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Path Finder 5 Released

Cocoatech has released a new version of my favorite OS X File Manger. This is a paid upgrade ($20) from earlier versions, and $40 for new customers. I installed the latest version through Path Finder’s own software update feature and this installed the thirty-day evaluation version. It’s pretty much a given that I’ll buy the upgrade but it’s nice to be able to check it out. Path Finder 5 requires OS X 10.5 or later. Tiger users need to stay with PF 4.

I’ve just installed the upgrade so I can’t say how well the features are implemented, but things I’m looking forward to are:

Dual Pane File Viewer – the drop stack is handy but sometimes I was to compare two directories and now I can do it side by side rather than opening a second browser window.

Network Share Browsing – It’s nice to be able to browse network shares in Path Finder itself. It was annoying to have to switch back to Finder (or if it could be done in the previous version it was well hidden.) Screen sharing can also be started directly from Path Finder. (It wasn’t obvious to me at first – Under “Shared” there are two entries/icons for each device found that supports both file and screen sharing. One is for screen sharing the other for files.)

Cut/Past of files in the same browser window – I used to swear every time I tried to do this but since I’m now out of the habit I wonder if I’ll even notice.

There’s a bunch of other smaller changes and Leopard optimization along with Leopard eye candy and a coverflow view.

I’ll be interested to see how people react to this being a paid upgrade. From the perspective of what I see there are some nice additions here, but I’m not sure the visible feature list justifies a full version bump. It does require OS X 10.5 so it probably needs a full version bump for that reason alone but is it worth paying for? Well, yes, at least for me. I’m not sure when version 4 came out, but version 4.01 was released in January 2006 so it’s been over two years. I started using it in January 2007 and every upgrade since then has been free. I have no problem spending another $20 at this point for an updated version. It does appear this version took a lot of code re-writing for Leopard optimization and it’s new file share abilities. No word (that I could find) about a free upgrade for recent buyers.

On the other hand twenty buck is twenty bucks. Since I have a 30-day grace period I’ll probably check out Forklift which has a 15-day evaluation version.

The OS Quest Trail Log #17: A Virtual Week

Port1-B&W This week was almost all about Virtual Machines on the Quest. Parallels released a couple of beta updates and eventually the final production release this week. My biggest complaint about Parallels was that the Windows task bar appears in every space even when Parallels is assigned to one space. But the more I used Parallels the less this was a problem. Not because I didn’t mind the task bar, but because I’m not using coherence mode. I run my VMs one of two ways, either full screen in the Space or in a window. I run Parallels on my iMac with it’s nice big 24" screen. So it’s nice to have the VM on 2/3 of the screen and something else (like a video) on the other third. Or, I run the app full screen. So, with Spaces coherence mode is irrelevant, at least for me.

Windows Vista has taken a lot of bashing lately, some of it justified, but some of it seems like piling on. I haven’t seen anything in Vista that makes me just have to use it for that feature or application, but it also doesn’t seem like a terrible OS. I’m actually feeling sorry for Vista (is it possible to feel sorry for an OS?) If I was buying a Windows desktop today I’d get it with Vista (easy to say since I’m not getting one). There are reasons not to upgrade, just like there are reasons not to upgrade to Leopard. Not all app’s are Vista compatible. Not all app’s are Leopard compatible (I’m still waiting on SuperDuper!). I obviously don’t think Windows Vista is perfect since I’m a Mac user, but still, is it really as bad as they say? The marketing (how many versions? How much?) and some of the business decisions leave a lot to be desired, but the bits seem OK.

Well, I hope to spend more time in Windows (including Vista) over the next few months so maybe I can get an answer to that question. There’s some stuff that Microsoft is doing that seems really interesting. I’m writing this post in Windows Live Writer. I’ve been using it for about a week and will keep right on using it. It’s great. It’s free. There are some other app’s and services from the Windows Live team that are intriguing and I’ll be looking at when time allows.

Another Microsoft product that’s grabbed my attention is Windows Home Server. I’m so interested I went and ordered HP’s version as my year-end computer purchase. So I’ll leave further comment until I get my hands on it.

So, while Microsoft seems to be stumbling on the business and public relations side they can still put out good software.

