Applications fondly remembered, but stuck in OS 9

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  1. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    As I'm getting my desktop decorated for Christmas, I'm playing with a few small programs that cause snow to fall on my screen. But there is one that I really liked from the OS 9 days. I don't remember the name, but there were some cool things it did that the OS X snow simulations do not. For one thing, in the preferences you could choose to make the flakes look like little cookie-cutter designs (which is what the OS X snow apps do), but you could also make the snow look like tiny white dots, which actually seemed more realistic than intricate six-pointed patterns. There was also a control for wind velocity, so that you could make the flakes fall gently or blow around a lot. And this application came with about two dozen Christmas tunes, including music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

    Damn, that was a cool little app. I wish I could remember the name, and I wish there'd been an OS X version of it.

    Another freeware program some of you will remember fondly is Smashing Windows -- which was really Space Invaders, but you got to blow up Windows logos instead of little spaceships.

    As far as professional apps, there was a 3D titling program called Specular LogoMotion. It was really cheap ($79, as I remember), and it could do 3D text with surfaces, reflections, etc. Cheaper and easier than Boris or Lightwave. That program not only never got ported to OS X, but I think the company went out of business.
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    I think you mean this one :) It works under Classic, but you need to enable "use backdrop" and it only snows when it's in the foreground (but if you use the sleep thing it can still work as sort of a fake screen saver)
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Gah! I was just about to say that! :mad:

    :D
     
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  5. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    I really would like to see Framemaker on OSX. It runs on 9, yes, but it's not the same. Especially if one is trying to use opentype fonts...
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Well spotted! And just released too! Good stuff.

    *downloads demo*
     
  7. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    I sometimes fire up Classic just to wheel this out. There are a few keyboard shortcuts that I don't remember.
     
  8. HiRez macrumors 603

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    Crystal Quest, and believe it or not...MacPaint! I have no computer memory more beautiful and inspiring than seeing MacPaint running on a Mac 128k for the first time. *sniff* Remember the sneaker, the fish, and the Japanese woman combing her hair?
     
  9. DerChef macrumors 6502

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    Nikon Scan software for my Nikon CoolScan III . Looks like this will never be updated. Have to drop in to classic to use it via a USB to SCSI adapter.

    Still one better than on a Windows PC after SP2 it now wont work at all and Nikon say it wont ever fixed !!!
     
  10. Thomas Veil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks, that's the one. :)

    Although I tried it under OS 9 emulation, and the snow doesn't fall, and the music stutters. Guess it's best left in the past.
     
  11. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Snö has a wind velocity option so you can make them blow around natively in OS X - still have to cope with the cookie cutter shapes though.

    I used to love Oscar the Grouch when I had my first Mac. The only slight problem was my little cousin who used to drag random desktop files to the trash just to see him come out and sing.
     
  12. asif786 macrumors 65816

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    SimCinema Deluxe 2000

    I used to love that 'game'. It was all the rage in school at one point (ahh..the memories)

    I can't even find the OS9 Version any more..forget an OSX Version. In fact, I would install Classic just to play that game..
     
  13. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    *downloading right now*

    Should be fun to try out over the break from Uni. Just hope that the demo is not a time limit trial but a usage trial.
     
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    Gone but not forgotten:

    ThunderWorks. I'm probably the only living Mac owner to remember this application. It was actually the editing application that came with a hand-held scanner (remember them?). The cool thing about ThunderWorks was a editing tool that allowed you to stretch and distort images you'd scanned in pieces to make them match up along the edges. This would still be handy thing to have for working with large scans.

    Claris HomePage. I still haven't found a more straight-forward WYSIWG HTML editing application.

    WriteNow. Maybe the best word processor ever.
     
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  17. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    The moose lives on in OS X (but why?)
     
  18. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Thanks!!!

    If you have to ask why, you'll never understand! :p

    At the time, it was pretty advanced in what it did, and hilariously funny. Like many things, it probably wouldn't have the same impact now.

    Eliza was another similar one.
     
  19. vga4life macrumors 6502

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    Two words: Unreal Tournament. The hacky OSX "preview" version don't work so good, and I don't care about the UT200x sequels.
     
  20. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Granted...
     
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yeah, a little bit misplaced user feedback incentive, there...
     
  22. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    :D

    Stop it, you're killing me! I'll never get any work done if all these old gems keep resurfacing. I just did a quick search, and found Fury of the Furries will work on my old iMac if VM is turned off in OS9, plus Return to Dark Castle is in progress(??). Happy days!

    (p.s. Thanks!)
     
  23. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    I loved that game! It's only recently I have a Mac again that's capable of playing either of the sequels.

    I'd love to play the original Unreal again too. I've played the sequel on the Xbox, and IMO it pales in comparison.
     

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