Customize the OS X Services Menu

I found these informations very interesting and next follow the link to an application call Scrubber.

* How to Customize the OS X Services Menu – http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/07/29/how-to-customize-the-os-x-services-menu/

* Scrubber – 1.1.5 – PowerPC Friendly. 10.4/10.5 (Tiger and Leopard) – http://manytricks.com/servicescrubber/

The services menu be much more useful if it weren’t overcrowded by services you never even thought of using? Shouldn’t there be a way to edit that menu? Enter Service Scrubber. With Service Scrubber, you can:

  • Restructure the services menu
  • Change service keyboard shortcuts
  • Disable and re-enable services

Once your services menu has been scrubbed, you’ll be surprised how useful it actually is.

 

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Blogs / Sites and everything else.

Recently our friends from PowerPC Liberation – http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.com – celebrated a birthday.  Like me, these guys tirelessly work to ensure our beloved PowerPCs stay relevant.  We wish them all the best and many more years of PowerPC related blogging to come.  Some of their focus has been to keep Mac OS X running for applications that do not require internet, for internet material they are 100% Linux for security reason.  Keep your eyes on PowerPC Liberation because they continue to provide good information about how to transit from Mac to Linux and all the Linux related applications that you just can’t live without!

* Tech Laggard – http://www.techlaggard.com/ – I really like this video, its totally worth watching.

* The Mother Ship – http://macmothership.com – Awesome Web-Site with great information about Macintosh and Lisa.  The Galleries are great and don’t forget to visit once you click the link, which displays historic flyers, ads, brochures, etc. The information spans from 1976 to 2002…it’s fascinating!  Mac Mother Ship has done a beautiful layout on their web site. Way to Go!

* Elvira Sweeney’s Old Mac Love – http://elvirasweeney.com/oldmac/index.html – Why not browse some random information to see what people think about the G4.

* OldVersion – http://www.oldversion.com/mac/ – Because newer is not always better.  And that is what this web site is all about.

* Humanize Technology – https://techuman.wordpress.com They do have good material related to Technology and some PowerPC material.

* HappyMacs – Quadras, Cubes and G5s – http://happymacs.wordpress.com Awesome blog also working with Pre-Intel Macs material.  I just found it because they made some good comments on our material and we always welcome new blogs to our group.

* GamesWidgets – http://g-a-m-e-w-i-d-g-e-t-s.blogspot.com/ – Yes they do deserve a space here, this blog is awesome, I always find good games to run on DashBoard.

Facebook Desktop Application PowerPC

Facebook is one of the sole reasons people spend more time in front of a computer than ever before.  Personally, I blame timeline because for some reason you always want to check what your friends are doing/sharing.  I have a really small list of friends/family and I only add family and friends that I know “in real life”.  But anyways when it comes to PowerPC users we are very limited in finding Facebook applications compatible with our system.  Some time ago I posted about a menu tab and recently  found another option to share with you today:

* Facebook Desktop 1.9 (Shareware) – PowerPC Leopard 10.5.  It looks like a browser but its very dynamic and already has tabs for Facebook, Twitter, Chat and Lifestyle.  It’s really nice to browse and it ran very well on my iBook 1.07GHz.  The only problem is this is a Demo version and you can only run it for 5 minutes at a time.  The developer’s web site it’s offline so it’s hard to contact them to get a serial number.  Anyways I still think its a good application to share with you:

Download here: http://download.cnet.com/Facebook-Desktop/3000-12941_4-75058655.html?tag=mncol;4

AvidemuX – Movie Editor (Free)

I wish I had more time to answer all the e-mails I get from my readers and to be able to do some research to help everybody find applications.  Unfortunately during the summer it’s difficult to find the time to spend hours in front of my computer.  Slowly as summer progresses into fall, you’ll see more from MacPowerPC!

A long time ago, a few people asked me about some applications to edit movies.  Obviously, my first answer is iMovie, I don’t do movie editing and if so it’s very basic!  In my travels, I’ve  come across a great program called Avidemux.

