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Aperture 3.1.2 Released—Includes Many iPhoto Import Fixes

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March 23, 2011 - 5:30am

tis the season…

Following closely on the Mac OS X 10.6.7 update from last night that added additional RAW camera support (among other non-Aperture related fixes, of course), today Apple released Aperture 3.1.2. Reading through the updates, the most prominent fixes are all related to importing from iPhoto—no doubt in response to the massive influx of new Aperture users following the recent price-drop of Aperture 3 to just $79. All those new iPhoto users must have been submitting some pretty good bug and crash reports :)

Check out the fixes below, and I know many users have reported these exact issues on this site. If you are so inclined to re-import to take advantage of these fixes, do let us know!

Here’s the list of fixes, and you can read the official version here.

iPhoto Compatibility

  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when importing large iPhoto libraries.
  • Aperture now correctly handles albums contained in folders when importing iPhoto 9.1.1 libraries.
  • Improves reliability when importing iPhoto 9 libraries that include slideshows containing text slides.
  • RAW images imported from iPhoto 9 libraries no longer show the Reprocess brick in Adjustments.


  • Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to stop responding when attempting to process damaged images.
  • Olympus E-5 images with a 3:4 aspect ratio now import with the correct rotation.


  • Addresses an issue that could prevent referenced images from being reconnected.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when switching libraries.


  • Resolves an issue that could cause your Mac to become unresponsive when using brushes.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Retouch.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the white balance value for certain RAW images to be displayed incorrectly.


  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when panning a zoomed image.
  • Addresses compatibility of exported XMP Sidecar files with third-party applications.
  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Align to Beats in a slideshow.
Apple Aperture

Let’s hope this fixes my long ongoing issue of my xml/iPad syncing problems.

If not, may be time to retire Aperture…

Mr Kgoo,

I think limitations in syncing to your iPad aren’t quite worth ditching Aperture! I’ve made many suggestions here on how to work around any limitations users are finding, and hopefully the benefits of Aperture outweigh some syncing issues.

Remember—any problem can be worked around.

-Joseph @ApertureExpert

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True, I guess I’m just a little frustrated at the issue. I’ve considered some of the workarounds, but there were some features I lost that I really liked.

It wouldn’t bug me as much if Aperture was like this from the beginning and I had never had it sync well before, but it ONLY started happening from 3.1.

You’re right about the workarounds. My current workaround is to rebuild my entire library every time I update the albums I want to sync.

Anyway, I’ve already complained enough about it. I’ll be patient! It might be too early to tell if the issue isn’t at least partially resolved, so I’ll give it some more time!

I’m still happy that the Aperture team are dedicated to fixing what they can.

Anyone else having problems with Nik plugins? I’m pretty sure it either happened with the Aperture update or 10.6.7. All of a sudden it says that the demo has expired and I need to activate it. They have all been activated for quite some time. When I enter my product code, it gives me an errorcode (-151). Having this problem with HDR Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro 2, & Viveza 2. The others seem to open okay.

I sent a message to Nik support, so I’ll let you know if I hear anything back from them.

Hey Rob,

I just tested all 3 and they did ask me for registration, but the registration worked. I’m not sure why it would ask me to register again, perhaps Aperture 3.1.2 removes some preference file to get rid of some of the bugs, and by consequence some validation is removed, but they definitely work.

The error code you’re seeing may be related to permissions. If you’re unable to get past it, here is what I would do:

1- Open Disk Utility (which is in the Applications/Utilities folder) choose the drive Aperture is installed on (Typically the main drive you boot on) and run repair permissions.

2- If that fails, I would go to your user’s library directory (/Users/yourusername)/Library/Preferences directory and look for files starting with com.nicksoftware.*. I would move those to your desktop for now, start aperture, and try to re register the plugins and see if that helps at all.

Let me know if you get any further.


Hi folks, there really shouldn’t be any changes due to the version of Aperture–the host doesn’t really have any impact on the activation of the plug-ins. There is a lot of interaction between the activation system and the plug-ins though, so if I had to guess what could have been the cause, I’d expect the OS update as a possible culprit. We’re looking into this deeper, however you should be able to resolve this by just uninstalling and reinstalling. Make sure that you get the latest versions from If you continue to run into any problems, please contact our support team.

Nik Software, Inc.

Josh - Thanks for the feedback! I’ve tried re-downloading and re-installing Silver Efex Pro 2, but it still gave me the error. I’ll try that with the others that I’m having problems with.

Robert - I’ll give those a shot as well if the re-install doesn’t work again.

Hi Rob, strange, haven’t heard of some situation in which that error isn’t fixed by an uninstall/reinstall–might be pointing to a deeper issue. Best thing is to contact our support then, we might need to walk through some different scenarios with you on the phone.

Thought I should give an update to my situation. It’s been a busy week, so just now finding time to do it.

The problem seemed to take care of itself with a restart of the computer. I didn’t end up trying any of the proposed solutions other than reinstalling from a fresh download (which I only did on one of the plugins and that didn’t help). I had to turn the computer off because the power was out for some electrical work on my house. When I restarted it, all of the Nik plugins worked without issue.

Guess I should’ve known to try the first problem shooting step that I always give to everyone - quit the app and restart the computer. ;)

All is good again - love my Nik apps! Thanks for the help!

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