Mass Question Thread! Aperture, iPhoto, RAM. Help!

Smeaton1724

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Right the new OS is almost here and I'm in two minds what to do! Since I upgraded my iPad 4 and iPhone 5 to iOS8 I've regretted it ever since, and the icing on the cake I also upgraded to iCloud Drive - losing the sync between Pages, Numbers and Keynote on Mac and iPad!

My usage -
- iPhoto for personal pics 7,000.
- Aperture 25,000 pictures, from work photography.
- Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, iBooks Creator, some web development.
- Parallels with Windows 7 running Revit 2014, medium models and some 3DS max. Also some other VM's for analysis software, nothing intensive more legacy windows apps.

I've got a 15 Retina Macbook Pro 2012 2.3 ghz, 256 GB SSD, 8GB Ram - How will it faire on Yosemite?

Concerns -
- No more iPhoto or Aperture so are the apps 'broken' on Yosemite, and/or are there options to run them?
- RAM, is the OS a RAM hog?
- Upgrading for the sake of upgrading, in hindsight that's what I did on the iPad and iPhone and in all honesty I was happy with iOS7! Worth the bother?

Appreciate anyone who replies, I wish I had a spare machine to test Yosemite myself - unless it's possible to run Yosemite from a USB hard drive?
 
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bennibeef

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unless it's possible to run Yosemite from a USB hard drive?
It is possible, I do it this way too. For the rest of questions try it on a external drive and you can make your own opinion. Your retina macbook is going to run it just fine.
 

londonman

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Jan 9, 2008
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Forget it if you use iPhoto and/or want to keep accessing your photos. There IS NO iPhoto. There is nothing. Unless you want to shell out megabucks to Adobe or someone.

So for me Yosemite is going in the trash.
 

r-m

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May 7, 2010
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Found this thread whilst looking for some other info on iPhoto.

I'm a mid 2012 non-retina MacBook Pro 15", 8GB, 2.6Ghz i7.
I tried Yosemite on a few of the Beta versions (just because I could..) and never really had any issues with it.
I'd split of 20gb from my SSD, and installed it on there to try out.

I've updated my main install (Mavericks) to Yosemite now, and fine so far.
Granted, I don't use the apps you use, so couldn't comment on that.

As for iPhoto & Aperture and the previous commenter... iPhoto is certainly available. As far as I'm aware, so is Aperture - I don't use it, so can't comment.

I had some issues getting apps (mainly iPhoto) to update to the latest Yosemite-compatible version, but they've all installed now. From reading these forums, it seems other had issues with App Store updates too, that magically resolved themselves.
iPhoto launches fine, and I can view my photos.

Ram usage:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jr0jux9v7mqxetf/Screenshot 2014-10-17 22.12.58.png?dl=0
Looking down the process list, I'd say the 4.04Gb ram usage is about right. iPhoto is currently using 350mb as the number 2 app, number 1 is kernel_task using 760mb.
 

londonman

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You are correct, as I now, realise that if I wanted to spend money then I can go and buy a new copy of iPhoto or Aperture (although I'd never have the need for the latter).

My photo requirements are admirably met by my older version of iPhoto and for me Yosemite does not offer any advantages or 'must-haves' to justify wasting money buying a new version of a program that I already have!

YMMD
 

r-m

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May 7, 2010
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You are correct, as I now, realise that if I wanted to spend money then I can go and buy a new copy of iPhoto or Aperture (although I'd never have the need for the latter).

My photo requirements are admirably met by my older version of iPhoto and for me Yosemite does not offer any advantages or 'must-haves' to justify wasting money buying a new version of a program that I already have!

YMMD
You've lost me... Buy a new copy of iPhoto and aperture?
Why would you need to do that?
Am I missing something?
 

londonman

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Jan 9, 2008
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I can't comment re Aperture but reading around suggests that this is the case.

Certainly for iPhoto, my version of iPhoto was not usable on Yosemite. If I wanted to continue accessing my photo library then I would have to buy the latest version.
 

r-m

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I can't comment re Aperture but reading around suggests that this is the case.

Certainly for iPhoto, my version of iPhoto was not usable on Yosemite. If I wanted to continue accessing my photo library then I would have to buy the latest version.
That's certainly not been the case for me.
The Yosemite update was free, and the Yosemite-compatible iPhoto update was also free.
There was a glitch for some people, that wasn't allowing them do update some apps, but I believe that's been resolved (or at least, a quick chat with apple support fixes the issue).

What version of iPhoto do you have?
 

r-m

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iPhoto '09 8.1.2 which runs fine on Mavericks
Oh! That's odd. I thought they said iPhoto was free for all.
Do you see a new version of iPhoto for free on the App Store? Not as an update, but searching for it as a new app?