Software Upgrades

There were some software upgrades this week. Yojimbo 1.5 was released. Some people reported problems with PDF imports on OS X 10.4.11 but I didn’t have any issues on Leopard. They said that the PDF’s were converted to plain text when imported. In addition to the enhancements I’ve noticed a significant speed improvement when using the internal search. The release notes mentioned that additional fields in Yojimbo were now indexed and searchable in spotlight. I’d never used spotlight to search Yojimbo but decided to give it a try. Nothing I searched for in Spotlight returned a Yojimbo item. I’m not sure if it’s broken on my iMac or I misunderstood or I’m doing something wrong. It’s not a real concern for me, I tried it out of curiosity and it’ll probably stay that way for awhile.

Panic Software also released Transmit 3.6.3. I’ve only been using it a couple of days so there’s not much to say that wasn’t in my original post. Still my favorite FTP client.

 

I updated to Path Finder 4.8.3 at the beginning of the week. It was mainly a bug fix release so not much to say here either. The Quick Look panel now passing arrow keys back to Path Finder is a help since there were one or two occasions where this annoyed me but that’s about it.

 

As previously mentioned at the beginning of this article, there were a couple updates to Parallels, including the official release. Now that Leopard is out and things are settling down I hope to be doing more in Windows and Linux so hopefully this will remain stable. I’ve been running it pretty regularly since it’s release, I’m in it now while writing this article.

Adobe Lightroom also got a minor update but I skipped this one. Even though I like Lightroom a lot there’s no way I can justify buying it. At least until I actually spend more time with my camera and get better at it. By that time everything will have changed. So even though there’s some eval time left I’ve bitten the bullet, moved everything out, and stopped using it. Still, be sure to take a look at Lightroom before springing for Aperture.

Visitor Stats

I updated my visitor stats over on the right sidebar. I started using Mint to collect the stats just prior to the release of Leopard and in the midst of my Leopard posts so I expected it to lean heavily to the Mac. I’ve still been mostly about the Mac so that hasn’t changed much. Mac visitors dropped two points and Windows visitors bumped up three points. The one percent difference is really just a rounding error since the previous total only totaled 99%. Safari usage stuck at 46%, while Firefox dropped by a point and Camino cut in half, down to 2%. Opera dropped off the chart and went under 1%. IE picked up two points and hit 15%.

Pretty useless information in the grand scheme of things, but I find it interesting anyway.

News & Links

There were a couple good articles about Leopard’s Time Machine this week. InfoWorld has one titled "How Leopard Time Machine works, and how it doesn’t" which is more of a technical overview. One important bit of information:

A distraught user might only be interested in the amount of data he may have lost:
If you accidentally deleted a file today, you lose up to an hour’s work
If you deleted it between yesterday and 30 days ago, you lose up to a day’s work
If you deleted it more than 30 days ago, you can lose up to one week’s work, or all of it

MacInstruct’s article is titled "Making the Most of Time Machine" and is more of a tutorial. If your using Time Machine you need to read both articles.

Other news and links:

BBC.co.uk: Microsoft trials XP on XO laptop – Microsoft is working to get Windows XO working on the OLPC (One laptop per child).

Bagelturf.com: Aperture: 32 Ways To Speed Up Aperture – Some tips for speeding up Aperture. Some are of the "more/better hardware" type but there’s some configuration tips too.

Endgadget.com: Seagate FreeAgent drives not down with Linux? – Lack of official support may be expected, but apparently the FreeAgent drives don’t like Linux. You’d think any USB drive would work but that’s apparently not the case here due to the power-save features.

Flickr.com: Edit your photos! On Flickr! – Like the title says, you can now edit your photos directly on Flickr

FOSSwire » Unix/Linux Command Cheat Sheet – One page Linux commands.

Lifehacker.com: Exclusive Lifehacker Interview: Quicksilver’s Creator on the Future of QS – Not happy news about the future of QuickSilver.

Lifehacker.com: Schedule Startup Programs with Startup Delayer – Freeware that can be used to delay programs that run during Windows startup.

MacSantaDeals.com: Great Deals On Hundreds Of Mac Products – 20% off of selected software for one day (new deals each day) and 10% off on extended deals. Through December 24th, 2007.

