Originally Posted by John.B
I think anyone who pointed Aperture 3 at an entire iPhoto library and expected the new Faces feature to work on thousands and thousands of photos
probably didn't completely think through what they were doing.
Yes, it was probably naive of me (and all the other trial users and new owners of Aperture 3) to 'expect' this.
The thing is, there is NO indication there would be any sort of problem with this. Check out the video tutorial for importing from iPhoto, where the suggestion is you import from iPhoto EASILY (they use the usual Apple editing to reduce the time needed, it would appear).http://www.apple.com/aperture/how-to/#video-moving
The decision to have or not have Faces in the import is just a little check box. In the webpages of info on the new version, it says that previous info one has put into iPhoto (identifying sets of faces) would be copied over. Without checking the box, does this happen? Seems more naive to think it'll be faster by doing it after importing (and losing all identification effort one has already done). I've already done scans of my library for missing faces in iPhoto and had certain expectations for how long it would take, and hours was NOT my expectation.
Besides, although there was commentary in the forums about turning off the feature, it didn't really resolve the other horrible processing hangs and problems I had, it just moved from one problem to another. I think it was recreating preview thumbnails that were causing lots of problems for others with larger libraries of imported data.
Certainly many people worked their way through all this and have a working program, but it appears that nobody imported an Aperture 2 or iPhoto library without hours of processing of the data, and that was not well indicated by Apple as being necessary or expected. And this is without the faces feature... And since it's still not working for me, I'm remain disappointed.
But again, others should try for themselves, just understand the possible time commitment, either in researching issues in the forums or just installing and hoping.