UPDATE: Snow Leopard might crash your apps

UPDATE: Snow Leopard might crash your apps

Summary: With two days to go until Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" is released and developers are still working to make sure that their applications are compatible with the new OS.

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With two days to go until Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" is released and developers are still working to make sure that their applications are compatible with the new OS.

According to snowleopard.wikidot.com there are a whole raft of applications that either flat out don't work, or just don't work right. Listed as not working are Photoshop Elements, Google Gears, Adobe CS2 (Adobe doesn't officially support CS3 on Snow Leopard either   UPDATE - Latest in from John Nack, principal Photoshop manager at Adobe, "It turns out that the Photoshop team has tested Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard, and to the best of our knowledge, PS CS3 works fine on Snow Leopard."), RealVNC and Parallels 3.0.

Given Apple's secrecy, its hard to tell who's to blame here. have developers had enough time with the 10.6 code to ensure compatibility, or are developers getting lazy and choosing to wait until the OS is out before working out the kinks? Whoever is to blame, misbehaving apps could tarnish Apple in the same way that problems which plagued Vista during the early days inflicted long-lasting damage to the OS's reputation.

If you rely on your Mac then I'd offer you the same upgrade advice that I'd give to Windows users - test, test, test some more, and then hope for the best but plan for the worse! Oh, and take care!

At least Microsoft makes betas and release candidate versions of new operating systems available for everyone to be able to test.

So, who's planning on upgrading his Friday?

Topics: Operating Systems, Enterprise Software, Software, Software Development

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  • This just has to be a Microsoft plot.

    LOL...LOL. :D
    ths40
    • More MS BS

      Adrian writes:

      "At least Microsoft makes betas and release candidate versions of new
      operating systems available for everyone to be able to test."

      And Apple doesn't?

      Apple developers have had access to Snow Leopard for ages. More
      untruths.

      http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/ gives me a blank page.

      Why upgrade Friday when wait a week for issues to be identified?
      Richard Flude
      • More Richard BS

        My God, you absolutelly can't listen to anything negative about Apple, truth be damned!
        John Zern
        • Support your claim

          ADC Premier and Select Members can download Snow Leopard from the
          ADC site (and have been able for some time):

          http://developer.apple.com/Mac/

          Attendees at the WWDC received a copy.

          Developer Previews have been seeded to select developers since June 08.

          It's not "negative" that is objectionable, it's the constant stream of lies.
          Richard Flude
          • You miss the point.

            Apple only releases the beta to developers.

            Microsoft allows everyone to download and test.

            This means the end user. I don't fall on either side of the fence, but you are totally not getting the point made. As a home user you can test for yourself if Windows 7 breaks anything. With snow leopard you are out of look.

            Really, I do suggest you stop taking any criticism of Apple so personally.
            Bozzer
          • But he can't!

            That's the thing! He's so worked up about a [i]computer operating system[/i] made by an [i]impersonal multinational corporation[/i] that he can't see the difference.

            It woud be funny if it wasn't quite so tragic.
            Sleeper Service
          • The irony here is mind-blowing

            UsernameRequired
          • Re: You miss the point.

            Sadly, most of the "beta" Windows home users are doing it simply to get a free OS and not to report back and improve the OS.

            Case in point, a lot of issues that were found on Vista when it was released had been identified by beta users and were "known" issues to the users, yet they were never reported back for Microsoft to fix.

            So you may argue that releasing it to the end user is not really productive.

            All that being said, the other gentleman had it right. Apple does release it to people other than [true] developers as well. They just don't mass-market it as openly as Microsoft has with Windows 7. Copies are distributed in many conferences, not to mention it is not necessary to pay to register yourself as a developer (albeit you won't get all the tools that a paid developer gets.)
            arodriguez@...
          • Ok

            [b]Sadly, most of the "beta" Windows home users are doing it simply to get a free OS and not to report back and improve the OS.[/b]

            Really, so all these home users had machines lying around with no OS on them did they?

            [b]Case in point, a lot of issues that were found on Vista when it was released had been identified by beta users and were "known" issues to the users, yet they were never reported back for Microsoft to fix.[/b]

            Even if they were not reported back (as you claim) don't you think someone would have flagged all these "known" issues up in a meeting? Or are you claiming that nobody at Microsoft reads the tech sites (like this one for instance) on the Internet at all?

            [b]All that being said, the other gentleman had it right. Apple does release it to people other than [true] developers as well. They just don't mass-market it as openly as Microsoft has with Windows 7. Copies are distributed in many conferences, not to mention it is not necessary to pay to register yourself as a developer (albeit you won't get all the tools that a paid developer gets.)
            [/b]

            I don't see your point. It comes across as though you have to be 'special' to get a beta from Apple. Are you saying that Apple doesn't give a damn about its ordinary users?
            Bozzer
          • True, almost

            "Apple only releases the beta to developers.

            Microsoft allows everyone to download and test."

            Ignoring that MS doesn't allow everyone, it's developers that fix
            applications, and had plenty of opportunity to do so before Snow
            Leopard.

            The articles "Apple's secrecy" story is, typically, rubbish.
            Richard Flude
          • ok everyone

            Lets not picl on poor little richard.. For he can not help that he is addict to the apple collaid for life.

            or maybe it is just his IQ can not get above 2 digits
            rparker009
          • The long process of becoming a developer....

            I actually just signed up for their site and paid a grand total of 0$. HARD STUFF!
            Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Snow Leopard might crash your apps

    Nonsense, the latest mac hunter ad said we didn't have to worry about that and that a mac just works. Are you calling them liars?
    Loverock Davidson
  • How did Apple phrase it in their commercials?

    That sure sounds like [i]a ton of headaches[/i] to me!

    Glad I won't be upgrading. I'm still annoyed that I was [b]forced[/b], in an anti-competitive manner, to pay for an OS X license when I bought my Mac even though I don't use OS X. I see no reason to spend another $29 for a buggy upgrade to a second rate OS that I don't use anyway.
    NonZealot
    • Anticompetative?

      It is perfectly within the realm of competition to
      sell new computers with an OS and license.

      What's NOT within the realm of competition making
      it impossible to erase the OS without bricking the
      computer.
      odcchaz
      • er...

        You can remove OSX without bricking the computer. Sure it wont boot OSX anymore, but it can still boot windows or linux...
        Stuka
        • Lol wait

          So you buy overpriced hardware tied to a crippled OS just to get rid of said crippled OS and put on a different one that would have worked as well or better on much cheaper hardware?

          Makes sense to me...

          "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
          gnesterenko
      • Yes it is

        I can't walk into an Apple store and buy a PC with Windows, Linux, or no OS on it at all. I'm [b]forced[/b] to pay for OS X.
        NonZealot
        • So vote with your wallet.

          I cant walk into best buy or wallmart and buy a PC with linux on it, or one that's blank. forced to pay for Vista atm... Microsoft made a pretty big "anti-piracy" fuss about that one.
          Archkittens
        • NZ are you having my posts deleted?

          If so, can't you take a little ribbing?
          Arm A. Geddon