* Avidemux (2.5.3) – Free – PowerPC 10.2 (Jaguar here guys) or later.  It’s free open source and multi-platform software.  The interface might not be the best thing you have seen but the application is very straightforward. It supports video formats that iMovie does not and is very powerful for a simple cutting, filtering, and encoding. I might have to mention again that its FREE and this is what MacPowerPC is all about.

Download here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/avidemux/files/avidemux/2.5.3/

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SetAlphaValue PowerPC

This might be a must application for many of you but for some of you it might not change anything in your day to day computer use.  Either way we are here to share information and applications available for PowerPC computers running the Mac OS X Operational System.

SetAlphaValue 2.2.2 (Free) – PowerPC 10.3.9 or later.  This application sets the alphaValue of windows and has been discontinued. (Just saying).  If anyone have or found a link please share with us.

https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16577/setalphavalue

 

Viscosity First Class Open VPN

This application is an Open VPN client for Mac, providing a rich Cocoa graphical user interface for creating, editing and controlling VPN connections.  Viscosity provides a complete Open VPN solution for Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and does not require any additional downloads or software.

* Viscosity 1.4.3 (Shareware) – PowerPC friendly / Leopard 10.5 – http://sparklabs.com

Key Features: Cross-Platform, Traffic Statistics, System Protected, VPN for Everyone, DNS. Done Right, Script Everything, etc.

LibreOffice + Dropbox are PowerPC Friend

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!

1 – LibreOffice recently released LibreOffice4, but now its LibreOffice 4.0.2 is already available for download – http://www.libreoffice.org/download/?type=mac-ppc&lang=en-US (There is the next version available for test if you feel like checking it out, too! 4.0.3.

2 – Our good friend DropBox recently released an update and for our great surprise its actually compatible with PowerPC.  DropBox 2.0.8 – http://dropbox.com

These 2 softwares are fundamental for any PowerPC machine or better yet, for any computer because they’re so friendly, free and work across multiple platforms.

How many of you have installed LibreOffice + DropBox?  Please tweet:

@macpowerpc – #iUseLibreOfficePPC to @libreofficenews

@macpowerpc – #iUseDropBoxPPC to @dropbox

Let’s see how the PowerPC community is doing.

Bonus link: Beautiful ScreenSaver that my facebook friend shared with us: http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/lotsablankers/

Let it Be PowerPC

I’ve been trying to update “Recommendations” because more and more good web-sites/blogs keep coming out with good information about PowerPC, some of them decided to share information about Linux as well as Mac OS X.  You will find the following links on Recommendation page.

* Pure Mac – All Software You Really Need – http://www.pure-mac.com/

* Retro Mac Cast – They Are Not Old, They Are Retro – http://retromaccast.ning.com/

* Macinstosh/Linux – Mac OS X & Linux Tutorial – http://macintoshlinux.blogspot.com

* Mac Old School – Space devoted to Apple’s old school PowerPC Macs – http://macoldschool.blogspot.com/

* PowerPC Archive – http://thepowerpcarchive.com

* Abandon Application/ Operation System (Mac) – http://winworldpc.com/library_m2.shtml

* ViVa PowerPC – http://vivapowerpc.tk

* MacPast – http://macpast.wordpress.com

* PowerPCAccess – http://powerpcaccess.blogspot.com

* Mad Macs of Oregon – Indie Apple Specialist (Repair, Resell, Recycle) – http://madmacsoforegon.com

* Abandon Application for MacPPC – http://sdfox7.com/macppc/

* Abandon Operation System Macintosh – http://wdl1.winworldpc.com/Abandonware%20Operating%20Systems/Macintosh/

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System Monitoring Pt II

You guys know the drill!  :)

* MiniUsage – 1.5.0 (Free) Leopard – 10.5 – http://nsek.net/SYW/software/english/miniusage/index.html - What to say about an app that says almost everything that is happening on your computer right now… CPU usage, amount of network flow, battery status and process namesd etc.  It takes very little space and is a perfect fit for iBooks/PowerBooks.  While the application is running, this information can be referred via AppleScript.  Now you can see just what is slowing your computer down!

