As much as I like Panther, and indeed I do, I’m still not ready to jump in with both feet. My rule is to wait for the 10.3.1 update before I completely convert.
Even though there may be some wisdom in this approach, it turns my life into a geek version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I have a partitioned drive on my 667 TiBook, running Jaguar by day from one partition and Panther at night on the other.
The evolution of a number of Mac technologies have further complicated matters, especially concerning Mail.app. At night and on the weekends I’m using all the new stuff — Mail.app, iCal, Address Book, iSync, TextEdit, Preview, etc. During work, it’s the same old stuff — Entourage X, Palm Desktop 4.1, Acrobat Reader 6, etc.
So I have some real decisions to make soon that will impact my workflow. And I want to go over a few of them now in case you’re pondering some of the same things.
- Entourage X vs Mail 1.3 — This is the biggie. I’m still using Entourage in Jaguar because I like the hierarchal folder system for organizing my mail. But in Panther, Mail.app is great. It’s fast, smart, and the way it handles threads might be a tipping point for me. I’m tempted to archive my entire Entourage mailbox as text documents using Entourage Email Archive X and start anew with Mail.app.
- Palm Desktop 4.1 vs Address Book 3.1 and iCal 1.5.1 — This is my second toughest decision. I actually like Palm Desktop for OS X, and it works great with my Visor (with attached VisorPhone). But Palm is sooooo at slow keeping up with OS revs that I’m about ready to throw in the towel with them. As a test, I exported my Palm calendar (as Vcal data) and imported it into iCal 1.5.1. It worked great. And as soon as there’s a Panther update from Palm, I could use iSync to coordinate Address Book and iCal to the Visor. I’m leaning…
- Acrobat Reader 6 vs Preview 2.1 — These are two apps going in two different directions. Adobe seems to be trying to make Acrobat Reader 6 an app to handle DRM and big digital docs. It takes forever to load. Preview is lean and fast and great for general .pdf and .jpg work. Nine out of ten times I want fast. Preview has become my default .pdf reader.
Those are the major decisions that I must make when I switch to Panther full time. The additional goodies, such as enhanced TextEdit, built-in zip archiving, improved networking, etc, etc, etc, are bonuses that make waiting for the complete transition even more difficult.
Until then, I continue to roam with Panther at night…
I’m curious, what decisions are you weighing concerning the Panther upgrade?