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Snow Leopard Breaks Some App Compatibility

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Some of your software won't play nice with new kitty.

Diehard Mac users today will be joining the latest and greatest operating system from Apple as today Mac OS X 10.6, also known as Snow Leopard, starts selling at retailers worldwide.

While Snow Leopard isn't an entirely new operating system from the ground up, as with any new version jump, there are bound to be some incompatibilities. As listed on the Apple Support site, the following applications don't play nice with Snow Leopard:

• Parallels Desktop, ver. 2.5 and earlier
• McAfee VirusScan, ver. 8.6
• Norton AntiVirus ver. 11.0
• Internet Cleanup 5 ver. 5.0.4
• Application Enhancer ver. 2.0.1 and earlier
• Unsanity
• AT&T Laptop Connect Card ver. 1.0.4, 1.0.5, 1.10.0
• launch2net ver, 2.13.0
• iWOW plug-in for iTunes ver. 2.0
• Missing Sync for Palm Sony CLIE Driver ver. 6.0.4
• TonePort UX8 Driver ver. 4.1.0
• ioHD Driver ver. 6.0.3
• Silicon Image SiI3132 Drivers ver. 1.5.16.0
• Aperture ver. 2.1.1 and earlier
• Keynote ver. 2.0.2 and earlier
• AirPort Admin Utility for Graphite and Snow ver. 4.2.5
• Parallels Desktop ver. 3.0
• VirusBarrier X4 ver. 10.4.4 and earlier
• SPSS 17 ver. 17.1
• Director MX 2004 ver. 10.2
• EyeTV ver. 3.0.0 to 3.1.0
• Ratatouille ver. 1.1

If you have one of the above software and plan on upgrading to Snow Leopard, Apple suggests that you look for a newer version or an alternative.

Perhaps the biggest incompatibility of all is Snow Leopard's requirement of an Intel processor, leaving all of those still running Power PC processors having plain old Leopard as their final destination.

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    Anonymous , August 28, 2009 7:50 PM
    Wait.... McAfee VirusScan and Norton AntiVirus won´t work properly? WTF!!! I thought no anti-virus was needed for Mac, mmmmmm, someone has been making false statements!!!! lolol
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    exar333 , August 28, 2009 8:02 PM
    "Apple, it just works?"
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  • 23 Hide
    Anonymous , August 28, 2009 7:50 PM
    Wait.... McAfee VirusScan and Norton AntiVirus won´t work properly? WTF!!! I thought no anti-virus was needed for Mac, mmmmmm, someone has been making false statements!!!! lolol
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    jhansonxi , August 28, 2009 7:50 PM
    I consider broken compatibility with McAfee and Norton a benefit. It will encourage users to find anti-malware apps that don't hog system resources and add more holes than they fix.
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    daship , August 28, 2009 7:59 PM
    LOL apple fail.
  • 18 Hide
    exar333 , August 28, 2009 8:02 PM
    "Apple, it just works?"
  • 6 Hide
    mcreskiller , August 28, 2009 8:24 PM
    "apple, it just works when we want it to"
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    tayb , August 28, 2009 8:26 PM
    Had it delivered today and it just finished installing. Have to say, very much underwhelming. I don't know why I was expecting more having known that it was a "behind the scenes" upgrade but I still was. After having used it for an hour I can't honestly say for certain that the machine feels any snappier. It was already fast with the previous version. I suppose if I benchmarked some things I would notice a difference but from normal usage I don't really notice anything different at all.

    Very disappointed. Could have bought a couple cases of Dos for $30.
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    SneakySnake , August 28, 2009 8:29 PM
    None of those apps are either popular or current, look at those version numbers, I think Parallels is at 5.0 right now, but 4.0 at least
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    tayb , August 28, 2009 8:29 PM
    I do have to say, however, that it did free up quite a bit of space and the new expose is pretty useful. It's not as intuitive as the Windows 7 taskbar because you have to hold down the icon and wait for expose to kick in and then you can switch between open windows of the same program whereas Windows 7 you just hover over the icon and all the open windows show up as a thumbnail. Different way of doing it but I think Windows does it better. Still useful though.
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    hellwig , August 28, 2009 8:35 PM
    Antivirus versions listed are probably older versions. And if Apple added new "security features" these might have disabled some backdoor those antivirus programs were using. Remember it took a while before Symantec and McAfee had anti-virus for Vista, and Microsoft got those beta's out the door long before they released it.
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    abhik , August 28, 2009 8:48 PM
    Seeing as this is an apple product. doesnt this become a feature?

    Wait a minute...come to think of it...hey! i want my programs to not work either. screw you microsoft!!!
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    tipoo , August 28, 2009 8:58 PM
    Tomshardware should do a review of Snow Leopard...They did a rather extensive review of the unibody macbook a while ago, so why not?
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    Regulas , August 28, 2009 9:00 PM
    @tayb
    New expose useful. I agree, expose rocks but it came out with Tiger. Snow Leopard allowed it to be put on the Dock. I like it best hot spotted to a screen corner myself, would be faster than finding it on the dock anyway.
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    tayb , August 28, 2009 9:05 PM
    Yeah I have it on a corner as well. Bottom left is all applications top left is program applications. The "new" expose feature basically lets you do the program applications by clicking on the respective icon and holding it down. Expose also shows minimized applications which is a new thing.
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    CptTripps , August 28, 2009 9:07 PM
    Bummer on the Toneport UX8 interface...
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    V8VENOM , August 28, 2009 9:38 PM
    Yeah, more of Tom's trying to find a problem in Apple's latest OS where there is none. I have NONE of those applications on my MacPro which has going thru Tiger to Leopard and now Leopard to Snow Leopard. And some of those version numbers are pre-historic.

