Written by Topher Kessler
If you use a variety of system utilities for cleaning your system, resetting caches, or doing numerous other operations to optimize your Mac, be sure to check with the developer before running them in Snow Leopard. Many are system-specific even though the developers may not say so, and could do more harm than good when run on an unsupported system.
You can search for your utility at VersionTracker, and if an update is available after Friday, August 28, then it will more than likely work; however, double-check that the update specifically mentions it works with "OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard," which should be listed in the "Operating System Requirements" section in VersionTracker. Additionally, there are links directly to the developer's site at the VersionTracker page for the utility, which you can use to contact the developer for specific information about its program.
Since Snow Leopard's release last Friday, many utility updates have been updated to versions that work with the new OS, so even if an older version will work fine with 10.6, we recommend you double-check for updates and do so to ensure full compatibility.
This upcoming week our "Weekly Utilities Update" column should contain utilities that are updated to work with Snow Leopard, and for a few weeks we will try to specify between those that have and those that have not.
Topher has been an avid Mac user for the past 10-15 years, and has been a contributing author to MacFixIt for just over a year now. One of his diehard passions has been troubleshooting Mac problems and making the best use of Macs and Apple hardware both for family and friends, as well as in the workplace. He and the newly formed MacFixIt team are hoping to bring enhanced and more personable content to our readers, and keep the MacFixIt community going here at CNET. If you have questions or comments for Topher or the other MacFixIt editors, feel free to contact us at http://www.macfixit.com/contactResources