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Hello all,

I wasn't very skillful in doing my search to see if this has already been addressed, so my apologies if I'm repeating old information.

I'm currently running FM 5.5v2 on OS9 and I'm looking at upgrading to Panther pretty soon. I've been told that my current version of FM won't function on the new OS, but I haven't been able to find any independent confirmation of that. Before I go to the expense of upgrading, can anyone tell me if they've successfully run 5.5 on Panther?

Thanks so much!


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I think the FMP5.5 Install CD is cross platform.

For compatability issues, read this:


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Hi, Tiger! We run FileMaker Pro 5.5 Unlimited on Panther, but you may have to re-install. When you install with Mac OS 9, I believe all you get is the "classic" version. You should be able to run 5.5 natively in X. And if you're going to use "classic" 9, too, I would suggest updating from 9 to 9.2.2. first and then install X 10.3.

1. update 9 to 9.2.2 or equivalent latest version

2. install Mac OS X 10.3

3. perform all software updates (System Preferences > Software Update) repeatedly until done

4. create 2nd user w/admin rights to work as your primary account and set to auto-login

5. install FMP 5.5 for OS X as that primary/2nd user

Even if you kept your old copy of FM 5.5. classic, you can still run it from Panther in classic mode. We had to do this for 10.2 for a while because we were using an OS 9 plug-in.

Hope this helps!


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Oh, P.S. we also typically transfer over user e-mail and bookmarks. In OS 9, your bookmarks/favorites should be in the System Folder, I think under Preferences, e.g. for Internet Explorer...

System Folder > Preferences > Explorer > Favorities.html

The OS X location for this file should be

root > Volumes > yourHD > Users > yourHomeDirectory > Library > Preferences > Explorer > Favorities.html

For other browsers the paths are similar but sometimes not quite so long, but you get the idea. E-mail varies. We use Eudora and it can be in the System Folder or in your Documents folder, depending on the version. We now put the user's Eudora Folder in their Documents folder of their home directory.

Fonts are stored in many places, so some may not be available in OS9 or OSX, but Panther has a FONT BOOK utility that can help bring things together.



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