Photo Stream clogs
Thank you for last issue’s article about disasters. I had issues with a poorly performing internet connection and read the article about how to monitor the performance of your Mac using Activity Monitor. I clicked on the Network tab and discovered huge amounts of data were being transferred to iCloud, thereby squashing everything else.
The cause of the problem was I had set Aperture to upload all new photos to Photo Stream – I have more than 10,000 photos, and it was crawling through them at a snail’s pace, destroying my internet response times. Be warned if you set this option in Aperture or iPhoto Preferences, if you have lots of photos and a slow connection, as it seems to consider all photos on your Mac as new and uploads them!
Thank you for a great magazine, which is invaluable in situations like this… keep up the good work. Paul Warwick Tom Harrod says: We’re glad to have helped in any way, Paul! Many of the MacFormat team are big fans of monitoring apps, such as iStat Menus, but having that kind of information showing at all times is a bit of a niche interest, we admit. Still, it’s important to know where to go to see what your Mac’s doing if it does start behaving oddly, even if you’re not interested in following that kind of stuff all the time. can’t Apple stop tweaking other programs, many changes being for the worse and not better. I’d rather pay for the older version, than have a free version that is less effective! Will these features be restored? Francesca Shearcroft Christopher Phin says: Updates to the new versions of the iWork apps have added back some features that Apple dropped when it first introduced them, but the two-page view is still missing. And we agree that it’s a particularly egregious omission – especially since page layouts of exactly the kind of thing you do, Francesca, are what Pages is supposed to be best at! We know Apple plans to keep updating iWork, so we hope this is addressed in short order.
In the meantime, don’t forget that if you upgraded to Mavericks rather than doing a fresh install, the old version of Pages should still be on your machine. Look in your Applications folder for an iWork ’09 folder.