Mac OS X Requirements with Pro Tools 6 & 7 Systems

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After updating either Pro Tools or your Mac OS, always run Disk Utility and 'Repair Permissions' on the startup drive.

Mac OS X 10.4 ('Tiger') Information

Pro Tools 7

'Tiger' Required for all versions of Pro Tools 7 on Mac OS X

  • Pro Tools HD 7.0/7.1, Pro Tools LE 7.0/7.1, and Pro Tools M-Powered 7.0/7.1 are officially supported on Mac OS X 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4, 10.4.5, or 10.4.6
  • Pro Tools HD 7, Pro Tools LE 7, and Pro Tools M-Powered 7 will not run on Mac OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) and earlier

Pro Tools HD 7.0/7.1 software requires Mac OS X 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4, 10.4.5, or 10.4.6 ('Tiger'), and supports the following systems:

  • Pro Tools HD
  • Pro Tools HD Accel

Pro Tools LE 7.0/7.1 software requires Mac OS X 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4, 10.4.5, or 10.4.6 ('Tiger'), and supports the following systems:

  • Digi 002
  • Digi 002 Rack
  • Mbox 2
  • Mbox

Pro Tools M-Powered 7.0/7.1 software requires Mac OS X 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4, 10.4.5, or 10.4.6 (Tiger), and supports the following systems:

Pro Tools 6

The initial release of Pro Tools TDM 6.9, Pro Tools LE 6.9, Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8, Digidesign CoreAudio Driver v6.9, and all earlier versions of Pro Tools will not work with Mac OS X version 10.4 'Tiger', released April 29, 2005.

Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools HD Accel Systems — Supported on Mac OS 10.4 with Pro Tools TDM 6.9.2

Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools HD Accel systems require Pro Tools TDM software version 6.9.2 or higher to work on Mac OS X version 10.4 'Tiger'. A free compatibility update for Mac OS X 10.4 is now available for Pro Tools HD users with Pro Tools TDM 6.4 or higher software:

  • Pro Tools TDM 6.9.2 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.4.1 and 10.4.2 (Tiger)
  • Pro Tools TDM 6.9.3 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.4.2 (Tiger)

Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, and Mbox Systems — Supported on Mac OS 10.4 with Pro Tools LE 6.9.2

Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, and Mbox systems require Pro Tools LE software version 6.9.2 or higher to work on Mac OS X version 10.4 'Tiger'. A free compatibility update for Mac OS X 10.4 is now available for Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, and Mbox users with Pro Tools LE 6.7 or higher software:

  • Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.4.1 and 10.4.2 (Tiger)

Pro Tools M-Powered Systems — Supported on Mac OS 10.4 with Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8r2

The initial release of Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 does not run on Mac OS 10.4 'Tiger'. In order to use M-Powered software on Mac OS 10.4, M-Powered owners will need to download Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8r2:

  • Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8r2 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.4.2 (Tiger)

Mbox 2 Systems — Supported on Mac OS 10.3 and 10.4 with Pro Tools LE 6.8.1

Pro Tools LE 6.8.1 is a cross-platform release for Mac OS X and Windows XP that ships with Mbox 2 systems and does not support other Digidesign interfaces. Pro Tools LE 6.8.1 will only work with Mbox 2 hardware.

  • Pro Tools LE 6.8.1 for Mbox 2 is officially supported on Mac OS 10.3.8 and 10.3.9 (Panther), Mac OS 10.4.2 (Tiger), and Windows XP Home and Professional

Digidesign CoreAudio Driver

The Digidesign CoreAudio Driver for Mac OS 10.4 is included with Pro Tools TDM 6.9.2 and Pro Tools LE 6.9.2. There is currently no standalone version of the Digidesign CoreAudio Driver for Mac OS 10.4. For more information, please see the following page:

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Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther' Information

Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther' Requires Pro Tools 6.2.2 or Higher

  • Previous versions of Pro Tools will not work on Panther

Mac OS X 10.3.2 or Higher is Required to use Pro Tools 6.2.2 and Higher

Downloads for Pro Tools 6.0 through 6.2 Owners

  • Pro Tools LE 6.2.3 Download for Audiomedia III, ToolBox*
  • Pro Tools 6.2.2 and higher will not install or run on Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)

