Mac OS X Panther Tips and Info

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With Panther's arrival, many users are getting comfortable with the new operating system. A few interesting articles have been posted to help users familiarize themselves with the new version of Mac OS:

MacOSX Hints posted a summary of all their Panther Hints.
MacWorld: 40 Mac OS X 10.3 Features, Tips, and Tricks
Panther Video from Apple's Store at the Grove... with your guide, Omar.
Expose: New Window Management
 

alset

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I'll say it again.... Thank goodness for osxhints.com. Robg really opened up the potential to exploit our Macs, and I love him for it. Similarly, I am enjoying the hints thread on this site. I've seen quite a few tricks during Robg's downtime (Sunday).

Dan
 

teetoo

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10.3 is fantastic except for one small thing - I've just noticed Macromedia Flash MX has dynamic fonts problems - font outlines are not embedded correctly.

More importantly I then upgraded to Studio MX Pro to see if it work ok there and all the 2004 MX application crash/auto-quit on loading.

I'm gonna have to downgrade to 10.2.8 so I can do my work again, I'll have to upgrade again when a fix comes out either from Apple or Macromedia.
 

punter

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Re: Mac OS X Panther Tips and Info

Originally posted by Macrumors

Panther Video from Apple's Store at the Grove... with your guide, Omar.
I like a bit of subtle humor in the rumors reporting! That video certainly is identifiable as the one with omar in it.
 

misr12

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Hardware compatibility list

Before I upgrade I would like to know if my printers are supported before I upgrade. I have a MFC Brother 8300 laser and Canon s600 inkjet (they are supported in OSX 10.2.8). More importantly the MFC Brother 8300..... It's a tank and is vital to my SOHO.... Does apple offer a program for download the checks or offers a compatibility list?

Thanks in advance!

Tom
 

cdkf92

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Man, that OS X video is terrible.:eek: How long has that been up?

It's a long drop from Chiat's minimalist commercials to this "in your face" style of sales video.
 

tny

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So far: Expose is very useful. I'm gradually learning when to use it, though having to work on a PC during the day is making things annoying with acculturating myself to this feature. I'm also finding that the new finder is more usable (I'm talking about the sidebar; of course the sheer speed of the new finder is the best part of the update).

I haven't been using the iDisk or labels as much as I thought I might. Also, I haven't seen much app speed up (I'm using a G5).
 

ViRGE

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Originally posted by cdkf92
Man, that OS X video is terrible.:eek: How long has that been up?
Agreed. Sorry Steve, you deserve a swift kick for this.
 

macnews

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Just got my upgrade today. Expose` is the most exciting feature I am looking forward to. I also have some concerns about other accessories (printer and scanner) working. Normally, I wouldn't worry but if there has been one consistent problem with OS X is the unpredictability in support for these items. Keyword is unpredictable - NOT unsupported.
 

pgwalsh

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Originally posted by ViRGE
Agreed. Sorry Steve, you deserve a swift kick for this.
I think the video is good. It shows that people are hyped about panther and I think people should be. No harm in showing you're excited about something. :p


Any reports on how Panther works with G3 based computers? Fast/Slow?
 

phgreer

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Originally posted by pgwalsh

Any reports on how Panther works with G3 based computers? Fast/Slow?

i've got it installed on my G3 600 MHz iBook. It starts up and shuts down a LOT faster.

I don't have the rotating cube effect for multiple fast user switching but that's just asthetics and it works the way it is supposed to work otherwise.

I was doing some web design work this weekend and Expose made that a LOT more manageable!


I did the upgrade not a clean install. I dumped Acrobat Reader and will be using Preview -- it's all I need for now and I like the speed of that.
 

pgwalsh

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Originally posted by phgreer
i've got it installed on my G3 600 MHz iBook. It starts up and shuts down a LOT faster.

I don't have the rotating cube effect for multiple fast user switching but that's just asthetics and it works the way it is supposed to work otherwise.

I was doing some web design work this weekend and Expose made that a LOT more manageable!


I did the upgrade not a clean install. I dumped Acrobat Reader and will be using Preview -- it's all I need for now and I like the speed of that.
Any speed differences other than starting up or shutting down? I don't restart my system often, so this isn't a big deal. However, I've heard windows and applications are slower on a G3 and I wanted to verify if this was true or not?

I'm on a B/W G3 800(upgrade) with 1 gb ram. Have the Radeon 7000 installed, but may switch back to rage 128
 

cubist

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Originally posted by pgwalsh
I think the video is good. It shows that people are hyped about panther and I think people should be. No harm in showing you're excited about something. :p
The video is great! I wish Apple would make commercials like that and put them on TV. Start talking about the products and not being so "artistic".
 

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Expose

No doubt, Expose is the best thing since the mouse! Wonder if Apple had the foresight to patent this baby - hey if Amazon can patent "one-click" then Apple should patent OS innovations. That would so bug Gates & Co not to be able to use one of their regular developer's ideas for free ...;)
 

nycmacartist

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"Man, that OS X video is terrible. How long has that been up?

It's a long drop from Chiat's minimalist commercials to this "in your face" style of sales video.



OMFG,
I can't believe you people. Apple commercials have be criticized for showing the hardware, or cute stoned girls talking about homework. They have never shown a Mac in action. Anyone who thinks windows people should more about OSX, will be happy with this.
I think it was great. I'm running 9.2 and seeing this makes me want to get it ASAP.
 

teetoo

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I was just reading on versiontracker.com's (Flash MX 2004 review) that the crashing problem for 2004 apps happens if you've installed 2004 before installing 10.3

Apparently if you install 10.3 first and then 2004 it's fine. I'd used up the 30 day trial back on 10.2.8 before installing the studio pro on 10.3 - guess that's why it doesn't work for me.

I'm going to try a clean install on my powerbook at some point, then install 2004 again to see if it does the trick.
 

ITMediaCo

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Originally posted by teetoo
10.3 is fantastic except for one small thing - I've just noticed Macromedia Flash MX has dynamic fonts problems - font outlines are not embedded correctly.

More importantly I then upgraded to Studio MX Pro to see if it work ok there and all the 2004 MX application crash/auto-quit on loading.

I'm gonna have to downgrade to 10.2.8 so I can do my work again, I'll have to upgrade again when a fix comes out either from Apple or Macromedia.
I have yet to upgrade... I am kind of nervious after seeing the Flash problem post.

Has anyone else discovered this problem?
 

teetoo

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OK, I'm now making some progress with Flash 2004 & 10.3. I've just installed Flash MX 2004 on my cube which is running 10.3 and all is well so far, Flash starts up with no problem. This machine had not had any MX 2004 apps installed previously.

Also the issue of Flash MX (2003) on 10.3 rendering font outlines incorrectly seems to be ok in the 2004 version (installed on same machine). Now I've managed to get a working verison all I've got to do is to try and catchup on the work I should have done today.

I get well hacked off when problems like this aren't documented by Macromedia or Apple, it must have come out in the beta testing weeks ago, I've wasted so much time on this.
 
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