Chapter 8: Clobbering Classic

Chapter 8: Clobbering Classic


(Or: If you have to use the Classic Environment, how to make the best of it.)

If OS X is your first experience with a Mac, most, if not all, of your software was made for, or adapted to, Mac OS X. However, if you previously used OS 9 or earlier, you most likely have a good amount of software that isn't OS X - native. Luckily, Apple has provided a way for you to use such software under OS X, called the Classic Environment. In this chapter, I'm going to talk about using the Classic Environment and Classic applications, as well as some tips on how to make using both as painless as possible.

In addition to the information included in this chapter, if you're just now making the transition to OS X from OS 9 or earlier, or if you use both frequently, I've included a comparative discussion of OS X versus OS 9, and tips for working with the two, in Appendix A, "A Tale of Two Systems." If you long for some of the features of OS 9 that aren't a part of OS X, I'll show you how to get them; if you boot your Mac in both OS 9 and OS X, I'll show you how to make switching back and forth as smooth as possible.


All of the tips and procedures in this chapter are for any user level, affect only that individual user, and do not require Terminal. Because of this, you won't see the familiar tip table.