You can update without losing the application... but you won't be able to use the application in Mac OS X (at least not without Classic which requires having Mac OS 9.2.x).
Originally Posted by Neil H.
10.4? Yes (but it is not supported on that system, 10.2 or 10.3 would be better). Graphics applications within 10.4? Probably not. 2. Is this PC strong enough to handle OS 10.4?
While the tablet issue is going to be a hard one to get around, if you are just getting started in graphic design and are on a budget you may want to stay with Mac OS 8.6 on that system for a while. Here is why... applications for that system are very inexpensive now.
To give you an idea... I have a PowerBook 3400c running Mac OS 8.6. I use this system as a training system (both for myself and I have loaned it out to people for that purpose). On this system I have:
and I own all that software... but I didn't buy all of it (or even most of it) new. But most the primary features of those titles are still the primary features of todays versions. Plus your system is more than twice as fast as my PowerBook 3400c.
Adobe Acrobat 5.0.5
Adobe Dimensions 1.0
Adobe GoLive 5.0
Adobe Illustrator 8.0
Adobe LiveMotion 1.0
Adobe PageMaker 6.5 (also Aldus PageMaker 5.0a)
Adobe PageMill 3.0
Adobe Photoshop 5.5
Adobe ImageReady 2.0
Adobe Premiere 5.1
Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.6 Corel Graphics 8 LE
(free download from the link, includes CorelDRAW and CorelPHOTO-PAINT) Corel WordPerfect 3.5e
(free download from the link, and from here
Quicktime Pro 5.0.2
FileMaker Pro 5.0
Microsoft Office 98 (also Microsoft Word 5.1a)
Fractal Design Painter 5.0
Fractal Design Bryce 3D
Strata VideoShop 4.0
Strata Vision 3D 4.0
Macromedia Flash 5.0
SoundEdit Pro 16 2.0.7
Sound Studio 2.0.7
Now Up-to-Date & Contact 3.6.5
And the software that I actually use to make money (that is, it pays for itself) is the software I have newer versions of for Mac OS X. But I still have access to software I need to know without paying for the latest and greatest versions of them.
Basically, it may be a good idea to stay at Mac OS 8.6 for now.