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October 29, 2007 at 9:52 AM

Word’s out: Apple’s Leopard still too buggy

A reader in Texas made an interesting comment on last week’s post about Apple being rushed to finish Leopard:

Very disappointing. Leopard has bugs, bugs and more bugs. No print drivers survived the upgrade. Photoshop CS3 and InDesign CS crash when working together. ICC profiles are gone. Mail has no stationary [sic] as proclaimed, and if there is something to do to make it appear in the interface I can’t find it, nor find documentation about it. I have had the system less than a day and am still exploring. Bottom line: I want my old system back, and I want to return the family pack of 5 licenses for a single license. It will not be installed on my notebook or children’s computers.

I didn’t call the comment out at first, because I wasn’t sure if it was a firebomb. But now even the Apple priests are saying Leopard’s buggy — so much so they’re advising people to hold off upgrading.

The Unoffical Apple Weblog summed it up on a podcast, then posted highlights today:

If you have only one computer and it’s your production machine, don’t upgrade. The 10.5 upgrade is a big one — not a small update, not a few bug fixes. Lots of stuff gets broken and if you need to keep getting your work done, just wait. Let a few dot releases ease things out.

If you work with Adobe software and need your software to work reliably, don’t upgrade. Apple didn’t get its gold master out to third party developers in time for the upgrade path to proceed smoothly. Everything was rush, rush, rush. Developers simply did not have the time to work with the final product and make sure their apps would be compatible. If you need Acrobat (and I do) or In Design, you need Tiger. Don’t upgrade to Leopard.

That makes it just embarrassing that Apple built a nasty jab at Windows into Leopard — the visualization of a PC as a dowdy old monitor displaying a crashed system that Anil Dash ripped into Sunday, and he didn’t even note the bugs or Leopard’s own “blue screen” issue.

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