Upgrading to Panther before Tiger is Released?

by Stephanie Rewis on August 26, 2004

Maybe some of you are as slow as I am to update your Operating System — maybe not. It always scares me to death … I just can't afford any down time at all with the rate of speed I work at. So yes, I'm just getting ready to upgrade from Jaguar (OS 10.2.8) to Panther. And yes, Tiger is coming. But it will be a while before I adopt that kitty. I like to let other people work out the bugs and find out which programs don't yet work.

Here's my plan. With Studio MX 2004's product activation scheme, I have to transfer my program licenses before reinstalling or upgrading my operating system. Activation has gone pretty smoothly for most people. But to avoid any problems, I'm going to complete the following steps I found a while back (I will be brave…I will be brave…):

  • In Dreamweaver MX 2004, choose Help > Activation > Transfer License and deactivate the license on your computer. (In Flash MX 2004 or Fireworks MX 2004, choose Help > Transfer Your Software License.)
  • Install Panther.
  • Relaunch your Studio MX 2004 applications and reactivate them.

Generally, activation and deactivation require about 30 seconds or less. Wish me luck!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sam Robbins August 26, 2004 at 5:38 pm

Pather is a dream now. I also didn’t upgrade until 10.3.3, but pather is nice and stable!!

Sam Robbins August 26, 2004 at 5:39 pm

I think my n key is broken

Kim August 26, 2004 at 9:27 pm


You won’t be sorry that you made the switch. Panther is a great improvement and you’ll be tickled pink with the improved performance in MX applications.

Sheri August 30, 2004 at 6:38 am

Hey Stephanie, You’ll love Panther! And in case you haven’t seen this great advice on the steps to take in the upgrade procedure, here you go: http://www.macfixit.com/staticpages/index.php?page=20031110092240810

Stef. August 30, 2004 at 9:53 pm

Thanks Sheri… If we don’t get the hurricane this weekend, perhaps I can fit the upgrade in there. :)

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