It's Leopard Day ladies and gents, so we hope you aren't standing in too long of a line just yet. If you're planning on installing your copy right away though, you might want to take a moment to check and make sure your third-party applications can come along for the ride. Like we said the other day, developers unfortunately can't get their hands on a final release copy until you can, so they might need a little patience.
That said, we figured a periodic roundup of apps that are ready for Leopard could help you decide when it's safe to take the plunge. In no particular order for this week, here are a few Leopard-ready apps we've been able to dig up from around the Mac web that didn't quite get their own posts:
Google DesktopCSSEdit 2.6Parallels Desktop reportedly works well on Leopard, though the company promises an update will follow soon for any show-stoppers that early adopters find.TextExpander 2.0.3PacifistAdobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS3 seem to work alright. However, we haven't pushed either of these apps by running anything like intense filter tests or third-party plug-ins yet.KeyCue 4.0FileMaker, Inc. released a statement that FileMaker Pro 9 and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced "generally run on Leopard," though it knows of at least two issues: Instant Web Publishing doesn't work, and language versions only work when a relevant region is set in System Preferences (i.e., the English version won't work if your System Preferences region is set to Australia or France). The company promises a free, fully Leopard-ized update by November 19.As we mentioned on Wednesday, most (but not all) Panic apps work pretty well on Leopard, but joint IconFactory efforts CandyBar and Pixadex have all-new versions coming soon just for Leopard.Aperture 1.5.6
That's about it for now, though we could very well have missed a few. If you know of more, give a shout and a link so we can update this post.
Thanks to intrepid Ars readers, word on the street (whereby "street" we mean "this post's discussion thread") is that plenty of other apps are working with Leopard, including: VisualHub (just don't use XGrid encoding for now), Path Finder (with a few issues), EyeTV, NetNewsWire, TextMate, Wallet, RapidWeaver, Quicksilver (though its site is down so things like plug-in updates aren't working), Microsoft Office 2004 (save for a few non-critical issues), QuarkExpress 7 (though an official Leopard 7.3.1 update is pending), OmniWeb, OmniDiskSweeper, betas of OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, OmniFocus and OmniDazzle, Macaroni, Adobe CS3 but not the video apps like Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3 (though in our limited testing it seems to work fine), Encore CS3 and Soundbooth CS3, Firefox, Handbrake, AppZapper, Connect360, MacTheRipper, SteerMouse, Flip4Mac, iStat Menus and Perian. Careful with VPN Tracker though—it apparently causes a kernel panic.