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Not sure if these qualify, my entries from 1997

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Well, this challenge idea sounds fun, but I would most likely have to use something fairly old (like my Quadra 950) to make it really a challenge though.

 

In my computing environment 1997 was a landmark year for hardware for me. Four of my main systems were released in that year and all are pretty much daily use systems. Here is a quick run down of them...

 

PowerBook 3400c/200 (released February 1997)

Mac OS 8.6, 80 MB of memory, 11 GB hard drive, PowerPC 603e at 200 MHz with 256k of L2 cache, 2 MB of video memory, and the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat 5.0
    Adobe Distiller 5.0
    Adobe Acrobat Catalog 4.0
    Adobe Dimensions 1.0
    Adobe FrameMaker 6.0
    Adobe GoLive 5.0
    Adobe Illustrator 8.0
    Adobe ImageReady 2.0
    Adobe LiveMotion 1.0
    Adobe PageMaker 6.5
    Adobe PageMill 3.0
    Adobe Photoshop 5.5
    Adobe Premiere 5.1
    Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.6
    AppleWorks 6.2.8
    Apple iTunes 1.0
    BBEdit Lite 6.0
    ClarisDraw 1.0
    Corel PHOTO-PAINT 8 LE
    Corel WordPerfect 3.5e
    CorelDraw 8 LE
    Fetch 3.0.3
    FileMaker Pro 5.0
    Fractal Design Painter 5.0.3
    Macromedia Flash 5.0
    Mathcad PLUS 6
    Mathematica 2.2.2
    MathReader 4.2
    MetaCreations Bryce 3D
    Microsoft Excel 98
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1.7
    Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0.6
    Microsoft PowerPoint 98
    Microsoft Word 98
    Microsoft Word 5.1a
    Mozilla 1.3.1
    Netscape 7.0.2
    Netscape Communicator 4.8
    Nisus Compact 3.4
    Nisus Write 4.1.6
    Opera 6.0.3
    Softpress Freeway 2.0.3 LE
    PiXELS 3D Studio 3.7
    QuarkXPress 3.32
    QuarkXPress 4.11
    QuickTime Pro 5
    QuickTime 6.0.3
    ResEdit
    SimpleText
    Sound Studio 2.0.7
    SoundEdit 16 2.0.7
    SoundEffects 0.9.2
    Strata MediaPaint 1.1.2
    Strata Studio Pro 1.5.2
    Strata VideoShop 4.0
    StrataVision 3D 4.0
    Theorist 2.0.1
    3D-XplorMath

 

Power Macintosh 8600/300 (released August 1997)

Mac OS 8.6, 256 MB of memory, 9 GB hard drive, G3 at 450 MHz with 1 MB of L2 cache, 4 MB of onboard video memory, ixMicro Ultimate Rez and Pro Rez (8 MB of VRAM each) connected to two Apple 16" displays, Asante 10/100 ethernet card, an external SCSI CD-RW drive, VCR and DVD Player (connected via the AV ports) and the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat 5.0
    Adobe Distiller 5.0
    Adobe Acrobat Catalog 4.0
    Adobe Illustrator 8.0
    Adobe ImageReady 2.0
    Adobe PageMill 3.0
    Adobe Photoshop 5.5
    Adobe Premiere 5.1
    Apple iTunes 1.0
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1.7
    Mozilla 1.3.1
    QuickTime Pro 5
    QuickTime 6.0.3
    ResEdit
    SimpleText
    Sound Studio 2.0.7
    SoundEdit 16 2.0.7
    SoundEffects 0.9.2
    Strata MediaPaint 1.1.2
    Strata Studio Pro 1.5.2
    Strata VideoShop 4.0
    StrataVision 3D 4.0

 

Power Macintosh 8600/300 (released August 1997)

Mac OS X Server 1.2 (Rhapsody 5.6), 416 MB of memory, 9 GB hard drive, PowerPC 604ev at 300 MHz with 1 MB of L2 cache, 4 MB of onboard video memory and an ATI Rage 128 (16 MB of VRAM) connected to two 17" PowerComputing displays and the following applications:

