I’m assuming that most of you are already aware of some updates available for PowerPC’s applications, but I decided to make a post just in case you missed it! So this post is really just one for “checking” out information you may not have been aware of. Let’s see how up to date you are!
In my last 2 posts, I was talking about Twitter and we shared some good options for you to ensure you don’t miss any tweets on your PowerPC, but now I want to share some Tumblr applications with you. Be warned, they are not fancy, but they do work!
* Tumblenote 5.2 (Free) – PowerPC friendly 10.4 / 10.5 – http://tumblenote.tumblr.com/ – How many of you actually are on Tumblr.? Using this widget is the easiest/fastest way to update your Tumblr blog right from your Dashboard.
All Mac PowerPC users are well aware that when it comes to Social Networking our applications are limited. It’s hard to find something that might work well for Mac OS X Tiger. In fact it’s virtually possible to find options for the Mac OS X Leopard. I actually still prefer use a good old fashioned Browser, when it comes to searching for these types of media. But this post doesn’t end here, previously we mentioned some applications for Twitter and we got really great feedback from our readers and I wanted to share some more options with you here. the list starts with:
* Twit Menulet 8 (Demo $6.00) – PowerPC friendly 10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5 – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32331/twit-menulet – With this app it will allow you to check your tweets from a menu bar. Never was it so easy to keep Twitter on and check as many times you want. If anyone is running Panther, please let me know if it worked out for you!
I don’t know if every reader of this blog shares my philosophy that too much protection is never enough, when it comes to technology. In line with this mantra, the first thing I usually do after purchasing new or second hand electronics is to buy some hardware protection. It is my style to ensure I buy this from a different store that I purchase my hardware from, as I’m always looking for a better deal. BTW – Excuse me Apple Store, I don’t think I would ever pay that much money for a Michael Kors case! I’m not questioning the quality but the price is just off the charts! At the end of the day, it’st just a sleeve! Anyone that watches Project Runway knows that at the end of the day the most expensive part of merchandise is the name attached to it. Now, I know that It’s not my job to decide if the price is right or not, but I’m a customer and as a customer I would appreciate someone that could think ahead and create a laptop sleeve that brings more usuability to the customer. I’m pleased to announce that this isn’t crazy talk because someone (actually 2 people) really thought outside of the box and created SafeSleeve!
This project is still searching and raising funds to start putting this excelent Sleeve out there. SafeSleeve goes beyond just keeping your laptop protected…in fact, it actually protects you from your laptop! SafeSleeve is a multi-functional laptop accessory that provides protection for your computer when on the go and in use; and most importantly, personal protection from Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Radiation.
SafeSleeve also provides a desktop workstation that includes a mouse pad and is optimized to allow airflow to your laptop on any surface. In my opinion, this is a great touch, especially for those that are travelling all the time, as it’s not practical to rely on the provisions of your airplane seatback support, or the scratched, dirty surface of your local coffee shop.
SafeSleeve is a lightweight, sleek and stylish sleeve that will fit and protect most laptops. This combination of features, its sleek and stylish design, and premium quality makes SafeSleeve a must own for any laptop user.
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iCab 5.0.1 – Shareware – PowerPC 10.5/Leopard – http://www.icab.de/index.html – iCab is an alternative web browser for the Apple Macintosh with numerous useful features. On the web site it says it is Intel but it does work on PowerPC.
Ok PowerPC users, recently we are getting some bad news that a few applications and developers aren’t updating their software for PowerPC anymore. Recently I got an e-mail from one of our PowerPC users and I’m more than happy to post that one of the best software ever, for any computer, Mac/Linux/PC still supports us!!!! LibreOffice is AWESOME, it reads all kinds of formats and is compatible with basically everything. It’s a must have Office Suite that I recommend you install in your machine, for your own good.
Features: Text Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing, Database and Formula.
P.S.: “This version of LibreOffice is prepared with care and presented with pride by the LibreOffice community. PLEASE NOTE that, since this is the second version in the series, make sure to read the release notes (under “Handy resources”).
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A while ago I found this application and installed it on my PowerPC, and it worked great. So I decided to save the link in my bookmarks but because I have so many bookmarked pages, it takes me forever to find things! Many of you will know what I mean! Today I am pleased to finally share a great Photo and Image Editing program for Mac PowerPC.
* Image Tricks - http://belightsoft.com/products/products.php – It’s a very powerful photo image editing program, easy to use and a very friendly interface that makes it even easier to test the effects that are divided in 3 tabs: Filters/Quartz/Generators. You can drag and drop photos from iPhoto and save in formats like: PDF/TIFF/GIF/JPEG/PNG. If you are looking for something easy with fast results, without spending money and excess time to learn the application. Image Tricks will fit you like a glove, but also will enhance your photos/Images and make them appear more professional. If you decide to go PRO you will have even more options/features (of course).
I just found myself in a situation that I never would have thought I’d find myself in. I’m the kind of Mac user that thinks I don’t need anything from Microsoft (wrong). I always choose to format my external hard-drives using Mac OS Extended (Journaled) even when I know that it would be “safe” to format on FAT32. Recently, I was traveling a few weeks ago and I met a good friend of mine that wanted me to share some of my files with him and vice versa. When I plugged in my hard drive, I could not transfer any of my files because it was locked. When I realized that his hard drive was formated to NTFS…well I just became sad. So back I went to http://google.com (like always) and here I found few options that helped me out, that I’d like to share with you.
