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Incompatible Snow Leopard programs

If you have, or are about to upgrade to Snow Leopard, check out the Snow Leopard Compatibility Wiki. It’s got an enormous list of software and whether it works with Snow Leopard, or whether an update or workaround is required.
Of the software that I use, I found that I may have problems with the following:

  • 1Password – current version 2.9 will only work with Safari in 32-bit mode. Not a problem for me as I don’t have a 64-bit processor or use Safari. 1Password 3.0 will fix this but it’ll be a paid upgrade.
  • ClamXav – need to upgrade to 2.0.1 beta – version 1.x will not work.
  • CyberDuck – need to upgrade to 3.3 beta 1 – older versions will not work.
  • DivX – apparently doesn’t work, no upgrade available yet.
  • Firefox – has to be run in 32-bit mode as there’s no 64-bit build yet, and some crashes reported with Help. Otherwise fine.
  • Flip4Mac WMV – need to upgrade to 3.2.0.7 Beta
  • FrostWire – need to upgrade to 4.18.2
  • Growl – mostly works but best to upgrade to 1.2 Beta.
  • iStumbler – doesn’t show any wireless networks. Program hasn’t been updated for over 2 years so probably abandoned.
  • Parallels Desktop – version 3.0 doesn’t work. Pay for the upgrade for 4.0 or abandon it and switch to VirtualBox which is free and open source.
  • Transmission – upgrade to 1.7.4 for full 64-bit support.
  • World of Warcraft – some minor display issues. No update yet.

This is not an exhaustive list and only relates to the programs I use. I’m sure a load of Apple haters will jump on this as a reason why Macs suck, but the fact is that with any new operating system there will be issues (Firefox had some issues with installing updates on Vista when it first came out) and Apple did bring the release forward so some developers didn’t have chance to get their fixes out in time – this explains why many of the updated versions are in beta still. And the operating system has been out a mere 2 days – if these applications are still incompatible in a month’s time then I’ll be worried.
And remember, this is compiled from a list from another web site – my copy of Snow Leopard hasn’t arrived yet so I haven’t tried these programs out for myself.

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