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OS X Leopard
Peter Madia, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
Pittsburgh | PA | USA | Posted: 7:42 PM on 01.05.08
->> I purchased a Macbook Pro in September and I was wondering if it is worth the $120 to upgrade to the Leopard Operating System. It seems like the features are all pretty nice and easy to use and the Time Machine feature really jumps out at me as a backup alternative. For those of you with Leopard any feedback would be appreciated.

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Steve Mitchell, Photographer
West Palm Beach | FL | United States | Posted: 8:00 PM on 01.05.08
->> Peter, no problems here with Leopard. Works great!!
Time machine works great. Just sit back and enjoy.

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Michael Burns, Photographer
San Mateo | Ca | USA | Posted: 8:19 PM on 01.05.08
->> Leopard's outstanding! I truly enjoyed it more than the Tiger (10.4). Photoshop seems to be faster including Photomechanic.
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Justin Edmonds, Student/Intern, Photographer
Aurora | CO | USA | Posted: 9:19 PM on 01.05.08
->> I agree with Michael. On my Macbook Pro programs run faster and with features such as quick look, spaces and time machine you'll wonder how you lived without them. $120 is a bargain if you ask me, you won't regret the purchase.
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 9:28 PM on 01.05.08
->> Peter...

Check with your university bookstore.. its only $69 or so

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David Stephenson, Photographer
Lexington | Ky | USA | Posted: 9:40 PM on 01.05.08
->> Peter,

I'd advise you to search some of the Apple/Mac forums before installing. Leopard is pretty nice, but it caused me all kinds of grief. Search for 'blue screen of death', 'lost keychain', and 'wireless printing incompatibility' - all of those things happened to me when I upgraded. It's taken me weeks and I still don't have everything back to normal.

Back up everything before you install.

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David Ahntholz, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cleveland | OH | USA | Posted: 11:05 PM on 01.05.08
->> Also do some searching to make sure the software you use and need will work in Leopard. Some software works fine, others are still waiting for patches ... and some might require upgrades.

For example, Photoshop 7 will not work in Leopard. Better to find these things out before upgrading, as downgrading is not as easy of a process.
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Craig Glaspell, Photographer, Assistant
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 2:31 AM on 01.06.08
->> No horror stories here, but not entirely 'smooth'. I did a clean install of it on my macbookpro, I just get some weird slowing issues, like safari will freeze for a moment, other apps, things just kinda stutter along-very very rarely to the point where I do not really care, but I just dont think it is as stable for now???
Hence the reason I am waiting to install on desktop.
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Lucas Mobley, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 4:34 AM on 01.06.08
->> I upgraded on my macbookpro. The new features are great and are a big step forward. It also does seem to run a little faster.

However, I think i'm getting about 2 or 3 times as many random crashes on everything from Safari to photoshop and Aperture. Not so many that it's really troubling, it just seems like the os has some kinks to work out...
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Nick Doan, Photographer
Scottsdale Phoenix Tempe | AZ | USA | Posted: 5:29 AM on 01.06.08
->> did you all do clean installs ? Or did the upgrade work okay?

I am mostly interested in finding out if I need to reinstall photoshop, photo mechanic, office, transmit and such.

FYI. The asu bookstore had it for $69. However I received it free because my wife bought me four or five years worth of upgrades when she worked for the university. It was $100 or so but has gotten me through two upgrades. It would be worth looking into seeing if university bookstore are still doing it.
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Andrew Wheeler, Photographer
Capitola | CA | USA | Posted: 2:41 PM on 01.06.08
->> Peter/Nick>

I simply went the upgrade route. I tend to keep my machines vanilla with very little 3rd party apps and so I upgraded my MBP 2.4 (latest modelC2D), then my Dual 2.5 desktop and finally my wife's PowerbookG4 and all have upgraded without a hitch.

I did use Carbon Copy Cloner - - and make an exact copy of each machine just in case, but I haven't needed to go back as all apps work fine (I have the same apps as you and then some - but they have all worked as they should).

I will agree that Safari sometimes decides it doesn't want to play and just crashes but that has been my only issue (not that frequent). Also, once I upgraded from the disk, I then went to software update and updated before using.

One thing I have noticed is how fast all the machines find our home airport network. By the time i have opened the lid of the MBP it is on...

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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 7:20 PM on 01.06.08
->> I've had a few problems with Leopard such that I reverted to 10.4 on one machine. Things get a little wierd sometimes and I don't think the flashy stuff that Leopard offers justifies the upgrade. As soon as I can work out way to revert my main machine without losing data I'm going to run 10.4 on both machines until Leopard really works.

(Leopard refuses to remember the log-in info to connect to a server at work, something that 10.4 did seamlessly.)
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Jeremy Drey, Photographer
Reading | PA | USA | Posted: 8:47 PM on 01.06.08
->> I did an upgrade to Leopard from Tiger, no problems at all. One thing you should do before installing is save your keychain to a file, as well as make sure you have all your printer drivers handy or atleast be able to find them online. Pain in the butt especially since I had about 4 different drivers on my MBP for multiple locations.

Flashy or not, works pretty damn well, no crashes for me.

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Fred Greaves, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 9:26 PM on 01.06.08
->> I am running Leopard on all my Macs and overall I'm happy with it. I would strongly suggest doing a clean install. People that have had a lot of problems are mostly folks that just did the upgrade.

A clean install is a good idea every so often just to clean out things that are outdated and to make sure your computer is running as lean and mean as possible.

The two main issues I have had with Leopard are that my HP all-in-one Officejet printer will no longer do two-sided printing... (this has been heavily documented on all the Apple forums) and that there are some weird issues with Photoshop CS3 when you enter the size of a crop, or the amount to feather, it messes up the menu bar and doesn't always allow you to enter data there (also well documented.)

Usually a restart will solve the problem with CS3, but it always seems to happen when I am working on a project with a looming deadline.

Other than that, Leopard works well.

Fred Greaves
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Alicia Wagner Calzada, Photographer
San Antonio | TX | USA | Posted: 12:27 AM on 01.07.08
->> Yeah, I am having this major problem with photoshop. Since photoshop 7 didn't work in Leopard, I bought the PS upgrade (Photoshop CS3). Now I can't use the cropping tool in PS because I can't plug in the values that I need.

I do two things in photoshop- crop photos, and adjust levels if necessary. If not for that I wouldn't need the stupid program.

It's making me cranky. I have tried updating Photoshop, but now the updater isn't working properly either. Grrrr.

Anybody found a fix for this?
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 12:04 PM on 01.07.08
->> Alicia-

the only fix I've found is a restart of CS3

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Alicia Wagner Calzada, Photographer
San Antonio | TX | USA | Posted: 12:06 PM on 01.07.08
->> Thanks Delane. I also found this article:

I am going to try using the presets- hopefully that will help with the majority of my images.
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