The latest version of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, Snow Leopard, will install only on Macs (and Hacked PCs) running on Intel processors. It therefore requires Rosetta emulation to run older PowerPC-based software, rather than Intel/PowerPC-friendly Universal programs.
Adobe got everyone in a panic earlier in the week when it stated that it was supporting only the current version 4 of its Creative Suite design applications. It turns out, after some initial testing, that CS3 does work on Snow Leopard — and Adobe’s wording about “not supporting” CS3 merely demonstrated its desire to abandon CS3 support rather than actively force its users to upgrade their expensive software.
Adobe Creative Suite and Creative Suite 2 (CS1 and CS2) are not Universal software applications, just PowerPC – so they require the Rosetta emulation. Snow Leopard has Rosetta turned off by default, so CS1 and CS2 users require a Custom install of Snow Leopard. (That oh-so easy Snow Leopard upgrade chart ain’t looking so simple now, is it?)
Thankfully, if you later try to launch a PowerPC app, Snow Leopard will pop up a window to explain that you need Rosetta and offer to install it for you (via Apple’s Software Update utility).
So what other Mac apps get a frosty reception from the Snow Leopard?