OK, a quickie:
Snow Leopard is speedy according to the reviews I’m reading, but of particular note for us –
(Suspense! More after the jump)
1.) QuickTime has a slick new visual interface, but loses a lot of cool things we use regularly, like timecode display, markers on timeline for trimming to copy/paste to edit, and I’d imagine some other goodies are missing. I’ll bet this goes like the iMovie redo – the features will come back, but over time. In the meantime, go into Utilities folder and somewhere in there should be a copy of the QuickTime 7 Pro application (if you had Pro installed before).
2.) Check out the wiki on what apps work and which ones are brokered by Snow Leopard here.
3.) Overall, Snow Leopard will offer speedier stuff in general (Finder, Mail, Safari, etc.), is only $30 – good deal. BUT I’d recommend NOT diving in on any production machines! I always upgrade my laptop first and doodle there before upgrading any of the towers. Wait for reports before diving in, as usual.
4.) Snow Leopard is INTEL ONLY (as is Final Cut Studio 2009), so start looking at G5s with that “I’m so over you.” look about now.
5.) I’ll not be posting next week, as I’ll be out camping in the hinterlands beyond reach of intarwebs, cell phones, and everything short of smoke signals. I’ll also not be in installing until I’m back
5.5) Technologies like OpenCL (Open Computing Language, which lets programmers use the super speedy GPU instead of CPU for processing) and Grand Central (which better allows for more efficient use of multiple processor cores) will allow FUTURE apps to run faster once implemented, but do NOT accelerate apps that weren’t specifically written for it. Same for the 64 bit goodness throughout the OS and apps.
6.) Random note – I ordered a Nikon D300S DSLR (I’ll be selling my D90 soon, anyone interested?), looking forward to digging into timelapse HDR all in the body, rather than relying on a laptop attached to the camera…all once I’m back….