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The built-in Rendezvous system for automatically discovering network devices, such as printers, is not especially useful right now, but will become invaluable over time as more companies build it into their hardware. That speed boost can be very helpful on G3 machines, which lack Altivec, and aids the G4 line as well.
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Device support continues to improve, with more printers, scanners, and the like being supported—but beware, because your favorite peripheral might not be on the list. Our two printers, scanner, NP networking box, and various USB and FireWire gadgets were all recognized, but we must admit that we did not try an old slide scanner.
Printing is faster under OS X than 9. As an operating system, OS X excels in technical terms. Where it falls is the user interface. Macs are known for their ease of use—but OS X is, as it comes from the factory , harder to get along with on a daily basis than Windows even Windows NT! From the start, the lack of a Start or Apple menu is still a major gap, especially for those who have lots of small programs they need to run and little patience for constantly opening new windows to find their programs. A menu-based program switcher would also be handy.
There are shareware utilities which fill both these needs, but they will probably need to be upgraded each time the system is. When Microsoft came out with Windows 98, and later Windows XP, they included provisions to keep the appearance fairly similar to Windows 95, so that people who had gotten used to the older systems would not be too disoriented.
It does not seem entirely unreasonable to expect Apple, whose prior operating systems had been almost universally applauded for their usability, to have done the same—to have a set of preferences and appearances pre-installed, so that clicking on a button or two in the preferences would restore the Apple menu, program switcher, stable Trash can, and other key features to their OS 9 locations. Surely, this would not be too much to ask by Can a real Apple menu be so hard to program?
And, if it is, why have several independent programmers been able to do it?
Simple things quickly become problems, and not just because of the oversized icons. The columns move back and forth, making it impossible to orient your eyes easily, so you have to pay attention at all times. Hard drive roots are not listed by default, unfortunately. Neither are common OS 9 locations. That brings us to the paradigm shift from the desktop to the multiple-user environment of Windows NT, complete with a buried set of User folders, and a separate applications folder for X and for 9. Gone are the days of understanding what each extension did, or of being able to quickly find preference files in the System Folder.
Key files are distributed across all sorts of folders, buried here, invisible there, scattered across all creation. Troubleshooting quickly becomes a nightmare. OS X is also a pig—adding to the root directory:. It is still hard to customize most aspects of OS X, especially when compared with Windows, which allows for far greater user control. This is, to me, less important than straightening out the user interface, and going back to the tried and true principles that shaped OS 1 through OS 9. A lower upgrade price might have the same effect.
There are also issues of metadata and file extensions; now the. That was probably only a matter of time, but many of us will miss the file type and creator codes when they finally leave us. The Windows interface is not meant for use by humans, but by developers. Who cares that Qualcomm created Eudora? And why is Uninstall even needed? The Mac has always been about ease of use, about lower maintenance costs.
Even though former Mac user interface designer Bruce Tognazzini posted an extensive set of recommendations for OS X two years ago, Apple seems to be totally ignoring everything it learned about user interfaces in the past. Perhaps Even though using OS X may make you run screaming to OS 9—or to Linux—you may choose to install the system for either part-time or full-time use. That might mean reformatting your hard drive.
Actually, Jaguar seems to be fairly buggy in the beige G3s in general, though some have suggested that if you have a G4 upgrade, you take it out and put the G3 chip back in for the purposes of installing OS X. If you are going to be using Classic non-native programs on a regular basis, and you probably are, set the Classic control panel so it automatically launches on startup; it comes up faster if you have it automatically shut off all extensions Apple, it would be nice if you could simply run an extension set so you can keep essential extensions on!
Because Classic works so well despite some problems copying and pasting between Classic and X , you probably should not upgrade all your software immediately to Carbon or Cocoa versions. Wait a while and see what happens. Maybe a competitor will come in and drive prices down in the meantime—or maybe open source will come to the rescue. All are slower than their older 9. At some point, versions that add more value—or open-source alternatives—will probably appear, especially now that the Mac is based on BSD Unix.
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Indeed, many are already here, including high-speed replacements for HP print drivers, and an open-source image editor. In some cases, you will use different versions of the same program. In some cases, you can set them up to use the same preferences and files e. Eudora, Mulberry. Researching with Google can help avoid frustration. Get good, high-quality e. Overall, moving to OS X can be rewarding with lots of new software, greater stability in most cases , and new capabilities. It can also be punishing, with a poorly thought out user interface, many rough edges, and incompatibility with some hardware and software—which is unimportant to me, since all of mine works, but very important to you if your printer, scanner, and backup drive are all suddenly obsolete.
You may well end up like me—switching to OS X now and then to enjoy Chimera, easy FireWire access, and fast, simple Windows access and file searches—then rushing back to OS 9 with a great sigh of relief to enjoy the traditional Macintosh ease of use, efficient use of graphics, and high-quality interface design.
Zatz, dave allpar. The Segments section is open to anyone. If you have something interesting to say about life with your Mac, write us. Download ATPM 8. Problems As an operating system, OS X excels in technical terms. Once you get used to it, what you originally thought as problematic becomes less problematic. The biggest benefit? No more crashes. And the screen is so easy to read. The biggest unsolved problem? I wouldn't go back. There is just too much going for OS X when you get used to it. However, from my experience, it is just a little negative.