*Not officially supported, last version with Audiomedia III audio engine

System Software Summary

  • Pro Tools 6.9.1 and Pro Tools LE 6.9 are officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.8 (Panther)
    • Mac OS X 10.3.9 has not been fully tested with Pro Tools 6.9.x and is therefore not recommended
  • Pro Tools LE 6.8.1 for Mbox 2 is officially supported on Mac OS 10.3.8 and 10.3.9 (Panther) and Mac OS 10.4.2 (Tiger)
    • Pro Tools LE 6.8.1 is a special cross-platform release included with Mbox 2 sytems
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.7 and 10.3.8
    • Earlier versions of Mac OS X have not been tested with Pro Tools M-Powered software
  • Pro Tools 6.7 and Pro Tools LE 6.7 are officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.2, 10.3.4, 10.3.5, 10.3.7, and 10.3.8
  • Pro Tools 6.6 for HD systems with Avid Mojo on Mac OS X is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.5, 10.3.7, and 10.3.8
  • Mac OS X 10.3.3 and 10.3.6 have not been fully tested with Pro Tools, will not be further tested, and are not recommended with any version of Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 6.4 and Pro Tools LE 6.4 are officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.2 and 10.3.4, except as noted below with newer G5 models and 10.3.5
  • Although there are no known issues reported from users with Pro Tools 6.4 TDM or LE and 10.3.5, 10.3.7, or 10.3.8, Pro Tools 6.4 was not tested with Mac OS X 10.3.5 and higher, except as noted below with newer G5 models and 10.3.5
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Approved Mac OS X Operating System with Pro Tools 6.9 — Mac OS 10.3.8

Pro Tools 6.9 TDM software for HD systems is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.8 (Panther) with the following systems on qualified* Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, and PowerBook G4 models:

  • Pro Tools HD Accel
  • Pro Tools HD

Pro Tools LE 6.9 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.8 (Panther) with the following systems on qualified* Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, iMac G5, iMac G4, PowerBook G4, iBook G4, and Mac Mini models:

  • Digi 002
  • Digi 002 Rack
  • Mbox

Additional Notes:

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 has not been fully tested with Pro Tools 6.9.x and is therefore not recommended
  • See the top of this page for information on Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger'

*For information on qualified models, please see the individual compatibility documents for your Pro Tools system.

Approved Mac OS X Operating System with Pro Tools 6.7 — Mac OS X 10.3.2, 10.3.4, 10.3.5, 10.3.7, and 10.3.8 'Panther'

Pro Tools 6.7 TDM software for HD systems is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.2, 10.3.4, 10.3.5, 10.3.7, and 10.3.8 (Panther) with the following systems on qualified* Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, and PowerBook G4 models:

  • Pro Tools HD Accel
  • Pro Tools HD

Pro Tools LE 6.7 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.2, 10.3.4, 10.3.5, 10.3.7, and 10.3.8 (Panther) with the following systems on Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, iMac G4, PowerBook G4, and iBook models*:

  • Digi 002
  • Digi 002 Rack
  • Mbox

Additional Notes:

  • Mac OS X 10.3.3 and 10.3.6 have not been fully tested with Pro Tools and are not recommended
  • Digi 001 and MIX systems will not work with Pro Tools 6.7 and higher

*For information on supported models, please see the individual compatibility documents for your Pro Tools system

Approved Mac OS X Operating System with Pro Tools 6.4 — Mac OS 10.3.2 and 10.3.4 'Panther'

Pro Tools 6.4 TDM software for HD systems is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.8 (Panther) with the following systems on qualified* Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, and PowerBook G4 models:

  • Pro Tools HD Accel
  • Pro Tools HD

Pro Tools LE 6.4 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.2 and 10.3.4 (Panther) with the following systems on Power Mac G5, Power Mac G4, iMac G4, PowerBook G4, and iBook models*:

  • Digi 002
  • Digi 002 Rack
  • Mbox
  • Digi 001 (on Power Mac G4 only)

Additional Notes:

  • Mac OS X 10.3.3 has not been fully tested with Pro Tools and is not recommended

*For information on supported models, please see the individual compatibility documents for your Pro Tools system.

Approved Mac OS X Operating System with Pro Tools 6.2.3 — Mac OS 10.3.2 'Panther'

Pro Tools 6.2.3 TDM software for HD systems is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.2 (Panther) with the following systems on Power Mac G5 and supported Power Mac G4 models*:

  • Pro Tools HD
  • Pro Tools HD Accel

Additional Notes:

  • Although Pro Tools 6.2.3 is not officially qualified with OS X 10.3.4, there have been no known issues reported to Digidesign specific to this configuration
  • Mac OS X 10.3.3 has not been fully tested with Pro Tools and is not recommended

*For information on supported models, please see the individual compatibility documents for your Pro Tools system.

