Compatibility with Mac OS X Leopard is one of the bullet points of the recent Lightroom 1.3 release. Now that I’ve had a few days to work with the release, I can indeed confirm that Lightroom 1.3 gets along with Leopard, at least for the most part. There are, however, a few small issues I’ve run into.
The first of these issues appeared for me when importing files directly from a compact flash card. I’ve seen some spurious error messages on a few of my imports, including an odd message indicating that there was a problem with 0 of the images imported. Also, on one occasion, an image wasn’t copied as part of the import process. For the time being, I may start copying images over to my local drive in the Finder and then import them. I did this with a previous version of Lightroom to work around import problems. This would be a real drag, but incomplete imports are also a drag.
Second, I’ve seen Lightroom crash a few times while working with the Print module. This was reported in a few places on the first day of release. The workaround talked about on the net is to minimize the print preview window, as shown to the right. I can report that this seems to work for me so far.
And last, as you’ve probably heard, there have been warnings concerning Lightroom’s database and Time Machine. For the time being, I’ve followed the recommendations to exclude my Lightroom catalog from Time Machine backups. I’ve also excluded the preview folder as well, since it only includes data that can be easily rebuilt from my image library.
This doesn’t mean you have to skip backups of your Lightroom database, however. If you make backups of your catalog from within Lightroom—I have mine set to make a backup every time I run Lightroom—those backups will be nicely stashed away for you by Time Machine. Also, if you have Lightroom automatically write XMP data, those XMP sidecar files will be faithfully backed up by Time Machine as well, providing a fairly complete backup solution.