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Are your apps Lion compatible? How to check

11 July 2011 7,601 views No Comment

With Apple’s next-generation desktop operating system rewrite is due any day now and Rosetta, the PPC compatibility layer in earlier versions of OS X, going the way of the dodo, it’s critical to check whether or not the apps you’re using now are OS X 10.7 Lion compatible. Are you ready to upgrade? Find out which apps make the grade, which don’t.

First off, you need to check whether or not your Mac is Lion compatible or not — PowerPC and Intel Core Solo, Core Duo Macs aren’t compatible, whereas all Intel Core 2 Duo and newer Macs are Lion compatible.

That done check out Fairer Platform’s Going on a Lion hunt [OS X 10.7 ready apps], a growing list of Lion ready apps that offer at least some features of the new operating system. However, there are hundreds and hundreds app Lion compatible and not a few that won’t run at all.

To discover which apps on your Mac will run and which won’t, there are essentially two ways to check if an app is Lion compatible: 1.) one at a time — Highlight the app in the Applications folder and click “Get Info” (Command + I) under File menu in the Finder or 2.) en masse — From the Apple Menu, open “About This Mac,” click “More Info” (Snow Leopard and earlier) and then in the lefthand pane look for “Software” and click select “Applications.”

One and done

And, you’re looking at a complete listing of all the apps installed on your Mac. Whether you did a Get Info or System Profiler look up, one of items reported is “Kind,” where you’ll see Intel, Universal or PowerPC — the first two will run under Lion and the third, PowerPC, won’t.

That said, you can save and/or print the list generated by the System Profiler, which is handy for checking off apps you’ve update or replaced.

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via Cult of Mac

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