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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X Classic
I hear folks complain about missing the old classic Finder from OS 9 after upgrading to OS X. Well, as it turns out, you can use the old Finder in OS X. What you need to do is change the type and creator codes of the Finder and it will launch just like a normal application. I used good ole ResEdit for this task, but you can use any program capable of modifying this setting.

Make a copy of the classic Finder. Get info on the classic Finder via ResEdit (or use your favorite program). Change the TYPE code to 'APPL' and the CREATOR code to something else (I used 'Sys9'). Save the file and you're done.

To avoid a generic icon on our launchable Finder, I copied the Finder icon out of the system finder (resources icl8, icl4, icn#, ics8, ics4, ics# if you're using ResEdit) and pasted them into the Finder's resource fork. I created a BNDL resource and matched the APPL icon to the Finder icon. You must also check "Has BNDL" in the info window for the icon to work.

Note the previous paragraph is not required to get this hack to work. It is merely what I did to improve aesthetics.

With Classic running, you can now double click on your newly hacked Classic Finder application and run a OS 9 Finder right from the Classic enviroment of OS X. This trick even works with Finders dating back to System 7.1! Talk about a Blue Box!

Be aware you will still not see a Finder desktop. You'll have to remember your key commands to open the HD. Press Cmd-Shift-Up Arrow to select the boot drive. Then press cmd-o or cmd-down arrow to open the window. While no windows are open, you may start typing the name of a particular mounted volume in order to select it and use the keys listed above to open it.

[kirkmc adds: I didn't test this. While I'm nostalgic about some things, I don't miss the OS 9 Finder!]
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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: diamondsw on Oct 30, '06 08:16:22AM

Having used SheepShaver a lot recently, I'd like to see people ACTUALLY use the OS 9 Finder again for a while. It'll sure make you stop complaining about the OS X one!



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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: mcoyle1960 on Oct 30, '06 10:07:25AM

That's interesting. I can think one handy use for this: when copying files it bypasses UNIX permissions.

Hmmm... that could be considered a security problem.



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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: mantrid on Nov 16, '06 01:16:24PM

Why would it do that? Just like any other Classic app, it seems to run with the privileges of the user, at least on 10.4.8.



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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: mike3k on Oct 30, '06 10:17:34AM

I hate the MacOS 9 Finder. I'm in love with the column view and when I'm forced to use any other view I feel slowed down and less productive.



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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: mubarak on Oct 30, '06 10:38:49AM

I had posted this hack to macintouch.com when OS X 10.1 came out. Apple promptly closed the loophole because of security implications. Looks like a slip-up has caused it to work again!

Won't last long, I am afraid....



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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: NewPerfection on Oct 30, '06 11:12:28AM

Kinda cool, I don't have much use for it since I rarely even launch Classic. In fact, I think when I launched it to test this it was the first time I have in months.

It works, Finder wanted to rebuild the desktop file which I stopped because it was taking forever and eating up all my CPU power. This might be useful sometime though.



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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: Kerberos on Oct 30, '06 01:47:36PM

Some of us in the publishing business still like to organize our thousands of fonts into orderly font suitcases, which as far as I know can't be done in OS X. I've been using Font/DA Mover (!), so being able to use the OS 9 Finder (which handles suitcases like folders) is great!



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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: Unsoluble on Oct 30, '06 04:34:48PM
I'm gonna go ahead and recommend Linotype's FontExplorerX, which is a terrific (and free) font management app. Not sure if it'll help with what you're trying to do there, but it pains me to think of anyone still using the Font/DA Mover, so... :)

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Use MacOS 9 Finder in OS X
Authored by: Kerberos on Nov 02, '06 06:58:56AM

Thanks -- I do use Font Explorer and find it even better than good old ATM Deluxe. But I still like to organize the suitcases (like combining packages, or breaking them up so you don't have 40 fonts listed when you only need a couple.



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