If you're a photographer who uses Canon equipment and has been unable to use the Canon EOS utility after installing OS X Lion, some good news: Canon has issued an update to the tool that allows it to run properly in Apple's latest operating system.
The Canon EOS Utility is an application that allows you to interface your Mac with your digital EOS camera, allowing you to not only transfer images from it and manage them but also remotely operate the camera from your computer using Canon's interface cable.
When OS X Lion was released a number of Canon users found the utility would not work properly, and while you could launch the program using the Terminal to directly open the program's executable file, this was not a practical solution for most people to use.
For months since Lion's release, Canon users who have adopted Apple's new OS have had to find alternatives to the EOS utility, but in late January Canon released an update to the utility that should allow it to work properly in OS X Lion. The update supports OS X 10.6.8 or later, and supports the following Canon camera models:
- EOS REBEL T1i, T2i, T3, T3i, XS, and XSi
- EOS Kiss F, X2, X3, X4, X5, and X50
- EOS 7D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 100D, and 1100D
The update can be downloaded from the EOS Utility 2.10.4 download page for OS X, and requires that prior versions of the EOS utility be present on the system in order to work (it is just an updater and not a full standalone release).
Though this update is available, if you are running an older version of OS X than Snow Leopard 10.6.8, then Canon recommends you do not upgrade and continue to use a version of the EOS utility that is prior to version 2.10.2.