report on: photoshop 7 and filemaker 7 under tiger:
i've used the very good filemaker pro 7.0v1
and photoshop 7 in panther and tiger for years.
after paying for the leopard upgrade -- you always end up
finding out about the extra hidden costs of the cascade of
further upgrades one must buy in order to get everything
working that was working working again... :-P
first: photoshop 7
is dead under leopard -- pay up or switch to colourIt (ugh).
i get a 'An unexected and unrecoverable problem has occured because of a
program error. Photoshop will now exit' message just after the splash screen
appears. deleting preference plists doesn't help either. reading several other
reports of dead photoshop 7 on leopard after googling -- it appears
that she's dead jim.
i know this is an inevitable consequence of them testing photoshop 7
on the then existing OSX 10.2 (!) -- they can't test on a system
that won't exist for a couple years yet (!).
but the fact remains that the cost of leopard is just the start
of the upgrade dominoes -- on top of the leopard, i must pay for
more features (that i don't want!!) -- just to buy compatibility
with this latest cat. what if i don't want CS3? the functionality
of ps7 is all i need (+leopard compatibility). but its time to
cough up to pay the programmers - who after all - make it go.
second -- filemaker 7
: this opened up the ol database well enough,
but had a disturbing 'Unexpectedly Quit' every time i quit
the application -- making me fear if it had corrupted my
database by not properly closing (it opened again -- but now
there is uncertainty about its data integrity -- aaargh!).
i checked the versions -- it was brought into leopard as 7.0v1,
(and it crashed on exit) -- then i downloaded the 7.0v3 update,
and it no longer crashed on exit after i had applied the upgrade.
hope this helps someone else who needs
to get their filemaker 7 working on leopard.
third: Edirol UA-700
usb audio device support: i have an Edirol UA-700
usb audio device which worked fine in panther and tiger. version 2.0.1 of the
drivers died under leopard -- no audio out. upgrading to the 2.2.1 drivers fixed it.
four: Classic is Dead
-- Leopard also marks the loss of classic.
this is almost bearable, except for the fact that adobe dropped FRAMEMAKER
development and never made an OSX version. i also have 3000 pages of carefully
formatted legacy documents in framemaker -- conversion to HTML or PDF loses
all the parametric structure of the multi-document books, the paragraph
numbering, and style sheets -- there's never been a product that does so well
what framemaker does -- it was far superior to MS word for long technical
documents -- apple's own documentation was written using it ('Get Info' on
some of their pdfs!) -- still no replacement, and never going to get one.
just the backwards leap of going down to the level of MS word when for
over a decade, framemaker was better then what MS word is now -- ugh.
losing classic also means the loss of all the data kept in hypercard.
and my dad has several documents still in Fullwrite (venerable processor),
and macWrite Pro (which can be converted with macLink Plus). the other
hold-out for classic was FONTOGRAPHER -- there was no equivalent
product anywhere on the market. but thank god, they finally converted
that -- thank god for FontLab who did the upgrade.
the alternative then for: Hundreds of FrameMaker (.fmk) documens,
HyperCard stacks, and hundreds of legacy MacWrite Pro documents
is then left in the hands of OS 8.6 and SHEEPSHAVER -- without that,
i doubt it would be possible to open these documents for anyone after tiger.
five: Address Book reversion problems
. i find that under Leopard,
my addressbook reverts back to an old version (despite .mac sync prefs
in the 'Advanced' tab > 'Reset Sync Data' set to: machine overwrites .mac.
thank god i have a backup, but if i didn't -- several hundred contacts
would be gone -- bad bad bad.
so, a leopard upgrade loses: photoshop 7, and OS9 classic.
BBedit 6.1.2 survives (!!), filemaker 7 survives with a patch.
thankfully i don't have to buy a new usb audio interface
(because edirol did update their drivers).
all the best from toronto island,