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Snow Leopard Compatibility and Goodies

August 28th, 2009 No comments

Snow Leopard is out. I have received my copy yesterday and as of today I’m running it on my MacBook Pro and installing it on my Mac Pro, as well. (update: Mac Pro installed and running with some minor issues, such as the dock problem, see below and FileMaker crashing when connecting to remote server.)

First of all, the rumors are true: it is significantly faster. System Preferences load faster, apps load faster, even websites load faster. I’m all about speed and efficiency, so that’s already a winning attribute.

Here are some info that I learned so far. I will keep on updating this article so check back often.

General requirements

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 5GB of available disk space
  • DVD drive for installation
  • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
  • Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.

Somebody beat me to it, so below is a link to a website that lists application compatibility for Snow Leopard:

http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/

List off apps incompatible from the Apple website:

Parallels Desktop 2.5 and earlier Parallels http://www.parallels.com/
VirusScan 8.6 McAfee http://www.mcafee.com/
Norton AntiVirus 11.0 Norton http://www.norton.com/
Internet Cleanup 5 5.0.4 Smith Micro http://www.smithmicro.com/
Application Enhancer 2.0.1 and earlier Unsanity http://www.unsanity.com/
AT&T Laptop Connect Card 1.0.4, 1.0.5, 1.10.0 AT&T http://www.att.com/
launch2net 2.13.0 Nova Media http://www.novamedia.de/
iWOW plug-in for iTunes 2.0 SRS http://www.srslabs.com/
Missing Sync for Palm Sony CLIE Driver 6.0.4 Mark Space http://markspace.com/
TonePort UX8 Driver 4.1.0 Line 6 http://www.line6.com/
ioHD Driver 6.0.3 AJA http://www.aja.com/
Silicon Image SiI3132 Drivers

1.5.16.0

Silicon Image

http://www.siliconimage.com

Visit this link to a website post containing 20 new features in Snow Leopard:

Issues discovered by me or other users:

  1. Letterbox plug-in doesn’t work in Apple Mail.
  2. Dock misbehaves, aka shows applications running when they have already been quit and doesn’t show actively running applications. (see image below of Tweetie app clearly running but not showing in Dock).Screenshot 1
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Snow Leopard Can Be Installed On Tiger Macs

August 27th, 2009 No comments

Though users of older Intel-based Macs were led to believe they would have to spend $169 to migrate from Tiger to Snow Leopard, new reports state the $29 upgrade disc will work just fine. Apple Insider

So this is good news, right? I ordered my copy of 5, which will arrive tomorrow. My main computer is due for a wipe so I thought I’d just wait for Snow Leopard and get this done at the same time.

“For owners of Intel-based Macs who are still using the older Tiger version of the Mac OS, Apple is officially making Snow Leopard available only in a “boxed set” that includes other software and costs $169,” Mossberg said. “The reasoning is that these folks never paid the $129 back in 2007 to upgrade to Leopard. But here’s a tip: Apple concedes that the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade will work properly on these Tiger-equipped Macs, so you can save the extra $140.” Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal

Wired also confirmed that they were able to upgrade a system directly from Tiger to Snow Leopard. In addition, it is possible to completely erase a hard drive and install Snow Leopard without a pre-existing operating system in place, enabling users to bypass the possible headaches of an upgrade and go with a clean install instead. Wired said many users upgrading from Tiger should probably consider backing up their files from Tiger and doing a clean install instead. Apple Insider

So far news of upgrades state that they have been performed smoothly. Not all third party software is guaranteed to work. Do your research before upgrading.

Adobe, for example, has already stated that Creative Suite 3 has not been tested on Snow Leopard and may have compatibility issues. We were able to test Adobe Photoshop CS 3 on Snow Leopard and thus far have had no problems. We also tested QuickSilver, App Zapper, Adium, Tweetie and Evernote, and all seemed to work fine. But do some research and pretest on a nonproduction system if you’re concerned. Wired

Conclusion: Do not expect Earth shattering changes from Snow Leopard. You will see some minor interface changes, you will save some hard drive space but you mostly pay the $29 prize for performance improvements.

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