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Aperture Help problem #1
Laurence Martin's picture
by Laurence Martin
December 6, 2010 - 4:14am

I have Aperture 3 installed on my 27 inch iMac and my Mac book Pro. When I go to the Aperture Help screen, a window opens to tell me that that I have to have JavaScript enabled to utilize all of the Aperture Help content. As a result, I can search Aperture Help, but the content won't open. That is not a problem with the MacBook Pro where Aperture Help works perfectly. I checked the JavaScript preferences folder, and the iMac settings and the MacBook Pro settings are identical. I'm not sure what to do that to enable aperture help on a iMac. Remedies please.


PhotoJoseph's picture
by PhotoJoseph
December 6, 2010 - 5:07am


Trés bizarre. I’ve never seen that before… there was a Javascript update back in October that ran for OS X 10.6 (Java Update 3). I wonder if that update went bad on your computer?

See if you can find that update on and manually download and install it. Otherwise, you may need to reinstall the OS. What a PITA… wonder why that happened.

good luck
-Joseph @ApertureExpert

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by Thomas Emmerich
December 7, 2010 - 12:24pm

I had that same issue with Aperture help. I can’t remember how I fixed it but I found this in the Apple Aperture forums and this is probably what I did:

To enable JavaScript for Help Viewer, enter the following in the Terminal:
defaults write WebKitJavaScriptEnabled 1

The relevant Apple forum post is here:


Laurence Martin's picture
by Laurence Martin
December 7, 2010 - 1:34pm

Apple support site helped. Problem solved by deleting the help viewer preference file. Thanks for the reply


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