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Mac OS X 10.2 'Jaguar' Information

Approved Mac OS X Operating System with Pro Tools TDM version 6.1 and 6.2 and Pro Tools LE 6.1.2 on non-G5 Computers — Mac OS 10.2.6 or 10.2.8 'Jaguar'

  • Pro Tools TDM 6.1/6.2 and Pro Tools LE version 6.1.2 software have been tested and approved on all computers listed as supported in these compatibility documents with Mac OS 10.2.6 and 10.2.8.

Approved Mac OS X Operating System for Power Mac G5 Computers — Mac OS 10.2.7 or 10.2.8 'Jaguar' — Pro Tools HD Only (Pro Tools LE requires Panther when using a G5)

  • Pro Tools 6.2.r2.1 Update supports Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools HD Accel on Power Mac G5 Single 1.6 GHz, Single and Dual 1.8 GHz and Dual 2 GHz models on Mac OS 10.2.7 and 10.2.8.
  • Mac OS 10.3 'Panther' is required to use Pro Tools LE on Power Mac G5. Pro Tools LE will not run on G5 models with Mac OS 10.2.x 'Jaguar'. If your G5 has Jaguar installed, you will need to upgrade to Panther, then install Pro Tools LE 6.4.

Settings & Requirements

  • Pro Tools Does Not Support Energy Saver. In the Macintosh System Preferences, launch Energy Saver, click the Sleep tab, and disable all Sleep features. Set 'Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive' to Never. Do not manually put your computer to sleep when running Pro Tools.
  • QuickTime 6.0.2 or higher required. QuickTime downloads are available from www.apple.com/quicktime
  • QuickTime Pro 6.0.2 or higher is also supported

Important: Energy Saver Settings for Power Mac G5*

For optimal Pro Tools performance, you must set Processor Performance (located in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Options) to Highest.

Apple's Mac OS help documentation provides the following info on Energy Saver Processor settings:

  • The PowerPC G5 processor in your Power Mac G5 can run at various speeds. The default setting for this feature is 'Automatic', which allows the system to run the processor at full speed when required, and at a lower speed during periods of light processing activity. Certain real-time applications, such as audio creation or gaming, may perform optimally when using the highest processor performance setting. You can change the processor performance setting in the Energy Saver pane of System Preferences.

*With either Mac OS 10.2 or 10.3

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Installation and Copy Protection

Installing Pro Tools 6.x on OS X

To ensure proper operation and file management, Pro Tools 6 software must be installed in an administrator-level account in Mac OS X. In addition, to ensure that access to all plug-ins from within Pro Tools, it is recommended that the Pro Tools application and all Pro Tools plug-ins be installed and used from the same administrator-level account. Do not install or operate Pro Tools while logged in as a root-level user. File permissions of a root-level user make it possible to perform actions that may conflict with Pro Tools file management tasks.

Disable Automatic Software Update

Pro Tools 6.2.2 has been qualified with Pro Tools systems with Mac OS X 10.3.1 only.

Pro Tools 6.1/6.2 and Pro Tools LE 6.1.2 have been qualified with Pro Tools systems with Mac OS X 10.2.6 and 10.2.8 on non-G5 systems only.

Pro Tools 6.2.r2.1 has been qualified with Pro Tools HD and HD Accel systems with Mac OS X 10.2.7 and 10.2.8 on Power Mac G5 only.

Digidesign cannot guarantee the compatibility of automatic updates of Mac OS X or any updates to system software components. For this reason, you should disable 'Automatically check for updates when you have a network connection' in the Software Update System Preferences.

Plug-In Authorizations for OS X

Please be advised that floppy based copy protection authorizations will not work on OS X. If you are upgrading to OS X and have any legacy Digidesign or Digidesign distributed plug-ins with floppy based copy protection registered with us that have not been updated, we would like to update these with new iLok USB Hardware Key* based copy protection developed for Pro Tools and OS X. We can accomplish this automatically by depositing these applicable authorizations for you at iLok.com, provided you have an account set up there and we have your account number logged in our customer database. You can then log onto iLok.com and move these authorizations from your account to your iLok USB Hardware Key. To set up an account, please go to www.iLok.com and register by creating your own unique User ID and password. Upon iLok.com registration you will have sign on privileges. Please provide your iLok.com User ID on your registration card in the space provided so we may add it to your Digidesign customer record.

