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« on: August 24, 2009, 07:26:46 PM »
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Dear all,

Any visibility on what imaging software works/doesn't work under 10.6?

What is the status for Adobe products and major plug-ins to start with?

Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009, 07:34:22 PM »
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At least under the beta (I think I can say this), CS4 ran fine.
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2009, 08:03:44 PM »
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Users of the late, great Canvas X for Mac (last updated in 2005) are waiting for the inevitable day when hardware and OS's pass them by...

(If Andrew would like to test this we can talk.)

But I would think any currently active developer is going to have their imaging apps ready to go.

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 10:00:06 AM »
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There is a rather bland statement on the Epson US support site:

'Epson is proud to support the Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6) operating system from Apple. Please check this site periodically for updates regarding availability of Snow Leopard drivers, software updates, and user instructions.'

If I remember correctly Andrew has a 3800? Perhaps he some experience to draw on.

In any case I suspect my wife's iMac might be 'lucky' enough to get the first upgrade!
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 04:47:00 PM »
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Adobe status, seems OK: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2009/08/adobe...eopard_faq.html
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 02:56:38 AM »
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Beside Photoshop i also checked for updated drivers for hardware I use:

Epson V700 scanner: 28 july a version 3.280 was released on the dutch epson site with a comment: added support for snow leopard
Nikon D300 slr: no software update yet on Nikon Transfer (only thing I use) or notice that current software works
Canon iPF5100 printer: no updates yet or notice that current drivers/software works
Spyder3: no updates yet or notice that current drivers/software works

although snow leopard is ordered I hold off installing it untill Nikon and Canon confirm compatibility and maybe wait a bit longer until the .1 or .2 updates arrive ;-)
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009, 06:45:13 AM »
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From my reading computability issues will be rare - the nature of this upgrade is different from past efforts.

I will clone, then upgrade and check things out. If all is not OK I will simply revert to the clone until they are.

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009, 08:20:17 AM »
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Adobe status, seems OK


Hmm... CS4 is fine, but it better be - CS4 only started shipping a year or so ago. I did not see any message from Adobe on Lightroom. And boy, the CS3 folk will be pissed if there would be an issue with SL. Myself included...
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2009, 08:51:22 AM »
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Hmm... CS4 is fine, but it better be - CS4 only started shipping a year or so ago. I did not see any message from Adobe on Lightroom. And boy, the CS3 folk will be pissed if there would be an issue with SL. Myself included...


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A developer I know well has been using each build of SL as it has come along. There have been no CS4 issues so far. What he has noticed is a more 'snappy' OS (and Leopard was already much snappier than Tiger), lots of small tweaks and of course a saving of nearly 6GB in HD space.

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2009, 08:55:54 AM »
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And boy, the CS3 folk will be pissed if there would be an issue with SL. Myself included...
Ditto re CS3, but I'm expecting it will run OK.

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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2009, 10:57:19 AM »
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Here's what I know about a few items crucial to my workflow, as of this date:

Hasselblad Flexcolor software, quoted from an email response to my query:

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At this time, FlexColor is not compatible with the Snow Leopard operating
system; therefore, please continue to use Leopard or earlier operating
systems. I can confirm that initial test [sic] have been done and we hope to
support it soon....Please continue to check our website in the coming weeks regarding
compatibility.

Epson 3800: the Epson website here, under the "Detailed Specs" tab, "Operating Systems Supported" section, lists Snow Leopard as a supported OS. Nothing more specific than that.

Epson V750 Pro scanner: Support page lists TWAIN Driver and Epson Scan software version 3.25A (12552) as OS X 10.6.x "compatible".

Nikon Scan software: nothing on Nikon's site I could find. I have heretofore used Nikon Scan to drive my Nikon 9000 because its interface is simple and clean; but given Nikon's past stated intention not to continue updating Nikon Scan, it looks like I may be shelling out some $$ to switch to SilverFast, unless NS just happens to work. I've never liked VueScan's hideous user interface, but I may have to swallow that cup of bile instead, given its much more attractive price.

SilverFast AI Studio: From a forum posting by one of the company's developers / owners:

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...as we now drive the Nikon scanners natively by NOT using the outdated Nikon MAID Interface we will be supporting the Nikon scanners with Snow Leopard !
We are quite sure that it will only need small adaptions / changes to do so if they are needed at all....
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2009, 01:10:39 PM »
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Hi

The Adobe team have released some info on SL compatibility. Here is a link to Adobe's PDF:

Adobe CS and SL
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2009, 02:25:55 PM »
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Anybody running C1 Pro under Snow Leopard?

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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2009, 04:03:10 PM »
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Pelao mentioned working from a clone of your system and that's a great idea. Use an external drive or a partition on your internal one, clone your current setup and upgrade the clone to Snow Leopard. No hard done, regardless of what happens.

And VueScan isn't so bad, considering you can use it with most any scanner, whereas Silverfast is proprietary, no? NikonScan is so old and flakey, though easier on the eye, I agree.
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2009, 10:51:11 PM »
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Any word on real-world performance jumps, when running PS or ACR with Snow Leopard?
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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2009, 11:33:07 PM »
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There should be a massive software compatibility list at this link:

http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/start

.. except that apparently the list broke the wikidot service due to the huge numbers of impatient OSX users constantly refreshing the page, so it's offline at the moment  


I managed to get a brief look at it when it was still alive, and it will be a great resource in the next little while when they finally get the servers stabilized. It was quite comprehensive.
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« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2009, 12:26:08 AM »
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I have a new MacPro arriving on 8th Sept and I presume it will come loaded with SL. If not, I will put SL on it and then install all my normal programs and see what happens. I'll take great care to keep the Macbook Pro AS IS just in case... But I imagine any problems, or many of them, will have surfaced by then as SL is released tomorrow.
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« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2009, 11:01:35 AM »
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Any word on real-world performance jumps, when running PS or ACR with Snow Leopard?

On the PC some operations are a lot faster, others not very different and I've heard it averages about a 10% bump across the board average boost for CS4 moving from 32bit to 64bit -- and that is with CS code written for the 64bit OS.  Since CS4/Mac is still a 32bit program, I would not expect much if any improvement until they release a 64bit version compatible with SL.
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« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2009, 05:17:37 PM »
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Sounds like some good news for me.

http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/

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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2009, 10:02:46 AM »
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I'm looking forward to the wonderful day when ....


...there'll be a 50MPX full frame DSLR and a 100MPX MFDB (after which we'll be in Canon G11 land where nobody cares about pixel counts), there'll be a Mac Pro that can handle those file sizes comfortably (probably already is!), the Epson 3800 replacement will have arrived, CSx will have all the stacking goodies from the current extended edition, we'll have gone through Blu-ray and be settled in a flash card based world, there'll be an Eizo monitor with a Pro Photo RGB gamut, etc etc...

...and we can all stop spending time and money on upgrades and spend it instead on the taking and making of photographs!
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