Slowwwww Aperture!

So, on a Mac Pro with 12 Cores, 20 GB of RAM, RAID 0 Array capable of more than 500 MB/s, Aperture 3.4 uses one core to update a 40,000+ photos library and redo the thumbnails for all the photos.

Even worse, it seems to be even slower than anything I’ve ever seen. It’s counting down the photos at the rate of one picture every 4 seconds!

The job is expected to take nearly 44 hours to finish and it’s holding up all the face detection jobs.

Doesn’t anybody at Apple test their software on high end gear? What’s the point of paying thousands of dollars to get the high end hardware for what’s supposedly high end software?

New iBooks!

Well, Apple’s event came and went and they proudly announced a new version of iBooks with more languages and auto-scrolling. Yay!

What I want to know is when they’re going to release iBooks for the Mac?

I need programming books and for now I’ve been buying them from Amazon because Amazon has a Kindle App for the Mac. It’s silly to program on the Mac with an iPad for documentation.

There is a book that I need that is only on iBookstore with no Kindle version in sight. I need the mac version of iBooks.

Safari 6 – Lost functionality; Again! (and fixes)

Another update for Safari (6) and more features gone missing.

I’ve been using Safari 6 for less than 10 minutes and I already stumbled on two annoyances.

  1. The big one Previous page with the Backspace key. Before Safari 6, you could hit the backspace key on your keyboard and Safari would go back to the previous page. Not Safari 6. Why eliminate this functionality? It was harmless!

    I used it a lot as I have a Kinesis keyboard and the backspace key was always under my thumb. Now, I have to either move my right hand off the keyboard to reach for the mouse, or use two fingers to do a command-left-arrow.

    Update: Here is a tip to restore this lost functionality.

  2. The ‘Activity’ window is gone. It was useful for troubleshooting sites. It showed you each individual file that a page tries to load and it showed which ones failed. A side benefit to the activity window was that if you were watching some video on the net and you wanted to keep a copy of it, you could open the Activity window, find the file in the page’s list of files and double click it. Safari would then download and save a copy of the double clicked file.
  3. The RSS button is gone from the address bar. This can be fixed with the Subscribe to Feed Safari Extension
  4. The address bar now uses Windows-style editing. It used to be that if you clicked on a specific spot in the page’s URL, the curser will get inserted at that spot and you could start editing it. Now the whole URL is selected requiring a second click to edit the URL.
  5. Built in RSS Reader. Since I normally use NetNewsWire as my RSS reader, I missed this loss.
  6. Easy control of the font defaults. This can be remedied with two different solutions:
    1. Custom CSS sheet (in the advanced pane of the preferences window.)
    2. Using system Defaults

More functionality lost!

Apple ID system sucks big time!

The Apple ID system as it is currently sucks big time. Apple should fix it by enabling separate IDs merging.

For the longest time, I had one Apple ID, from back in the day when I was a Mac Developer. Before iTunes and iPods. It was all good and dandy.

However, last year, Apple made a change to their MobileMe log in system that made it mandatory for Apple IDs to be in the form of an email. So the Apple ID that I created in 1995 suddenly wouldn’t work with my MobileMe account and it didn’t give me a reason why.

I contacted Apple’s tech support who guided me through what I thought was an ID change, but it turned out to be the creation of a completely new ID and account. So now I have two different Apple IDs. The software for my Mac and many for my iOS devices is purchased under my original ID and most of what I purchased after is under my new email-formatted ID.

It’s a ridiculous situation with no remedy currently.

Apple, if you’re listening, create merging function for your Apple ID system so that I don’t have to juggle different ID for different App updates.