*iLok USB Hardware Key sold separately, available from your Authorized Digidesign Dealer or the DigiStore.

For more information on iLok technology, see the iLok Information page and the iLok Usage Guidein the Digidesign Support section.

For any third-party key disk authorized software, please contact the manufacturer about upgrading.

OS 9 Authorization Keys and Installing OS X

Installing or upgrading OS X on your Macintosh may erase any currently installed OS 9 key disk authorizations (such as Reverb One for Pro Tools 5.1.1). Uninstall all key disk authorizations before installing or upgrading OS X. After installing OS X, or upgrading your OS X version, run the following from the OS X Disk Utilities: 'Repair Disk Permissions'.

Additional Technical Information for Pro Tools and Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)

Macintosh Journaled File System Now Recommended for Pro Tools

Mac OS X 10.3 incorporates a journaled file system, which will automatically log any file modifications. If your computer crashes badly enough to require a restart (or a restart from a power failure), the OS will then use the journal to aid in fixing any disk problems caused by the crash. We have also found improved disk performance with Pro Tools with journaling enabled with Mac OS X 10.3.8.

Mac OS X 10.3 ships with journaling on by default. Digidesign now recommends that customers format their media drives with journaling turned on If you are using Apple's Disk Utility program to format drives, Digidesign recommends choosing 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' format, instead of 'Mac OS Extended.'

To enable journaling on an existing drive:

  1. Run the Apple Disk Utility, located in Application/Utilities.
  2. Select the disk or volume in the left column of the Disk Utility windows.
  3. Click 'Enable Journaling' in the toolbar, or choose 'Enable Journaling' or Command+J from the File menu

If you want to turn journaling off for any reason, select the volume and choose 'Disable Journaling' or Command +J in the File menu of Disk Utility. Note that disabling journaling will slow recovery if your system has to be rebooted to recover from a kernel panic or power failure.

Warning: Updating Pace-Wrapped Plug-Ins

Due to a recently discovered PACE copy protection bug, some users may experience instability and/or crashes when launching Pro Tools, opening a session, or dismissing a trial-period dialog if any Pace-wrapped third party plug-ins are installed. The fix for this bug is in the latest PACE drivers included and installed automatically within the Pro Tools software installer. Updates to all plug-ins are also necessary to prevent instability and/or crashes. All plug-ins supplied with the Pro Tools 6.2.3 installer have been fixed. To determine which plug-ins are affected, we have included a utility which will scan your Plug-Ins folder and list all plug-ins that need to be updated. To use this utility, just launch the 'Digidesign Plug-In Validator' application located in your Pro Tools Utilities folder. If any of your non-Digidesign plug-ins have not been updated, they will be listed in the display window. Please visit the Web site for the manufacturer of any affected plug-ins and download the update (if available), or ask the manufacturer when one will be available. Even if you do not have updates for all your plug-ins, instability will only occur immediately after adding or removing a plug-in from your Pro Tools Plug-Ins folder. After the first crash and subsequent reboot, you should not see any further problems, unless you then add or remove plug-ins from the Plug-Ins folder.

Pro Tools Plug-In Updates for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)

Most Digidesign plug-in updates are included on the Pro Tools 6.x CDs included with upgrades and new purchases.

Pro Tools 6 and Migration to OS X — Dual-Boot Systems

To make the transition from OS 9 to OS X as painless as possible, here are some suggestions for configuring a dual-boot system that will support both Pro Tools 6 on OS X and previous versions of Pro Tools on OS 9:

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How to Get Mac OS X Upgrades & Updates

Mac Os 10.3 Dvd

If you do not have Mac OS X Version 10.4, known as Tiger, you will need to Purchase Mac OS X Tigerfrom your local Apple dealer, the Apple Store, or another online vendor:

  • Mac OS X Tiger Up-To-Date Program
    • Customers who purchase a qualifying new Macintosh computer on or after April 12th, 2005 that does not have Mac OS X v10.4 'Tiger' included can upgrade to Tiger for US$9.95.
    • The program ends on July 22nd 2005. Your order must be postmarked or faxed by July 9th 2005.

