Mac OS X Snow Leopard Family Pack (5-User)
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard is built on a rock-solid,
- Time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability as well as industry-leading support for Internet standards
- And Stacks, quicker Time Machine backup, faster common tasks and installation, a smaller install footprint, and plenty more
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server..
- So you can use Mail, iCal, and Address Book at home and at work
- Improvements include a more responsive Finder, new look and features for Exposé and Stacks, quicker Time Machine backup,
- Faster common tasks and installation, a smaller install footprint, and plenty more
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Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard, a simpler, more powerful, and more refined version of Mac OS X. It delivers a wide range of enhancements, next-generation technologies, out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server, and new accessibility features. It's the world's most advanced operating system, finely tuned from installation to shutdown.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard is an even more powerful and refined version of the world’s most advanced operating system. In ways big and small, it gets faster, more reliable, and easier to use. New core technologies unleash the power of today’s advanced hardware technology and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation. And Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use your Mac at home and at work.
Family Pack License
Install and use one copy on a maximum of five (5) Apple computers in the same household.
The world's most advanced operating system. Finely tuned.
Top Updates in Mac OS X
Mac OS X is the world’s most advanced operating system. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation and designed to be simple and intuitive, it’s what makes the Mac innovative, highly secure, compatible, and easy to use.
Better, faster, easier.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes hundreds of improvements that will help make your Mac faster, more responsive, and more reliable than ever. Installation is up to 50 percent faster than with Mac OS X Leopard; wake from sleep is as much as two times faster; shutdown is up to 80 percent faster; and initial Time Machine backups to Time Capsule are up to 80 percent faster than in Leopard.2
Now Exposé is integrated in the Dock, giving you a quick and easy way to see all the open windows of an application.
The Finder has been completely rewritten to take advantage of the new technologies in Snow Leopard. The familiar Finder interface is unchanged, but you’ll discover that the Finder is faster and more responsive. It also includes an enhanced icon view with live file previews, so you can thumb through a multipage document or even watch a QuickTime movie.
New core technologies.
New core technologies in Snow Leopard unleash the power of today’s advanced hardware and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation.
The next-generation media technology, QuickTime X powers the audio and video experience in Snow Leopard. It debuts a completely new QuickTime Player application with a clean, uncluttered interface as well as an easy way to record, trim, and share your media.
Out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange.
Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in Mail, iCal, and Address Book, so it’s easier than ever to take your Mac to work.
Every Mac comes standard with a wide range of assistive—or Universal Access—technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer. Snow Leopard continues this support with a variety of innovative features that advance accessibility even further.
Top customer reviews
1. My installations of 10.6 on my Macbook Pro and my Mac Pro both went flawlessly. I had zero issues with the install. I did, however, WAIT until I was sure that there were 10.6 compatible drivers for my scanner, printer, and Wacom Intuos4 tablet, and that steermouse and Carbon Copy Cloner also had 10.6 compatible versions. At this point in time, most such issues have been resolved, but it is worth it to make sure that is the case, and to wait until you are sure. In very few cases is there a great rush! A couple weeks won't be a big deal.
2. BACKUP BEFORE upgrading! Just because most peoples installs will go flawlessly is no guarantee yours will. You always want to be able to step back if you need to! A time machine backup is good, but a SuperDuper or CCC image of your system drive is better, in my opinion. Some programs (PSE comes to mind) will not work properly when restored via migration assistant and a time machine backup. Also, keep in mind that if you do do a clean install that the iLife programs won't be there. You will need to install them from your original install discs that came with your mac. There is an option to install bundled software only. However, I would recommend just doing the straightforward install, except I would say customize it and just pre-emptively install Rosetta and QT7.
3. Don't expect awesome improvements in speed. You will be disappointed if this is your reason for upgrading. Also, note that some things may be different that annoy you. Check out a detailed review if these sorts of things push you over the edge (and have a backup so you can revert if you like).
4. Finally, and most importantly, please understand that Snow Leopard is much more POTENTIAL awesomeness that will be realized in the future, than ACTUAL awesomeness that will manifest as soon as you boot into it. See, at this point, processing power is increasing not via increasing clock speed and kflops increases of a single core, but is being increased by increasing the number of cores per CPU, and even the number of CPU's per computer (and don't forget the GPU). This increase is real, but is currently NOT utilized by most softare. The issue has to do with the difficulty of writing code for parallel processes and breaking tasks into threads. If you read the Ars Technica review of Snow Leopard, you will get some very detailed info on the problem, and on Apple's approach to it. The incredible thing is that according to informed opinion (or some of it, anyway), Apple REALLY DID more or less solve this thorny problem by providing new tools for PROGRAMERS to write code that will take advantage of all that processing power sitting idle. Note especially the AT discussion of queues and how they provide a powerful and easy to use tool for programmers. So, anyway, whether or not you understand all the technical details, the point is just that in a year or two, you will start to see OS X programs written for 10.6 really make waves with serious performance increases. Then you will get awesome improvements in speed in many cases.
Snow Leopard is laying the foundation for excellence. I am very happy and impressed that Apple took the time and effort (and risk) necessary to do this. It will pay off in a big way! Just wait and see!
-- Start up and shut down is, as promised, faster. Likewise, Safari is much faster than even the newest update installed on Leopard. Most other programs run faster as well. These speed differences are noticeable, so, if you are at all impatient, you might want to upgrade for this alone.
-- Microsoft Office 2004 AND 2008 both work as they did before the upgrade. I use these programs frequently, and the fear that they wouldn't be compatible almost steered me away from Snow Leopard
-- Time Machine seems to be much more stable in Snow Leopard, and this is perhaps the biggest plus of upgrading.
-- Snow Leopard includes X-Code tools for developers. I don't use these, so I can't comment except that they exist.
-- Exposé is a wonderful tool once put in the Dock, although not all users will need or want this access.
-- Computers that currently run Tiger can upgrade, thus skipping an entire OS (Leopard). If you haven't used Leopard, you'll notice a huge difference.
-- So far, I have not had any compatibility issues with the applications I use. Adobe Photoshop Elements requires the installation of Rosetta, one of the optional elements, but, if you don't download it initially, the computer will prompt you to install.
-- The family pack can be installed on five computers, without having to enter long codes. If you have two or more Macs, the price per machine is quite reasonable.
-- At first, I couldn't install because I didn't have enough space on the hard drive for Snow Leopard because of the presence of Leopard. I had to get rid of some old videos and unwanted photos to make room. Once installed, I had the space available to me again. People who have lots of media on their computers will have a tougher time than those that have less content.
-- The difference between Leopard and Snow Leopard are small enough to make this a desirable but not necessary upgrade. The difference is not dramatic -- not at all like the leap between Tiger and Leopard. You'll have to weigh the cost against the benefits.
-- The claims of "greater stability" are difficult to test since the original Leopard is pretty darn stable on its own.
Because Snow Leopard is not a step backward, I recommend getting it if you plan to keep your current Mac for a while since future tweaks are often dependent on running the latest operating system. Likewise, if you have a Mac purchased just before the release of Snow Leopard, you should take advantage of the ten dollar upgrade before it disappears. Except for those who still run Tiger,other Mac owners will not miss much in this latest OS X.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann