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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
    Does anyone is still using Snow Leopard on their machines? Having the need of running some PowerPC software on my MacBook makes me not wanting to upgrade to Lion (I cannot run ML), so we are in 2013 and I ask are there people still using Snow Leopard?

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    Lots of folks are still using Snow Leopard. If you have PowerPC applications that you have to run, then Snow Leopard is as far as you can upgrade and still use the older apps. Be advised though, that in the future Snow Leopard may be outmoded. OS X Mavericks will be out sometime later this year which will put Snow Leopard users even further behind.

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    Snow Leopard in my opinion...is still perfectly usable in 2013.

    Big reasons folks up grade their OS are:

    - new features in the newer OS versions (not always a big deal)
    - compatibility with newer hardware (phones, printers, iPads, etc.)
    - compatibility with newer software versions (for example, Adobe CS6 may need an OS version newer than 10.6)

    Since you still need compatibility with older PPC apps...you have a very good reason to continue using Snow Leopard.

    The other question you have to ask yourself...is there anything you currently can't do that you want to do with your computer running Snow Leopard? The answer to this (for you) should answer your own question.

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Snow Leopard in my opinion...is still perfectly usable in 2013.

    Big reasons folks up grade their OS are:

    - new features in the newer OS versions (not always a big deal)
    - compatibility with newer hardware (phones, printers, iPads, etc.)
    - compatibility with newer software versions (for example, Adobe CS6 may need an OS version newer than 10.6)

    Since you still need compatibility with older PPC apps...you have a very good reason to continue using Snow Leopard.

    The other question you have to ask yourself...is there anything you currently can't do that you want to do with your computer running Snow Leopard? The answer to this (for you) should answer your own question.

    - Nick
    Not at the moment, oh and Photoshop CS6 requires 10.6.6 so yes It's compatible with Snow Leopard.

    Obs: I posted this thread in the wrong fórum, sorry

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewGomes View Post
    Not at the moment, oh and Photoshop CS6 requires 10.6.6 so yes It's compatible with Snow Leopard.
    Good deal...I was just using CS6 as a quick example (I thought that it needed something newer than SL). My point is...some newer software NEEDS OS 10.7 or 10.8...and that would be one reason why some folks would NEED to upgrade their OS to something newer than Snow Leopard.

    But if you are not in this group (which it sounds like you aren't)...then you are "good to go" for the moment.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    I'm back to Snow Leopard..
    Mac Pro 4,1 (Flashed to 5,1) W3570 3.2 Quad..48GB RAM..Gainward GTX 570 "Phantom."
    MacBook Pro 5,2..2.8Ghz C2D..8GB RAM..240GB Vertex +

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    I have Snow Leopard on 3 MacBooks and 2 iMacs and will keep them on it until the hardware goes out, then I guess I will be too old to compute anyway. Stay with SL IMO.
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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    According to Net Marketshare, back in January of this year Snow Leopard accounted for about 30 percent of the Mac installed base:

    Report: Mountain Lion overtakes predecessors in OS X share | MacNN

    It's growth rate, however, suggested that by now Snow would be down to 25 percent or less, which I think is a safe assumption.

    What I find endlessly amusing is that when Snow Leopard first came out, there was SO MUCH HATE and wailing and gnashing of teeth about its compatibility with apps, but now it's the "golden child" that was close to perfect and people will never give it up.

    Personally I am LOVING Mountain Lion and can't wait for Mavericks.

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    Chas, I know what you mean. I loved SL though and never had issues with it. I have moved on to Lion and ML on most machines but I have a small install of SL for older Apps and Rosetta just in case.

    ML is an excellent OS though for sure.

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    Using Snow Leopard in 2013
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    I'm religious about keeping my apps up to date so the loss of Rosetta was basically a non-issue for me. On occasion I get an itch to play an OS 9 game so I just fire up Sheepshaver.

    As I just said in another thread I think SL is the best OS version for 2006-2007 Intel Macs, even if they can run Lion. But broadly speaking, staying put is a bad idea in the technology world ...

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