5.03 is the latest Digital Camera Raw software for Mavericks and Aperture 3.5 so you should make sure all you should make sure all your software is up to date first.
Then have a look at Aperture 3: Troubleshooting Basics..
The Digital Camera Raw software should be causing the symptoms you describe.
If digital Camera Raw software is the problem, how do i fix it?
Did you mean to write If digital Camera Raw software isn't the problem, how do i fix it?
If so start with the link I posted and see if that helps. Post back if you still have the problem.
If your original sentence was written as you intended then not really sure what to say.
Sorry, I'm not articulating things well. My raw images from my Sony RX100 converted just fine when i used the previous version of Aperture and the 4.09 conversion program. I upgraded to Aperture 3.5.1 which led to barrel distortion of my raw images. I patched that with 5.03, which corrected the barrel distortion. But now I have this loading problem that I never had before. Images load and I can enlarge one and work on it but after working on adjustments for 10 or 15 images, no matter what I do, I just get the same image over and over. I have to turn the program off and stop for the day. I never had that problem before I upgraded to 3.5.1 and 5.03 -- all of which makes me think that there is still a problem with the software for this camera. My photos are stored on an external hard drive and are referenced in Aperture. The JPEGs are fine.
What you say makes sense but trying to troubleshoot the problem has to start somewhere and that somewhere usually is the Aperture 3: Troubleshooting Basics..
By doing the steps listed there either one, the problem will be resolved or two, a lot of possible problems will be eliminated.
As I wrote, while it isn't totally out of the realm of possibilities, it's hard to see the Digital Camera Raw software causing the problem you wrote about.
Thanks for the suggestions. I checked the Troubleshooting Basics but nothing there seems on target.
I think there's a bug in 5.03 and I don't seem to explain it right. I was just working on my photos: The first nine converted from RAW fine and I could adjust them. On the next one the screen image failed to adjust as I made adjustments. Then the next one flipped in and out between barrel distortion and a converted photo with no distortion. It finally was converted and as I went to process it further, the screen went blank. From experience I know that photo will not come back without my closing the program, waiting a while, and then starting over. It's almost like 5.03 gets over-heated.
This is typical since I downloaded 5.03 to use Aperture 5.3.1 with my Sony RX 100 camera. Maybe I am just not describing the problem well because I'm trying not to be too wordy. But the conversion or raw correction will not keep working.
Thanks for working on this. I was wrong. It's not a problem with 5.03 because I found I have the same problem with JPEG pictures! After several minutes of use with no issues, Aperture won't move on to the next photo in the Viewer view. It stays on the same one, drops back to an earlier one, goes blank, or brings up the photo in the orientation of the previous picture. If I go to the Browser view and double click the photo I want, it still won't load in the Viewer view. The same errors occur. So it does seem to be a load issue -- into the Viewer.
I did follow your instructions and did a Repair of the Data Base but that did not fix the problem. Slide Show seems to work as it should. As I said, my originals are stored in an external hard drive. This started after I downloaded 5.3.1 and was never a problem before that.
The Macbook Air is a low end Macintosh for graphics apps and you are asking it to perform a heavy pro workflow using a pro application. The integrated GPU of MBAs is a serious limiter to heavy graphics. Personally I would expect flaky performance with certain operations. In general I recommend that Aperture users choose boxes with independent GPUs and capable of taking 16 GB RAM if necessary.
It will be important to carefully optimize workflow. How much RAM is in the MBA? The most Apple specs is 8 GB but you can check OWC to see if you can go to 16 GB. My Aperture/Photoshop workflow paged out at 8 GB RAM before I upgraded to 16 GB RAM.
You should evaluate whether or not you have adequate RAM:
Look at the Page Outs number under System Memory on the Activity Monitor app before starting a typical Aperture/Photoshop work session and write the number down. Recheck the Page Outs count after working for a few hours and write the number down again. If the page outs change (manual calculation of ending page outs number minus starting page outs number) is not zero your workflow is RAM-starved.
Ignore the pie charts and other info in Activity Monitor because they can be misleading regarding RAM usage. For RAM analysis, manually count page outs before and after a work session.