Vista Experience

So here I sit typing away under Windows Vista (64bit). I must say that I’m pretty pleased with how it looks and feels. The Aero Windows scheme is nice. Just remember to throw a lot of processors and memory at it.

There are some legacy tools that either don’t install or have issues. There are also some hardware issues… for example… Vista no longer supports parallel printer ports – I know I haven’t used a parallel port for a printer in a long time, but alas I have several dongles that require the port so now I have to figure out a way to get those upgraded. Lightwave, for one, requires you to send your old dongle back and then they send you a new one – meaning you are without the tool for a number of days (and being in Canada… it’s more like a week or two). In case you were wondering, a dongle is another term for ‘hardware key’.

Another problem I ran into was running Maya 7.0 on Vista. When running under the Aero scheme Maya 7.0 has some display glitches – that’s easily solved by changing to the Vista Standard scheme. Max8.0 does this automatically (if you are in Aero, it switches it to standard and then when you exit it switches it back). No I haven’t upgraded to Maya 8.5 or Max 9. I probably won’t for a long time (unless a client really, really needs it). I have Maya Unlimited so the cost of upgrading a version and a half is pretty incredible.

Vista also does not support my Logitech webcam – so that gives me an excuse to upgrade to a cooler camera in the future :)

My version of Vista (64bit) does not seem to support older versions of Adobe Premiere (I tried 6.0 and it wouldn’t install) – which is a bit of a problem. Adobe After Effects 7.5 installs, but my pro version has a parallel hardware key – which means I need to get it switched over to a USB key (just like Lightwave).

Also, if you are considering migrating to Vista, remember that some games don’t run on it and the one’s that do, run a little slower. The main reason is because the games aren’t using DirectX 10 yet… so they have to use the legacy version 9.

By the way, I installed a copy of Microsoft Office 97 and it seems to work just fine! Yes, that is not a typo, 97. Hey, it works and is sufficient for my needs.

So the moral of the story is don’t upgrade until you have to… I have a dual boot setup so I can boot off of a Vista disk or I can boot off of an XP disk. That way I have the best of both worlds…