Just a quick reminder: when OS X 10.7 is released later this month, there will be no support for PowerPC applications running under Rosetta. As we’ve known for several months now, Apple has pulled support for the PPC emulation in its latest OS, so users who are using older software reliant on this technology will find that it won’t work after upgrading.
For quite some time now, Apple has been telling developers that they’d better switch over to Intel code; Power PC support (Rosetta) wasn’t going to be around forever. Apple made Snow Leopard Intel-only, but Rosetta was available as a custom-install. By that point, devs should have converted to Intel if they hadn’t already. Now, Rosetta is gone and end users need to make the choice whether to stick with the OS version and computers they have so they can run the software, or upgrading their systems and switching to another program.
This really isn’t a new thing. When Apple did this with Classic support in 10.4, there were several companies who didn’t update their code and were left out. Many users moved on – Quark took a big hit after not updating, giving Adobe InDesign a decent foothold. The same thing will likely happen now. If they don’t keep up with the OS, developers will lose customers to another company that did.
Right now, the biggest “offender” in not keeping their software up-to-date would be Quicken; only one of their packages – Quicken Essentials – doesn’t rely on PPC code (and therefore Rosetta) to run. Their other, more featured, packages (last updated in 2007), will no longer run if you move to Lion.
What action do they suggest you take if you plan on upgrading to Lion? According to their Web site, you should either switch one of their other services (like Essentials or Mint.com) which have fewer features, or use Quicken for Windows. I thank my lucky stars I don’t personally need a program like this (my finances are relatively simple), because those options are… well… somewhat less than acceptable.
While other factors may put off my migration to Lion in the near future, it does get me thinking about my system. Are there any applications I rely on that require Rosetta support? If so, are there updates I haven’t applied?
While a quick scan of my Applications folder didn’t turn up anything major, I know that at least my old scanner software won’t work, nor will some old Applescripts I used to use.
To check the bulk of your applications, open up System Profiler and click on Software>Applications in the left-hand column. On the right, all your applications will be listed. Look at the “Kind” column; if it says “PowerPC”, that app requires Rosetta to run and will need to be upgraded or replaced if you plan on switching to OS X 10.7 Lion.