Microsoft.com: Windows Vista SP1 Guides for IT Professionals- Microsoft has posted info about Vista SP1 including a list of changes/fixes, an overview and deployment guide. Enough here to kill a weekend.

Suntimes.com: Kindle can light up your life – Andy Ihnatko likes the Kindle but not because he likes eBooks.

Supersite.com: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 1 Overview and Screenshots – Windows XP SP3 RC1 overview. Lots of fixes, no new end user features. Paul didn’t notice the speed improvement others mentioned but only upgraded one system.

TUAW.com: Pixelmator 1.1 adds new filters, tablet support and more – Pixelmator 1.1 for the Mac has been released. It’s a $59 image editing program that’s gotten a lot of attention. Although I decided Acorn was better suited for me so don’t use Pixelmator.

WinSuperSite.com: A Look at Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate 1 – Paul Thurrott looks at Windows Vista SP1

WindowsVistaBlog.com : Announcing Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate (RC) – Microsoft has made RC1 of Windows Vista SP1 available. If you install RC1 you’ll need to uninstall it before you can install a later version. They say they’re on target for a Q1 2008 release.

ZDNet.com: With SP1, Microsoft plans to ditch the Vista “kill switch” – ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft will kill the kill switch in Vista WGA with SP1 so it works like XP. They article also says that the "Get Legal" prices for Vista are less than many legitimate resellers. They seem comparable to OEM prices I’ve seen.

Path Finder Updated with Leopard Integration

PathFinder logo in Black & WhitePath Finder 4.8.2 has been released by CocoaTech. This release now supports Quicklook when run on Leopard. It can also replace Finder by being the default file viewer when “Reveal in Finder” is used.

Since upgrading to Leopard I’ve been trying to stay in Finder as much as possible in order to give it a chance. Coverflow and Quicklook have kept me interested in Finder, only going to Path Finder for special cases. Now with QuickLook in Path Finder it’s going to be harder staying in Finder.

Quicklook is activated the same way it is in Finder. I’ve become partial to the space key.

Reveal in Path Finder is not enabled by default and needs to be enabled in the Path Finder preferences. There’s now a “Reveal” preferences pane:

Screenshot of Reveal preference pane

The update also lists another 7 Leopard related bug fixes along with 3 other fixes that aren’t Leopard specific. The changes are listed in the change log.

I’ll still be trying to stay in Finder, but I think its days are numbered.

Ready For OS X 10.5 Leopard?

OS X Box[Last updated: Nov. 1st] [Oct. 29th: Now includes a sentence about my experience when using the app. Keep in mind I did fresh installs of everything and restored data.]

It’s time to start going through my apps and seeing which are ready for OS X 10.5 Leopard and which aren’t. I’ll start with my most used and favorite apps.

I’ll start with the assumption that the Apple apps in iLife ’08 and iWork ’08 along with Aperture 1.5 will work with Leopard either in their current form or with updates released to coincide with Leopard

Another assumption I’m making is that even software that is “Leopard compatible” may have minor bugs and quirks since it was finalized so close to release. I expect some bumps along the way. In addition, many developers won’t have the final version of Leopard until it’s officially released on the 26th.

While many companies may say OS X 10.4.x or later, I’m not going to assume they thought of a future 10.5 release since it probably didn’t exist at the time they made their statement.

Also, unless otherwise noted the compatibility comments refer to the current, fully patched, general release of the application.

Acorn by Flying Meat Inc. No mention of Leopard support but it’s a new app and is actively in development. It also uses CoreImage so there might be some bumps with the upgrade. It’s not a critical app for me in the short term. [Oct. 29: I've used this, although only a few features, without a problem.]

Apple Aperture 1.5.6 was released on Oct 26th and should be installed prior to using Aperture for the first time on Leopard. The update is available through Software Update or from the Aperture download page. Apple also release a tech note about a conflict between Time Machine and Aperture.

CSS Edit by MacRabbit. No mention of Leopard compatibility but CSS Edit doesn’t seem to be heavily tied to the OS. I’m not expecting problems but since I’m using the app heavily at this time I’ll try it one my test machine after it goes to Leopard. If there a problem it would stop me from upgrading my main machine. [Updated Oct. 25th: CSSEdit 2.6 has been released and is compatible with Leopard.] [Oct. 29th: I've used this without a problem.]

