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Compatible Lions

August 27, 2012 - Dave Hecei
Change is inevitable. Sometimes it’s for the good and sometimes it can be difficult. When Apple switched from OS 9 to OS X it was a daunting task, but one that ultimately was very good for both the company and the users. The latest OS X is called Mountain Lion, replacing last years OS X Lion. Whenever there is a major OS update, things tend to get broken and even lost. Lion and Mountain Lion are no exception.

When a new operating system is announced, the maker will tout its new and amazing feature set. Apple is king at this and will list the seven or eight major new features out of a hundred or more changes. While those couple of new pieces can be cool and sometimes even useful, there is always the possibility with any major change that things will break.

Last year, when Apple released Lion, something wasn’t just broke, it was actually missing. In previous versions of OS X there was an application called Rosetta that allowed an Intel based Macintosh to run older PowerPC based programs. When Apple released Lion they decided that it was finally time to leave past behind and make it a fully Intel based OS. This allowed Apple to continue forward with a fully 64-bit OS that allows for even more technological advancements.

The only problem with this plan is that there were a few key pieces of software still being used on a daily basis. They suddenly stopped working. Two of these were Microsoft Office 2004 (and older) and Quicken for Mac. They won’t run in Lion or Mountain Lion because they were written for PPC based Macs. Of course if you had Office 2004 or older you could purchase a newer version – 2008 or 2011.

Problems with Lion and Mountain Lion also cropped up with Universal Apps, those written for Intel. I recently stumbled upon a cool website that lists pages of Mac software and their compatibility to Lion and Mountain Lion. If you have upgraded or plan to in the very near future, you will want to check out this site to see if your software is safe.


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