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Love-hate relationship with Apple Aperture

:: Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 @ 12:03:04 pm

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Over the past few months, I’ve made a complete switch to using Aperture as my primary photo-organization and processing platform. On the road, I use a Macbook Pro (loaded with RAM), and Aperture runs at a manageable speed, allowing me to organize, compare, and process images with an efficiency I had been previously unable to achieve. When I’m traveling, I love Aperture.

But at home, Aperture just does not work. Here, I run the program on a fully-loaded Mac Pro with striped disks, — and still, Aperture runs so slowly that it is nearly impossible for me to get anything done. So what’s the difference between the two libraries? My Macbook Pro’s Aperture library doesn’t have many images in it. Typically, it only contains a few thousand at a time; I use it solely as a travel platform, populating and manipulating a few projects until I get home, at which time I export and import them into my main library, which lives on the (much) faster Mac Pro. My main image library (just for travel) has over 50,000 images in it, most of which are RAW files from assorted SLRs producing images ranging from 6 to 16.7 megapixels apiece.

With over 50,000 images in the library, I routinely have to wait 15 seconds to create a new folder, 45 seconds for a right-click menu to show up, 120 seconds when I try to remove some images, etc. I just “picked” an image in a 2-image stack, and it took 30 seconds. Performance is terrible. Most of the time, the processors are not being taxed when I do things like right-click or navigate around, which leads me to believe that the fault is in the SQL Lite database, which doesn’t support simultaneous writes. And don’t even think about trying to do anything simultaneously when Aperture is trying to build previews.

At the moment, I’m trying to find and select 6 high-resolution images for delivery to a book editor. It’s been 10 minutes, and I’m about ready to use file-name searches in the file system to do the job instead (my images are referenced, so I can still do this).

<– To commemorate my recent experiences with Aperture, I made this bastardized animated .gif that encapsulates the Aperture experience when dealing with large libraries. Apple, your Aperture design team needs to be simultaneously congratulated for innovation and smacked across the face for such poor decisions.

Out of desperation, I’m going to give rebuilding the index a try.

UPDATE I rebuilt the Aperture index, and life is much better. Aperture is responding fairly well to complex operations like right-clicking on an image. More later. For now, check out Apple’s new product. :)

| Oakland, CA | link | trackback | Mar 7, 2007 12:03:04
  • tanthalas

    Mind if I take that macspod gif and use it as a buddy icon? I want to mess with all my mac-using friends. ;)

    Aperture looks pretty awesome, especially considering the lack of good photo-organization apps on the Mac (and don’t say iPhoto!).

  • http://www.shashachu.com/ Sha Sha

    Not that you’d really want to switch to yet another piece of image editing/managing software, but did you give any thought to Adobe Lightroom? I’ve never used Aperture, but I’ve heard that Lightroom has much better performance. I use it on a not-very-powerful Windows laptop and it runs very nicely. Then again, I have around 7k photos, not 50k. :)

  • http://jefflaity.com Jeff Laity

    I just bought it. Hopefully it’s less of a pig than Adobe Bridge, which I had been using.

    I think the images I produced in Apurture look better than the ones I did through Photoshop RAW converter and processing, though I haven’t done an A/B comparison. Am I crazy?

  • http://www.deepdreams.com Rogier Willems

    Hi Eric,

    I also had this problem. A mayor improvement is to limit the size of the previews. Go to: Aperture – Preferences In the lower part of the menu you can set the size of the previews. I have set mine to 1920×1920 in quality 10 (high)

    If you want I have a very good instruction dvd for you. April 19th there is a Apperture course starting at the Art academy in SF for a very reasonable price.

    If you dont’ have time for all this, I am more than happy to come over and show you what I have learned :-)

    Smiles across the wires from across the bay

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    Hey Rogier! good to hear from you!

    I have previews set to screen res already, and have a pretty good handle on aperture. It is still slow.

  • http://www.deepdreams.com Rogier Willems

    Hi Eric,

    Today I started the work in the Computer Store in Burlingame (part time) perhaps I see you there one day ;-)

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