As an Apple loyalist, you’re probably not going to believe this, but at this writing, I’m presently exporting my 45,000-plus photo library out of Aperture 3.1.1 and going to switch back to using Adobe Bridge.
I have a three-year-two-month-four-day-old Mac Book Pro. It runs with 2.4 Ghz and still does what I need it to do. Right now, I don’t have the funds to go get a new one, and even as all those photos export, I’m keying this in with my iPad. (And even with iPad the photo file transferring is mongo-bizzaro. I set it up to transfer pics to iPad from Aperture Library and ones I don’t pick show up in it, and ones I don’t, do.)
About three months ago I upgraded from Aperture 2 to version 3. I regret having done that because since that time, when I try to do things in Aperture, it’s like being back in the days of Windoze.
I did an online exercise to go in and eliminate some cache files. I think that sped up Aperture for about a day. Then it was back to Aperture-creep.
Apple then released 3.1 and said in their specs that it was going to fix the memory leakage that was causing Aperture-creep. It didn’t.
I made the switch to Aperture 2 back in December 2007. It was my birthday gift that year, and like I said, up until about September of 2010 it was my photo product of choice. I even encouraged Mac-centric photogs to use it.
But after suffering from Aperture-creep for three months now, I can hardly stand to open the program. I don’t have time for the spinning beach ball. I turned off the Faces recognition to try and speed it up. No noticeable difference.
Back to Adobe Bridge
And so I’m going to go back to Bridge like I was using the first few months of Mac ownership. My One-to-One instructor said Aperture was the way to go because it would give me so many advantages over Bridge.
But I lied to myself then. I had my photos well organized in Bridge before I bought Aperture. And as I soon found, it wasn’t nutty on trying to figure out whether something was a project, folder, smart folder, or whatever else. It wasn’t complicated to nest something in a sub-file. For those of you using Aperture, don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about.
And so, I’m probably out of commission on the Mac for most or all of the day. It’s grinding away at exporting and Aperture-creep is in full swing.
Hey! 426 photos have been exported. Just 41,564 to go!!