What Was Your Total Snow Leopard Cost?

The Snow Leopard upgrade may cost $39, but some Mac users are finding costs for upgrading or replacing incompatible apps to be significantly more. Now that you've taken the upgrade plunge, we're wondering how much Snow Leopard really cost you.

The EveryJoe blog posts about the true costs of one user's experience, finding that apps like 1Password and Adobe Photoshop CS3 are kinda/sorta working, but virtualization software Parallels was a definite upgrade necessity, costing about $US40 with promotion pricing. Juan Magdaraog pegs his total Snow Leopard software costs at $US78, noting that he'll eventually need to jump to PhotoShop CS4, which carries a far heftier price tag.

What apps or replacements did a Snow Leopard upgrade mandate for your system(s)? Which apps have you decided to shell out the upgrade price for, and which are you living with as good-enough installs? Tell us your Snow Leopard story in the comments.

My Cost of Upgrading To Snow Leopard [EveryJoe]


    Thanks to Kevin for linking my article.

    Just to clear a few things up.

    I wasn't whining when I wrote the article. I merely wanted to illustrate that it wasn't as simple and as cheap as $29 bucks to upgrade to Snow Leopard. A lot has been written about how great Apple is for selling it so cheap. I applaud them for that as well, however I wanted to point out that in the real world there will be added costs to the upgrade.

    Someone mentioned that I should just go ahead and download the stuff that I already bought from the internet because I already bought a version and supported the developer already, I have nothing against people who download stuff, I'm not in the habit of judging people. I paid the upgrade license because I wanted to support the independent/small developers. Adobe will live without my money but the other small developers can benefit from it more. So it's just a matter of personal preference.

    As for the reason that I had to have the latest and greatest, I don't. I upgraded to Snow Leopard because I write about Macs and Apple so therefore I needed to try it out for myself. I can't write about it if I haven't tried it. So that's why. I would have been perfectly happy with Leopard if I didn't need to write about Apple and Macs.

    I could have gone with Virtualbox but decided Parallels was the easier route because I didn't have to reinstall Windows. I could grab the file folder from my old Parallels install and just use that. It worked well. I didn't want to go through the hassle of reinstalling Windows on Virtualbox and figure the time I spend on that is more than the $40 I would have paid for the upgrade. I could do other things.

    I'm sticking with CS3 for the meantime because so far the bugs I've seen, I can live with. Until I find myself unable to use CS3 for work then I'll consider upgrading.

    Total upgrade for me was $39, time taken 45 minutes. I'm also using Boot-Camp and Parallels and I haven't had any problems at all, then again I don't have any apps that are incompatible. and yes I'm booting into the 64bit kernel.

    Cost me $14.95, got it discounted because I bought my Mac recently, took 40-45 minutes to install, everything has worked from the get go.

    I don't use my MacBook for much productivity though, so haven't got so many apps that could break :D

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