>Blue Screen of Leopard

>I’m writing this in Windows XP on my Mac Pro, since I’m getting the Blue Screen of Death after installing Mac OS X Leopard. I’m truly enjoying the benefits of a closed system from a single vendor… ;-/

Apple claims it’s some APE software that I don’t have, and apparently I’m not the only one with a Leopard installation problem. Apparently Logitech drivers install APE.

It’s at times like these that I wish I had listened to myself.

Update: These arcane Unix commands worked, but remember to remove the Leopard DVD first, and type everything really carefully since you don’t get any warnings if you mistyped anything. You need to find the correct keys if you are on a non-English keyboards. I found the / and – keys on a Swedish keyboard (type – and +.)

After running OS X 10.5.0 for 30 minutes, I’m sitting here wondering what’s new and exciting. Using Apple’s list of 300+ new features to navigate around Leopard, I’m still not finding anything that makes me glad I updated, other than these funny ones:

  • “The active application window stands out with a deeper drop shadow and a distinctive toolbar color. One look at Leopard and you’ll know you’re in for something special.”
  • “Empty the Trash from the Trash itself with the Empty Trash button”
  • “Easily delete Windows and restore the disk space being used by the Windows partition back to Mac OS X.”

Where are the “Wow, dude, you’ve gotta see this” features? I would have settled for being able to resize a window from any edge, or avoiding the spinning beach ball when waiting for network drives. However, some people feel differently: “Leopard will have the same effect that the Macintosh 128 had on computing.” I must be drinking the wrong kool-aid.

In all fairness, it seems like it’s the stuff under-the-hood that we’re supposed to be excited by. I’m all for geekery, but since I tend to like cross-platform apps, I need a really cool app to make me go for single-OS solutions.

- Jonas

13 Responses to >Blue Screen of Leopard

  1. Philip

    >If the Unix commands worked, then you did have APE installed. You may not have known about it though. An associate here did not install APE but a driver for a trackball *did* without him being aware.

    BAD, BAD Logitech for doing that.


  2. Jonas Hummelstrand

    >That might have been it, I did install Logitech’s mouse driver to try to get OS X to have proper mouse acceleration, which didn’t work.

    Since then, I have developed CTS, so I am now longer irritated by the weird mouse movements on the Mac.

    Strange that this hasn’t been picked up during the beta testing of Leopard, though.

  3. William

    >Hey Jonas,

    Yeah, the Logitech driver installed an old version of APE, here is some backstory..

    Blue in the Face

    Here is an alternative, requires payment unfortunately,

    USB Overdrive 10.4.8

    As far as being a Mac user, you definitely have to take the bad with the mostly good. There are a lot of technical Mac users in the AE community who can hopefully help you out and just tune out the “Apple can do no wrong” fanboys. They are just noise.



  4. Jonas Hummelstrand


    Thanks for the link, I’ll add it to the post. I think I just get a bit disappointed after coming back to the Mac after 10 years on Windows, and find that the grass is the same color on the other side of the fence, despite what I hear. I think that the Mac fanboys are so quick to swallow all Mac problems and roll their eyes at Windows problems just because they only know how to fix the former.

    Myself, knowing a lot about how to optimize and fix Windows, I am constantly being disappointed when the Mac fails to “just work.” I’m getting too old… :)

  5. andrew

    >regarding the network drives, tuaw.com had a post about the AutoFS feature in Leopard that was supposed to fix this.

  6. BJ

    >I think Apple took too much flak for a problem with a third party program that hacked Tiger to modify the GUI.

    One could ask why this was not discovered in beta testing, but perhaps this is not a popular enough hack.

    And shouldn’t Leopard completely replace all Tiger code on users’ machines with the latest and greatest?

    The exact same criticism would seem to be due Adobe for not testing OpenGL in AE (referring to your linked post on the Adobe forum).

    If there was a problem somewhere in Tiger, they should have either gotten Apple to issue a fix, or found a workaround on their own, and in either case notified users.

    And Logitech… I love their (best) keyboards and mice, but I don’t care much for how they work on Apple machines. Clearly sloppy, confused implementations, probably based on the situation a few years ago when Apple’s PowerPCs were not yet dumped for performance reasons and the company didn’t seem to be going anywhere, while at the same time Microsoft seemed a winner with Longhorn coming.

    Today Longhorn is dead, and has been replaced by the OS no one wants, and Apple is the happening company again.

    When was the last time you heard somebody say, “I want my Vista!”?

    Game developers are usually at the forefront of what comes to happen elsewhere. They have stopped developing for DX10, because “so few people use it” (it’s only in Vista), and they are focusing more and more of their resources on the very fast growing Apple market.

    The stock market has also taken note, with Apple now being twice as large as Dell… (in market capitalization).

    I’m no Apple apologist, but I can’t help think that Microsoft will be frozen in time until Steve B. is removed. He is an administrator who is happy as long as there is a name in each box on the org chart, no matter what the name is.

    “Productivity is based on formal qualifications.”

    Yeah, right.

  7. John

    >> “Leopard will have the same effect that the Macintosh 128 had on computing.”

    The thing to remember is that the Mac 128 didn’t have an instant affect on computing. It took almost 3 years for the application developers to really grasp what was possible. Desktop Publishing was born on the Mac. So was the “power point” concept. Outliners became very usable because of drag and drop mouse actions. Photoshop, etc.

    But none of those things came out of Apple. They came from the 3rd party developers. It was the collective vision that made the revolution. I was fortunate to be part of that then which allows me to see that it is about to happen again.

    At some point you will see applications that are Leopard only that will be that missing “holy moly I gotta have this feature” that you were missing from your initial reactions.

  8. Jonas Hummelstrand


    I suspect so, but so far I’m biased towards cross-platform apps so that I don’t go down “the wrong tube.”

    It’s not like 3ds max is outstandingly great or cheap just because it’s Windows-only. I guess Kinemac or Motion would be the best examples of programs that are based on a lot of Apple-only technology, just as a lot of PC games are based on DirectX. I prefer not to be painted into a corner because of the OS of a particular program, that is so 2005… :)

  9. John

    >Using a camera will paint you into a corner. For example the Nikon D1X is all but abandoned by Nikon. Not that Nikon has an incentive to support older models but its frustrating. The notion of “upgrade or die” forces me consider all kinds of other options instead of buying into a brand trust like we all did for decades. But that’s the way of things today.

  10. Jonas Hummelstrand


    When I switched from Mac to PC ten years ago, there were almost no cross-platform software at all. Photoshop and Lotus Notes were the only ones I had on both platforms (guess which one I didn’t choose myself.)

    Now with Intel-Macs with both OS:es, Firefox, (almost) the entire Adobe suite, Cinema 4D, Maya, SynthEyes and all the online apps (Gmail etcetera) I’m really trying to avoid being caught on either side of the fence.

  11. Anonymous

    >We’ve installed Leopard on nearly two dozen machines without a hiccup. However, there are definite incompatibilities with Leopard and AE 8. I get a crash in AE 8 about every 3rd save in a project. It simply writes (or begins to write) the temp file for the project… never finishes… and then crashes out. I’ve also had my 3D space corrupted in a project. It works if I load it up on another machine (running Tiger), but 3D space movement (rotation still works) is totally unavailable. I was really hoping for the 8.0.2 patch that Adobe promised this month, but it looks as though it’s been delayed to mid-January.

  12. Anonymous

    >I should add that I’m running AE 8 on a dual quad-core (aka 8-core) Mac Pro with 8GB RAM and 10.5.1

  13. Jonas Hummelstrand

    >The 8.0.2 patch is coming in mid-January.