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How often do you use Classic?

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Constantly; it starts at login 81 (3.26%)
Several times a day 64 (2.58%)
About once a day 63 (2.54%)
A few times a week 189 (7.61%)
A few times a month 273 (10.99%)
Very very rarely 730 (29.38%)
I don't use it any more at all 810 (32.60%)
I have *never* used Classic 275 (11.07%)
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The only reason I ever use Classic anymore...
Authored by: Quantum Panda on Mar 21, '03 01:14:41PM

...is to play older games that I still love (especially Fox Sci-Fi Pinball). If it weren't for certain games, I'd never run Classic anymore; just about everything I need to do on a practical level can be done in Carbon or Cocoa apps, or from the command line.



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The only reason I ever use Classic anymore...
Authored by: MasterFritts on Mar 21, '03 03:48:38PM

Only reason I use it is for Puke-XPress.

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Only use for Scanner
Authored by: darndog on Mar 21, '03 02:06:55PM

Heidelberg Linoscan 1200, a very (very) slow USB scanner with the crappy distinction of being the only Heidelberg scanner with no OS X support...



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Only use for Scanner
Authored by: supercity on Mar 24, '03 09:02:24PM

Have you tried Vuescan? Worked on my then unsupported Canon scanner, and claims to work on thousands of others. Download through Versiontracker or Macupdate.



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Only use for Scanner
Authored by: RZambrana on Mar 25, '03 09:44:13AM

AMEN! You stole my line!
VueScan doesn't care what kind of scanner you're running, it will find it and give you (in some cases) a hell of a lot more options than factory drivers, just make sure you get the NEWEST version, and since your scanner is USB, you should be aces!



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Never used Classic (intentionally)
Authored by: r0adrage on Mar 21, '03 02:16:19PM

The only times I've ever used classic has been by accident. The early carbon builds of Yahoo Messenger would launch URLs incorrectly, bringing up the OS9 version of Internet Explorer, unless I already had the OSX version of Internet Explorer running.

I think I may have used it another time, launching ResEdit without realizing it was an OS9 app.

So "Never" isn't totally accurate, but it was the closest choice for me. I have never expected to see the Classic mode starting up, though it has slipped through a few times.



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classic? what's that?
Authored by: j|m on Mar 21, '03 03:02:55PM

I got my TiBook the morning before Jaguar was released; it's actually never run anything other than 10.2.

Well, okay, classic did launch once, but I completely trashed it a while back.



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exit
Authored by: 242 on Mar 21, '03 04:28:39PM

I trashed it since 10.2 was running on my powerbook G3.

I was waiting for Fontographer to come over but Macromedia is letting it die slowly, so I don't wait anymore.

And Quark? Well, I go to press and prepress with my indesign files. No problems so far.

I do miss realplayer codecs although the quicktime pro mp4 codecs do a great job.

Swift 3D? too bad that they didn't release their v3 for OSX. They could have. Now I use Cinema 4D, it has a very capable flash exporter...



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Outlook!
Authored by: imacusr on Mar 21, '03 07:02:09PM

Oh how I long for the promised native Exchange functionality. (Too bad it means we also need to upgrade our mail server to Exchange 2000.)



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I don't use but kids do.
Authored by: WillyT on Mar 22, '03 01:18:08AM

They just have to have the Sim games.



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The Sims
Authored by: nick2588 on Mar 22, '03 01:09:22PM
The Sims IS carbon now. Has been for a while.

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I don't use but kids do.
Authored by: danieldyl on Mar 31, '03 06:03:51PM

Nick's right:

http://www.apple.com/games/updates/sims/



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No more Entourage!
Authored by: morgion on Mar 22, '03 02:40:38AM

I waited around using Classic just long enough for Jaguar to come out... then for iCal to not be inherently buggy (now it's just explicitly annoying) and iSync to get out of a beta that wouldn't thrash my hard drive.

Now OS 9 and Entourage are all but forgotten...
...until I sync with my Visor and to-do items are mis-categorized...
...and calendar items are Unfiled...
...and I'd like to be able to have more control over alarms...
...and I've submitted over a dozen suggestions on the whole mess...

But I don't have to use Microsoft daily any more!
...except Word that crashes every 30 seconds...
Yeay?



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Classic
Authored by: veekay on Mar 22, '03 12:28:29PM

I still use it constantly - my genealogy programme is not yet OSX friendly.