* MenuMeters – 1.6 (Free) Tiger/Leopard – 10.4 or 10.5 –  http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/index.html – MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for Mac OS X. Although there are numerous other programs which do the same thing, none had quite the feature set I was looking for. Most were windows that sat in a corner or on the desktop, which are inevitably obscured by document windows on my laptop’s small screen. Those monitors which used the menubar mostly used the NSStatusItem API, which has the annoying tendency to totally reorder my menubar on every login.

The MenuMeters monitors are true SystemUIServer plugins (also known as Menu Extras). This means they can be reordered using command-drag and remember their positions in the menubar across logins and restarts.

* iStat Menu – 3.19 (Shareware) Leopard – 10.5 – http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/ You can download here: http://istat-menus.mac.informer.com/3.19/  – It display the usage on your menubar but you can add or remove items straight from System Preferences.  This is the last version available for 10.5 PowerPC.  I was able to download (version 2.0) from this link, and here you also will be able to download an option for Tiger 10.4 (version 1) – http://istat-menus.en.softonic.com/mac/download-version/istat-menus-3.20

Boot Your Mac From Another Mac With DVD Driver Via Firewire Cable

Install Leopard or Tiger Via Target Disk Mode.

Believe or not, many people are still buying PowerPC computers, some of them know what they are getting into, but some of them have no clue at all!  They just see that it’s a very cheap Mac and think they’re lucky to find it.

In fact there are some points you should consider before buying a used Mac computer and they’re not limited to just checking the cosmetic aspects or hardware specs.  Ask for the original packing and documents, because it will make the difference if one day you decide to sell it, or in the event that they become collectors items, you’ll increase their value!  Another item you should ask about are the original DVD’s or CD’s, some people just forget to ask about the installation disk and it’s very important to have it in case one day you need to reinstall your machine, as I recently had to.

So let’s say you got an old PowerPC Mac and you want to reinstall the OS X or upgrade to Leopard but your machine has CD drivers only and your Leopard disk is DVD (as I mentioned before some of the G3/G4 Macs won’t boot from USB).  This post shows you how to boot it from USB, but it’s not 100% guaranteed that it will work in all scenarios.   http://macpowerpc.com/2012/09/12/boot-your-powerpc-from-a-usb-for-mac-powerpc/   So you still have a shot at this, what you have to do is:

1 – Mac with no DVD driver

2 – Mac with a DVD driver

3 – Firewire cable (compatible with both machines)

4 – Install DVD disks.

First, insert your install DVD disk in your Mac with DVD drivers and reboot this Mac holding “ t “ for Firewire target mode. >  Next, connect this Mac to the Mac with no DVD driver and reboot it holding down “ alt “.

It might take a second for it to boot, but at this point something should be appearing on screen and you select the DVD as boot source.   Finally, click on the arrow button and the installation will start.

I got a few e-mails advising that some PowerPC users were having a hard time because some machines do not come with DVD drivers and it’s hard to find aTiger OS X CD.  Also, if you are looking to upgrade to Leopard, it would be even harder because I think Leopard is available on DVD only.  I hope you guys like this handy tip and leave some comments if it worked out for you, as it did me!

P.S.: Do not forget to back up all your data before trying anything!!!

To-Do List Manager for PowerPC

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!

* Task Coach – (Free) – 1.3.20 – (Tiger 10.4/Leopard 10.5) – http://www.taskcoach.org/ 

* Simple To-Do – (Free) – 2.3 – (Leopard 10.5) – http://www.julius-eckert.com/project/view/1/5 or you can download it here: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/26662/simpletodo 

* Simple Task – (Free) – 1.1.1 – (Leopard 10.5) – With iPhone support – http://www.simpletaskapp.com/ or you can download it here: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/31199/simpletask 

* 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!

Peace!