Update Tips

  • After updating either Pro Tools or your Mac OS, always run Disk Utility and 'Repair Permissions' on the startup drive.
  • Processor Performance & Power Mac G5: For optimal Pro Tools performance, you must set Processor Performance (located in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Options) to 'Highest'. Updating your Mac OS may reset this to the default setting: 'Automatic'. After updating your Mac OS, check to make sure this is set to 'Highest'.

If you already have Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.3, the following Apple Support/Download pages and AppleCare KnowledgeBase Documents have information and the downloadable standalone update installers below.

Digidesign strongly advises downloading the Combined Update if you have a high speed connection, rather than using the smaller incremental update. Also, if you have used Software Update on your system, you may need to download the combined installer and use that to install all of the required components included in the combined update.

Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) Updates

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.4, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4, or 10.4.5 to version 10.4.6 for PPC

  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 Combined Update: Information and Download (140 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.4.5 to version 10.4.6 for PPC

  • Mac OS X 10.4.6 Update: Information and Download (65 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.4, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3, or 10.4.4 to version 10.4.5

  • Mac OS X 10.4.5 Combined Update: Information and Download (125 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.4.4 to version 10.4.5

  • Mac OS X 10.4.5 Update: Information and Download (16 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.4, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, or 10.4.3 to version 10.4.4

  • Mac OS X 10.4.4 Combined Update: Information and Download (120 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.4.3 to version 10.4.4

  • Mac OS X 10.4.4 Update: Information and Download (55 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.4, 10.4.1, or 10.4.2 to version 10.4.3

  • Mac OS X 10.4.3 Combined Update: Information and Download (109 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.4.2 to version 10.4.3

  • Mac OS X 10.4.3 Update: Information and Download (97 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.4.1 to version 10.4.2

  • Mac OS X 10.4.2 Combined Update: Information and Download (58 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.4.1 to version 10.4.2

  • Mac OS X 10.4.2 Update: Information and Download (44 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.4 to version 10.4.1

  • Mac OS X 10.4.1 Update: Information and Download (37 MB)

Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) Updates

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.3.2, 10.3.3, 10.3.4, 10.3.4, 10.3.5, 10.3.6, or 10.3.7 to version 10.3.8

  • Mac OS X 10.3.8 Combined Update: Information and Download (103 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.3.7 to version 10.3.8

  • Mac OS X 10.3.8 Update: Information and Download (26.6 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.3.2, 10.3.3, 10.3.4, 10.3.4, or 10.3.6 to version 10.3.7

  • Mac OS X 10.3.7 Combined Update: Information and Download (97 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.3.5 to version 10.3.7

  • Mac OS X 10.3.7 Update: Information and Download (26 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.3.2, 10.3.3 or 10.3.4 to version 10.3.5

  • Mac OS X 10.3.5 Combined Update: Information and Download (88 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.3.4 to version 10.3.5

  • Mac OS X 10.3.5 Update: Information and Download (43 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.3.2 or 10.3.3 to version 10.3.4

  • Mac OS X 10.3.4 Update: Information and Download (79 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.3.3 to version 10.3.4

  • Mac OS X 10.3.4 Update: Information and Download (39.5 MB)

Combined Update Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.3.1 to version 10.3.2

  • Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update: Information and Download (36.4 MB)
  • Minimum Required for Pro Tools 6.2.3 and 6.4

Update Mac OS X 10.3 to version 10.3.1

  • Mac OS X 10.3.1 Update: Information and Download (1.5 MB)
  • Required for Pro Tools 6.2.2

How to Get Mac OS X Jaguar Version 10.2.8

If you do not have Mac OS X Version 10.2, known as Jaguar, you will need to Purchase Mac OS X Version 10.2, Jaguar from your local Apple dealer, the Apple Store, or another online vendor.

If you already have Mac OS 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4, 10.2.5, 10.2.6 or 10.2.7, the following AppleCare KnowledgeBase Documents have information and downloadable standalone update installers.

Mac OS 10.2.8 Standalone Updates

Non-G5 Models

This article contains the Mac OS X Update 10.2.8 information and a link to the Mac OS X Update 10.2.8 software.
Important: This update does not apply to G5 systems This update works only with PowerPC G3- and G4-based desktop and portable computers, including Power Macintosh G3, Power Mac G4, PowerBook G3, PowerBook G4, iMac, eMac, and iBook.

