What do people still use OS 9 for?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by RBMaraman, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2002
    Prospect, KY
    Hello all,

    With all the talk about updated PowerBooks coming out, again we are debating about Apple's decision to eliminate OS 9. So I was wondering, what people are still using OS 9 for? Or for that matter, do you still have OS 9 on your system?

    When I installed Jaguar, I did an erase and install, and I never bothered to put OS 9 on again for classic. Prior to installing Jaguar, I hadn't booted into Classic or OS 9 for at least 7 months.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002

    Oldish computer = old games = old OS
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2002
    Brooklyn, NY
    Stolen software:)

    But only untill you can steal some new software:)
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2001
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2002
    I booted 9 too, which is nice given I'm stuck for space on my Pismo as it is. Finaly upgraded my last heavily used progam to X version, much nicer thank you. I understand being attached to some old software, but by now I would think that enough time has passed for most people to upgrade.:D
  6. macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    Re: What do people still use OS 9 for?

    i boot os9 for:

    - pro tools
    - tech tool pro

    i use classic for:

    - all my 5 y.o. adobe s/w
    - office 98 (ick)
  7. macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    In about everything, sorry... in everything

    99.9 percent of the software I use is in 9. I can deal with 9 back and foward better tha OSX.

    There is not Digital Performer or VJ's software compatibles with OSX.

    I understand OSX is very good and simpler in most of the stuff but I can't stand not having a calculator or an Apple Menu Itimes that I can configurate as I please.

    OS9 is 100% more configurable than OSX. I just do not want to have every aplication on the dock, that is like an enhace control strip.

    The interface should be personalized and OSX is not that.

    I like to have an alias of one of my partitions in the Apple Menu Items and check the content from there, in OSX I can not do that, I'm not that free in OSX as I would like to.

    OSX should incorporate the flexibility of OS 9, pherhaps in the future I would be able to find some share ware aplications that allows me to do that kind of things.

    I just do not feel in the mood to transfer all my data to OSX, specially when I'm gonna face the frustartion of not having as many options in the already small Mac software world.

    I rather wait for you to experience and complain with OSX so I can make the jump in the future, may be in a year from now in a more open and mature platform.

    Today I care about OSX the same you care about the next cover picture of the TV guide.
  8. macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    Re: In about everything, sorry... in everything

    to each his own. i've used mac "classic" since 1985 but have transitioned easily to osx. i think it's much better.

    in comparing "openness," in terms of standards compliance, os9 doesn't even compare.

    and maturity? sure, osx is only a couple of years old, but its mach kernel is from the 80s. it's pretty darn mature.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    Reality Maingrid 23 Subjunction 42A
    Re: In about everything, sorry... in everything

    I have one answer for you ;)

  10. macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    Re: Re: In about everything, sorry... in everything

    Yeahhh, keep making fun of me.

    I'm not in to the "fasion" any more, I mean, I'm not interested in getting the lates mac, the lates os or the lates soft. For some things I am, but I'm in a point where I can do what I want with what I have. I sure would like to have the latest mac but all the ram, etc but I want money comming in no going out.

    OS9 for me is not perfect but I got it under control very well, I like to manage things well, I like to manipulate my tools as I like. OSX is fine but for me OS9 is not broken. OSX has very nice features but I can do my job with OS9.

    For me is important having a calculator more than using the messenger, or having alias in a personilize Apple Menu Items, that si it. To navigate the internet faster? the internet is slow and OSX wont make too much differnece for me.

    That is my point of view.
  11. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Mac OS 9 is comfortable. When I get a new G? then on to X! :)
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    9s interface is a lot faster than osx on my g3 imac (kind of obvious) so if i just want the pleasure of scrolling webpages at full speed or thinking that my computer is incredibly fast, i boot into 9. 10 is better in every way, but the only reason that i installed classic after my erase and install of jaguar is that UT runs far more slowly in x than in 9 (hopefully if westlake releases a final version, it will run at full speed).
  13. macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Logic and all my VST instruments/effects. Games.
  14. macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    My dad uses it because he probably still doesn't know about os x :D. He has no need for OS X. He has been doing the same thing for years, with the same program, with the same computer. Upgrading to OS X would only cause problems. Problems I (the computer guru in my family) would have to fix :(....

  15. Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    os 9.x is good enough until i get something that has a G4 in it
  16. macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2002
    I have multiple computers and each has its own function. My g3 imac at home is osx (used for internet, and my wife's teaching stuff). My tibook runs both os's, but since i upgraded my final draft to 6.0 i can write my scripts in osx now so it stays booted in x most of the time. My work tower (quicksilver 800) still uses os9 because all of my graphic programs (illustrator, photoshop, after effects) are all in 9 and i just don't have the time to upgrade. and as much as i like osx, there is nothing to the upgrades of those programs that would add to my productivity at the moment so why pay the hundreds of dollars to upgrade to something so it just boots into x. So right now, i am living between the two universes.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jan 3, 2002
    I'm with whocares
    I just picked up Toast Titanium so now I only need 9 for games

    Just on the weekend I was getting back into Ultimate Doom, Joust, Specter VR, Critical Path and CroMag Rally (still have not downloaded the X update).
  18. macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    I have to use OS 9 for Photoshop, until we get version 7. I also use the Graphing Calculator (version 2.2) program from Pacific Tech. For $50 or so it's a steal compared to Mathmatica, but it's a demon, since the developer of the program doesn't have the time, nor the money, to invest in Cocoa programing of the Calculator.

    Occassionally I use ImageReady 3.0 and Strata Base 3.5, or a few other various apps.
  19. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2002
    Columbus, OH
  20. macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2002
    In the voice of the Conan O'Brian dog puppet: "I use OS9 to poop on!"
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2002
    ancient mac

    My mac is about 6 years old, and you can be certain that I use OS 9. I will upgrade (new machine) within the next year, however my 6500 runs CodeWarrior and RealBasic quite nicely.

    I am very happy that Apple will no longer waste its resources on OS 9 development.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2002
    Digital Performer. Come on MOTU we're waiting!
  23. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    Austin, TX
    OS 9

    Office 98, Toast, Photoshop and etc.
    The truth is, I use almost all of those in Classic since I don't use them enought to justify a humogous gain in speed. In all honesty, the updates to those cost a lot of money which I dont have. There was nothing wrong with OS9 except maybe not really multitasking, crashed more often than x(not much though), and was a product of how much you put into customizing it. Why I miss OS9, legacy and x is a beast. Also, OS9 is a lot more customizable than X. That's good and bad, good cause its fun, bad because the productivity of OS9 was based on how much time you put into customizing the interface.

    One final thing, u could just always put a alias of the applications folder or any other folder in the dock and control-click on it to come up with a list of the contents. Thats what I did for my applications menu. I find that putting the apps I use more often in the dock and accesing the rest through this little trick as pretty time saving. Just my 2 cents.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    OS 9

    M$ Outlook to connect to my Exchange server.
    4d Client 6.5 (Cuz I haven't purchase version 6.8 server yet)

    OS X

    Everything else
  25. macrumors 68000


    Dec 30, 2001
    The SimCity Deli
    1- Getting Roxio Toast to recognize my antique Sony Spressa CD-RW;

    2- Marathon, Marathon Durandal, Marathon Infinity, Rubicon AO

    3- TechTool Deluxe, Webroot MacWasher

    4- Links Championship Edition (it's waaaaay to slow under osX)

    Everything else is under Jaguar.

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