So a couple of weeks ago, I finally but the bullet and upgraded my early-2008 Macbook to 4 gigabytes of RAM from the 2 it had previously.
Aperture 3 ran okay for me on 2 gigabytes, though it would occasionally slow down when using adjustment brushes for things like skin smoothing, creating slideshows, and when multitasking with other programs. I can’t even imagine using Aperture 3 with 1 gig, even though that’s the supposed minimum memory requirement.
I could not believe the difference 4 gigs of RAM makes. Everything is way, way faster. My imports take half as long as they used to, the effects of brushes show immediately, and I can multi-task like crazy. I used to shut down all other programs when using Aperture 3, but no more.
Now I typically have Chrome, Firefox iTunes, Keynote, Numbers, Preview, Finder, and Thinkorswim (data-intensive stock trading software) open while I’m using Aperture, and my crusty Macbook doesn’t skip a beat! I’ve even had movies playing on Netflix Instant Watch while doing my edits, and Aperture still runs way faster than when I had 2 gigabytes.
So if you’re running any photo software – whether its Aperture 3, Photoshop, or Lightroom – with 2 gigabytes, or heaven forbid, 1 gigabyte of RAM, I highly recommend taking the jump to 4 gigs.
It’s the best way to speed up your image processing without dropping $1,500 on a new Mac. Hell, I’d go to 8 gigs if my machine supported it!
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