Already, hundreds of Mac users are gleefully downloading and enjoying their shiny new operating system, Snow Leopard, hot off the press from Apple.
Unfortunately, not all Mac users are gleeful. Although the news is just now breaking on the topic, Mac OS X 10.6 is confirmed to be incompatible with over 100 Mac software applications. The recently developed (and quickly growing) Snow Leopard Compatibility site keeps a running trail of apps that work, apps that don’t work, apps with problems, and apps whose status is currently unknown. The site, with hundreds of entries, contains a one-stop check for your favorite software.
While many of the apps are unimportant or extremely small, others certainly warrant a serious look by Apple. Some of the following applications either do not work with the new operating system or they have serious malfunctions: 4th Dimension, Filemaker’s Bento Database, Cisco UPC Client, some versions of Adobe Creative Suite, Apple Server Admin Tools, Boxee, Canon iPF printer drivers, Carbonite, Evernote, some versions of Filenote, Norton Anti-Virus 11.0, Norton Internet Security 4.0, Plaxo, QuickBooks 2009, and Symantec AntiVirus for Mac.
Some of the problems are being worked on by the software developers, but the blame for most of the glitches lies squarely at the feet of Apple. While some of the software problems will be solved, other companies say “no way.” Adobe refuses to correct the Creative Suite 3, since Creative Suite 4 is the version currently being used by most designers and artists.
Overall, Snow Leopard is enjoying popular praise. For one, it has a smaller size—much smaller. The skinny footprint on the hard drive is a welcome change to bulky operating systems of the past. One co-bonus to the smaller size is the faster speed. Apple is great at making things happen fast, and it looks like Snow Leopard has made some surprising strides toward a faster speed. The built-in QuickTime player gets a refreshing facelift and more trademark simplicity. Some praise the upgraded Finder as the best aspect of the upgrade. With a new 64-bit engine, the Finder is faster, more intuitive, and much more effective. The apps in the new OS also have been tweaked, most notably Preview, Apple’s PDF reader. An application-wide spell corrector (Substitutions) helps out with the occasional finger burps we all make when rapidly typing. All in all, most are raving over the new operating system.
But problems still exist. Still, the Mac faithful simply point a finger toward problem-ridden Windows operating systems, and go right on enjoying Snow Leopard.