My Aperture library contains about 40k photos, mostly referenced masters. My library has been with me since Aperture 1.5, and I have always felt it was rather slow. It has been upgraded several times, rebuilt and more. Aperture 3 has been slower than Aperture 2, maybe partly because I have been using Faces. I have done whatever I can to speed up things (following different guides etc), and just recently I found the method described in the FAQ on this site, the “magical fix”, where you create a brand new library and import the old one in it.
I started the import a couple of days ago, and it stood over the night. The next morning the import bar stood at about 80%, and there it stood all day. It seems like Aperture frose at some point. I force quit Aperture and reopened the new library.
It contained all of my photos and all keywords. Places looked correct. Every project had a number count of 0, but I'm rebuilding the library now as I write this, so that might have fixed it.
One thing was missing though: Faces. I have tagged a lot of faces. And now everything is gone. My original library is intact, as I imported from a copy to a new library on an external harddrive.
The new library is also 5GB in size less than the original one (76 vs 81).
Now to the questions:
1. Is it possible to transfer the Faces from the original library to the new one?
2. Can I assume that rest of the library is fine, or should I try importing it again?
3. Could this be a great opportunity to stop using Faces and just tag people with keywords? :) The Faces page have always been incredibly slow (like loading time close to a minute). Finding photos of people by viewing all faces is useful at times, but I can manage with just keywords.
I'm just a hobby photographer, and I mostly take photos of my family, some landscapes and some small projects for friends.
If anyone can give me some advice on this, I would be greatful!