|Just Install it! Components with the exclamation point beside them are ones that practically everyone will be able to take advantage of and see the benefits from.|
|You might want to install this. Components with the check mark are ones that depending on your connection to the Internet or how you use your Mac some will want to install, and others may not. Reading the notes beside each one will help you make your decision.|
|Don't install it unless you really want to. Components with the big red "X" next to them are ones that have specific purposes that most people don't use or components that may get in the way of normal operation of your Mac unless you understand what they are doing. Be sure to read the notes and see if your needs meet the specifics for this component. I realize I'm setting myself up for flames galore on some of these but my goal is that people may be encouraged to look into some of these less conventional components and learn to take advantage of them.|
|Another bit of information I've included about each component is the amount of disk real estate each one will require when it is installed. I hope this information will be helpful for those with limited disk space.|
Mac OS 9 (Click!) This is obviously the most important component of the 10. Mac OS 9 includes many items including the following:
|System Software||Sherlock II 3.01|
|QuickTime 4.03||Apple DVD 1.3|
|OpenGL 1.1.1||Multi-User Support|
|Keychain 2.0||AppleScript 1.4|
|Auto Updating||Mac OS Help|
Internet Access 1.4.1 This component installs applications and utilities for using the Internet. Although all of these can be handy to have around, if you already have a web browser and e-mail client installed this component may duplicate some of the things you are already using. If you don't already have an Internet connection, the tools installed can walk you through getting on the Internet and even help you find an Internet Service Provider (Internet Service Provider). Also note that there are more recent versions of Outlook Express and Netscape Communicator are now available.
|Internet Explorer 4.5||Outlook Express 4.5|
|Netscape Communicator 4.6.1||StuffIt Engine 5.1.3|
|StuffIt Expander 5.1.4||Aladdin DropStuff 5.1.2|
Apple Remote Access 3.5 (Click!) Apple has combined its Apple Remote Access and OT/PPP software. This software enables your modem to dial and connect to the Internet or an ARA server. If you don't use a modem to connect to the Internet, there is no reason to install this one. Also if you have a DSL or cable modem you won't need this software.
Personal Web Sharing 1.5.3 (Click!) PWS provides the ability to make your Mac into a web server and share web pages and files directly from your hard drive. Although PWS can operate over a modem connection, generally a dedicated Internet connection and a static IP address is needed to take full advantage of it. If you do have a full-time connection to the Internet PWS can be both fun and functional for getting your web pages on the Internet
Text-to-Speech 2.02 (Click!) The title just about says it all. Install this if you want your Mac to talk! This is also the software that can be configured to have your computer read errors to you after a set amount of time.
Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.1.4 (Click!) Java is a software language that allows the same single small applications to be run on to be run on any number of major computer platforms. MRJ allows these 'Applets' to be run on your Mac OS computer. This is one that you will know if you need it. If Java is all new to you it might be worth doing some research to see what all the excitement is about. Most Web browsers will support Java scripts without installing MRJ 2.0. Some web browsers must be configured to use this software after it has been installed.
ColorSync 3.0 (Click!) ColorSync is designed to provide consistent colors between what you scan, see on your screen, and print. If you are a desktop publisher you may want to install ColorSync and check out its features. If this all sounds like greek to you, then it is likely you don't need it.
English Speech Recognition 2.0.1 (Click!) Speech Recognition requires an Apple Plain Talk Microphone. "Apple Speech Recognition lets your Macintosh understand what you say, giving you a new dimension for interacting with and controlling your computer by voice. You don't even have to train it to understand your voice, because it already understands you, from your very first word." While it can be exciting to say "Computer, tell me a joke." and have it respond, this software really isn't practical for every day use. It does lay the foundation for software coming soon that will take speech recognition to a new level.
Language Kits 1.0 Mac OS 9 is world-ready, with integrated support for reading a variety of Latin-based languages in addition to Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Indian, Japanese and more. Input, edit, and print several languages in the same document. Depending on the languages selected this install can range from 332k to over 30 MB for single languages and almost 80 MB if you install all of them. This install is only necessary if you are using or viewing languages other than english. It is very cool if you are in the habit of doing so.
Network Assistant Client 4.0.1 (Click!) The network assistant client works with the network assistant from Apple. Only instal this if your network administrator has instructed you to do so.
I hope that this MacTip has helped you sort out all the options available with Mac OS 9. Be sure to check out Eight.Six+ (soon to be 9.0+) for info about all updates to the Mac OS as they are released.
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