Home :: Trying Aperture 3

I used to use Aperture 2 for all my photos. Recently, though, I’ve taken to only using it for pics from my DSLR (Nikon D90 (Search for "Nikon D90" on: DuckDuckGo, Amazon UK, Amazon US)), and using iPhoto for shots from my compact (Panasonic Lumix FX-550 (Search for "Panasonic Lumix FX-550" on: DuckDuckGo, Amazon UK, Amazon US)). I’ve found myself taking many more shots with the compact, and don’t normally carry the Nikon any more.

That means that for the last few months, I’ve almost exclusively used iPhoto.

When Aperture 3 appeared, it seemed to mix the benefits of Aperture with those of iPhoto, so I grabbed the trial version to have a go.

First impressions were quite good. I imported my iPhoto library, and it seemed to work quite nicely. Then I imported my Aperture library.

Except I didn’t.

I’ve been trying to now for two weeks. Each attempt means leaving it to work all day, or overnight. Every time I return, Aperture has crashed part way through. There doesn’t seem to be any way to get it to continue from where it left off.

There’s been an update from Apple, which addresses just the sort of problems I’ve been having, but it hasn’t helped matters for me.

I even decided to give up on that, and just import the original images again from scratch, losing all the metadata and edits. That crashed somewhere in the middle, too.

This morning, I wanted to post a picture of my breakfast. I opened Aperture 3. It decided it had to process some images and face data in the background, and wasn’t usable while it was doing that. I opened iPhoto and imported the images. Aperture finished it’s background jobs, so I told it to close. I was most of the way through editing and posting the images in iPhoto before Aperture actually got around to closing.

I gather there are some really nice improvements in Aperture 3, but so far, I can’t get to the point where I might care.

12 thoughts on “Trying Aperture 3

  1. did you try Aperture first aid on your library in aperture 2 first? hold down command and alt before you start the app?

    • Thanks for the suggestion, acke. I didn’t know about that trick – just run it, and trying an import again.

  2. Did you try starting Aperture3 in 32bit mode? – it normally starts in 64bit. Get info on the app, click the 32bit checkbox. Much better once I did that.

    • I haven’t – I’ll have a go at that next if the first aid doesn’t help – thanks for the tip.

    • Looks like this was the answer. In 32 bit mode, it imported without crashing on the first attempt. Thanks again for the help.

    • I’d still like to be able to get to the point where I would care. I may yet just stick with iPhoto – it’s much faster than either version of Aperture, and does the job for most of the editing I do.

  3. I use iPhoto for everything D70 & iPhone. I’ve never bothered with all that lightbox stuff. I’m not professional so find that iPhoto gives me all I really need. I’d rather take photos that fool with them later.

    Some examples:

    Hawaii: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveterry/sets/72157622891741094/

    China: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveterry/sets/72157605206145618/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveterry/sets/72057594109935606/

    Some are HDR and photomatix works great for that. http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveterry/2516085860/in/set-72157605206145618/


    • Hi Dave,

      Nice shots – if your style doesn’t involve much ‘fiddling’, there’s no real need for anything beyond iPhoto. There are a few things I find Aperture does better, though, and they’re things I use. iPhoto’s Vignette tool, for example, is horribly overdone, while Aperture’s can be nicely subtle. All depends if you use that sort of thing.

  4. Oh, forgot, let me know what you think about your d90. I see an upgrade in my future. …dave

    • The D90 is excellent. I’ve been using it a lot less recently, though, as I just don’t normally want to carry so much around with me.

      I think another bag may be my next purchase, along with Nikon’s 35mm lens, turning the D90 into a lighter and more portable kit. At the moment, I carry it in a Lowepro Slingshot 200, along with two flashes, a bunch of spare batteries, a reflector, a GorillaPod, an a few other bits. It’s a lot to lug around. I wrote a bit about my first thoughts when I bought the D90.

  5. Just to update on where I am now with all this…

    Aperture 3 did finally import everything successfully, using 32-bit mode, as PXLated suggested (thanks!). Unfortunately, even after giving it the days of time it needed to build previews and thumbnails, it never performed well enough to be usable.

    I went back to Aperture 2, and it worked fine for me. I think the result is that I’m sticking with Aperture 2, and I’ll probably start using it more for things where I would have previously used iPhoto.

    The performance differences may be just down to how I had the libraries stored, to be fair, as I had Aperture 2 working from an internal drive, and Aperture 3 working from an external drive – I may experiment again if I find myself bored before the trial runs out, but I may not.

Comments are closed.