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Marc's Notes: Comments, Ramblings, Rants & Tips

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow LeopardFirst Snow in August

While Wisconsin does get honorable mention for notable winters, we usually don't have the bad rap that Minnesota, or Buffalo, New York do when it comes to unreasonable snowfall.

Well, today (August 28) winter struck everywhere as Apple released Max OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard.

Trying out the new cat

The following will be an updated list over the next several days... stay tuned, as I will be keeping this up-to-date as third-party vendors catch up with Apple's surprise "early release" of 10.6. Note that I did select Rosetta in the install options. Last updated 01-Sep-2009 10:05 CST

Things with "issues" and other wierd stuff...

Apple has been kind enough to post a list of applications with problems in this Apple Knowledge Base article.

  • AppleTalk Apple has killed this legacy protocol so now my trusty LaserWriter Pro 630 is only available to 10.6 Macs on my LAN through the graces of Leopard's Printer Sharing on my equally trusty G4 MDD PowerMac.
  • Onxy (2.05) — Runs but NOT for 10.6
  • Sonnet SATA E2P_E342P_V2B - installer package for the Sonnet Tempo E2P two port eSATA card "gray screened" my Mac at the end of the install, but the driver loaded and appears to be working.
  • Split & Concat — DOA - the developer is working on an update.
  • A bunch of 3rd-party screen savers don't work, and the Security.qtz plug as a screen saver crashed System Preferences. Aplle disabled many but the qtz beast had to be manually removed.

...and my increasing list of things that work:

  • 0xED
  • 1Password — 3.0 beta test available with free signup.
  • Age of Empires III — my current time sponge diversion.
  • AJoiner
  • AppleWorks 6.2.9 — extremely unsupported legacy for my very old legacy documents... definitely on Rosetta life support.
  • Adobe Web Design Suite CS4 — Acrobat, Bridge, Contribute, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop, Soundbooth, etc. etc.
  • Back-In-Time
  • BackupLoupe
  • BatChmod
  • BBEdit
  • Burn and MenuEdit
  • BurnX Free
  • Camino
  • Canon Poweshot G5 Camera and Lide100 Scanner support utilities — not extensively tested at this point, but they launched.
  • ClamXav 2.0
  • ClickToFlash
  • Cornerstone
  • CronniX
  • CSSEdit
  • CyberDuck — 3.3b1 was released yesterday.
  • Dial-a-Font X
  • Disc Cover 2
  • Disk Inventory X
  • DiskWarrior — 4.2 was released today.
  • Drive Genius 2
  • DropCopy
  • DVD2oneX2
  • eBookFaces
  • Espresso
  • FairMount
  • Fetch
  • Firefox
  • Flush
  • FLV Converter
  • Free Ruler
  • FontBook
  • FontDoc
  • FontParade
  • Forms To Go
  • fseventer
  • GraphicConverter
  • Grand Perspective
  • Handbrake
  • HexEdit
  • HyperSpaces — 1.0b9 was released today.
  • iCab
  • iConStruct
  • iHID
  • Image2SWF — had to re-register the product.
  • iMovie HD — mentioned only because it's a legacy product.
  • Internet Explorer for Mac v5.2 — don't laugh... while "broken" in ways too numerous to mention, it isn't fully dead, yet I really wish that 10.6 would have finally put this bad dog down.
  • iPhotoBuddy
  • IPObserver
  • iSquint
  • iWebSites
  • JumpCut
  • Kigo Video Converter
  • Little Snitch — 2.2b1 was released recently.
  • MAMP — The MacCetera web development sandbox is running just fine!
  • MacPilot
  • MacUpdate Desktop
  • MassReplaceIt
  • MenuMeters — 1.4b1 released 9/1 works again!
  • Microsoft Office 2004 — Excel, PowerPoint and Word. I deplore the Entourage user database blob, so that and Messenger is untested. (I seriously recommend iWork instead of the core Office applications, and Address Book, iCal, iChat and Mail for your email and IM needs.)
  • MPEG Streamclip
  • Netscape 7.2
  • Opera
  • Pacifist
  • Packet Peeper
  • Paparazzi!
  • Prism
  • R-Name
  • RemoteBuddy
  • RipIt
  • Rulers
  • Sequel Pro
  • Sothink SWF Decompiler — had to re-register the product.
  • Spam Sieve
  • SRS iWOW — 3.1 ... version 2 is on Apple's official DOA list. Just installed 3.1 and all is well, but I'm not sure if I like the new interface.
  • Studiometry — 6.1.92 (updated in the wee hours on 8/29). Kudos to Tom at Oranged for heroic work with my Studiometry and Address Book files to nail the root cause of the 6.1.91 breakage and kick out a fix. From a support standpoint, they set the bar for others. If you're a freelancer looking to break away from a dependence on QuickBooks, take a look at this product!
  • StuffIt Archive Manager — and the related StuffIt applications.
  • Sunrise
  • SuperDuper — 2.6 was released today.
  • Thoth
  • Tidy Up!
  • TinkerTool
  • TM Error Logger
  • Toast Titanium 10
  • TriTag
  • TypeTool 2 — had to re-register the product. TypeTool 3 is the current release and I'll upgrade one of these days.
  • Validator S.A.C.
  • Video2SWF — had to re-register the product.
  • VirtualBox — A free, sane way to run Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux on an Intel Mac.
  • VLC
  • Web Snapper — works with Safari in 32bit mode.

More to come...
— Marc

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