Mac OS X Leopard Upgrade and Photo Apps


Generally speaking, our most popular photo applications should work well under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. John Nack, states in his blog, "The good news is that most Adobe apps don't require updates in order to run well. That is, the CS3 versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and other apps are good to go for Leopard right now. Rock out."

Macworld Magazine also gives most Adobe apps a green light in a recent article, commenting that "Products that will require updates for full Leopard compatibility include Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and the company’s professional video applications, including Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3 Professional, Encore CS3 and Soundbooth CS3." But the photo apps seem to be fine, including Lightroom. [Update 10-28-07 PM: Reports are coming in that there are problems with Lightroom 1.2 and Leopard. James Duncan Davidson has posted on Inside Lightroom, and the comments following the post should add more information.]

On the Inside Aperture web site, the biggest warning hovered around Leopard and Time Machine. So you might want to read the comments at the end of that post for the latest information. Since that post, Apple has released an an Aperture 1.5.6 update that improves Leopard compatibility. It's available via Software Update and recommended for all Aperture users.

As for iPhoto 08 and Leopard, installing the iLife Support 8.1.1 via Software Update should address any minor compatibility issues between iPhoto and the big cat.

So all in all, looks like photographers using one or more of the major photo apps can update to Leopard with a reasonable amount of confidence. But with any update, practice good data management and back everything up first... just in case.

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Actually, Adobe formally says that Lightroom will need to be updated for Leopard compatibility. There's currently a link on their front page (at the top of the Announcements column) to a six-page PDF with all the details.

In the compatibility matrix, there's a big fat tick for Lightroom under the "Requires Update For Mac OS X Leopard" column.

The Notes column has this to say: "Photoshop Lightroom 1.2 is not fully certified for Mac OS X Leopard, but future updates will address areas of Leopard compatibility".

Having said that, I've exchanged emails with a Lightroom user who says that his is working okay - to the limits to which he pushes it. So it's not totally broken. I don't know specifically where the problems lie.

Thanks for your input Gary. That's right, Lightroom isn't "fully certified," but I'm not hearing reports of compatibility problems. So we'll have to wait and see what folks say as they drill down into the app while running Leopard.

BTW: the link to the Adobe PDF is here...

Anyone with hands on reports out there?

Just read a few reports concerning printing problems with Lightroom on Leopard. I have a feeling the discussion will pick up with this on Monday.

That same Adobe doc says that Photoshop Elements 4 for Mac is not supported in Leopard. Has anyone tried Photoshop Elements 4 to see what works, and what doesn't?