Summer time is a very difficult time to blog for the MacPowerPC team because of our day jobs. It’s our busiest time of year and admittedly it’s difficult to find the time to release quality posts. I wanted to let everyone know that even during our hiatus, we have still been searching and saving material for later updates, on a regular basis. Now that fall is settling in, we have time to get back on track for our weekly updates…and have we got a LOT to catch up on!
* Tooble 2.8 – (Free) – PowerPC Tiger/Leopard. It’s an easy way to quickly download videos from YouTube, convert them and import to iTunes to watch on your iPod or AppleTV.
I’m sorry guys for the misunderstanding, the right version that is compatible with PowerPC is Tooble 2.7.9. Download here: http://cl.ly/RSL2
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.
It’s always important to have access to a good application that easily converts your video and audio. iConvertX not only completes the conversion quickly, but anyone can figure how how to work it. It’s as easy as drag and drop…so even your grandmother could figure out how to work it!
P.S.: It seems Joris Vervuurt also developed iTubex, an application that allows you to download videos from Youtube. As far as I can see, version 8.0 will work on PowerPC running 10.5, but unfortunately I didn’t find a safe source to download the application, to do my tests. If you guys would like to share the results or links, please feel free to drop us a line to let us know how it worked for you!
One more application from MacSome that works very well on PowerPC is the Macsome Audio Recorder 1.1.0 (Shareware – $29.95) 10.4 / 10.5 (Tiger / Leopard). It’s a very powerful audio recorder that works with applications like iTunes, Skype or DVD Player. It also records from microphones, etc. It’s a very helpful application to have installed on your Mac. http://www.macsome.com/audio-recorder-mac/index.html
Right now for Intel Mac can download DivX8 but PowerPC Macs can still install DivX6. It’s good software to have installed because it plays all DivX videos and MKV formats. You can convert files ending in one of the following extensions: .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4, .avi and divx, by just dragging and dropping! One nice feature of DivX is the conversion profile. The profiles are predefined templates where you choose the dimensions you want, select the video bitrate and other conversion settings that are appropriate for various playback devices. There are 5 standard profiles, handheld, portable, home theater, high def and custom.
A few weeks ago, I got a message that advised I wasn’t able to watch the a video on facebook, using a mac powerpc. It looks like the flash/plugin it’s not compatible with Facebook! The maximum flash update you can get is version 10.1 and to be able to watch Facebook’s videos, you need version 11.1.
Good news… Someone already looked out for us and created or modified the required plugin for mac powerpc users!
I did install this in my sister’s PowerBook running Leopard, and it worked very well! Hopefully this will fix our problems in the future.
With this plugin you will be able to watch Flash videos from Facebook on your Mac PowerPC, using Safari. Hooray! This plugin only works with Safari, but maybe soon we will be able to use with TenFourFox!
I really appreciate my PowerPC friend’s blog - http://ppcluddite.blogspot.com/ who posted this great news for all survivors of Mac PowerPC! This just goes to prove that it’s not time to turn off our machines just yet…