Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2013 9:17 AM (in response to léonie)
Thanks Leonie, that's very helpful. It appears I can increase RAM from 3GB to 4GB maximum on my mid 2007 iMac which still performs very well.
Aperture technical specifications says Memory: 2GB RAM but also says Recommended: 4GB of RAM, which I find confusing, but I guess it should be ok.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2013 5:52 PM (in response to William Lloyd)
Frankly I've never been too impressed with Aperture's performance as a professional photo managing app, on any system.
And although I might be naive for expecting longevity-in-function for my money, especially when it comes to my personal work and realistic budget restrictions, I'm not naive enough to upgrade to a new level of dysfunctionality.
So when I can, I'm switching to Adobe Lightroom. On sale now at Adobe and Amazon.
I would also like to add, there is nothing more frustrating and frightening than finding your carefully edited versions blanked out in the non-destructive Aperture.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2013 11:38 PM (in response to jeremyevans)
Aperture technical specifications says Memory: 2GB RAM but also says Recommended: 4GB of RAM, which I find confusing
2GB is the minumum required to launch the app, but if you want any performance without having to admire the beachball constantly spinning, you will need some additional RAM as working storage.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2013 8:31 AM (in response to léonie)
I wonder if you could give some advice on my 17 inch early 2009 Macbook Pro? It has always been prone to the whirling beach ball and 'programme not responding' which has got worse with Mavericks.
It has 279GB free out of 319GB with 4GB of RAM.
I am wondering if increasing my Macbook's RAM to the maximum of 8GB might solve this problem?
Curiously, my old 2007 vintage iMac performs much better with just 3GB of RAM. I wonder why that is?
Any help much appreciated!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to jeremyevans)
Sorry to say, you are at the proverbial cross roads in regard to Aperture 2.1.4., a version dropped far too soon, in my opinion.
You can download and try out a free, full trial version of Lightroom 5, for 30 days.
You can export portions of your Aperture library, by menu command or drag and drop, to test out in Lightroom.
Lightroom will read metadata from files you processed in Aperture, but experiment to be sure you're getting the results you want.
As you have proven, 4Gs of RAM might not remedy your problem with Aperture 2 (2.1.4) and upgrading to 3.5 may not improve Aperture either.
I'm thinking of selling my disc version of Aperture 2, if I can. Or giving it away to someone who still operates Leopard.
Don't forget to back up your work!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to jeremyevans)
I can increase RAM from 3GB to 4GB maximum on my mid 2007 iMac
That model will actually work with 6gb even though Apple officially supports 4gb.
I am wondering if increasing my Macbook's RAM to the maximum of 8GB might solve this problem?It most likely will help. 4gb is really the bare minimum.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2013 11:26 PM (in response to Frank Caggiano)
Frank, when I pay good money for software and it works fine, why should I not expect it to run after Apple "upgrade" the OS. This in an old ploy by software producers to force users to continually update, and I disagree completely with your reasoning. To have a phot library on in excess of 43000 images rendered unaccessible by an upgrade is unacceptable to me. I for one will probably be going back to Photoshop where at least a jpeg is a jepeg.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2013 4:11 AM (in response to seanfromminato-ku)
when I pay good money for software and it works fine, why should I not expect it to run after Apple "upgrade" the OS.
You can expect it to run, after an update, but not after an upgrade.
An update to an operating system will fix bugs, improve usuability features, but essentially keep the MacOS X the same. It will support the same system calls and dynamic libraries as before, and the applications designed for this version of the OS will continue to work.
An upgrade of the OS will bring a completely new operating system to your mac, and if the key features of the system have dramatically been redesigned, as the process system in Lion or the sandboxing in Mt. Lion and Mavericks, then older applications, compiled for older releases of the OS simply cannot be expected to work. There is no simple update possible. Aperure 2 would have to be completely rewritten. In the case of Aperture 2 this completely rewritten version already exists. It is called Aperture 3.5.x.