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Mar 21, 2002, 09:34 PM
I know this a stupid question, but I'm about to take the OSX plunge and I want to know if I need to upgrade all my software. Do I have to have office vX? Will my old Quicken work? Do any old apps work with X? I told you it was a stupid question!!
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Mar 22, 2002, 03:02 PM
No one knows the answer to my question?? Maybe I'm not so dumb afterall!!
Come on, somebody has to know the answer!!
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Mar 22, 2002, 03:20 PM
The answer is YES and NO...

You can either run older (non-carbonized) OS 9 applications in:

1) OS 9 or,
2) OS X's classic environment

When in OS X, if you double click on an old program (let's say your version of Quicken) OS X will first launch a program called Classic. That takes about 10 - 15 seconds. Then classic will launch your application. It will look and ack like it did in OS 9 when you are using it (95% of the time). PLEASE NOTE: The program will act a little different, and you may have printing problems, network issues etc.

I tell people to do this. Write down what programs you use the most and how much time you spend with them.
Mine was something like this:
1) Photoshop 20%
2) Quark 20%
3) Office (w/ Entorage) 30%
4) Illustrator 5%
5) Internet Program 25%

When you get above 70% with native OSX programs, make the switch... I did it, but still use Photoshop and Quark in Classic and it causes some issues like with print.

I hope this works for you. OSX is a great OS, and I am sure it will only get better with time...

[ 03-22-2002: Message edited by: mitchell_pgh ]
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Mar 23, 2002, 01:05 AM
Thanks Mitchell, I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question! It sounds like it is time for me to make the switch to OSX.
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