Update Mac OS X 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4, 10.2.5, 10.2.6, or 10.2.7 to version 10.2.8

  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update (Combo): Information and Download (97 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.2.6 to version 10.2.8

  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update: Information and Download (40 MB)

Power Mac G5 Models

Mac OS X Update (G5) v.10.2.8 (G5)

This article contains information about the Mac OS X Update (G5) v.10.2.8 (G5) and a link to the software download.

Update Mac OS X 10.2.7 to version 10.2.8 on G5 models only

  • Mac OS X Update (G5) v.10.2.8 (G5): Information and Download (13 MB)

How to Get Mac OS 10.2.6

If you do not have Mac OS X Version 10.2, known as Jaguar, you will need to Purchase Mac OS X Version 10.2, Jaguar from your local Apple dealer, the Apple Store, or another online vendor.

If you already have Mac OS 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4 or 10.2.5, the following AppleCare KnowledgeBase Documents have information and downloadable standalone update installers.

Mac OS 10.2.6 Standalone Updates

Update Mac OS X 10.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4 or 10.2.5 to version 10.2.6

  • Mac OS X 10.2.6 Update (Combo): Information and Download (86 MB)

Update Mac OS X 10.2.5 to version 10.2.6

  • Mac OS X 10.2.6 Update: Information and Download (6 MB)

Important: Please Read Before Installing OS X Updates

An Admin user password that does not contain spaces or Option-keyed characters is required to install. The password may not be blank. If your password must be changed, then follow these steps: Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu. Choose Accounts from the View menu. Select an Admin user and click Edit User. Type your current password, and press Return. Change the password, and click OK.

After installing OS X, or upgrading your OS X version, run 'Repair Disk Permissions' from the following location: Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility/Disk First Aid tab.

Finder
Screenshot of a Finder window in macOS Big Sur displaying files in column view
Stable release
Operating systemClassic Mac OS, macOS, GS/OS
TypeFile manager
Websitehttps://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201732

The Finder is the default file manager and graphical user interfaceshell used on all Macintosh operating systems. Described in its 'About' window as 'The Macintosh Desktop Experience', it is responsible for the launching of other applications, and for the overall user management of files, disks, and network volumes. It was introduced with the first Macintosh computer, and also exists as part of GS/OS on the Apple IIGS. It was rewritten completely with the release of Mac OS X in 2001.

In a tradition dating back to the Classic Mac OS of the 1980s and 1990s, the Finder icon is the smiling screen of a computer, known as the Happy Mac logo.

Features[edit]

The Finder uses a view of the file system that is rendered using a desktop metaphor; that is, the files and folders are represented as appropriate icons. It uses a similar interface to Apple's Safari browser, where the user can click on a folder to move to it and move between locations using 'back' and 'forward' arrow buttons. Like Safari, the Finder uses tabs to allow the user to view multiple folders; these tabs can be pulled off the window to make them separate windows. There is a 'favorites' sidebar of commonly used and important folders on the left of the Finder window.

The classic Mac OS Finder uses a spatial metaphor quite different from the more browser-like approach of the modern macOS Finder.[1] In the classic Finder, opening a new folder opens the location in a new window: Finder windows are 'locked' so that they would only ever display the contents of one folder. It also allows extensive customization, with the user being able to give folders custom icons matching their content. This approach emphasizes the different locations of files within the operating system, but navigating to a folder nested inside multiple other folders fills the desktop with a large number of windows that the user may not wish to have open.[2] These must then be closed individually. Holding down the option key when opening a folder would also close its parent, but this trick was not discoverable and remained under the purview of power users.

The modern Finder uses macOS graphics APIs to display previews of a range of files, such as images, applications and PDF files. The Quick Look feature allows users to quickly examine documents and images in more detail from the finder by pressing the space bar without opening them in a separate application. The user can choose how to view files, with options such as large icons showing previews of files, a list with details such as date of last creation or modification, a Gallery View (replacing the previous Cover flow in macOS Mojave), and a 'column view' influenced by macOS's direct ancestor NeXTSTEP.[3]

The modern Finder displays some aspects of the file system outside its windows. Mounted external volumes and disk image files can be displayed on the desktop. There is a trash can on the Dock in macOS, to which files can be dragged to mark them for deletion, and to which drives can be dragged for ejection. When a volume icon is being dragged, the Trash icon in the Dock changes to an eject icon in order to indicate this functionality. Finder can record files to optical media on the sidebar.[4]

