Aperture on a mac mini core duo 1.66 ?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by MacPowa, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. MacPowa macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2006
    Is it possible to install aperture on a mac mini core duo 1.66 Ghz ? I tried and i got an error : hardware requirement not found ... I need help from you guys .

    Thx a lot for your help.
  2. redrabbit macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    if you mess with some files, you can. im not sure if its legal though. also, why would you want to? it will be unbearably slow. aperture on my 2.16 MBP with 2 gigs of ram is plenty annoyingly slow as it is, i cant imagine what it would be like on a mini
  3. Mr. B macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    Don't do it.

    Go with adobe's lightroom.

    apple's aperture and adobe's lightroom are VERY similar if you are running a high end machine.


    Adobe's program is very nicely streamlined in order to run on much less powerful machines.

    I run it on a 4 year old ibook g4.

    Just hook up a decent external hardrive and put the library on that, and you'll be good to go.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    I've been running Aperture on a Mini since v.r. 1.0.2. Any installer before 1.5 will not install on a Mini without using Pacifist. Once installed, you'll have to do manual updates, too.

    Aperture is actually less demanding on a CPU than is Lightroom. The difference is, though, that Aperture relies more on the GPU than Lightroom does, thus its performance is somewhat less on Macs using integrated GPUs, such as the Minis and MacBooks.

    With that said, however, Aperture on my 1.66CD Mini renders raw files in about 2 to 3 seconds, while my MBP renders them in about 1.5-2 seconds. So, if you're using Aperture casually, it will be fine on a Mini. If you're a pro doing dozens or more pics a day, it'd probably be worthwhile to buy a Mac with a dedicated graphics card, or you may want to go with Lightroom.

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