For those who missed out on my last post, I’m continuing the habit of writing my work in OmmWriter. For more information about it, check out: Get Over Writer’s Block With OmmWriter, A Zen Distraction-Free Writing App [Mac].
Now on to the feature of this article. Snow Leopard has been around for a couple of months and for the first time in the history of operating systems, it’s now actually incredibly affordable to upgrade to the latest and greatest from Apple. If you’re considering whether to upgrade, be sure to read my post on How to Upgrade to Snow Leopard & What You Should Know. Perhaps you’ve already upgraded, then I’m sure that you’ve noticed that some of your applications no longer work. That’s because Snow Leopard is 64-bit.
A couple of my favourite applications broke upon upgrade. Notably, iStat Menus was one of them. Since then, most app developers started working their geeky brains and refreshed their software to operate properly in Snow Leopard. However, a couple of notorious apps are still facing some issues. If you’re planning to upgrade and because the upgrade to Snow Leopard is by default an Archive and Install procedure, you should know which apps will continue to work and which ones won’t.
SnowChecker is a very simple application that will help you to figure out which apps will smoothly get past the upgrade process.
Download the application and launch it. As soon as it starts, it will detect the applications you have installed. That will take up to a minute. It will then cross reference the list of apps with the reports in its database and inform you which apps work fine. Take a look.
You’ll notice that there are two Firefox entries. That’s because the SnowChecker doesn’t retrieve the version number of the apps you have installed. My guess is that it only grabs the applications’ names and then collects the reports from its wiki. It isn’t the perfect system because you may have the latest version of Opera but SnowChecker will still show you that the previous version doesn’t work. That’s a little redundant, in my opinion.
If you don’t want to download the SnowChecker or if you’d just like to check out if a particular app works on Snow Leopard, say Skitch, you can still utilise its user-submitted compatibility database. Head over to this website and scroll down until you reach the table of applications.
Not all applications are listed but those which are will have a version number and a corresponding note to inform you whether it works properly on Snow Leopard. A tick means everything’s A-OK, a cross signifies that the app doesn’t work, an exclamation mark tells you that it works but it has some problems (maybe it requires Rosetta to be installed) and finally a question mark states that the app is untested.
Both the website and SnowChecker are pretty useful for those who are currently thinking of upgrading to Snow Leopard. Even if you are currently using Snow Leopard, you can still check your applications to see if there are any user-reported bugs or problems. You could also contribute to the wiki if you know of a particular unlisted app which doesn’t run on Snow Leopard.
Have you upgraded to Snow Leopard? If not, what are you waiting for?