If anyone has a PC and wants to play EQ Mac, you might want to check out pg 79 of this thread here:http://www.fohguild.org/forums/mmorpg-g ... ay-79.html
Oh man, the coolest thing about that is the classic UI being able to be used again. I so wish we were able to select and use that UI on our macs!!!!
I might regret admitting it, but I ended up giving into temptation to try this out and... it actually works!!! I couldn't believe it! It was such an incredible feeling being able to run around in the world I've only ever seen with a cheap, underpowered mac. It looks and runs a million time better on my current gaming laptop. Only problem is, the fps gets sooo high in the older areas that it messes with the mouse look functionality (the x axis gets much slower than the y, which makes mouse looking to the left and right much slower than vertically.) As soon as I got into PoK though, my fps got into the 100s and the mouse worked properly. I remember this same bug on the PC servers and the only way to fix it was to put a cap on the fps to about 60 or less. Unfortunately though, due to this classic UI being used in this patched version, the options menu doesn't have a lot of the stuff you guys get with the current default mac version, which includes the advanced graphics option that has the fps slider, as well as many of the newer UI windows. *Edit - just realised after getting the luclin UI to work, that the mac client doesn't have the advanced graphics options and/or a fps slider. Guess I was thinking of the PC version*
The older UI also only supports small resolutions, so to get fullscreen you have to lower your PCs native resolution, and it's made reading text in-game very difficult. Then again, I am playing it on my big screen, HDTV with an hdmi, so that might be the biggest factor in that problem hehe. I'll have to try it on a smaller monitor later and report how it goes.
All that said, I actually have an opposite sentiment to yours right now, as I really wish I could us the new default UI (the one that current mac users use). Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the look and feel of the Velious UI (being a minimalist) but I'd much rather have utility versus aesthetics when I have to choose. Now if they could update it to include the higher resolutions and all the functionality, I'd be all for it! In fact, it'd be my UI of choice, no questions asked.
I still really don't feel right using an unofficial method to play on the server (as I fear Hobart will be against it), but as of right now, it's the only way for players like myself to have the chance, especially with the much more affordable, PPC machines being all but phased out soon.
Here's hoping that Hobart considers releasing an official patch for PC users clamoring for the mac server. Help us make the dream a reality!
Edit: Woot! Just wanted to post a little update - it seems that you can get the current default Luclin UI by doing this, "To get the Luclin UI, edit eqclient.ini NewUI=TRUE instead of NewUI=FALSE". Also, the bugs that were mentioned seem to be fixed after doing this, even the bazaar traders! The text is completely clear and legible now too. Glad to see such a simple fix solving all these problems.
I really hope Hobart allows the use of this patch, despite being unofficial. As it stands now, it seems to be a completely functional, and most importantly, an affordable method for playing on this terrific server.