Tips & Tricks for Aperture 3 and OS X Lion, better performance on new and older Mac's.
Aperture 3 and OS X Lion, better performance on new and older Mac's.
Some useful tips...
I have been getting some reports that Aperture 3 is performing somewhat sluggish with the new OS X Lion installed particular on older machines.
So I done some additional test driving, using the latest MacBook Pro i7 with Lion installed and pushing Aperture very hard.
Most important if you install OS X Lion on an older Mac perform a new and clean install this will save you a lot of headaches later, remember the good old saying… there are no shortcuts.
But before all of this exciting re-installing of Lion you better have a very good back up of your whole system and files, actually Time Machine done an excellent Job when I did my Lion Installation and I did not loose anything.
Everything was there with the exception of the odd software serial number, but that was easy, just type that in later. It is also a good Idea to have your serial numbers from your previous softwares on hand so you don't have to look for them later. BTW Aperture 3 is one of those that will prompt you to type it in again after installation.
Most problems occur during installations of a new operating system, a little preparation prior install can go a very long way and is time well spend.
In the Preference panel go to General and Energy Saver.
Marked with Red to deactivate the auto switching of the Graphics card
Marked with Red the Restore Windows when quitting and re-opening apps
Yes, at first it seems a bit slow in response but other than that it is running very smooth, of course from past experience I switched of the Graphic Card automatic switching and now also in the System Preference the Restore Windows when quitting and re-opening apps. See the screenshots above.
I also recommend whenever you're doing some serious hard work in Aperture 3, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 or other Pro softwares that uses a lot of the Graphic Cards to turn of all other applications unless you have 8 Gig of Ram installed.
The new Lion is actually a super cool cat, but is also very hungry when it comes to Ram…I guess the name LION says it all, a big Cat with a good appetite but ever so majestic and powerful.
Soon I am leaving for my GD Photo Workshops to Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar but prior my departure you can join me this August and the first part of September at Power Mac Center for some serious sessions on Aperture 3 and the Digital Dark Room, in cooperation with the Filipinas Heritage Library and Power Mac Center in Greenbelt 3, Makati.
For the dates and schedules please click the LINKS above.
Now do a clean installation of Lion and the let the Cat Roar…my Lion and Aperture 3 running already very cool and smooth.
Just one more… can't help myself
You know this little Apple on the top left hand side, where you find out all these things about your Mac including your serial number, check out the new addition in Lion, I think this is very cool and slick.
Click on the little Apple and you see cool new features.
New slick look with all the info displayed, very nice.