Ten Tips to a Clean Aperture Library (2 of 10) — Empty Your Trash
(If you’re just joining us, start with Tip 1)
Tip 2 — Empty Your Trash
Every now and then I’ll look up at the number count on my trash and see that there are several thousand images sitting there. When I see that, I dump them. If you have many thousands, say over 5000, you might want to start the process and take a break. It can slow down the computer and Aperture significantly and it takes awhile. Don’t forget to empty your Finder Trash as well.
I’ll add that if while you’re throwing stuff away, throw away unneeded Preview files, too.
If your workflow is to leave Previews on at all times, then just ignore this tip. However if like me, you leave preview generation turned off and only create the ones as you need them, then you probably have many many GB of unnecessary previews filling up your Library.
If you’re not sure how to turn them off and update them as-needed, read this old user-submitted post by Nathan Smith titled “Generating Previews on Your Schedule”. I use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Return to generate mine as-needed.
To delete the unneeded previews, you don’t have to search for anything. Simply go to the Photos view, select all of your photos (just click one them tap Command-A) then select the menu Photos > Delete Previews.
If you open the Activity window you can watch the status. If you have 50,000 photos it’ll tell you that it’s deleting 50,000 previews, but not really — you probably didn’t actually have previews on all those, but Aperture doesn’t know that until it tries to throw them away.
It may take a few minutes. I just cleared my 150k+ library and it took about five minutes, and dropped by about 4 GB. Not much, but then again I do this often!
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