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Classic
Authored by: Eravau on Mar 22, '03 01:09:11PM
At work:
  • Quark XPress
  • Outlook (for Exchange Server)
At home:
  • Kids' dozens of edutainment games
The work stuff will probably be taken care of "soon", but I don't see the edutainment games being updated to OS X on any rushed timeline.

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Still required
Authored by: a1291762 on Mar 23, '03 04:25:25PM

As much as I'd like to get rid of Classic, it's still required because there are apps that aren't available OSX-native. I almost get the feeling that carbon should have been pushed much harder (maybe even required it) before OS X so that more apps would be compatible.

I'm going to have to run it again because I want to edit resources in MSN Messenger (the sounds) and ResEdit isn't Carbon. I have seen only 1 resource editing program that is OSX-native but it's commercial software :(



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Don't even have it
Authored by: rk8102 on Mar 24, '03 09:51:27AM

When I re-installed Jaguar about 3 weeks ago, I didn't even install Classic. So while I still have a Classic item in System Preferences, it just tells me I don't have any 9.1 System Folders for Classic. Before re-install, I never used it so that's why I got rid of it.



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No More Classic
Authored by: pete on Mar 24, '03 10:50:21AM
  After installing 10.1 when it first came out, I rarely bothered with Classic. January 2002 I moved Classic & most of its components out ready to be trashed, and in March I deleted it all. When I installed Jaguar, I didn't even bother with System 9 drivers.

  I recently bought GriffTax online (Cdn Tax Software) made for the Mac. I tried opening the installer and nothing happened. Apparently it is for Classic only and they couldn't believe me when I said I had no way of using it.

  Over two years of OS X availability and they have not moved over yet. Why are companies like this waiting so long to make the move?

  As for the scanner keeping Classic, doesn't VueScan support your scanner?

  Pete

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Games
Authored by: FenrisUlf on Mar 24, '03 11:47:16PM

Like most who still use classic, there are a couple of older games I like to play. Back when I first bought my Powermac 733, I bought quite a few cheap games with it, to tide me over until my free OS X CD arrived. :) (I believe it was 10.0.3). I really should repartition at some point, so OS X can have some of the OS 9 real-estate......

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No more classic
Authored by: aranor on Mar 25, '03 11:50:47PM

I've been using macs all my life, so of course I've used Classic, but I don't any more. I keep it on the computer simply in case it's ever needed, but I don't use it. If I accidentally try to open an OS 9 program, I force-quit Classic before it finishes starting up. I never want to have to use it again.



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sayonara classic
Authored by: tersono on Mar 26, '03 04:03:41AM

I haven't had classic installed on any of my machines in over a year. When I bought my current DP867 MDD machine end of last year the first thing I did with it was delete all traces of classic... Good riddance to it ;)



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Still have a need for classic
Authored by: gwcoyne on Mar 26, '03 12:36:57PM

It's amazing but I still find Hypercard useful and my wife can only use her Umax scanner in Photoshop under classic.



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Still have a need for classic - kind of
Authored by: RZambrana on Mar 27, '03 09:02:28PM

Theres Quark 4.1 & 5, but I'm starting to use InDesign more, it doesnt 'move' like Quark did though, when Quark 6 hits shelves I'll go back...

And while I'm saving up for (X Native) Font Lab, theres also Fontographer. (Which BTW, Macromedia has forsaken completely... Mm Support says there are no plans to ever move Fontographer past 4.1.3, let alone to OS X...)

If it wasn't for these two slackers, I'd be full time X, but for now, maybe 4 days out the week I can entirely avoid Classic or booting in 9...



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Still have a need for classic
Authored by: krishna on Mar 31, '03 01:29:50PM

Sane is currently available under fink unstable; sane (and the 'xsane' program), supports a bunch of UMAX scanners. I'm thinking it will be released with the next stable fink release.



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Virtual Game Station...
Authored by: uurf on Mar 26, '03 03:30:37PM
...is the only thing I boot into Classic for. Otherwise I only use classic to run Old Games for my kids - especially the Humongous Entertainment stuff.

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Virtual Game Station...
Authored by: Garrett on Mar 27, '03 06:01:54PM

My children's games almost always crash unless I reboot in OS 9? Is this
what you do when you us "classic"?

Garrett



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OCR
Authored by: echo on Mar 26, '03 05:46:31PM

A remaining need I have for Classic is OCR. The free OmniPage that's bundled with scanners works great in Classic. My infrequent need for OCR doesn't balance out the expense of a native OCR program. I would love to have a good solution to native OCR!

