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October 31, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Word’s out: Leopard’s fine for many, but not 100 percent

Lots of spicy feedback to my post about Leopard being still too buggy.

If the commenters accurately reflect the experience of Leopard users, most people are perfectly happy with the system.

But those folks sound like enthusiasts and early adopters. I still think average users and companies that can’t afford snags should hang back awhile until the bugs and drivers are sorted out, just as IT types did with Vista. That was the TUAW advice I referred to in the original post.

I probably could have been more specific, and said there are bugs to be sorted out and compatibility issues because key applications aren’t yet ready for Apple’s new operating system. Just like most every other new operating system.

It that smells like FUD reeking of the Microsoft taint befouling the Puget Sound region, so be it.

People considering a Leopard upgrade who use Adobe applications should probably ignore all the politics and go straight to the source for the final word on whether the applications they’re using (Acrobat 8 Pro and Reader 8?) will work with the new operating system. (Adobe issues were part of TUAW’s great advisory but it was deemed FUD by some, so who can you trus?.)

Adobe’s support site said it’s been working with Apple on compatibility but some apps won’t get Leopard compatibility updates until December and January. Here’s the source material and an excerpt:

Thanks to close collaboration between Adobe and Apple, most of the CS3 applications and associated technologies, such as Adobe Bridge CS3, Version Cue CS3, and Device Central CS3, are compatible with Mac OS X Leopard without requiring additional updates. However, the following CS3 applications will require updates for full compatibility with Leopard: Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and our professional video applications, including Adobe

Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3 Professional, Encore CS3, and Soundbooth CS3. We expect to publish free Leopard compatibility updates for the video applications in December 2007 and for Acrobat 8 Professional and Adobe Reader 8 in January 2008. For a complete overview of compatibility between Adobe creative applications and Mac OS X Leopard, see the chart on page 2 of this FAQ.

Q. Will older versions of Adobe creative software — such as Creative Suite 2 and

Macromedia Studio 8 software — support Mac OS X Leopard?

A. While older Adobe applications may install and run on Mac OS X Leopard, they were designed, tested, and released to the public several years before this new operating system became available. You may, therefore, experience a variety of installation, stability, and reliability issues for which there is no resolution. Older versions of our creative software will not be updated to support Mac OS X Leopard.

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