


    How about more information on your Mac;


    what Mac are you using?


    is the linrary on your system drive?


    how much free space do you have on your system drive/


    what version of Aperure is your Mac running?


    what version of OS X is your Mac running?



  • freddyIV Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow - amazingly fast response.  Thanks, here's the info:


    MacBook Pro 6.2.  Manufactured mid-2010 with 500GB disc and 4GB RAM.


    Aperture Library is on the machine's internal HD.


    HD free space 263.4 GB


    Aperture version: 3.4.3


    OSX 10.8.2

  • Jim Tincher Level 1 (0 points)

    Doubling your RAM if possible will make a night and day difference in the performance of your machine.

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    Could you please send a screen shot with Aperture opened of Activitiy Monitor on System Memory like this


    Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 11.32.21 AM.png

  • freddyIV Level 1 (0 points)

    Here is the image.  Hope it's OK.

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    I don't see it.



  • freddyIV Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes I was unsure.  I used Grab to get the image of Activity's screen.  I tried to insert (I clicked on the camera icon) the TIFF file in my reply but got an error message to the effect that I couldn't post "this type of content" which I took to mean TIFF.  So I used Preview to convert the image to JPG which seemed to be accepted ie. I didn't get an error message and the upload window showed the file name.  But I couldn't see the image in the body of the reply, I thought maybe this was a quirck of the application and gave it a try.


    What am I doing wrong?  Thanks.


    PS. I'll have to sign off now (dinner) but will be back tomorrow.

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    Forget about the sceenshot for now.


    Just give the numbers for







    VM size:

    Page ins:

    Page outs:

    Swap used:


    with Aperture running.



  • jfa643 Level 1 (10 points)

    Your problem is not library size, but limited RAM. Increase your RAM to, say, 8 GB and all will be well.

  • freddyIV Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Allen.  Here are the numbers!


    Free:  686 to 735


    Wired:  711


    Active:  1.35


    Inactive:  1.11


    Used:  3.16


    VM Size:  273.81 to 268.45


    Pages in's:  509.6


    Pages out:  375.75


    Swap used:  614.0 MB

  • mores Level 1 (35 points)

    Turn off faces.

    Clear cache folders:

              Hard Drive/Library/Caches

              Hard Drive/System/Library/Caches

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


    This really sped up my Aperture!

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    Thank you now that I see the numbers on your RAM usage, I must concur with those who are saying that you do not have enough RAM. You need to increase it so get better performance.



  • Rex Ross Level 1 (50 points)

    Just got a 27 inch iMac with fusion drive.


    The performance on my older iMac 27 without fusion was slow.


    Aperture flies with the fusion drive.


    As does fcpx

  • léonie Level 10 (90,960 points)

    moving from one photo to another takes a l-o-n-g time

    4GB of RAM in combination with using Mt. Lion and large raw files surely will slow down things a bit, but the numbers you posted are not too bad - not sufficient to explain " a l-o-n-g time", unless you are very impatient

    So I'd suggest, to make sure your Aperture library does not have any corruption. You said, that you routinely do repair the library, but but did you rebuild it lately? Have you tested, if you see the same lagging behaviour, if you use a different Aperture library (a new test library with ome test images, created especially for testing)? What does Aperture's Activity Window show, when you have this performance problems  (Window > Show Activity)?

    When did you first notice these performance problems? All of a sudden after some installation or upgrading? Or after importing new images?


    How did you create your Aperture library? Is it in old iPhoto library, or did you import an iPhoto Library?




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