Aperture on PowerBooks

Summary:Aperture has a lot of potential to be this year's killer application, but how will it perform on a PowerBook in the field?

Apple's new post-production tool for photographers, Aperture, is one of the most promising applications to come along in a while and it has the potential to revolutionize photography as we know it. I'm wondering how it will perform on real world PowerBooks in the field.

Apple lists Aperture's minimim system requirements as:
- 1.8GHz Power Mac G5, or
- 1.8GHz iMac G5, or
- 1.25GHz PowerBook G4

Which of these Macs doesn't belong?

It's curious that Apple recommends that Aperture run on 1.8GHz G5's and 1.25GHz G4 PowerBooks. I wonder what type of performance penalty PowerBook users will feel when running Aperture? I can't imagine that it will run nearly as well on a G4 PowerBook as it will on any G5 desktop. The problem is that a great many professional photographers that shoot in the field will want to use Aperture with a PowerBook rather than waiting to drag their memory cards back to the studio to download the images.

I hope that Apple makes Aperture perform acceptably on its current (and previous) crop of PowerBooks otherwise they run the risk of releasing a groundbreaking application that isn't usable for most photographers in the field.

Topics: Apple


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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