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Apple offers workaround for Aperture 3 upgrade issue

updated 10:35 am EST, Thu February 18, 2010

Still no fix for memory leaks

Apple has posted workaround instructions for a problem in upgrading to Aperture 3. The photo workflow software may quit unexpectedly on launch, or after entering an Aperture 3 upgrade serial number. The temporary solution is to move two files -- "Aperture System ID" and "ProAppsSystemID" -- out of the /Library/Application Support/ProApps directory on a Mac, and then launch Aperture to enter new and previous serial numbers. After the upgrade is authorized, the relocated files can be deleted.

Yet to be fixed is a problem with serious memory leaks. Aperture's virtual memory can potentially expand to control all free hard drive space, slowing a Mac to a crawl and/or causing a hang. Switching to 32-bit mode is said to alleviate the problem, but not resolve it completely.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No upgrade for me

    I shall wait. I LOVE Aperture, but both of these bugs are inexcusable, and should have been identified in basic regression testing scenarios.

    It's not like there is a plethora of Hardware configurations that they have to include in their scenarios....

    I certainly would not want to pay for a 64 bit program, but run it in 32 bit mode... Just stick with Aperture 2

  1. dkiechle

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I, for one, did not experience any problems, neither on my Mac Pro nor on my MacBook Pro. If you are only upgrading to be able to run in 64-bit mode, then fine, don't upgrade. The way I see it, I'd rather use Aperture 3's great features today than wait until every single issue has been resolved, especially since the one that keeps you from upgrading is not experienced by everybody and a workaround exists.

    What you get for the price of the upgrade would be great value even if Aperture 3 only ran in 32-bit mode. But hey, it's your money. Too bad the Aperture-lover you claim to be will have to forego the best Aperture already has to offer today. But at least you showed Apple!

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