For web coding, I also still test in Netscape 4, but I could let go of this practice, especially since I stopped coding workarounds specifically for this PITA browser.

There's also the occasional trip to ResEdit.



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reason was distiller, but now I use ghostscript
Authored by: jzsimon on Mar 26, '03 06:12:50PM

The only reason I've used classic for the last year is for Acrobat Distiller, since native Mac OS X pdfs are much bigger than Mac OS X postscript distilled into pdf.

In the last month I've completely switched over to using Ghostscript to convert the postscript to pdf. And thanks to MacOSXHints I don't even need a terminal to do it, and I don't even need to see the postscript file anymore.



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Oh no - I have to re-install Classic!
Authored by: pete on Mar 28, '03 09:24:27AM
  I know a while ago I stated that I got rid of System 9 last year. After having mulled it over though, I am re-installing it.

  I want to re-partition the hard drive, since my original set-up isn't very good (3x40gig's!) I want 20 gigs for X, 5 gigs for a possible swap, 40 gigs for my home partition and then a couple back-up type partitions. I don't need 120 gig's, but as that old saying goes - bigger is better.

  Since I am re-initializing the drives, I'm plunking down the System 9 drivers, so I can put in System 9.2.1. I have been waiting (along with everyone else!) forever for DiskWarrior to come out with a version for X, now Jaguar. They aren't - so I am now forced to do this.

  Presently, I am having a few minor problems which DiskWarrior can solve. My old cd I made for DW has System 9.0.4 on it, which can't see my hard drive in Jaguar.

  I hope everyone applauds my determination (slow 26,400 dialup with Apple's 76 meg combo updater downloaded overnight!) in doing this, as I am quite certain a week or two from now will see DW for X released!



  Pete

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Oh no - I have to re-install Classic!
Authored by: phildobbin on Mar 28, '03 02:36:19PM

Alsoft are taking pre-orders for a OS X DiskWarrior for existing
customers now and it'll be shipping next month.
See <http://www.alsoft.com/> for more details.



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Oh no - I have to re-install Classic!
Authored by: pete on Mar 29, '03 04:32:37PM
  Thanks - I surfed in and ordered it right away.

  Now that I am on 9. Wow - is very fast - shows just how old my iMac is. Ugly but fast.

  Didn't look like Plus Optimizer was being updated, so I have booted up 9 to make new cd with the updated program and System 9.2.1.

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never used classic ;-)
Authored by: giaguara on Mar 28, '03 11:27:39AM

never used classic really. when i got my mac, it had x and the x was the reason i like it. i don't like classic so as all my apps are either for os x or manually compiled from the unix apps, i never have needed the classic for anything. :-)

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This poll is maybe bogus
Authored by: maclives on Mar 29, '03 10:29:06PM
People who use startup and run Classic progs everyday probably aren't all that likely to surf to macosxhints.com are they? So the start up and run all day numbers are naturally low.

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This poll is maybe bogus
Authored by: maclives on Mar 29, '03 10:32:25PM
You are right on!

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This poll is maybe bogus
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 31, '03 02:03:05PM

...and your grammar is maybe really bad.



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This poll is maybe bogus
Authored by: werikblack on Mar 31, '03 09:52:55PM
Well, it may be skewed, but not bogus. Even though everyone here is interested in OS X, not everyone can use it exclusively. In addition to OS X, I use Classic because I have to connect to an Exchange server, and have Win XP to use our support database. Before anyone says I should just use Outlook on my Windows box, I receive a lot of attachments for apps I just have on my Mac, so that's not practical, even with SMB, FTP, etc. Just because it can be done doesn't mean that I need to waste the company's money while I shuffle files to prove a point. Sorry, enough of that ramble! I need the calendar and global address book functions, unfortunately, or I'd just connect via IMAP and use Entourage or Mail. Sigh...

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WMA support
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 31, '03 02:05:33PM

I've discovered that many divx files have audio encoded in wma format and unfortunatly, there is no OSX support for this yet. I gotta have my Invader Zim. So, classic it is.



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WMA support
Authored by: Odoric on Mar 31, '03 02:55:25PM

I also used classic to watch my Invader Zim Divx's but now switched to MPlayer. It comes from the linux world (I think)
I don't know the URL but I guess google does...
The GUI is rather limited but it suits just fine to open those Zim's and play 'em fullscreen :)



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WMA support
Authored by: rawktavio on Mar 31, '03 04:24:35PM

same here buddy,
try the new version of vlc
www.videolan.org
i have the same invader zim vids, the new vlc played them.

hope i helped :D

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