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We have a good collection of Panther hints, culled from both reader submissions and my time with the new OS (I had early access for a Macworld project). I believe there are over 50 Panther hints in the queue, some of which will obviously be duplicates, along with the handful or two that I've discovered myself. In keeping with the spirit of the site -- we try to unearth the hidden features, not the top of the heap stuff -- I'll do my best to make sure we don't publish a hint that's covered on Apple's Panther new features page (but it's quite possible I might slip up, so consider this an excuse in advance).

As noted earlier, these hints will appear at 9:00pm Pacific Time on Friday night, after some final testing with a boxed copy of Panther. I'm also going to create a Panther "meta-hint," containing links to all of the Panther hints, to make them easier to find -- I'll link to (and update, of course) this meta-hint somewhere on the homepage for a while as the transition occurs.

So tune in on Friday night for the inside scoop on working with Apple's latest big cat. I promise more of the usual collection of informative, interesting, stupid, complex, easy, and useless hints that you see here on a regular basis :).

October 24th 11:27am Update: I have posted just three new hints this morning -- working on the Panther hints kept me quite busy. But I now have 15 of them ready to go, awaiting final test when my box copy of Panther arrives later today. Barring any failures, they'll all go online precisely at 9:00pm Pacific tonight. I hope to post another large batch this weekend as well; there are still plenty left in my notes and in the queue -- but I fear that running more than 15 or so at one time will lose the hints in the background noise too quickly for some folks, so that's what I'm going to limit it to...

-rob.
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A big thank-you to Rob
Authored by: mikerose on Oct 23, '03 03:03:58PM

and the rest of the MacOSXHints team, for everything you do to make our favorite OS a little bit more special every day.

MOSXhints has been invaluable in the Jaguar Era and I have no doubt it will be just as vital in the age of Panther.

Can't wait for the new book! :-)



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A big thank-you to Rob
Authored by: gklinger on Oct 24, '03 01:58:43AM

It's interesting and appropriate that your comment appears first and I wanted to say that I completely agree with what you said.

As soon as I read this post, my first thought was one of guilt. I realized I have been a parasite long enough and I should contribute to support all the great work that Rob and company have been doing. This is the first site I visit every day (and I've been doing so for a couple of years now) so it's about time.

Rob: Thank you.



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Authored by: doublea on Oct 23, '03 04:57:09PM
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Authored by: ClarkGoble on Oct 23, '03 04:57:36PM

Thanks for all the help as well. I've found your site invaluable.

One thought comes to mind though is revisiting some of the other hints to see if they still work under Panther.

It might be useful to have some little graphic that says "tested with Panther." I say this because I can think of several that deal with plists or the like which will likely break.



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Authored by: terceiro on Oct 23, '03 05:11:55PM

One way to do this without overwhelming Rob is to do some of the work ourselves. If we try a hint and it does or doesn't work, just say so in the comments. That way, when the next person comes along, they'll see that so-and-so says it made Panther crash (or whatever), or what they had to do to make it work with Panther.



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Authored by: robg on Oct 23, '03 06:02:55PM

Yes, please :). I'd love to have the time to update the 4,000+ hints in the database, but it's just not realistic. The other option is to train a couple dozen volunteers to go through the back hints and test, but that's still asking quite a lot of work from the crew.

Going forward, I'm going to do my best to test on 10.2 and 10.3 at least through year-end...

-rob.



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Authored by: ClarkGoble on Oct 23, '03 06:23:09PM

Sorry, I didn't mean to have Rob do the work. Just that perhaps we could send Rob a note that we've tested it under Panther. He could then put a "Tested for Panther" or "Not compatible with Panther" graphic on them.



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Authored by: robg on Oct 23, '03 06:31:03PM

Ah, that I could also do...

-rob.



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Authored by: veshman on Oct 23, '03 07:31:01PM

How are people planning on installing Panther? Clean or Update?

If clean, what is the best way to save old emails and such?

Bhavesh



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Authored by: baltwo on Oct 23, '03 10:58:30PM

I beta tested Panther and Archive & Install, preserving Users and network settings, was the most common installation process used by the testers.



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Authored by: dafuser on Oct 24, '03 12:28:37AM

Clean install

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LaterDafuser



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Authored by: airdrummer on Oct 24, '03 11:37:39AM

got my delivery last night(only took 1 day in shipping, not 2;-) & did a clean/archive install, preserving users and network settings, on my 366mHz/576mB/10gB grape clamshell...it went smoothly, even preserved my home dir ln to another (os9)partition:-)

it does seem to be somewhat snappier w/pulldowns, etc, haven't had time to try much, but i'm a happy camper:-)



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oh, 1 thing...
Authored by: airdrummer on Oct 24, '03 11:53:50AM

i did notice was that multiple nfs mounts on the same server (such as nfs://myLinuxBox/home & nfs://myLinuxBox/bigDisk) are now labeled "home" & "bigDisk", not myLinuxBox & myLinuxBox-1:-)



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Authored by: adrick42 on Oct 24, '03 11:50:14AM
Archive & install, just because I don't want to spend 8 hours re-installing all my apps....
Macromedia suite, Office suite, Adobe suite... etc
It just takes so long I don't think it would be worth it.

Does anyone here know of any (validated) reasons to do a clean install?

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cd ~/ ; %20out

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Authored by: lanej0 on Oct 24, '03 05:37:02PM

Not sure what you consider validated, but just to share my experience using 7B85 (the last build). Doing an upgrade install hooped some of the preferences in my home directory. A bunch of applications were acting funny after the upgrade. Re-creating the user directory fixed the majority of the problems, but to this day, I still can't print on either the office or home printer. It gives me an "empty print file" error.



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Authored by: GaelicWizard on Oct 24, '03 02:29:24AM

Perhaps this is a good time to start a "Panther" graphic on the hints that are panther-specific, and maybe a "Jaguar" graphic on jag-specific etc. Some generic graphic for hints that aren't MOX specific. :-)

Keep up the good work, rob!

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Authored by: Twitch on Oct 24, '03 02:15:47PM

Just got around to installing my copy (had it yesterday, so much for Apple trying to time it right again. I'm not complaining tho). I love it. Much faster, 'feels' powerful if that makes any sense. Expose is awesome, I can't stop playing with it. It even sleans up my Clutter cd covers LOL! You guys are going to love it.

I did an upgrade, instead of a clean install.

Since everyone else is saying it, Rob man, this site has been an invaluble resource. The community keeps this place going, but your hard work sifting through all the 'stuff' is well appreciated.



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Authored by: bluehz on Oct 24, '03 06:49:37PM

robg - would it be helpful if we tagged our correspondence for easy sorting? I'm sure you must get inundated with stuff around these times....

(W) - works
(DNW) - does not work
(HINT) - hint, new feature, tip, etc

etc....?????

You lay the style and we'll follow.



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