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March 23, 2010

Farewell Aperture, for now.

Filed under: Apple,Photography,Review & Criticism — chuck goolsbee @ 6:51 pm
At least this houseguest cleans up after itself!
At least this houseguest cleans up after itself!

My 30-day Apple Aperture trial expired. I ended up deciding not to buy the software though. Why?

$199 seems steep for an application that runs like molasses on my fairly well-spec’ed machine; a MacBook Pro 2.53GHz with 4 GB of RAM. I like Aperture’s RAW editing features. Once I got the hang of them that is. But… damn this application is slow. This was with a library of less than 100 photos. I note that iPhoto bogs down once its library exceeds 5000 images. Aperture was dog slow right from the very first image.

Every once in a while I would see some moment of brilliance, and think I was falling in love with the software. Then it would smack me with a spinning cursor and drive me away. I would hope that a trial period would show you all the reasons to love a new product, but in this case it just drove me back to using iPhoto + Photoshop.

I’m open to being convinced otherwise, so feel free to chime in if you have a differing opinion.


  1. I have 30k+ images in my library and i must say it runs fine. I did have some issues with the trial, but none since buying the upgrade and applying the 3.0.1 update …

    Comment by darxmac — March 24, 2010 @ 5:21 am

  2. What were your issues, and what are the specs of your machine Thomas?

    Comment by chuck goolsbee — March 24, 2010 @ 10:30 am

  3. I would *highly* recommend you consult with my brother, and you might also try “Lightroom.”

    Comment by vrooomie — March 24, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  4. Chuck: slow on import, slow when browsing, slow when updating image after adjustments, beach ball of death … crashes and a corrupted library. But after i registered and ran the updates no problems what so ever. Running on a unibody macbook pro 2.53 GHz and a MacPro … both had issues with the demo…

    Comment by darxmac — March 24, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  5. Interesting. How much RAM do you have installed?

    Comment by chuck goolsbee — March 24, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

  6. 4GB in the0 macbook pro, 10 in the MacPro …

    Comment by darxmac — March 25, 2010 @ 2:53 am

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