Blast from the Past > Anniversary of PowerPC

It’s still strange to me that this small blog is actually celebrating 7 years of anniversary.  The original idea was only to post a couple of posts/apps that worked on the PowerPC, but we kept finding more and more out there… I already have many bookmarked for future testing, because there are more to come for the PowerPC community.

We did take some time off, because we got busy with our standard jobs and at the end of the day I just wanted to come home and watch Survivor and Amazing Race and go to bed.  I kept procrastinating to login and write a new post, putting it off for “tomorrow” which ended up turning to weeks and months….

Now we are back, and I recently purchased a mint condition PowerBook G4 (15”/1.66GHz/1.5GB).  I’m very proud of it, it’s a great machine and I’m bringing this blog back to life one more time, and breathing life into my stainless steel PowerPC!

So, if you find yourself like me, coming into possession of a brand new “old” Mac – wondering what the top 5 essential apps you need to have on your computer…then read on!  Listed below are the Essential 5 apps for you (in my opinion):

TenFourFox – Yes, a trusted browser is a must for any PowerPC user.  TenFourFox is putting in great effort and keeping us updated! – http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

iWork 09’ – This office suite it’s fantastic, still very up to date and you can pull off great results using Keynote, Number and Pages.  Before I was using AppleWorks due to a nostalgic feeling, but iWork works amazing!  Also deserving of a mention here is LibreOffice 5 (but still under development > http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/manulix/other/libreoffice/). iWork 09′ you can find for a great price at https://www.ebay.com/ or https://www.craigslist.com/about/sites

VLC – If you choose to keep your Mac PowerPC free of excessive software, embracing the minimalist movement – then just install this app for your media player, because it will play any type of media movie format.  Super powerful! – https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

Gimp – A Classic of the classics – everybody needs to have this app because before the internet you would have a computer to play with apps like Gimp. – https://www.gimp.org/downloads/

AppDelete – They say you only need to drag your app to the garbage bin, but I personally do prefer to use an app to take care of that. – http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete

Now my friends, you are ready to start!

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Thank you 😀

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Screenium for Mac PowerPC

This week, I found a fantastic app that runs and works great on PowerPC – Leopard! Screenium 1.5 or 2.1.8 is software that allows the user to record what’s happening on the screen. Super convenient if you’re someone with a youtube channel, or someone who needs to create an instructional video or training for an online function or program!

There are nice features like recording a fixed area, full screen, mouse area or a single window. Also it has support for microphones, so you can add your comments as you record. You can use a camera as well!

It’s easy to use and the results are fantastic.

It’s not free – so please make sure to contact them before purchasing because you need to make sure they still providing license to this version. The currently version is 3.1.3 and it’s Intel only. This version does however allow a demo try.

I’m very satisfied with the results and this app has a great deal of potential, even being a bit outdated, it still gets the job done very well.

So ladies and gentlemen, this is another great reminder to take your PPC’s out and use them to their full potential!

Have fun with it!

Download version 1.5 or 2.1.8 from the official website > http://www.syniumsoftware.com/downloads

Or

Download the version 1.5 from this link: (use server 1) > http://mac.brothersoft.com/screenium-download.html

iScroll2 + Scroll Reverser for MacPowerPC

I found these great apps that it may help someone out there having the same issue that I was couple of weeks ago.

Some of my browsers were really out of date and I found out that TenFourFox seems to be the one to use as default.

Browsing in an iBook it’s not a easy task if you don’t have a mouse plugged in. My trackpad doesn’t have features like scrolling so I found an app that it does the job for me.

iScroll2 – can be download here > http://iscroll2.sourceforge.net/

Second app is Scroll Reverser, well long short story it does reverse the scrolling.
Scroll Reverse – can be download here > https://pilotmoon.com/scrollreverser/

And if you are wondering TenFourFox > http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

iNotePad 2.4.2 for Mac PowerPC

Let’s start with a very good small app that it will help to keep your day organized.  Notepads it is.

This is a very powerfull note app to keep your reminds, notes and full size texts.

It does have great features and it’s super easy to use.

It’s a free ware and you can register

Name: free version

Code: 0057968178

Dowloand here: http://vojousoftware.weebly.com/inotepad.html

AirRadar for PowerPC

AirRadar 2.2.3

AirRadar 2.2.3 is an application which will allow you to scan for and connect to wireless networks nearby. AirRadar is easy to use and helps you find the best networks in your area.

