Tiger, Leopard, and Snow Leopard
- Snow Leopard
With the imminent release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard next month, it comes time to examine the state of our apps as well as their operating system support. Pukka was originally released in early 2006, in the time of 10.4 Tiger (and updated to support 10.5 Leopard in late 2007). Meerkat was originally released in mid-2008, supporting both Leopard and Tiger out of the gate.
We've made the choice so far to sacrifice many (but not all) advantages offered by Leopard in the name of Tiger support. However, with Snow Leopard's upcoming release, we will be shifting to support only Leopard and Snow Leopard going forward.
Beginning with the next major releases of both Pukka and Meerkat (likely 1.9 and 1.3, respectively), we will no longer be including support for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
Current release versions will be supported for Tiger users, but little or no new functionality will be added going forward.
PowerPC architecture will still be supported, though of course Snow Leopard will run only on Intel-based Macintoshes.
Snow Leopard support is expected in the next point release of each application (e.g., Pukka 1.8.2 and Meerkat 1.2.2). We expect to have each of these released in the next month.
We would love to continue Tiger support indefinitely, but as the operating system was released in 2005, we would rather move ahead and take advantage of the new technologies that Apple is providing to developers in order to create the best possible experience for the broadest user base.
If you have any questions or comments about this announcement, please contribute to the forum post on the topic.
Update: Please see the Pukka and Meerkat forums for the latest betas of each, which work with Snow Leopard right now.
Update 2: Official, stable releases of both apps are now up. Please see the announcement.