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Things Removed in Snow Leopard

Updated continuously; please submit new finds in the comments, but read the FAQ first. Or, in other words, “This document will be updated as more information becomes available.”

  • PowerPC support
  • The blood on the signature snow leopard’s mouth, except for in the wallpaper
  • 32-bit screensaver support on 64-bit capable machines (in effect; it’s more of a replacement thing since loginwindow has to run under some architecture)
  • Cocoa Java runtime support
  • AppleTalk printing
  • Creator code adherence when opening files
  • Carbon project templates in the clean install of Xcode (they just don’t want you to start anything new)
  • Jam build system-based project templates in the clean install of Xcode (the Jam support has been removed)
  • Python and Ruby project templates in the clean install of Xcode
  • Distributed network builds in Xcode (although not shared network builds)
  • QuickTime Pro the “pay $29.99” nickel-and-dime model (sort of, and not QuickTime Player 7, which is maintained across upgrades and is available from the disc)
  • Support for QuickTime video digitizer plugins in 64-bit apps
  • Java versions 1.4.x and 1.5.x
  • AFP support for protocol versions prior to 3.0
  • ODBC Administrator as bundled (available online)
  • (“Plain”) HFS write support
  • Contextual menu plugin support in 64-bit
  • Quick Look generator support for non-bundle, non-package folders
  • The utility “AirPort Utility for Graphite and”– yes, “Snow”
  • The “nuh-uh” shaking login window behavior when you’re bound to a domain/directory and enter the wrong password (it’s still there when you’re not bound to a domain/directory)
  • Preinstalled developer examples (yes, they’re available online, but there’s no longer a bunch of them installed for you for playing around with)
  • Preinstalled local/offline API documentation (workaround)
  • ZFS support
  • iSync Palm OS conduit
  • dirt directory command line tool


  1. The ‘Ignore trackpad when mouse is present’ setting is now in Universal Access pref pane (but probably isn’t on ‘GlassPad’ MBs & MBPs)

    By Adrian Clarke · 2009.09.18 22:22

  2. Adrian: No, it’s there on glass trackpad MacBooks too.

    By Jesper · 2009.09.19 14:46

  3. AppleScript Utility was NOT removed. It was MOVED to /System/Library/CoreServices and stripped of its GUI. It is still AppleScriptable.

    By Bill Cheeseman · 2009.09.19 14:52

  4. The inclusion of that item was debatable and with that evidence (the AppleScript dictionary being still there) I’m removing it from the list. For posterity, the original list item was “AppleScript Utility (settings moved to AppleScript Editor Preferences)”.

    By Jesper · 2009.09.19 16:30

  5. The thing I miss the most in Snow Leopard is the ability to quickly disable app languages individually. Now I have to open the bundle and delete the appropriate resource folders.

    And honestly, Quicktime X is a piece of crap. It’s true that Quicktime 7 contains legacy code dating back to the System 7 era, but it has been faithfully working. Hope they don’t remove it until Quicktime X can be a worthy replacement.

    By Guilherme · 2009.09.21 12:53

  6. The <sys/mtio.h> header file is gone. That’s the BSD Unix API for magnetic tape control. I never tested if that API worked on previous releases, but I had to stub-out some cross-platform code using that header for Snow Leopard.

    By Chris Newman · 2009.09.24 18:06

  7. For the previous comment, the header file sys/mtio.h is gone.

    By Chris Newman · 2009.09.24 18:07

  8. Fixed that, sorry.

    By Jesper · 2009.09.24 20:21

  9. I think the comments about combining PDFs are incorrect. You just have to drag the thumbnails to a different place, right on top of an existing thumbnail, because Preview can show two PDF documents in one window and puts thumbnails for all of them in the sidebar (as I think it could with images in the past).


    By Bryce Corrigan · 2009.10.06 21:32

  10. I just read about that on Mac OS X Hints.

    By Jesper · 2009.10.06 21:47

  11. Im’s sorry to hear that HFS “classic” (I didnt even know that was a phrase) write support is gone.

    As I support folks on machines ranging from 10.3.9 Panther through Tiger and Leopard, losing ability to write to disks in HFS mode, which Panther needs and Tiger and Leo can R/W access, is a major blunder by APple, in my view.

    By Bruce · 2009.10.08 03:27

  12. Bruce, I’m not really sure you refer to the right file system.

    What I call HFS classic is the original HFS that stopped being the default Mac file system in early 1998 in Mac OS 8.1. Its successor is HFS+/HFS Extended (yes, it’s called both, for reasons that are… unclear) which is still the current default file system and has been so for Mac OS 9 and the entire lifetime of Mac OS X. Anyone with a Panther, Tiger, Leopard or for that matter Snow Leopard installation will surely use HFS+ and not HFS.

    I was waiting for someone to make this mistake which is why I added the “classic” in quotes to pronounce that this wasn’t HFS+/Extended. If they’d actually removed write ability to their current default (and only recommended) file system, then yes, it would have been at least a major blunder.

    By Jesper · 2009.10.08 06:21

  13. It looks like they also removed the Rockwell font… which I was using >:(

    By bonecandy · 2009.10.14 06:14

  14. THING CHANGED: Apple + Shift + 4 now saves a screen shot to the desktop as “Screen shot 2009-10-23 at 2.06.12 AM” instead of “Picture 1” on Leopard.

    I wish they had a clue and implemented a small dialogue box that would pop up asking to name it… common Apple it’s common sense!!! Or at least a directory that we can save them to by default!

    By Kyle · 2009.10.23 07:09

  15. Where the hell is double-click on window name to minimize.

    By Erika · 2009.12.05 18:41

  16. It was 50 comments in.. too uch for a basic function.. thanks to By Clinton MacDonald · 2009.09.06 20:11.. you saved me my sanity

    By Erika · 2009.12.05 18:43

  17. At 116 comments, no one has mentioned the global control of Recent Items. Recent items list controlled in System Preferences now control iWork programs (Keynote, Pages, etc) and you can’t separate them. I don’t want them to show in the Apple pull down, but I DO want them to show and be controlled by each Apple application.

    Note, non-Apple apps aren’t affected by this anomaly.

    By Bardo · 2009.12.08 01:43

  18. I’m late to this party, but regarding Creator adherence: I’ve found that when I do Get Info on a file, and set the Open with… and press Change All…, files of that creator and type will be opened per my wishes. Files of the same type but created by a different program are not affected. In comment 29, Mark says: “Sure I can change the default app but I don’t want my Fireworks files opening in PS or vice versa.” I don’t actually think this will happen once you do Open with/Change All for one Fireworks file and one PS file. So Macs now behave like Windows except for the few situations that you set up to be like classic Mac OS. I think they have finally got it right, because let’s face it, we’ve all been frustrated by the classic behaviour. May my comment be stricken from the waffle if this is found to be untrue.

    By (kendall) · 2010.08.11 10:53

  19. What irritates me is REMOVING features that were so handy. In Preview 5 for Snow Leopard, when you select a handful of images and open them….and lets say you want to view them all at the same size as you flip through them via the sidebar. The Zoom To Fit function no longer works. You can zoom in manually on each one individually, but it doesn’t fit it to the screen, and more importantly, the manual zooming you did is lost as soon as you look at another image in the current batch. WTF APPLE!!!!! You guys make great computer but you REALLY do some STUPID STUPID things sometimes. Quit giving us toys like Cover Flow for my apps (or at least not at the expense of common sense) and don’t take away features that you obviously thought were useful in previous versions. It’s not as if this version replaced such functionality with a better way….you just removed it (correction, it’s still there, but it doesn’t work worth a flip).

    By James · 2010.09.29 05:58

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