Aperture 3 library - Deleting previews

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by whodareswins, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. whodareswins macrumors regular

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    #1
    My aperture 3 library is getting rather large now and I understand this is often dur to excessive previews being generated. I would like to remove these but have a few questions.

    1. I shoot in raw and always edit my photos a little. Will this undo any changes on my photos?

    2. Any issues or advice in doing this?

    Any help would be hugely appreciated! :)
     
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Portland, OR
    #2
    Deleting your previews will not affect any edits that you have made. If you prefer to have previews after deleting them, you can always regenerate them.

    /Jim
     
  3. whodareswins thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help. May I ask, what are the point in previews? When are they used?
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    1. In "fast" mode for rating/quickly flipping through the library the previews are enabled

    2. Sharing with iLife apps/slideshows etc

    3. Displaying the image for off-line referenced masters

    documentation.apple.com/en/aperture/usermanual/index.html#chapter=6%26section=15%26tasks=true
     
  5. TonyK macrumors 6502a

    TonyK

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    One thing I did was split my Library in to multiple Libraries divided by year. It can be a pain some times but each Library is smaller and faster to load and work with.
     

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