Leopard to Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Laurencia7, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

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    Well, I decided to go for an upgrade, not much of one but one anyway. Mainly to see the differences and be able to move to Mavericks if I wanted to later. I bought SL but asked some questions about the differences and I'm hoping they aren't major.

    I asked the "apple chat" people about it and they said if I moved to Lion or Mavericks now I would lose most of my iLife software and iDVD would cease to work well, have any of you seen that? They told me iDVD is not even made anymore. You have to burn dvds in the Finder. Considering I burn dvds for wedding videos and friends all the time it was a big reason why I did not buy the latest OSX.

    They said SL would work well with my programs now, so here's hoping. I'll back up and take notes of the programs I have now but wondered if any of you had tips, tricks, or observations you have seen between Leopard and SL or if the latest OSX is even that great.

    I also use "Expose" A LOT too, so I'm hoping I don't lose little style things like that in only one small upgrade.

    They said it won't effect my time machine backups that were done in Leopard, but I'm still not sure. I'll have to wait and see, I'll try and video my observations, but considering I'm so behind in this I doubt anyone will care.
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    Just make sure you have good backups before you upgrade.
     
  3. scbond macrumors 6502

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    iDVD is still around, just hasn't been updated.
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    That's not how I understand it, although I'm still on Mountain Lion. After you upgrade, all the old software should still be on your Mac and should still work. iDVD was still there when I went from Snow Leopard to ML and still works.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Exactly. If OP just does a standard Mavs install the iLife software will be left in place and will still work. I am on Mavs and still have iDVD form a CD install three or four Macs and OS upgrades ago. I just launched it and it works fine.
     
  6. Laurencia7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys, this really helps. I upgraded today to SL after I did some backups on Time Machine. So far I'm liking it, it's much faster than Leopard, and the features I like and use often like spacebar to preview, and expose are still here. iTunes looks much sleeker, and I have the app store, not sure what to get there though. I'm so behind, but at least this gives me the option of upgrading to Mavericks if I want. I'm glad iDVD is working, I do a lot of wedding dvds and such for people, so it's good to know.

    How is Mavericks performing so far?
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    As long as your machine meets the requirements here, it should work fine. I am using Mavericks and it is working fine for me and I like it, although some forum users report problems.

    It seems with every OS release you get many users saying it works well, and a minority saying it is the worst OS ever.

    There is a good overview of new features here. Maybe look it over and see if anything there appeals to you.
     
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I remember the significant speed increase from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Most likely the trade-off of getting Mavericks features will be a bit of a slow-down.

    Also, any app versions running via "Rosetta" (if you installed it) on Snow Leopard won't work if you upgrade beyond Snow Leopard.
     
  9. Laurencia7 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, thanks. I meet the requirements ...I'm an Early 2009 Macbook, with upgraded 4 GB of Ram and 500GB of HD space.
     

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