Scramble over Mac OS 9 conflicts

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Scramble over Mac OS 9 conflicts

Several third-party developers are reportedly still finding compatibility problems between their products and Mac OS 9.

An official at Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec Corp. said that while current versions of Norton Utilities are compatible with the new operating system, FileSaver in version 4.0.4 of the software contains a “version limiter” that instructs it not to run if the OS version number is greater than 8.x.

Other programs said to be affected by the conflicts include Adobe Systems Inc.’s popular Adobe Type Manager and Adobe Type Reunion. Most developers, however, said that fixes will be available soon after, if not coincident with, today’s release of the new operating system.

The cause of the incompatibilities remains unclear. Some developers are pointing fingers at Apple, while sources inside Apple attributed the problem to the developers’ programming methods.

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