Data Rescue II by ProSoft Engineering is compatible with Leopard when run from the Data Rescue boot CD. An update will be needed to run it as an app under Leopard.

Firefox 2.0.0.8 from Mozilla is compatible with Leopard except for issues with some media plugins. From the release notes:

On OS X 10.5 (Leopard), there are known problems with some media plugins as well as Add-ons that contain binary components. Also, the tabs in Preferences > Advanced will not render properly.

[Oct. 29th:I haven't had any problems beyond what was mentioned in the release notes.]

Growl by the Growl Dev Team. Growl works in one of the dev seeds. I expected more problems with this since it seems to integrate with the OS a bit but it does seem to work with Leopard. [Oct: 29th: I've used this without any problems.]

iDefrag by Coriolis Systems did not work with a late beta version of Leopard. They will make a update available one they have the final build and can work out the problems. See question #10 in the FAQ for details. [Oct 29th: I haven't had the need for this so haven't risked trying it. I'll wait for official confirmation it will work.]

iPhoto Diet by Martin Fuhrer does not work with iPhoto 7 and is being re-written and will support Leopard at that time. No mention of specific Leopard support although it is written in Applescript which should remain compatible. View the October 22nd update on the iPhoto Diet page

iPhoto Library Manager was a concern of mine since it used the now unsupported (as of Leopard) Input Manager. This blog post says a release will be made to coincide with Leopard, once testing on the final Leopard build can be done. [Oct. 29th: I've used this to switch iPhoto libraries but haven't tried any of the other features such as move or copy.][Oct.30th: A Leopard compatible update has been released.]

Lightroom by Adobe. My trial will expire about the time I install Leopard and I won’t be buying it. So compatibility is moot. I didn’t come across any mention of Leopard on the Adobe website. [Oct. 29th:] Adobe has published a Leopard support FAQ(pdf). Lightroom will need to be updated for Leopard. [Oct. 30th: The official Lightroom blog has a list of known issues and an eta of mid-November for an update. The issues are realitively minor, unless of course you rely on them for some specific reason.]

Little Snitch 1.x is not Leopard compatible. Version 2 is in public beta and is Leopard compatible. It is not a free upgrade unless you purchased Little Snitch recently.

MacMozy by Mozy. This one is important to me. Need those off-site backups. Since the Mozy client is still in beta it’s actively being developed so I would expect Leopard to be supported. I’ll try Mozy on my test mac first and if it doesn’t work I’ll probably hold up upgrading my main machine. [Oct. 29th: I had no problems installing and running either the Mozy paid or Mozy free accounts (both use the same software). I write about installing Mozy on Leopard here.]

MailPlane by Uncomplex Gmbh. No mention of Leopard support but as this software is still in beta, and actively being updated I have to believe it will be compatible. If there are problems I can access email through a browser. [Updated Oct. 25th] Released a new update which makes it mostly compatible. Still an issue with the screenshots option which may be fixed in the next version. [Oct. 29th: I haven't had any problems using this. I haven't used some of the more advanced features such as the iPhoto pluggin.]

Parallels Desktop for Mac by SWSoft. It will run under Leopard although expect a update based on the official release of Leopard. From Parallels website: “Parallels Desktop 3.0 Build 5160 will run on Mac OS X Leopard, however, there are a set of know issues that limit some functionality. We are working to address all know issues.” This isn’t critical for me. If there are problems I can either use boot camp, VMWare Fusion or wait until fixes are released. (I use Parallels on one Mac and VMware on another for variety.) Here’s Parallels’ blog post on the subject. [Oct. 29th: I had a problem with Boot Camp integration which seems to pre-date Leopard. I've run a Windows XP SP2 VM that was created under Tiger and migrated without a problem. Here's my post about migrating the VMs.][Oct. 29th: Parallels has a beta release of an update with full Leopard support.] [Nov. 1st: I installed the beta on the 31st. Spaces got a little weird after the Parallels install although I'm not sure it was Parallels that caused it. In short, some apps jump spaces or open in unassigned spaces or get lost. There's been some rumbling about things like this from others and they don't mention Parallels.]

