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Mac Upgrade: Do You Want to Wake a Sleeping Lion

Mac users, are you thinking about upgrading to Lion? At the Mac store earlier this month, I was like a kid on Christmas as I walked away with a brand spanking new 13″ MacBook Pro but before I left, my new friend Alex asked me if I wanted to upgrade to Lion.

“Should I?” I replied.

I thought that was a relatively simple question, considering it’s a $30 upgrade. But then you factor in the $700 I would need to upgrade my software to be compatible… hmmm, not so simple anymore.

Alex said, “Sure. But make sure all your programs work.”

“And how do I do that?”

Alex, “Just Google it.”

Sigh. I’m always a little suspicious of any advice that starts with “Just.”

But guess what I found?! I am sooo geeking out on this handy table published by RoaringApps: The Lion App Compatibility Table, which is exactly as advertised. It utilizes wiki technology to allow anyone to contribute to the knowledge-base. Yes, that means you too!

The table can be viewed a number of ways: alphabetically, newest first, oldest first, in grid or table form. At a glance, I can see the app’s version number, developer, and click through to its website. Apps that are available in the Mac App Store have the icon in blue next to them.
Most importantly, I can quickly ascertain an apps compatibility status — full compatibility is designated with green checkmarks. A yellow exclamation mark means it has been tested and has some problems. A question mark means the app has not been tested. A red ex means (as my 7 year old says), “Too bad!!!”

A simple mouse over the name of the app will give you a quick look, including status, number of comments and when it was last updated. I know, you’re geeking out too!

So before you decide you are dying to use AirDrop (a Lion feature), take my advice: Yes, “just” spend a few minutes browsing around the compatibility table and save yourself a few migraines.

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