While it’s not wise to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” until QuarkXPress 8 has been updated, it may be helpful to know whether your existing printers and scanners will work properly.
Apple posted a detailed list of Mac OS X 10.6-compatible printers and scanners, including a large number of devices from HP, Epson, Canon, Xerox, Apple and more. The article lists specific device software version numbers, whether drivers are provided from the manufacturer or are part of the Gutenprint project, and each device’s print, scan and fax compatibility.
The list is quite long, so there’s a good chance you’ll find that a driver is already available, but for devices not listed, check with its manufacturer to see when new drivers will be released. See the list at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.