Notes on Panther
I used the “Upgrade” installation routine vice “Archive and Install”.
Once I installed the operating systems, I repaired permissions on the slower iMac and both PowerMacs and did not suffer the printing problems other users have reported.
Panther killed the Samsung SM-352B CDRW/DVD in my 700 iMac. I knew it might do that, but I was hoping that modifying the “DeviceSuppport.drprofile” file as suggested at the XLR8YourMac.com website might work. It didn’t. The System Profiler shows “not supported”. I can still burn CD’s using Toast 5.2.1.
The Apple System Profiler has been renamed System Profiler. Seems to be faster than previous versions.
Graphics and screen presentation are improved. Colors on the desktop are deeper and more saturated. Text presentation is noticeably crisper on my Apple Studio 17 inch LCD.
I’m having no problems launching or using Photoshop 7.01. My Epson 1660 Photo Scanner works fine using Epson Twain 5 Drivers from within it. I’ve had only minor problems with Microsoft Office v.X. Word crashed once unexpectedly. I have only one application that ran under Jaguar that crashes under Panther. It is "Click'N Design 3D", a software package I use to design and print CD and DV covers and jackets. I'm able to run it by booting into OS 9.2.2. Everything else is working great.
Internet Connect’s interface is much improved. All connections are now handled from one window. And switching between each function (modem, VPN, etc.) is handled by clicking on a toolbar at the top of the window.
On my iMac, the Network Browser operation has not been smooth. Gave error messages and then worked correctly. Seems to work fine on the PowerMacs. Finder’s Networking function now lets you browse and log onto servers from the Finder window. While this is convenient, it is no longer so evident that you’re still logged on since the network server icon looks the same when you are logged on or not. Unlike in Jaguar and OS 9, there is no longer a separate disk on the desktop that shows you you’re attached. So far, the only way I’ve found to verify whether I’m logged onto a server or not is to double click on the icon and see if it requires me to log in.
All printers (two inkjets, one laser) are working nominally (Deskjet 940C, Photosmart 7150, HP Laserjet 2100)