Approaching Snow Leopard With Caution
OK, cards on the table. I’ve pre-ordered my copy of the new Apple operating system, Snow Leopard and I’m itching to install it straight away. Three things excite me everytime I read about Snow Leopard (and there are two good write ups today, from Walter Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal and from David Pogue […]
OK, cards on the table. I’ve pre-ordered my copy of the new Apple operating system, Snow Leopard and I’m itching to install it straight away.
Three things excite me everytime I read about Snow Leopard (and there are two good write ups today, from Walter Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal and from David Pogue at the New York Times) – stability, efficiency and productivity.
Snow Leopard promises to be more stable than Leopard, partly down the code being reworked, refined and reduced. To be honest, I have very few stability issues with Leopard as it is, but every little bit helps. Efficiency comes from the dramatically smaller hardrive requirement, better use of multiple cores and changes to memory access. Productivity flows from that if, as everyone is suggesting, apps open much faster and one doesn’t have to workaround memory limitations, especially in audio production.
That the upgrade is not full of new features and visual tweaks kind of adds to the appeal for me. When I work with Leopard and Logic I seldom feel an urge for aesthetic (or gadget level) changes, but I do long for more of the “old” Apple sense of stability and speed!
But, anyone who works with a computer should always approach these kinds of upgrades with caution! Major upgrades can and do break applications and hardware interfaces. Create Digital Music is tracking some of these issues for DAW users (here and here) and there is a more general wiki for other software users.
It looks like some of my core applications, like Scrivener for writing, OmniFocus for personal organisation and Kontakt for sampling and composition are OK to run under Snow Leopard. There are also unconfirmed reports (let’s call them rumours) that Logic 9 is OK as well (you would hope so!).
But, as I check, I still can’t find confirmation that Reason, or Sibelius, or the Apogee Duet are stable under Snow Leopard. Unreliability with any of those apps would be a deal breaker for me and would mean leaving Snow Leopard in the box – for now.