    And yes, you don't need Anti-Vrius software for your Mac, I've been running my Macs for 3 years now without them and not a single problem. The people that buy Anti-Virus software for the Mac are most likely people that come from the Windows world - driven by fear. I have no idea why anyone would buy Norton or McAfee for the Mac, sorta like buying condoms for a priest.

    Leopard Snow is $29, Windows 7 Ultimate is $220. What was in Vista that people "NEEDED" to have? What's in Windows 7 that people NEED to have -- nothing other than major headaches.

    The Key feature Snow Leopard brings is a 64bit native OS, Finder is much faster now that it is native 64bit. Preview now supports just about any Camera you plug into a Mac without any additional vendor software. A bunch of useful interface changes to improve workflow. And a host of other features that "stay out of your way" unlike say Vista where one is endlessly prompted when doing anything with UAC enabled.

    Oh yeah, and Mac's also don't automatically assume you're a pirate/thief and don't try to hide the ability to record streams from the Mix Out channel like Vista does.

    But I expected nothing less or more from Tom's -- more bad writing, misleading information, and a money trial back to Microsoft.

    Oh BTW, did I mention it's $29 for one version that does all, not 10 different version like Vista/Windows 7 to make you feel like Microsoft is somehow giving you more choices and saving you money .... hahaha

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    thackstonns , August 28, 2009 9:49 PM
    V8VENOMYeah, more of Tom's trying to find a problem in Apple's latest OS where there is none. I have NONE of those applications on my MacPro which has going thru Tiger to Leopard and now Leopard to Snow Leopard. And some of those version numbers are pre-historic.And yes, you don't need Anti-Vrius software for your Mac, I've been running my Macs for 3 years now without them and not a single problem. The people that buy Anti-Virus software for the Mac are most likely people that come from the Windows world - driven by fear. I have no idea why anyone would buy Norton or McAfee for the Mac, sorta like buying condoms for a priest.Leopard Snow is $29, Windows 7 Ultimate is $220. What was in Vista that people "NEEDED" to have? What's in Windows 7 that people NEED to have -- nothing other than major headaches.The Key feature Snow Leopard brings is a 64bit native OS, Finder is much faster now that it is native 64bit. Preview now supports just about any Camera you plug into a Mac without any additional vendor software. A bunch of useful interface changes to improve workflow. And a host of other features that "stay out of your way" unlike say Vista where one is endlessly prompted when doing anything with UAC enabled.Oh yeah, and Mac's also don't automatically assume you're a pirate/thief and don't try to hide the ability to record streams from the Mix Out channel like Vista does.But I expected nothing less or more from Tom's -- more bad writing, misleading information, and a money trial back to Microsoft.Oh BTW, did I mention it's $29 for one version that does all, not 10 different version like Vista/Windows 7 to make you feel like Microsoft is somehow giving you more choices and saving you money .... hahaha

    Had a mac. Got tired of buying camera's, expansion cards, and trying to sync my phone. Had it for a month and then it went back. And its more like 529 for the upgrade. You already paid the apple tax. Probably a few times over buy the way you talk.
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    climber , August 28, 2009 9:59 PM
    Suggesting that no one "needs" something in Windows Vista/7 is just as sensible as an IT manager at a company telling all staff that they all need the same computer which will be a keyboard, mouse and a screen because we are transitioning to dumb terminals and putting all the money into cluster servers for us (the IT department). In other words vast generalizations are generally ones made in bias and dare I say ignorance.
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    eodeo , August 28, 2009 10:17 PM
    snow kitty is out! nice. maybe now with true 64bit support macs will get somewhere and their apps too - i'm looking at you adobe - after effects and the cs bunch. long enough have we endured 32bit memory allocation bottleneck for "professional" video editing apps.
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    sp00 , August 28, 2009 10:57 PM
    The Apple tax is that you pay more for the hardware, buy less for the software. The PC tax is that you pay less for Hardware, but more for the software.

    Anyway, I use both Macs and PCs, but the old Apple is so much more expensive hasn't been true for a long time. But everyone likes to compare prebuilt Apples to home built PCs, which is just a bad argument. Anyway, I don't think any PC users would like Windows 7 to be referred as Vista.
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    eodeo , August 28, 2009 11:01 PM
    Actually, I'd like to call it vista 2. windows 7 is just unintuitive. I'm using it now and vista is just a nicer name. and referring to something merely as "7" doesn't cut it in most conversations.

    --

    If apple would let go of idea to get 200% minimum profit from every sell they do and make Mac OS available as standalone OS, I'd be inclined to give it a try. As it is, its 2x wasted.
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