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Stata 6.0 requires the Appearance Manager extension 1.02 or newer

Title   Stata 6.0 requires the Appearance Manager extension 1.02 or newer
Author Chinh Nguyen, StataCorp
Date February 1999

Stata 6.0 requires the Appearance Manager extension for full functionality.

Macintosh systems prior to 8.0 do not come with this extension by default. Mac OS 8.0 comes with Appearance Manager extension version 1.0. Mac OS 8.1 may possibly have 1.02. Mac OS 8.5 comes with version 1.03, and it is built into the system instead of being an extension. Under any system that has Mac OS 8.0 or greater, the Appearance Manager extension cannot be disabled.

Stata 6.0’s installer tries to install the most recent version of the extension, and overwrites the older version of the extension if necessary. Unfortunately, it can only overwrite the extension on English systems since non-English systems have the extension Appearance Extension spelled in the system’s local language (for example, on Japanese systems, the Appearance Extension is named Appearance Kinokakucho). It is possible that if the older extension is still installed, it will be loaded instead of the newer extension. If this is the case, locate the local language version of the extension and move it out of the System Folder’s Extensions folder. Confirm that the new Appearance Extension exists. If it does not, reinstall Stata and reboot the system.

One drawback of this method is that the Finder’s menu will appear in English rather than the local lanuage. At the time this FAQ was written, Apple had not released local versions of the latest version of the Appearance Extension. The best option to avoid this side effect is to upgrade your system to Mac OS 8.5.

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