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Ars: history of OS X development

updated 06:40 pm EST, Wed March 24, 2004

OS X history

Ars Technica has published a retrospective look at the since March 24, 2001. The extensive report details the "highs and lows of OS X" over its gradual development. "It has been a long and winding road for OS X users. After three years, Mac users have a modern, mature, and stable desktop OS. While there have been some hiccups along the way, Apple has generally done a good job rolling out new features in the four major releases."

by MacNN Staff




  1. fluk3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Road not so bad

    I've been using OSX since the early betas. I have been using it for print design and production since 10.0 (most apps in classic.

    I have to say that I've been very pleased with the progress they've made.

    So much better than the OS7-9 days.

    I wouldn't switch to any other OS for any amount of money.

    Says what it does, does what it says.

    Stable, reliable... perfect for my home office, freelance clients and print vendors.

    I feel sorry for PC users trying to do what I do for a living. I've used them plenty (Windows, linux)... what a sad bunch of yuck.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    happy execpt for fonts

    15 year print design guy here. Love ox x. My only main compaint is fonts.

    going to 10.3.3 put the kabash on FR and suitcase is just not panning out for me.

    One of my machines is still os 9 only and FR works so well on it. Looking forward to fonts working as well in os x as it does in os 9.

    and yes, i know what I am doing, so no "advice" please. just looking forward to more font improvements.

  1. fluk3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    over simplified advice

    No offense, but if you are having problems with fonts, you should listen to someone who no longer does.

    That was my only problem for a while (fonts) but I have completely tackled it. And I have mondo, massive, huge, gigantic libraries of fonts... no, really.

    I use suitcase X1 (it has some font reserve tech in it BTW extensis bought FR). Quark 5 & 6 (rarely), Adobe CS suite (as well as the older adobe apps) & Office.

    The secret trick is, remove the .dfonts from the OSX system fonts folder libraries) and replace them with postscript versions - ESPECIALLY helvetica.dfont.

    But don't just delete them, REPLACE them ESPECIALLY helvetica.dfont. if you just delete, you will have major issues.

    And run deepsix regularly!! Deepsix is a godsend freeware app to clean your font cache.

    I maintain dozens of print professional macs in several design firms, print shops and freelance home offices. After I set them up this way, they no longer have any issues.

    Also remove all but the basic, basic os9 fonts if you use classic (again, especially helvetica). I only use Charcoal Chicago Geneva Monaco in classic - the rest is managed by suitcase for OS9 classic mode apps.

    Make sure to use Suitcase X1's scan & repair and manage duplicates to catch conflicts.

    Trust me. This is good advice.

  1. ATPTourFan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Listen to the man. He knows his fonts.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    advice taken

    advice taken. Usually boards are filled with punk know it all kids.

    most of it I know. Deepsix is new to me. Just switched over to X1. Always been a big fan of FR. Extensis is working on a new font program that merges suitecase and FR together, but it is not suppose to be out till fall. Been a beta tester for FontDoctor.

    Thank you for your tips.

  1. nickgold2012

    Joined: Dec 1969


    holy c***

    Did I just see some kind of meaningful, professional exchange on macnn?

    No... No... Couldn't have been...

    The techno-mediated cultural conspiracy

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: holy c***

    Did I just see some kind of meaningful, professional exchange on macnn?

    Oh, s**** you too!!!!

    Just trying to put the boards back into what discussions at MacNN are supposed to be.

  1. pdot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Proud owner

    I've owned every iteration of OS X since 10.0 and I'm glad to have been a part of it. Progress has been great. 10.3 is the first version I've used where the speed difference between OS 9 and OS X didn't get to me. I saved a bit of dough since I was able to get student pricing (although I know a number of you will still say that's a lot of money I shouldn't have had to pay). The magnitude increase in stability was well worth it, along with the fun of new features.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    X user since PB

    I've been a OS X user since the Public Beta and loved every minute in a geeky kind of way. I once 10.0 came out, I used it all the time on my powerbook and I made the permanent switch on my home machine when 10.1 came out (I do a lot of design work on my home machine too). While I'm in the camp that says 10.0 was released too early for mass consumption and should have been billed as a bleeding edge product, from 10.1 on, Apple has done a brilliant job.

    I've been very impressed with the speed with which they've been able to re-develop such major parts of the OS and add so many new features. As a Cocoa developer, it has been interesting to see how the changes on the surface are reflected by changes under the hood. Apple really do have some clever people on the payroll, not because they can come up with stuff, but because they come up with it, build it and test it so quickly and usually get it right first time.

    With the rumors of 10.4 starting to circulate, I can't wait to see what Apple has waiting in the wings.

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