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10.3: File and folder labels are visible in Classic / OS 9 System
The labeling used in Panther (10.3) appears to be the same as that used in OS 9 and earlier versions of the Mac OS. So much so that if Panther has color-labeled an item, Classic running in 10.2 can see the colors, even if 10.2 cannot. I think we can safely assume Classic running in 10.3 can see the colors , too(ooo, shiny!).

[robg adds: Overall, Apple did a good job of implementing labels for OS X, with a couple of caveats. First, it seems that labels apply across multiple users; label something in the Applications folder, and all users see the color you've selected. Second, unlike OS 9, it's not possible to change the selected colors - you're stuck with Apple's selection (super hint if someone figures out what to modify to fix that one!). Finally, make sure you visit Finder -> Preferences -> Labels icon, unless you really want all your red-coded files to be labeled "Red," your green-coded files to be labeled "Green," etc.]
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10.3: File and folder labels are visible in Classic / OS 9
Authored by: terceiro on Oct 25, '03 12:27:27AM

An added bonus is that this label system is apparently compatible with apps that formerly recognized os 9 labels, namely Retrospect. I can now label a file/folder as "cool" and have it automagically skipped in Retrospect Express. Now I can backup my user folder and skip just my iDisk dmg and my VPC disks! Woohoo!



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10.3: File and folder labels are visible in Classic / OS 9
Authored by: bkperry on Oct 25, '03 01:15:31AM

Here's a shocker- two folders, which I created years ago in OS 9, and have moved from place to place, suddenly regained the folder colors that I assigned...in OS 9!



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Not a "caveat"
Authored by: ClassicUser on Oct 25, '03 01:37:48AM
Um, robg, when you say:
Overall, Apple did a good job of implementing labels for OS X, with a couple of caveats. First, it seems that labels apply across multiple users; label something in the Applications folder, and all users see the color you've selected.
How is this a caveat? The labels are a part of the file, just like - for example - the filename. If you changed the filename of an item in Applications, or any other "common" location, are you saying you wouldn't expect this new filename to be visible for other users?

Again, the labels being used are exactly the same labels as for OS 9: They are part of the attributes of the file itself, therefore any user who can change those attributes, will do so to the file itself; all users will see the change.

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Not a "caveat"
Authored by: baltwo on Oct 25, '03 02:41:56AM

AFAIK, anything labeled in OS 9, or in OS X 10.2 and earlier with LabelsX carries over into 10.3. IMHO, they blew the labeling implementation. It colors the labels and not the icons (as in earlier OSs and as provided with the LabelsX haxie). They also didn't provide the ability to change the colors with the color paletteā€”I really don't like the new pastel colors or coloring the items names. I hope Insanity gives LabelsX the ability to color icons and not their names. The current method is overbearing, especially when looking at a Finder window in list view, where each labeled item has the coloring going across every column entry.



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RE: Not a "caveat"
Authored by: sinjin on Oct 26, '03 02:23:45PM

Nah, I'm with Robg on this one. If I label a bunch off apps "Hot", or something like that 'cause I like them (and maybe even write an Applescript that uses the label, like say "bring all "hot" apps to the front", whatever) doesn't mean that every user on the machine is going to agree with my choice in "hot" apps. Perhaps you think Safari is hot but your lover is really into IE (chances are it isn't going to work out, sorry!), for example. No biggie, but still an oversight in design IMHO.



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RE: Not a "caveat"
Authored by: Jadey on Oct 26, '03 09:56:39PM

For my purposes, I'm glad they work across multiple accounts. I hope to be able to flag files that I've copied over to the correct accounts so I know they're safe for deletion from the shared items folder. Of course, this isn't ideal for everyone- a preference to make it cross-user would be best.



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10.3: File and folder labels are visible in Classic / OS 9
Authored by: phljoe on Oct 26, '03 09:24:12AM

This might seem elementary, but I see this as a way around the incompatibility between OS X/OS 9 comments. In our newspaper production workflow, we would apply a comment to files such as "Ready for printer" to indicate status. Since we are a mixed environment of OS X and OS 9 users, one group could not see the comments of the other without a separate but awkward utility like "Comment Synchronizer." Now with labels we can use colors to indicate file status.



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