I love technology and (until recently) all things Apple. I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Apple’s new OS X Lion. So as soon as OS X Lion came out I updated. Now, I am seriously regretting this hasty move because I can no longer use ExamView on my Lion inflicted laptop. If you have a Mac and use ExamView DO NOT upgrade your OS to Lion. You will NOT be able to use ExamView, at all, even a little bit. Instead, all you will see is this.
Why is this? What has happened? Well, Apple has decided to no longer support PowerPC programs.
From a Mac OS X Lion Review via http://www.macintouch.com/specialreports/lion/review.html
Also gone is “Rosetta”, the brilliant little code translator that allowed existing Mac applications to keep running when Apple switched its Mac products from PowerPC to Intel processors just five years ago. Considering that many widely-used applications, such as Quicken 2007, still haven’t been ported to Intel, this is a serious problem. If you depend on PowerPC-based software of any kind — from older versions of mainstream applications sold by companies like Microsoft, FileMaker and Adobe, to Apple’s own USB modem, to PowerPC-based drivers for scanners and printers, Lion is not an option.
Worse, Apple hasn’t breathed a word about any of this to customers other than developers. Not on the marketing website, not in its support pages, not even buried in a tiny footnote somewhere. Any Mac user with older applications who upgrades to Lion may be in for a nasty shock when their tools suddenly stop working.
There are many thousands of older, specialized applications which are still critically useful to Mac owners today, even though they have not been converted by their developers to Intel-based code. Similarly, there are untold numbers of Mac documents that are readable only by software incompatible with Lion. While Apple may recognize no duty to support these older Mac technologies, it absolutely has the duty to tell its customers that its removal of an existing Mac technology will suddenly disable their software and documents. Apple’s silence on this change is unconscionable.”
You can also read “OS X Lion Drops PowerPC Support” from the Washington Post.
And, this is bigger than just uploading the new OS X Lion onto your current computer. ALL new Mac computers have Lion on it. So, if you buy a new Mac, it has Lion and you will NOT be able to use ExamView. I called Apple, and they said that you cannot even buy a new Mac with Lion on it and delete Lion to install Snow Leopard onto it. I don’t know why. This makes no sense to me. But I was told that there was “No way” that I could install Snow Leopard onto a brand new Lion-installed Mac. I really don’t believe them, and am going to do more research on this. Still, what a painful process to have to go through.
I know, I know, excitement got the best of me and I leaped before I looked. But I am still irritated at Apple for not supporting PowerPC and at antiquated education software like ExamView (and many other book publishers software like the “One Stop” from Houghton Mifflin). I emailed ExamView to see when I could expect the newest version and the fix, as I am sure that I’m not the only educator out there using ExamView and a Mac. My answer?
Thank you for contacting eInstruction Technical Support. I am replying to your question about Examview compatibility with Mac OS 10.7. Unfortunately, as of this time we do not have a version of Examview that will run correctly in Mac OS 10.7. We are hoping to have an update to our latest version, Examview 7.5, that will allow it to install and run correctly on the new Mac OS but I do not have any information about when that update will be completed.
I apologize for the inconvenience,
Max Schneiter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Support Specialist, einstruction.com”
I was never a giant fan of ExamView in the first place. The software is clunky and cumbersome. But, I haven’t found a better alternative either. If you know of one, please let me know. If they can’t get their act together, I will find a new software that is Mac friendly.
In the meantime, I am trying to get Lion off and Snow Leopard back onto my MacBook. I called Applecare and was told that to get Snow Leopard back onto my computer, I have to ERASE MY HARD DRIVE. Yes, that is correct. I have to back up my entire computer, wipe it clean, re-install Snow Leopard, and then re-install all of my files. I guess I will do this, as otherwise I cannot use the hundreds of pre-assessments, quizzes, tests, and worksheets that I painstaking created this past year. So much work. It is the opposite of being productive this summer. I just want to ask WHY?
So, how do you find out which applications on your computer are using PowerPC? Read “How To Check if Applications are Incompatible with Mac OS X Lion”. You can also just follow these steps on your Mac to see which programs will be null set or “tombstoned” as some are calling it.
- System Information
- Software (at the bottom)
- Applications – wait for a minute for the list to populate, then you can sort to group all of your PowerPC applications.
- Click on the apple in the upper left corner
- Select About This Mac
- More Info…
- System Report
- Software (at the bottom)
- Applications – wait…