Backdrop - Distraction-free tool for classic Mac OS

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  1. AphoticD, Jul 13, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2017

    AphoticD macrumors regular

    AphoticD

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    Hi all,

    I was going through some of my old backups from 2001 and found a simple utility I wrote to give the classic Mac OS a type of distraction-free presentation mode.

    Introducing Backdrop, resurrected from the vault and tested on various Mac systems.

    ** EDIT - Version 1.1 released 14th July, 2017**

    I have put some time into porting the app to Mac OS X and rebuilt to run natively on 10.2 through to 10.5. (Snow Leopard 10.6 on Intel is also supported via Rosetta).

    Download Backdrop v1.1 for PPC Mac OS X
    Download Backdrop v1.0 for 68k/PPC Classic Mac OS

    Mount the image file and drop the app into Apple Menu Items for quick access on Classic Mac OS.

    I hope someone finds it useful. Happy zombieware!

    -AphoticD

    P.S. I just posted this over at macos9lives.com as it seemed more appropriate there. But seeing as it does run well in Tiger, Panther and Jaguar under Classic, it may be useful for someone here too. (It should also run on Puma, Cheetah and Public Beta, but I don't have any way of testing)

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  2. KawaiiAurora macrumors 6502

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    That's pretty cool :) For future reference, this forum is for anything relating with PowerPC Macs so you can post OS9 stuff all you want.

    I'd suggest you upload it to MacintoshGarden or MacintoshRepository :)
     
  3. AphoticD thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good idea and thanks. I haven't see much in relation to classic Mac OS on here.
     
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    I am not a fan of OS9, but I welcome any development that benefits the PowerPC community as a whole.

    Nice app and good work. Thanks!
     
  6. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    This will be a great tool for my iMac G4 on Tiger!
     
  7. AphoticD thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I've ported to Mac OS X and released this native version as v1.1. See edit in OP or jump to the Backdrop micro-site.

    -AphoticD
     
  8. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    My beloved PowerMac G4 is 850 kilometers away from me for a while now, but I can grant you that as soon as I turn it on again I'll immediately try your apps/forks!
     

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