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Subject:   Missing the point? I don't think so.
Date:   2002-08-01 23:30:34
From:   derrick
Response to: missing the point

Actually, I don't think I'm missing the point at all.

Let's start with all those "poor AOL users." The AOL client for Mac OS X is just as easy as on any other platform. You turn on your computer, launch AOL, and do your thing. Those folks have it made.

As for Quark, you can't tell me that 80 percent of the Mac user community is relying on Quark as their main application. It just ain't so. Those who do rely on Quark won't be able to switch to Mac OS X outright until January or so. But those same people can still buy and install Mac OS X and start getting comfortable now. You can run both OSs on one computer.

Here's what I'm trying to say: Software vendors aren't going to hang around and wait forever for the Mac community to reunite under Mac OS X. Take Microsoft. They've already said that they will not write any more software for OS 9. Period. If their OS X titles don't sell, then they pull back. Money is a big part of this conversation. And we are going to have to part with some of our money to keep our platform. Believe me, I did not like shelling out my bucks to buy an Office upgrade. I'm a writer for a living, and writers don't earn a lot of dough.

The point I'm trying to make is that it's time for us to start using Mac OS X in whatever capacity we can. We are at a crossroads, and I want this platform to succeed. I'd like to hear fewer excuses and more creative thinking on this issue.

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  • Missing the point? I don't think so.
    2002-08-02 03:16:01  geertdeg [View]

    I think Robert is right. If you say "As for Quark, you can't tell me that 80 percent of the Mac user community is relying on Quark as their main application.", I think you're underestimating how big the prepress-community is within the Mac-community. I have switched to OSX for prepress and it doesn't work better than OS9. After 2 months "production"-work (and I'm an experienced Mac-user) my main feeling is: OSX is TOO SLOW. We had to upgrade all our software to native applications and the native applications are just slower than under OS9! The only DTP-application which is native is InDesign 2.0 and most service-bureaus are just too lazy or don't have the time to learn this new software. And why should they, if they can run XPress on their old G3-machines much faster? Worst of all: most service-bureaus don't accept InDesign-files! In prepress, for PDF-generation, we need Distiller, which isn't native and we need FlightCheck, Enfocus PitStop & CertifyPDF which aren't native because not all the PDF-technology from Adobe isn't native yet. Then there is the problem with the fonts, which now reside in 4 locations! I could figure it out with Suitcase, but most users just want to use their computer to WORK with it and don't want to struggle with all those fontproblems and quirky old applications running in Classic mode. The largest "community" within the Mac-community are the prepress people. If Apple doesn't make their OS much faster or at least as fast as OS9, they're gonna lose their largest market and this will simply be the end for Apple. I'm not ashamed to say that "working" with the computer is much smoother today with Windows XP than with Mac OS X. We have also a G4-450 (Sawtooth) that won't work with OS 10.1.5. We replaced already 4 times the hard drive and we keep getting "kernel panics". That machine won't even start and is unusable. According to Apple-dealers it's a "defective processor module". But we do heavy Photoshop-work with that same machine under OS9 without many system-errors! My conclusion is: OSX is a buggy OS, which is not enough tested on all their machines. I'm sure there are very much people who have the same "kernel panics" - look at the forums, even the Apple-forums. Apple should focus their attention at stability of the OS and not on al these "iApps", otherwise there will be a "switch" to WinXP. In my humble opinion it would also be wise if they use Intel-processors in their future machines.