The Leopard “Debacle”

16 November, 2007 (21:49) | FileMaker

I’ve been watching, with interest, the response from many FileMaker developers and users to FileMaker Inc not having compatible versions of the FileMaker range available for Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” available on day 1 of its release.

OS X 10.5 is a big release. 2 years in the making, it introduced an awful lot of new plumbing under the surface. Given that Apple is not as focussed on backward compatibility in the same way that Microsoft has been over the years with their DOS and Windows products it’s hardly surprising things broke. (Raymond Chen writes up some interesting details on the incredible efforts the Microsoft team go to sometimes to achieve backwards compatibility in The Old New Thing ).

Despite that, a surprising number of developers have been pretty hard on FileMaker, because “FileMaker is Apple” (in their eyes), amongst other reasons. Even the venerated John Gruber thought it curious there appears no special relationship. I’ve never seen evidence that FileMaker gets any special treatment from Apple at all, and that was the impression I had when I worked at Claris in 1988-1991. It seems that journalists received the golden master of Leopard up to a week before FileMaker and other developers (I wonder if some FileMaker code cutters had to go to the Apple Store and pick up boxed product?).

I’m also not sure FileMaker helped their cause by issuing the rather opaque statement just after the release of OS X 10.5:

We are currently working on Leopard compatibility updates for
FileMaker Pro 9, FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced, FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker
Server 9 Advanced. At this time FileMaker does not recommend the use of
FileMaker 9 products on computers running the Mac OS X Leopard.

When that was published there was no estimate date for a compatible update, no details of what the problem might be and therefore whether any action could be taken to work around problems, and no apparent sense of urgency to resolve the issues. Maybe Marketing could have been a bit sharper!

As it turned out, a patch was forthcoming quite quickly.

Yet I still hear and read people holding up FileMaker as a major example of a vendor off-guard and needing to pull up their socks. That may be so.

But have a look at the list of compatibility updates below released by various vendors for 10.5 at Tidbits.

It’s huge!

It’s not like FileMaker Inc are on their own.

Updates released for 10.5 in first 3 weeks

  • 1Password 2.5 from Agile Web Solutions
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Art Text 1.2.4
  • Live Interior 3D 1.4.1
  • Mail Factory 2.5.4
  • Audio Hijack Pro 2.8 Preview
  • Airfoil 2.1 Preview
  • Butler 4.1.3
  • Transient
  • ConceptDraw Mindmap 5.2 from CS Odessa
  • CPU upgrades and more from Sonnet Technologies
  • CrashPlan v10.27.2007 from Code 42 Software
  • CSSEdit 2.6 from MacRabbit
  • Curio Professional 4.1 from Zengobi
  • DoorStop X 2.2
  • Who’s There Firewall Advisor 2.2 from Open Door Networks
  • DragThing 5.9.1
  • EMC Retrospect 6.1.138
  • EyeTV 2.5.1 from Elgato
  • Fetch 5.3 from Fetch Softworks
  • FileMaker Pro 9.0v2
  • FileMaker Pro 9.0v2 Advanced Updater from FileMaker Inc.
  • Freeway 4.4 from Softpress
  • Garage Sale 3.4.1
  • GoodPage 1.3.1
  • Hazel 2.1 from Noodlesoft
  • iDive 1.8.6
  • PulpMotion 1.4.6 from Aquafadas
  • Interarchy 8.5.4 from Nolobe
  • iPresent It 2.0 from ZappTek
  • iSync Phone Plugins 5.0 and FoneLink 1.2 from Nova Media
  • Keyboard Maestro 2.1.3 from Stairways Software
  • KeyCue 4.0 from Ergonis
  • Lingon 2.0.2 from Peter Borg
  • Macaroni 2.1 from AtomicBird
  • Merlin 2.5b2 from ProjectWizards
  • Miro Public Preview 3
  • Netflix Freak 2.6.1 from The Little App Factory
  • NoteBook 2.1 v261 from Circus Ponies
  • NoteTaker 2.0.0
  • NoteShare 1.6.0 from AquaMinds
  • NovaMind Express, Pro, and Platinum 4.0.14 from NovaMind Software
  • OmniWeb 5.6 from The Omni Group
  • Parallels Desktop build 5540 from Parallels
  • PasswordWallet for Macintosh 4.2 from Selznick Scientific Software
  • Path Finder 4.8.2 from Cocoatech
  • PDFpen
  • PDFpen Pro 3.3.1 from SmileOnMyMac
  • Phlink 3.6
  • GeoPhoto 1.6 from Ovolab
  • PopChar X 3.3 from Ergonis
  • Preferential Treatment 1.1.8 from Jonathan Nathan
  • QuickBooks Pro 2007 (latest software patch) from Intuit
  • Quicky and nQuicky wireless drivers from QuickerTek
  • Radioshift 1.0.3
  • Fission 1.5.2 from Rogue Amoeba
  • RapidWeaver 3.6.4 from Realmac Software
  • REALbasic 2007 r5 from REAL Software
  • Sandvox 1.2.4 from Karelia Software
  • Simon 2.3 and Caboodle 1.1.2 from Dejal Systems
  • Snapz Pro X 2.1.2
  • WireTap Studio 1.0.1 from Ambrosia Software
  • SOHO Organizer 6.5.2, SOHO Notes 6.5.2, SOHO Business Cards 2.5.1 from Chronos
  • Sound Studio 3.5.5 from Freeverse and Felt Tip Software
  • Synchronize Pro X 5.1.3 from Qdea
  • Synk 6.3 from Decimus Software
  • Teleport 1.0 from Abyssoft
  • TextExpander 2.0.3,
  • BrowseBack 1.4.1
  • PhotoPrinto 2.1.1 from SmileOnMyMac
  • TextSoap 5.7.1 from Unmarked Software
  • The Missing Sync from Mark/Space: Updates coming soon
  • Timbuktu Pro 8.7 from Netopia
  • TinkerTool 3.8 from Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme
  • VMware Fusion 1.1 Release Candidate from VMware


Comment from Rob Russell
Date: 3 December 2007, 3:58 pm

I see that list, as at end of November, is 30% longer again.

By my reckoning, there are over 110 pieces of software updated.

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