How to check if your software can run on OS X Lion

July 28, 2011 in Mac OS X

If you are thinking of upgrading your Mac to OS X Lion, hold your horses (or would that be zebras?). Many people are finding (sometimes too late) that software applications they use everyday will no longer run on Lion. So, before upgrading, watch this quick video to see if some of the software that you can’t live without can’t live with Lion.

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The problem is that OS X Lion no longer supports applications written for the PowerPC. Only Intel and Universal applications will run on Lion. In some cases you might be able to find Intel or Universal updated versions of your PowerPC applications.

Unfortunately (as I’ve already heard complaints from some Mac Help For Mom newsletter subscribers), this is not the case for Intuit’s Quicken or Microsoft Office 2004. They are likely at the end of their road. Intuit has Quicken Express, which works on Lion, but from what I’ve heard it’s an extremely simplistic application with none of the advanced features of Quicken. If you use Microsoft Office, at least you can upgrade to Office 2008 or Office 2011.

If you are fortunate and find that all the applications you need are Intel or Universal, then you may want to seriously consider upgrading to OS X Lion. It does have some intriguing features, and some will be familiar if you already use an iPad or iPhone. As I expected, I’m already hearing reports from Lion users that new features like the iPad-like trackpad multi-touch gestures are learned quickly and they’re already wondering how they got along without them.

So, if you want to dive into Lion, you can start your upgrade from the App Store by clicking this big button.

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(disclaimer: I’ll make a tiny commission if you buy after clicking that button.)

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