Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6) has been causing problems for many of us, and P2 owners have also felt the pain. One of the most popular methods for downloading P2 cards onto a Mac is using the DuelAdapter from Duel Systems. The DuelAdapter adapts PCMCIA P2 cards to the ExpressCard/34 slot on MacBook Pros. Unfortunately this device just doesn’t work with Snow Leopard, and Duel Systems will not be producing future drivers. So Panasonic made a small announcement on their site:
- P2 card in a DuelAdapter is not recognized on Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), since there is no DuelAdapter driver software for Mac OS 10.6.
- Please use DuelAdapter on 10.5 (Leopard).
- When using a P2 card on Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) of MacBookPro, please use a P2 camera, P2 recoder or P2 drive equiped with USB2.
- Panasonic is developing a new 1 slot P2 drive which works on Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and planning to launch it in the spring of 2010.
This is an annoying situation for sure, but the last line is what really caught my eye. Panasonic is making a single slot P2 card reader. There are many different P2 solutions out there, but most of our clients want a simple single card solution. There might still be an updated driver for the DuelAdapter, but the Panasonic reader is great news for all you P2 camera owners.