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#1 fmcfee

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 03:52 PM

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I have 10.6.8 on my MAC....I am not sure what and how to upgrade the OS...what do people recommend?...I use my MAC for Accordance...I was going to purchase Keynote and it will not work for this OS version...any suggestions would be helpful...what I do not want to do is get a new OS that has "issues"....

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 03:55 PM

Frank, a lot will depend on what Mac you have. Do you know the specs?

 

Also, I can't remember whether the Mac App Store was available in 10.6.8 or not. I don't think it was, but if by chance it is, that has become the primary way for people to download a new version of OS X.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:06 PM

Frank, a lot will depend on what Mac you have. Do you know the specs?

 

Also, I can't remember whether the Mac App Store was available in 10.6.8 or not. I don't think it was, but if by chance it is, that has become the primary way for people to download a new version of OS X.

Rick,

 

I think the app store is available (I am not 100% sure) but I am having trouble trying to understand which version to get...Leopard, lion...as you can tell I am not an experienced MAC user...I purchased this second hand just for Accordance..what do I do if the app store is not available?..thanks for your quick reply..I just checked the app store and I can upgrade to 10.8.4 OX Mountain Lion...is that OK?...I just purchased it and and now downloading.....

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:15 PM

Mountain Lion works great for me. I am running Accordance 10.2 and Keynote '09 5.3 just fine. In fact, I having been enjoying the beta Keynote "in the cloud" for awhile, too.

 

If the App store is available on your machine, you should see it as an application called "App Store." It may also be present in your dock, where the icon appears as a blue circle with an "A" on it made of a draftsman's compass.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:15 PM

I'm sure it's probably okay. If it's a very old Mac it might be an issue. When you go to the Apple menu and choose "About this Mac," what does it tell you about your computer?


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:57 PM

I'm sure it's probably okay. If it's a very old Mac it might be an issue. When you go to the Apple menu and choose "About this Mac," what does it tell you about your computer?

Rick,

 

It is a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo....4GB

 

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Mountain Lion works great for me. I am running Accordance 10.2 and Keynote '09 5.3 just fine. In fact, I having been enjoying the beta Keynote "in the cloud" for awhile, too.

 

If the App store is available on your machine, you should see it as an application called "App Store." It may also be present in your dock, where the icon appears as a blue circle with an "A" on it made of a draftsman's compass.

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Thanks...I am downloading it now....

Frank



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:58 PM

Mountain Lion will fun fine on it then. Just download it via the App Store.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

Frank — Remember that Macs are not PCs, and I don't think Apple has ever released any OS that was as bad as ME or Vista.  We have always upgraded as soon as the OS became available and have never had a problem.  We also run the latest version our Macs can handle.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 05:56 PM

To provide a slightly contrary view, I still use Mac OS 10.6.8, and love it!  I have no plans to upgrade until my computer dies and I'm forced to go newer.  So, I do always pose the question, if it ain't broke, why fix it?

 

As far as upgrading itself goes, Mountain Lion is a good option.  Lion, IMHO was a bit sluggish and bloated to me.  I would skip that one and go straight for Mountain Lion (10.8).


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

The one reason to stay with 10.6.x is if you have some older apps you like that have not been updated and require rosetta  layer to run (older apps written for PowerPC).

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 07:58 PM

Hi everybody,

 

Well I have updated to Mountain Lion 10.8.4...everything appears to work OK but a little slower....I upgraded only because I wanted to get other programs like keynote....thanks so much for your help and suggestions....

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:11 PM

The one reason to stay with 10.6.x is if you have some older apps you like that have not been updated and require rosetta  layer to run (older apps written for PowerPC).

 

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I did not know what powerPC was but had a program that used it and now it will not run...does that mean no support?

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:27 PM

Before 2005 macs ran a different  chip set but apple maintained compatibility with the old software till 2010.  I have been a mac user for over 20 years so i had a number of older apps that were not compatible, but  the ones that never eventually got upgraded i was able to put in an emulation layer to run.

 

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:08 PM

Hi Frank.

sadly you are in a cleft stick here. The last version of MacOS that could run the older PowerPC software (via a compatibility layer called Rosetta) was 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. The later 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion OS's cannot run the PowerPC layer. So, if you want the Keynote you now have, you can't run the PowerPC application in ML.

 

There is a workaround though if you are desperate. You can use VMware or Parallels and run a Snow Leopard virtual machine on your Mac and that will still run your PowerPC application. Do you mind if we ask what it is?


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:26 AM

In addition to going to the software maker's website to check for an updated version you might also want to have a look at Roaring Apps website. People have posted software compatibility information with Lion and Mountain Lion for many programs.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:11 PM

Hi  everyone,

 

Thanks for your replies...I can run that app on my PC so I will be OK....I really appreciate this Forum and the help I get for all my questions quickly....I read a lot of the comments in the Apple App store about Mountain Lion...I knew there would be some risk but I think in time an upgrade would have been necessary any way...

 

Thanks again!

 

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