You can create your own list of favourites, or filter out those that you don’t want to see.
Version 2.2.3 is PowerPC friendly and is free to try.

Download here: AirRadar

Google Sketchup for Mac PowerPC

Google Sketchup 7.0 – PowerPC friendly.

With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects, etc.. And once you’ve built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.

Sketch Up 7.0 is a powerfull application that it will make our friends designers very happy about it.  It’s a new whole reason to keep your Mac PowerPC anywhere in the house for any idea you might have.  Simple and powerfull sketch up pro app makes 3D drawing much easier, lots of tips, user friendly, export CAD format and add text and graphics to designs.

Download here > http://google-sketchup.en.uptodown.com/mac/download/7629

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ViJournal 2.3.9 for MacPowerPC

Happy New Year to all of us and 2016 just started and I think from now only the strongest PowerPC users will keep on keeping on.

viJournal 2.3.9 Lite – PowerPC friendly (10.5 (Leopard)  It is a free lightweight version of viJournal. It’s designed as an old-fashioned page-a-day bound diary.  You write your entries under dated headers and save them collectively by month and year. ViJournal has many powerful features, all added in such a way that they do not clutter the interface or detract from the original purpose of having viJournal work like a traditional bound diary.  It’s simple and light, runs very good on 10.5 and It a definitely an app to have installed.

Download here:  http://cl.ly/2E0f0E1R3f3A

You still have many things to do with your powerful PowerPC.

Panorama Maker 3

Panorama Maker is an awesome small app that it will changes your pictures to a panorama format, it’s totally compatible with Mac OS X Leopard.  I didn’t tried out on Tiger, so please if you have a chance to try share with us your comments.

Super easy to use and very powerfull application.  If you are a photo lover and like to modify your pictures this is an application you must have installed in you Mac.

Panorama Maker 3 – http://www.arcsoft.com/support/panorama-maker/

Download here: http://cl.ly/0b0I0b061i08

Please contact Arcsoft if you with to register.  Contact them before purchasing the license.

 

ViddyUp the iPod and Apple TV video Wrangler

Wondering how to make the most of your video-capable iPod® or Apple TV™? Looking for an easy way to make your video clips work with iTunes®? Need a general-purpose MPEG-4 and H.264 export tool?

ViddyUp

is the easy way to load up your iPod or Apple TV with home movies or content from around the web. Just drag your clips to the ViddyUp! window, tweak a setting or two (if you want), then let ViddyUp! get to work. iPod or Apple TV-friendly versions of each clip show up in a special playlist in iTunes, ready to sync.

ViddyUp! easily handles dozens of files with its batch processing mode and even works with MPEG muxed audio. And, with the Custom encoding option, you’re free to create MPEG-4 and H.264 files for iPod, Apple TV, iTunes, Podcasts or the Web. It’s up to you!

* System RequirementsL Mac OS 10.3/10.4/10.5 (PowerPC Friendly) – http://www.splasm.com/viddyup/

* viddyUp – 1.8.4

Dropbox Dropping Suport for PowerPC

I didn’t receive a good news right in the beginning of 2015 to PowerPC community.  Recently I found out that the great application/cloud storage Dropbox is dropping the support for PowerPC machines.  This will leave us behind for good, not being able to sync devices with PowerPC computers will drop us down.

I really hope Dropbox will reconsider the decision and I believe many users of dropbox are PowerPC users due other computers/devices has their own cloud applications.

I want to point out the people from VivaPowerPC wrote a letter to Dropbox team and let’s hope they will supporting us.

We can always use the social media to let @dropbox know we are using the app.

Open letter from VivaPowerPC: http://vivapowerpc.blogspot.cz/2015/01/an-open-letter-to-dropbox-team.html

Forum Dropbox: https://www.dropboxforum.com/hc/communities/public/questions/202000475-Dropping-Mac-Tiger-and-Leopard-Support-Rethink-This-Please-?locale=en-us

We are really on the edge but to use a PowerPC it’s a matter of option at this point.

Tinker Tool A Software for PowerPC

* Tinker Tool – (Free) – Is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don’t need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates. Compliance with these security rules is additionally guaranteed by the application sandbox of OS X.

All preference settings changed by TinkerTool can be reset to Apple’s defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for TinkerTool’s operation.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Tinker Tool – 3.95 – 10.1 Puma / 10.2 Jaguar / 10.3 Panther

Tinker Tool – 4.5 – 10.4 Tiger / 10.5 Leopard