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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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/

2018 iBook G4 Still ON

Well, it’s definitely awhile since we posted here in this blog.  Now we are wondering if our MacPowerPC community still using their PPC computer out there.

I took my iBook G4 and give it a try and for my surprise still turning on.  I know we are so 2000Late but it’s a beautiful machine and as much as it struggle to do some tasks it’s hard working machine.

Next I will try to catch up where I stopped and see what I still can find out there for our PPC machines.  I had so many I would like to share but I got into a really busy years 2016/2017 that I couldn’t focus in doing anything else.  I missed going to my Heavy Metal concerts and posting here and now it’s time to put some music on and dig deep for those lost apps that it will make the different (If you still using PPC).

2018 PPC still on.

 

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RealPlayer SP for Mac

This is a great player and the latest version of RealPlayer does a lot more than just play videos.  Download videos from the web.  Convert your video library and copy them to iTunes.

* Real Player SP (Free) – PowerPC Friendly – 10.4 / 10.5 (G4/G5).  –  http://asia.real.com/?mode=rp_mac

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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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Tricks and Other PowerPC Stuff

This is a fast post is to share some tricks that some of my readers have shared with me recently on my social media sites.

* If your are looking for some Safari Extensions please take a look at this web site because you might find the extensions you were looking for to make your browsing easier.  FYI: AlterVideo is interesting:

http://sidetree.com/extensions.html

Another interesting trick is:

* TruePreview, it takes Mail (application from Apple) to another level.  Installing TruePreview will help you to better preview messages.  For more visit:

http://christianserving.org/project/truepreview

* PDF Scissors, it’s a tool to crop pdf files.  It does not require installation.

http://www.pdfscissors.com

* SMARTReporter, last but not least, this application helps you to protect your data with failure prediction.  Make sure your hard drive is healthy.

http://www.corecode.at/smartreporter_lite/index.html

Quake X for Mac PowerPC

I don’t know about you guys but I remember during the later part of the 90’s I spent a good amount of time playing Quake.  It was so addictive that I actually hid it on my work computer because my boss wasn’t very computer savvy so it was easy to play.  Sometimes I would play for hours at at work if I didn’t have pressing tasks, and often it took over my entire lunch break.  I know it’s awful but I don’t regret any of this because it was part of my recollection of the late 90s!  This is the successor to Doom and the first person shooter was a hit and it changed the way people used to play games.

For the more information about Quake you can check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quake_(video_game)

Download Quake X 1.1 for Mac here – PowerPC 10.0 or later – http://mac.downloadatoz.com/quake-x/

#Twitter Clients for PowerPC pt 1+1

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:

* Echofon 1.5.7 – Twitter Client (I didn’t find a safe web-site to download from, but as far as I can ascertain, this version might work on PowerPC 10.5 / Leopard.  If you find or have a safe .dmg file please share with us. http://mac.brothersoft.com/echofon.html / Echofon download here: http://www.milocker.com/pg/file/read/79630/echofon-for-leopard-powerpc Thanks @rjCalifornia

* YoruFukurou 1.65 PowerPC 10.5 / Leopard https://sites.google.com/site/yorufukurou/home-en Download here – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/35286/yorufukurou

* TwitQwik 2.0.0 (Free) Fastest way to tweet. – http://mac.brothersoft.com/twitqwik.html

* 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!

Citrix – ShareFile

When we stop to think about how the internet has changed in last ten years it’s almost unbelievable.  When the internet first started, most people didn’t know how to handle it and to get to the position that we are today is just awesome.  Most PowerPC users are old enough to remember how things were in the early 1990s and now twenty years later we see that the most common thing is to share information and sync devices on the cloud..,it’s just a common fact of computer life now!  A while ago, I was very impressed because Google released a new operating system entitled Google Chromium, which ran on the web, which I thought would change everything, especially the way we purchase computers.  The cloud services were also something which improved and brought everything to another level in a short time span.  Citrix ShareFile is thinking ahead and decide to hone in and focus on the business market.

Citrix ShareFile – It’s easy to use, Professional and Secure.  It’s the easiest way to share large business files with your choice of one person or a hundred.  Just click to send a file link on a navigation bar, enter an e-mail address and upload your file.  It uploads files up to 10GB in size. Desktop tools, mobile apps or just launch your browser to manage your account.

Citrix also offers Secure Virtual Data Room.

For a Free Trial, prices and more informations please visit: http://www.sharefile.com/

Spending All Your Money – Now Tracking All Your Money

Everybody knows that even small expenditures add up…  In my opinion, tracking your money and your expenses are fundamental to the health of your pocket.  PowerPC computers are a great tool to help you in tracking because they run some of the web’s best applications that have been specially designed to help you in your quest.  Check back to some of our previous posts here on Mac PowerPC and you will find quite few of them in our archive.  But today I wanted to share the following with you;

* Budget Workbook – 1.7.5 (Shareware) – PowerPC friendly – Panther / Tiger / Leopard – 10.3/10.4/10.5. http://www.snowmintcs.com/products/workbookmac/  It’s a simple expense tracker, easy to use with a very friendly interface that will easily help you to find where your money is going.

* Pay It Down – 1.4.1 (Shareware) – PowerPC friendly – Panther / Tiger / Leopard – 10.3/10.4/10.5. http://www.snowmintcs.com/products/payitdownmac/ . Graph your debt profile.  See when you will be out of debt.  Determine the best strategy for getting out of debt.

Remember your donations help support this blog and are always appreciated.  I encourage you to make a budget and stick with it, to make sure you won’t be in the red.  🙂

Jers Novel Writer – PowerPC

My Facebook friend Gregory will be very happy because I finally got some time to check  out the application that he mentioned on Mac PowerPC’s Facebook Page a long time ago, which I had bookmarked but never had enough time to get to.  Here you go!

* Jers Novel Writer 1.1.12 – (Demo $30.00) – http://jerssoftwarehut.com/jers-novel-writer/download-jers-novel-writer  – PowerPC friendly Panther / Tiger / Leopard – 10.3/10.4/10.5 – It’s a simple but not restricted writing application.  I’m very impressed with the quality of this word processor, as it has everything to keeping you writing and saving your ideas without messing things up.  It has a main window like any other word processor but the coolest feature is that it has a tab running along the side that allows you see all your other saved projects!  It also has a notes tab that allows you to post all your brainstormed ideas and subjects that keep you on track as you write.  In my opinion, this is great software that totally deserves to be installed on your machine.    Attention Writers:  Now it’s time to make your Mac buddy work a little bit harder.

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MacSome: Audio Recorder / iTunes Converter

One of our latest post was about tunelyrics and I thought this application would be a good choice to mention as another option for iTunes lovers.

Macsome iTunes Music Converter 1.5.6  (The right version for PowerPC is 1.3.1 and can be download here http://download.cnet.com/Macsome-iTunes-Converter/3000-18549_4-11126093.html )(Demo – $39.95) converts any M4a to MP3, and even works with DRM, by converting protected music and various audio files into unprotected MP3, etc.

http://macsome.com/itunes-converter-mac/index.html 

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