I think it’s high time to “pimp out” our PowerPCs a little bit! In my opinion the G3/G4/G5 are one of the best designs Apple ever launched. They were designed so “out of the box” that even today they still look as modern as they day they were launched. I honestly love the iMac G4…some of my friends are very impressed with iMac G4 because it is a very minimalist machine…and we are talking about a design that is now over 10 years old! Anyways, I better stop talking about the G4 otherwise I won’t get to the point. I’ve been looking for this ScreenSaver for a long time now…you can find it in any iPad/tablet. In fact, I think some of the tablet users just use their tablets as clocks, as far as I see in some fabulous online photos. But if you have an office with a spare PowerPC machine hanging around, this will give you a cool reason to turn it ON and let it work for you again!
Briblo – 1.0.3 – (Free) – PowerPC – http://9031.com/goodies/ Also a Screen Saver but this is so funny, it’s a movable brick block that looks like Lego or Tetris. This would be considered a “Smart Screen Saver” because you can play with it by using the direction arrows on your keyboard. It’s very addictive, I even set up my Screen Saver to start on 3 minutes, when I’d usually opt for it to come on after 15 minutes – just so I can occasionally play with the bricks!
P.S.: Thanks Peter for sharing on comments these ScreenSavers are a show stoppers:
For a long time now, I’ve been holding onto these programs and have only just decided to let it all out, because we’ve been very busy trying to source and share apps that support the PowerPC. These ones come as suggestions from my readers, from around the world, and I didn’t want them to think that I kept their suggestions all to myself! These are great applications that seem to surround the task of organizing your life. You won’t regret having these To-Do list managers installed in your machine. Some of them also work with Windows (if you’re so inclined)…
Here are 4 names that do the job very well and all of them are PowerPC friendly!
* ToTo – (Free) – 1.5 – (Leopard 10.5) I need to point out that this app runs in the menu bar, which is a nice touch and the icon is gorgeous…it reminds me of the musical Wicked. Anyways http://www.fredandrandall.com/toto/
I would like to highlight that these applications are all free and some of them are open for donations to help to keep their projects alive. Also I want to mention that like them, Mac PowerPC also is accepting donations which we use to keep this project online. Your donations help me pay for the various expenses associated with keeping a blog online, and I’m committed to continue searching for new and free software options for PowerPC users. Feel free to send us some love in your comments and check out our advertisements – That would also help me keep this blog up and running!
Most PowerPC users and some Intel Dual Core users really would like to have AirPlay to mirror Videos to our Apple TV without having to convert and sync with iTunes.
AirFlick is a beta version and there is no support but it works (sort of) on PowerPC. AirFlick is a free application that allows you to stream videos from your computer to Apple TV. Apparently, you’re also supposed to be able to stream videos from any URL address.
The fact is I recently updated my Apple TV and then I tried to use this application and for some reason it does not recognize my Apple TV, likely because of my upgrade. But I saw some comments online which indicate that it seems to be working for some of you, but some users experience challenges with the URL streaming feature. So if you guys want to try out AirFlick and share your experience if worked or not, please feel free to post on comments for the rest of us. We appreciate your feedback!
Bring life to your dashboard with one of these widgets! They are not “the big deal” but they’re cool little apps that will help keep your machine in the “now”;
*ClassiCalculator – PowerPC – ClassiCalculator it’s a widget that reminds us how applications looked a few years ago. You can download here: http://cl.ly/2K3b2M15462U
*iBooks – PowerPC – This widget only allows you to access the iBook Store from your Dashboard. I was wondering if we could actually read our iBooks from the Dashboard, which would be very helpful and cool. Anyways you can download it here: http://cl.ly/1y3v3b3L280E
Yeah Yeah Yeah!, let’s re-revisit our favorite kind of apps, and if you thought that “re-revisited” is in regards to Metallica’s record Garage Days you are right. In this post we will introduce you to some browsers that we did not check out before. They’re very promising and will help you in your day-by-day browsing. I’m really sorry that we don’t have Google Chrome available for the PowerPC platform and I don’t think we ever will. So let’s appreciate projects like those listed here and others like TenFourFox, AuroraFox, SeaMonkey, etc.
*OmniWeb (5.11.2) Free – http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omniweb/overview/ (Tiger 10.4/Leopard 10.5) - It’s a very interesting browser, which is light to run. It’s very powerful, it’s fast and the most important thing is that they are still doing all the updates for either PowerPC and Intel. In OmniWeb you can find features such as WorkSpaces, Visual Tabs, Ad Blocking, etc. Installing this browser in your Mac will definitely be a benefit for you. I personally really like the idea of being able to show and hide the tabs. It’s pretty cool and very easy to browse.
*Leopard WebKit – (Free) - http://www.webkit.org/ / http://code.google.com/p/leopard-webkit/ (Leopard 10.5) - This is their own statement “The goal of this project is to provide builds of current WebKit sources for Mac OS X 10.5 (PowerPC only). The built product comes with no support and is provided only for testing purposes.” Well now, it’s up to you if you want to use this very promising project !