From Yosemite onwards, the Finder is updated to include a refreshed user interface with updated typography and translucency, along with a new icon. Functionally, it also contains official support for extensions, allowing synchronization and cloud storage applications such as Dropbox to display sync status labels inside the Finder display.[5]

macOS Big Sur introduces a complete graphical redesign of the Finder, along with the rest of the user interface, sporting the removal of the brushed metal interface elements, a full height sidebar and all new iconography. Big Sur also slightly modifies the Finder icon with rounded corners.[6]

Reception[edit]

Stewart Alsop II in 1988 said 'It is testimony to either the luck or vision of the original designers' of Finder that 'the interface has been able to survive tremendous evolution without much essential damage' from 1984. He praised its spatial file manager as 'probably a more complete definition of a PC-based universe than any' competitor, with users able to seamlessly use floppies, local and remote hard disks, and large and small file servers. Alsop said that even if Apple had stolen Xerox's technology for Finder, it was now very different. While criticizing the lack of a right mouse button and MultiFinder's clumsiness, he concluded that 'Apple remains the king of user interfaces. Finder is the only interface with 1.5 million people sitting in front of it daily. Apple is spending tremendous amounts of money on both development and basic research to remain the leader'.[7]

Introducing Mac OS X in 2000, Steve Jobs criticized the original Finder, saying that it 'generates a ton of windows, and you get to be the janitor.'[2]

Ars Technica columnist John Siracusa has been a long-standing defender of the spatial interface of the classic Mac OS Finder and a critic of the new design.[8]Daring Fireball blog author John Gruber has voiced similar criticisms. In a 2005 interview[9] he said that the Finder in version 10.3 of Mac OS X had become 'worse than in 10.0' and that 'the fundamental problem with the OS X Finder is that it's trying to support two opposing paradigms at once – the browser metaphor ... and the spatial metaphor from the original Mac Finder ... and it ends up doing neither one very well.' Reviewing the same version of Mac OS X, Siracusa comments that the Finder 'provides exactly the same self-destructive combination of spatial and browser-style features as all of its Mac OS X predecessors'.[10]

Finder replacements[edit]

Third-party macOS software developers offer Finder replacements that run as stand-alone applications, such as ForkLift, Path Finder, Xfile, and XtraFinder. These replacements are shareware or freeware and aim to include and supersede the functionality of the Finder. After Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger the UNIX command line file management tools understand resource forks and can be used for management of Mac files.

The evolution of Finder icons starting with Mac OS 7.6. Earlier systems used a Happy Mac-style icon for the Finder software.

Timeline[edit]

There are minor differences between Finder versions and Classic OS to System 7. From System 6 onward, the version numbers are unified.

Since the introduction of Mac OS X, the largest rewrite of the Finder was with the 2009 release of Mac OS X 10.6, into the Cocoa API, though little change was visible to the user.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^'Missing The Boat On Panther'. Mac Observer. October 28, 2003.
  2. ^ abRothenberg, Matthew (January 4, 2000). 'New OS X headlines Jobs keynote'. ZDNet.
  3. ^Gruber, John (February 14, 2012). 'Walter Isaacson's 'Steve Jobs''. Daring Fireball. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  4. ^LeVitus, Bob (August 2011). 'How to Burn CDs or DVDs in Mac OS X Lion'. Mac OS X Lion For Dummies. For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN978-1-118-02205-4. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  5. ^Siracusa, John (October 16, 2014). 'OS X Yosemite review'. Ars Technica. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  6. ^'Apple introduces macOS Big Sur with a beautiful new design' (Press release). Apple Inc. June 22, 2020. Archived from the original on June 22, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  7. ^Alsop II, Stewart (January 18, 1988). 'Apple's Finder: Maturity in UI'(PDF). P.C. Letter. 4 (2): 4–5.
  8. ^Siracusa, John (April 2, 2003). 'About the Finder...'Ars Technica. Retrieved December 20, 2006.
  9. ^Marcin Wichary (September 2005). 'Interview with John Gruber'. GUIdebook. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
  10. ^John Siracusa (November 9, 2003). 'Mac OS X 10.3 Panther: Same as it ever was'. Ars Technica. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  11. ^'11 major new Snow Leopard features'. Macworld. IDG. August 26, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2021.

External links[edit]

  • Ars Technica: Review of OS X 10.3 – discussing the lack of fundamental changes to the Finder
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