Had to install Mac OS 9.

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  1. macgeek18, Sep 18, 2017
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    I had to install Mac OS 9 last night and realized what I newb I am with it. My first Mac ever had OS9 on it but I quickly installed OSX on it for use. This was back in 2009. I was given a ton of clip art software from the 90s by a couple who had a graphic design company before the .com crash. I now know why they have a bunch of PowerMac G3 and early G4s in storage at their house. My PowerMac Quicksilver is the only Mac I have capable to run OS9. Does anyone remember this software? Here's to Learning OS 9. [​IMG]
     
  2. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    Growing up with Pre-OSX makes me think that there wasn't really much to learn about OS9. It felt much simpler than OSX, but looking back at it, there are definitely many tricks to mastering the old system.

    A few features that I always admired about OS9:

    The Spatial Finder - one icon = one file, one window = one folder, no ifs, no buts. There is no such thing as having two windows of the same folder open. This sounds limiting, but it was a solid underpinning of the Mac OS foundation. Move and resize a window and the OS will always remember the size and position of that window, because "the window is the folder". Finely Position any icon and that's where it will be next time you look for it. I really love this concept, but I don't think it would work well in OS X.

    Popup / Tabbed windows - drag a window titlebar to the bottom of the screen and it becomes a popup tabbed window. Similar to having a folder icon in the dock in OSX, but again, the window is the folder, so it is technically "open".

    The Control Strip - one click and all your accessible settings are hidden away, unlike the multitude of menu icons in OS X / macOS.

    Custom Icons EVERYWHERE.. don't be shy, download icon packs then copy and paste custom icons onto everything.

    Window Shade! - Switching back to OS 9 makes me admire this simple feature. Be sure to enable the "Double-click to collapse windows" option in the Appearance Control Panel.


    A couple of little things to keep in mind;

    * Install Classilla

    * If an application seems to randomly crash, or crashes on launch. Try assigning more memory by choosing File -> Get Info, then upping the Preferred Memory option by a few MB or so.

    * Click and drag down on the applications menu on the top right to get a floating panel of open apps. Click the zoom widget to view as icons only, option-click on the zoom again to switch between small/large icons, finally, option-shift-click the zoom to change orientation of the panel for a dock-like row of icons instead of an app list.

    * One simple trick that will resolve almost every "Cannot find the Application used to open this file" type errors:
    Hold Command+Option before your drives appear on the desktop and choose "Rebuild Desktop".

    (There are dozens of little tricks like this using modifier keys for different 'secret' features. Try looking for a cheat sheet on Google.)

    I'm sure many others would agree that OS9 is pure nostalgia and really just fun to get back into that space. But every time I decide to take a trip down memory lane, I find it cumbersome to get any work done. Even word processing can be limiting as shortcuts that I've come to expect are just not there in OS9. If you want to tinker however, you can use ResEdit modify and add your own keyboard shortcuts to almost any menu item in any application.
     
  3. macgeek18 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I remember first playing with OS9 on my Blueberry iBook. It was an interesting experience coming from Windows XP.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    ???

    This exists in OS X. Finder Preferences.

    I used to use this all the time at work. But OS X and CMD+Tab works infinitely better in my opinion.
    OS X status bar.

    OS X does this too. Candybar.

    This however, was one of the most irritating things Jobs left in 9 (that and springloaded folders initially). Unsanity picked up the slack but eventually my habit of dual/triple monitors negated this.

    You can also assign different apps other than the stock app by using the Internet control panel.
     
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

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    As for custom icons, you don't even need a third-party utility. You can copy/paste new icons on to most files in OS X via the item's "About" box. And applications and other "package" files have the icon(s) you can just open the package and replace the icon file yourself.
     
  6. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    Yes. Easy enough. I suppose with OS9 though, it was more of a tradition to customize the look of everything (Kaleidoscope anyone?). I think most OS X users forget about this and just leave things in their default appearance. How many typical users ever paste custom icons onto their files and folders?

    (I know @eyoungren is the exception here ;))

    It was a huge trend in the 90s and early ‘00s though, especially when Mac OS 8.5 came out with 24bit color icons, which could also use an 8bit alpha channel/mask. Websites like iconfactory took off. There’s little excitement about custom icons in this way nowadays.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Yes please.

    I was a BIG user of Kaleidoscope in the day.

    BBX Mercury!
     
  8. jst333 macrumors newbie

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    At the time I really liked having the "sounds" on, while I was speeding through menu's and folders in OS9. To me mentally, the sounds made the GUI seem faster. I was bummed when OSX took the sounds away, OSX seemed so SLOW. I quickly got over it when Panther came out:)
     

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