P.S.:  Thanks to http://thepowerpcarchive.com that recommend a nice application:

Anxiety 1.0 (Free) PowerPC friendly, 10.5/Leopard – http://www.anxietyapp.com/

Applications to Write Books on PowerPC

Once I read this article on MakeUseOf (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/write-peace-distractionfree-editors-si/) and I thought that it was very interesting.  I’m not a writer but sometimes when I want to write some articles here on PowerPC I sometimes have difficulties in focussing and concentrating.  It’s hard to concentrate on drafting my text, with so many things going on my computer: Facebook, Tweets, E-mails popping up, things that I want to search on Google… At the end of the day, I just dont find myself writing as often as I’d like.

So from this article I installed and tried the following apps that work with Mac OS X and to my surprise, a few of them actually ran on PowerPC!!!  Here are the results.

* JDarkRoom (15 Beta) – http://www.codealchemists.com/jdarkroom/ - Simple full-screen text editor, that you just have to run and start typing.  You can change the background color, font and font size.  It’s comfortable to write with JDarkRoom.

*Typewriter (2.0) – http://www.lifehackingmovie.com/typewriter-minimal-text-editor/ – Minimal Text Editor and again you just run it and start typing.  With this program, you need to type ever word, no copy, no paste, no delete.  It’s like you are on an old school typewriter and that’s what this application is all about.

*DarkCopy – http://darkcopy.com/ Simple, full-screen text editor that does not require installation.  You do the task straight from your browser, I think is a great idea and everyone should try it.

I hope you guys enjoy one of these three options and before I start writing another post I will watch my anime.  At the moment I’m very busy with the saga of Alabasta / One Piece!

And in case you were wondering which application I use to write my posts….at the moment I’m using AppleWorks 6 and sometimes iWork 8.  But if I was a writer I would use Typewriter and JDarkRoom.

P.S.: After talking to the writer of the original post, he mentioned that FocusWriter has a version available for PowerPC… so it’s time for Mac PowerPC to dig deep on Google.  We found out that FocusWriter 1.3.1 is fully compatible with PowerPC 10.5 and here is link (http://cl.ly/472a2N1d1w2Y), I uploaded it on my cloud account to make it easier for you guys and I have to mention that FocusWriter is a very good full-screen text editor with more features.  If you decide to work with small windows you will have access to an easy menu! http://gottcode.org/focuswriter/

New Blogs for PowerPC

I found a good source for PowerPC information today and am pleased to provide you with 2 more web-sites that have my “seal of approval!”

 http://ratedwin.com/Blog/Blog.html – This site seems to have just opened and I like the idea of sharing experiences and how to use a Mac OS X with a PowerPC processor in the year 2012.  It’s basically almost the same idea as Mac PowerPC…both give functional tips on how to get the most out of Mac OS X system with your PowerPC.

http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.com/-  This blog is a good source of information about the PowerPC.  It’s very technologically informative and the writer is very clear to point out that he is focusing on sharing tips and info about operating systems for PowerPC, including Linux as well as Mac OS X.  He also provides great tips on how to continue updating the Apple OS.  If you are looking to get the most out of your PowerPC (Linux/Mac OS X) this is a good place to start!  Highly recommend saving this one in your favourites!!

It’s really good to see that PowerPC users have started producing and sharing more tips and experiences.  In this post, you have now found 2 blogs that help bring the breath of life to your PowerPC.  One focuses on the Mac OS X system and the other in Linux + Mac OS X….the choice is yours!

Keep PowerPCing guys.

P.S.: PowerPCMacintoshLiberationArmy - http://www.ppcmla.com/index.html

*RJCalifornia http://rodolfohernan20.blogspot.ca/search/label/powerpc PowerPC Macs got one more blog to help us sharing information and experience of running Mac OS X.  This blog just started posting about PowerPC and already have great material.  I also liked the idea of posting in Spanish and English because that would help a lot of readers that use google translator.  Thanks RJCalifornia keep up the good work!