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Here's a nifty trick that you may not know about that if you hold down the Option and the Command Key when you launch Aperture, you get the Photo Library First Aid dialog box. And you'll actually have three choices here, the first one, as you can see, is to Repair Permissions, and that one's a fairly fast one, and in all honesty, I've never really a noticed huge improvement with the Permissions Repair.
However, the second one and the one that's checked, the Repair Database, this is very good when you start to notice that Aperture may be having problems working with the database. Remember, it's a database driven application. So, if your database does become corrupt, or if it has a few little hiccups in it, doing the Repair Database sometimes can fix that problem and get Aperture running nice and smooth again. And then of course, if you need drastic help, if you repair the database and Aperture is still not running right, you can actually Rebuild the Database, and again, this is only when option 1 or option 2 do not work, option 3, and it does take a lot longer.
But I want to show you that repairing the database, which is the one that you're going to use 90% of the time, that is really not that long. So you just make sure that the middle radio button is selected. You click on Repair, and there you go. It can repair it that quickly. Again, if you start to notice a little hiccup, spinning wheels when you just try to do simple things like move from one picture to another, you may want to run Aperture First Aid and see if it can smooth out those problems for you.
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