This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of issues in Aperture 3, including (abridged):
- All the features we added with this new version…
- Some existing features that didn’t really work all that good anymore with the new version…
- and much more.
And, before I forget, does it make a difference? It did for me, most notably, my loading time was improved and browsing through the pictures was snappier.
I have some remaining face detection running and its using a fair chunk of cpu (130%+). Also just having Aperture sit idle takes up about 850mb+ memory.
So my copy arrived today and I just finished installing it.
I won’t go so far as to call this a review since there are much more knowledgeable people out there to do that, but I do want to share some initial impressions I have at first launch.
My setup for using Aperture 3: Macbook Pro 2.2GHz C2D, 4Gb ram, 120GB HD. I have about 4500 RAW pics of which most (80%) of them are stored on a WD MyBook Studio via FW800.
- At first launch you are presented with the library upgrade screen which I started. Total upgrade took 41 minutes as the only program running (and since it hogs most of your cpu and memory while it does this it makes it pretty clear it wants to stay the ONLY thing running).
- First question after launch: Would you like to see your photos on a map? I answered yes. Activity window showed it took about 2 min for 250+ pics
- Activity window also shows the ‘Faces Detection’ running for my pics, and as of writing this blog is still going. From the time it has taken up till now I estimate its going to take about the same as upgrading.
- While all of this is going on browsing your pictures is slow, but that might improve once the initial setup actions are done. I’ll update this post once I know.
- There are dedicated Facebook, MobileMe and Flickr buttons at the top which when pressed prompt you to setup your account, I pressed the flickr button which launches the browser and directs you to flickr where you authorize the Aperture Uploader. I set it up and here is a link to my flickr upload from Aperture
Also checkout this bloggers experience with Aperture 3: