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Can I work as OS 9.x in OS X?

196 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2012 2:16 PM by MlchaelLAX RSS
mortsyn Calculating status...
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Dec 5, 2012 5:59 PM

I used to work a lot in Freehand but after I upgraded to 10.7.5, I can't. Can I switch between OS 9 and OS10?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,400 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 6:01 PM (in response to mortsyn)

    You can't use Mac OS 9 or Classic on any Intel Mac, or Rosetta and PowerPC applications in 10.7 and newer.

     

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  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,115 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to mortsyn)

    This is exactly why I haven't updated OS X past OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard was the last version that allowed older PowerPC applications to work.

    OS X allowed you to install Rosetta, a PowerPC emulator, to allow older software to still function on Intel Macs.

    I still have too many older PowerPC apps that I cannot afford to upgrade at this point. So, I am happy to stay on this older version of OS X. Plus, I am not a fan of OS X turning more and more into a hybrid of  OS X and iOS.

     

    If the original poster wants Freehand back, the poster will have to backup all of the data on the iMac to an external FireWire drive, reformat the iMac's internal drive, reinstall OS X 10.6 Snow Leoaprd and all of the updates and then either clone or reinstall all of the software and data from off the backup drive.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,400 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 9:36 AM (in response to MichelPM)

    Or install Mac OS X 10.6 on a different partition or drive without erasing the Mac OS X 10.8 system.

     

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  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,115 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to Niel)

    That, too!

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 2:16 PM (in response to mortsyn)

    Use Freehand in Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) installed into Parallels:

     

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    Full Snow Leopard installation instructions here:

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365439

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