  • (Yellow Box)
    Stone Design Create 10.0
    Stone Design Create 5.2.1
    Stone Design PStill
    Stone Design PhotoToWeb
    Stone Design TimeCard
    Stone Design GIFfun
    Stone Design Slice&Dice
    Stone Design PackUpAndGo
    Caffeine Software TIFFany3
    Caffeine Software PixelNhance
    ToyViewer
    OmniWeb
    OmniPDF
    OmniDictionary
    TextEdit (Objective C port) with TextExtras
    MacOSXAmp
    Mesa3
    PDFView
    RBrowser
    MailViewer with SWSignature
    HTMLEditor
    (Blue Box)
    Adobe Acrobat 5.0
    Adobe Distiller 5.0
    Adobe Acrobat Catalog 4.0
    Adobe FrameMaker 6.0
    Adobe GoLive 5.0
    Adobe Illustrator 8.0
    Adobe ImageReady 2.0
    Adobe LiveMotion 1.0
    Adobe PageMaker 6.5
    Adobe PageMill 3.0
    Adobe Photoshop 5.5
    AppleWorks 6.2.8
    Apple iTunes 1.0
    BBEdit Lite 6.0
    Fetch 3.0.3
    Fractal Design Painter 5.0.3
    Macromedia Flash 5.0
    Mathcad PLUS 6
    Mathematica 2.2.2
    MathReader 4.2
    MetaCreations Bryce 3D
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1.7
    Mozilla 1.3.1
    Netscape 7.0.2
    Netscape Communicator 4.8
    QuickTime Pro 5
    QuickTime 6.0.3
    ResEdit
    SimpleText
    Strata Studio Pro 1.5.2
    StrataVision 3D 4.0
    Theorist 2.0.1

 

Power Macintosh G3/266 MiniTower (released November 1997)

Mac OS X v10.3.9, 512 MB of memory, 80 GB hard drive, G4 at 533 MHz with 1 MB of L2 cache, an ATI Radeon 7000 (32 MB of VRAM) connected to an Apple 17" Studio display, Ultra ATA/66 PCI card, USB Card, both a CD-ROM and a DVD-ROM, and the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat 6.0.8
    Adobe Distiller 6.0
    Adobe GoLive CS
    Adobe Illustrator CS
    Adobe InDesign CS
    Adobe ImageReady CS
    Adobe LiveMotion 2.0
    Adobe Photoshop CS
    AppleWorks 6.2.8
    Apple iTunes 4
    Caffeine Software TIFFany3 Pro
    Caffeine Software PixelNhance
    FireFox
    Mathematica 4.1.5
    MetaCreations Bryce 5
    Mozilla
    Netscape
    OmniWeb
    OmniGraffle
    OmniOutliner
    OmniDictionary
    Opera
    QuickTime Pro 7
    RBrowser
    Sound Studio 2.1
    Stone Design Create 13.0
    Stone Design PStill
    Stone Design PhotoToWeb
    Stone Design TimeEqualsMoney
    Stone Design GIFfun
    Stone Design Slice&Dice
    Stone Design PackUpAndGo
    LiveMath Maker
    3D-XplorMath
    ToyViewer
    TextEdit

 

As for what I use them for... pretty much anything you can think of. 3D modeling and animation, graphic design and illustration, web design, video capture and editing, and most likely a ton of other things I can't think of off hand.

 

My 8600 running Mac OS 8.6 is almost totally dedicated to video these days. I have been capturing rare video tape movies that never made it to DVDs, and when it isn't capturing, it is used as my main TV (I have cable TV running into it via the VCR). Because of this, I don't keep as many apps on it as space is important for video capturing.

 

My 3400c is my catch all system... there is almost no type of software I don't have on that system, so it makes a great training system. In addition to tons of software titles, I also have tons of PDF manuals and tutorials for most of those apps. At one point it was also my primary school system, but about a year ago I got a PowerBook G3 Lombard which now serves in that capacity.

 

I'm guessing that this might not qualify for the challenge though as it should be pretty obvious that working within these limitations is hardly limiting (or challenging) for me. But, if they do qualify that would be great!

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While they're not as retro as some, I'm impressed by your setup purely because all of those machines are the ones you use on a regular basis.

 

The other thing i noticed is that you're actually using OS X Server 1.2 apps on a regular basis, which I find impresive too. (You even linked to a machine running OpenStep on SPARC in another thread, if I remember correctly.)

 

It may not be fully "retro" as per the definition of the challenge yet, but I'd say in a few years it'll count, and right now, it's definitely pretty awesome.

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The other thing i noticed is that you're actually using OS X Server 1.2 apps on a regular basis, which I find impresive too.

Yeah, the thing that makes any OS useful is having useful applications, and I've been lucky enough to put together a good solid collection of apps that let me be quite productive within Rhapsody.

 

Sadly these apps are getting more and more rare as time goes on. Developers who were willing to sell me apps a few years ago can no longer create activation codes for their software. This forces everyone else to use either the freeware apps or non-free apps in demo mode within Rhapsody.

 

I even tried to buy an extra license of OmniWeb a couple years ago (because I hated having to close out of OmniWeb on one system before starting it on another (my 8600 and ThinkPad are both running Rhapsody and can see each other over the network), but the Omni Group wasn't able to sell me the additional license.

 

Or in the case of TIFFany3, I wasn't able to give that one away for free because the developer had signed an agreement with Apple not to distribute it after Apple bought it. That is why I can provide TIFFany II for NEXTSTEP/OPENSTEP, but not TIFFany3 for OPENSTEP/Rhapsody/Mac OS X.

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