Written by Topher Kessler
In anticipation of a few problems that have cropped up during beta testing of OS X 10.6, Apple has released a number of knowledgebase articles pertaining to the new OS. These articles cover new features, startup problems after installing, and printing tips.
As Apple releases more articles we will update this page, but the articles so far are the following:
- Mac OS X v10.6: About incompatible software
This article contains information on what software packages are known to have incompatibilities with Snow Leopard. Some software is restricted during installation and setup, and others are restricted at all times.
- Mac OS X v10.6: About Sync Diagnostics assistant
This article covers how to use the diagnostics assistant for troubleshooting synchronization of contacts, calendars, and other personal data with devices, computers, and internet servers.
- Mac OS X v10.6: About the Battery menu bar extra for portable Macs
This article is about the features of the improved battery menu in Snow Leopard.
- Mac OS X v10.6: Printer and scanner software
This article covers the installation of new printers and scanners, including third-party software available through Software Update as well as the use of open-source drivers. It also contains links to the full list of printer models supported in OS X by their respective manufacturers.
- Mac OS X v10.6: Mac 101 - Printing
This contains a step-by-step tutorial for how to install a printer or use the new "nearby printers" feature in Snow Leopard. It also covers printing to PDF.
- Mac OS X v10.6: After installing, Mac still starts up into Mac OS X v10.4 or v10.5
This article discusses the solutions to a problem where computers that have upgraded may boot back into 10.4 or 10.5.
- Mac OS X v10.6: About gamma 2.2
In Snow Leopard Apple has changed the default gamma to 2.2 from the long-standing Mac standard of 1.8. This article covers the details of this change for various devices, including cameras, displays, and projectors.
- Mac OS X v10.6: About Wake on Demand
Snow Leopard allows you to continue sharing files, music, printers, and other resources even when it is asleep. This article covers the details of this sharing feature.
- Mac OS X v10.6: Unable to use third-party screensaver
A quick tip on incompatible screen savers: use a built-in one until developers updates theirs.
- Boot Camp 3.0, Mac OS X 10.6: Frequently asked questions
Information on installing and partitioning, starting up boot camp, and obtaining a variety of drivers and using features of Windows, among many other questions.
- Mac OS X v10.6: Digital camera RAW formats supported
A full list of the RAW formats supported in OS X, grouped by manufacturer.
- Mac OS X v10.6: Mac 101 - The Dock, Dock Exposé, and Stacks
This article covers relatively basic information about the Dock and using the Dock for invoking expose and stacks.
- Mac OS X v10.6: Mac 101 - Finder and the desktop
This article covers relatively basic information about the Finder and desktop in Snow Leopard.
- Mac OS X v10.6: Using Microsoft Exchange 2007 (EWS) accounts in Mail
This article has instruction and troubleshooting tips on adding Microsoft Exchange 2007 accounts to Mail.
- Installing QuickTime Player 7 on Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
Since QuickTime X is the next version of QuickTime, and Apple offers the older version as an optional install for Snow Leopard (though installed by default), this article covers the installation and use of QuickTime 7 in Snow Leopard.
- Media formats supported by QuickTime Player in Mac OS X v10.6
This article covers all the video and audio formats supported by both QuickTime 7 and QuickTime X in Snow Leopard. Also listed are the supplied codecs for video and audio files.
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