Path Finder 4.8 from Cocoatech – Officially Leopard Ready with the caveat there may be a few broken items when the final version of Leopard is released. See the last section in this post on the Cocoatech blog. [Oct. 29th: I haven't had a problem with this although I've been forcing myself to use regular Finder. But when I jump into PF it's been fine.]

Quicken 2006 for Mac by Intuit. I’m a version behind with no plans to upgrade. I don’t expect any problems as it doesn’t seem like it’s tightly integrated with the OS. If there are problems I’ll install it on my Mac Mini and use it there until a replacement can be found. [Oct. 29th: I haven't had a problem with this. I use a data file created under Tiger, not that it should matter. I only use scheduled transactions, the registers and a little online banking transaction downloads]

Quicksilver from Blacktree (alcor) will be compatible with Leopard with this new release. I’m using this version on Tiger now, it’s not Leopard specific. I suspect he’s waiting for testing of the final Leopard release before he officially releases the upate on the website The update is available from the homepage. Ignore the version listed, the link will give you the latest version. [Oct. 29th: I haven't had a problem with this although since their website has been down I haven't been able to install or use any plugins.][Oct. 31st: The website is back up and B54 (8314) is available and has updates for Leopard.]

Skye by Skype (eBay) – Due to the large user base I have to believe this will work from day 1, but I couldn’t find any mention on their website. [Oct. 31st: I made a Skype to Skype and a Skype out (to a land line phone) today without a problem.]

SuperDuper! is not Leopard compatible. It can be used to clone Tiger as a backup prior to the upgrade and then files can be pulled off when running Leopard. But SuperDuper! itself cannot clone Leopard drives. They will complete testing once they have the final Leopard version and release the update.

Transmit by Panic Software. There’s no mention of Leopard support on their website but as an ftp client I wouldn’t expect any serious issues. [updated 10/24] A blog entry mentions it “mostly works” with a few issues. The upgrade to Tiger broke their favorites feature but the basic functionality of the ftp software was there. This is a bit critical as I automate my website backup with it. But if there are problems I’ll find a temporary work around rather than hold off the Leopard upgrade. [Oct. 29th: I haven't had any problems. My Automator tasks that backup my website via SFTP work fine. I did have to re-enter my password in my favorites after I restored them.] [Oct. 31st: Panic has released an update that includes tweaks for Leopard.]

VMWare Fusion by VMWare. From the VMWare website:

VMware Fusion has experimental support for running on developer releases of Mac OS X Leopard. VMware Fusion will work to support Mac OS X Leopard officially when it is released later this year.

This isn’t critical for me. If there are problems I can either use boot camp, Parallels or wait until fixes are released. (I use Parallels on one Mac and VMware on another for variety.) [Updated Oct. 26th - VMware has released Fusion 1.1 RC1 which includes support for Leopard. It's on the beta page but will probably move to the regular download page soon.]

Yojimbo by Bare Bones Software. No official statement but the discussion lists indicate there are either no problems or minor problems when running it on past betas of Leopard. [Oct. 29th: No problems found and I use this pretty heavily touching most features.]

That seems to be the list of software I really care about. There’s a bunch of other minor apps which I don’t have the inclination to research. Once I get Leopard installed I’ll start trying them out.

Other Software

This is compatibility information that I’ve run across for other software. I don’t use any of the software so I won’t be confirming the accuracy of the info. If you have information on any other software feel free to put it up in a comment.

Disk Utilities probably aren’t Leopard compatible until updated. Verify compatibility with the vendor before running any disk utility.

DiskWarrior from Alsoft has this compatibility notice (limited support when booting from CD or Tiger).

Macsimum News reports that all of Intego’s security software is Leopard ready. They also report that Northern Software’s Cache Cleaner is Leopard compatible.

Filemaker (an Apple subsidiary) has said that Filemaker software is not yet compatible with Leopard.

ProSoft Engineering: Drive Genius is compatible when booting from the Drive genius CD. An update will be needed to run it as an app under Leopard. DataBackup 3 is not compatible with Leopard. TuneTech for iPod is also not compatible.

SmileOnMyMac has said all their products (such as TextExpander) are Leopard ready.

I’ll update this post as I collect more information.