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What old programs do you like to use regularly?

So games are a no-brainer...but i have fun with old programs as well.

I find myself using Clarisworks 4 (for nostalgia purposes) and Appleworks/Clarisworks 5

Also Microsoft Office 2001 (i think the last year for mac classic OS and surprisingly compatible file types with the current MS office.)

I'd like to get into a finance program like quicken maybe.

What do you guys use and have fun with still?

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Games! Seahaven Towers, of course Smile played it last night and this morning, lol!

Right now my 'virtual' Mac has WriteNow 4, MS Word 5, AppleWorks 5, Adobe Acrobat 3, eDoc 2, Photoshop 4, Sound Trekker 2, iNES, Shanghai II and an image of Just Grandma and Me, among other apps, games, utilities, various system and GUI enhancements, including Kaleidoscope 2 with a nice OS X scheme and Dragstrip for my dock. Once I get my G4 Mini going, I'll have fun with newer apps like Office 2001 and so many more PPC titles, as well as the enhanced icons of Mac OS 8.5-9.x!

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I have a Powerbook with several old apps on it. But the ones I use most often on it are Deneba Canvas (v8) and InDesign (v2).

Gary

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FinderPop is my favorite. I find it unfathomable that it is not a built-in tool with every operating system ever made.

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I use iWork '09 on the iBook. I also have StarCraft and Diablo II on it as well.

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MS-Office 6.1, Photoshop 4, FileMaker, MORE, WriteNow & Final Draft

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Everything I use is old. Especially given the computing ecosystem continues to evolve, and now everything must be freshly made 64bits native. I don't need 64bits and am going to holdout.

I'm way back on iTunes 6.0.4 for my music library (more fluid visualizers than 7+, more fluid everything really v7+ is bloatware) I don't even trust v6.0.5 because apple was at the time raging sabotage on final versions of everything to "persuade" users to "upgrade" into the start of apple's replacement projects.

I use Tiger DVD Player instead of Leopard DVD Player, because Tiger's image quality beats Leopard's and Tiger gives me a lot more fps.

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Ever noticed that the startup time for Microsoft Office or Adope Photoshop hasn't decreased one bit over the decades?
Now where did all that raw CPU power go?

On a sidenote:Just watched a movie from the late 80's, where a computer displayed a 640x480 color pic, line by line. Listening to the scratching sound of the hard disk, while it build up the image, gave me goosebumps. Laughing out loud

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Now where did all that raw CPU power go?

Even though you've got a faster processor, more RAM, SSD drives, etc., everything still bogs down because they keep adding piles of mostly-useless gimmickry and fluff to both the apps and the MacOS. Plus programmers with such vast resources at their disposal get lazy and don't bother to optimise anything properly.

Then there's apps and MacOS trying to use the internet to 'phone home' or connect to cloud services, and the increasing security of the MacOS (where it has to "validate" the app to make sure it hasn't been altered by malware makers, at least on the first run). Sad

It isn't just the speed either. You used to be able to fit a bootable MacOS, Word, and Excel all onto a single floppy disk ... and still have space left over for your own documents!!

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Just my speech: I am currently writting a new book and at 280 pages that file isn't even 1MB in size, when stored in MacWord 6 format. I could fit the whole thing - Office suite and all - onto two super floppy disks.
When I compare that with Office 365 I fail to see what I get for all that extra space and resource waste, that I was so urgently missing.

I am sure there are some freakish features in 365 that certain geeks couldn't live without. But I am not one of those. I don't need a carbon fiber $10000 bike, just to ride around the corner to fetch a bottle of milk.

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VGA scan lines, ya. Did you see Grandma's TV, the Classic toy app? I needed to increase its memory usage to make it run on my big res flatpanel.

Noisy drive units, oh thank heaven those days are so gone. Remember when you would hear floppy antipiracy grinding your drivehead into a powder while you knew it was wasting your time too.

Tiger DVD Player has some bad bugs. Deinterlacing cuts off if the video being watched should shift its fps. Most video do not, they're all one fps, but every here and there is something which does - like a 24fps feature that was edited on a computer for the DVD release, the small areas that were edited shift temporarily to 30 fps, and then deinterlacing shuts off for the remainder of play tho it claims to be on.

I combine two trick-things to overclock the Tiger DVD Player, complicated to explain. It's on my overclocked MDD2003 with Radeon 9600. The result is it can scale 24fps up to 1920x1200 and is able to stream this at up to 40 fps so there is no doubt 24fps isn't working too hard and isn't dropping any frames, and of course the same is true for 30fps. I've seen its 40 fps mode, way cool. Leopard DVD Player even with C2D+RadeonHD don't do any of this and worse.

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I miss the days of "scratch'n seek". Heck I even think of getting me a mechanical desktop clock again. That "tick tick tick" reminded me how time was passing by.
Private use technology ought to be an "all body experience" - like analog radio where you fiddled endlessly, to get the station just right.
Nowadays a computer system comes up cold and unpersonal. And rather than talking to you, it calls home to some Chinese government's server farm.You can't feel it, sense it or touch it anymore.
Back in the day I could *hear* the CPU working, by listening to how it altered the screen's frequency noise.

Now I just sit there and ask myself angrily "what the f* is this thing waiting for?" These days my own computer system reduces me to a passive observer, an obedient consumer.

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Ghostbusters theme played by eight floppy disk drives: YouTube Smile

The same guy also has a huge playlist of floppy drive music on YouTube. Others have done similar things too.

I still use the hard drive spinning noises to know if my Mac is potentially doing anything when it appears to have crashed or looks like it's doing nothing ... it's quicker than dragging up macOS X's Activity Monitor. Smile

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That video is gorgeous! Laughing out loud