* FlashToHTML5 (3.2) – Free – PowerPC Friendly 10.5 Leopard. It is a Safari extension that replaces the standard YouTube Flash Player with an HTML5 player. Download Here.
* Youtube5 – PowerPC Friendly – Free – Leopard 10.5 – It removes the need to use flash on YouTube by converting all videos to their HTML5 video tag equivalents. It also has the added benefits of decreased CPU usage compared to flash, and the removal of in-video ads. Download Here
* Bwana 2.7 – A manual page reader for your browser. It parses man pages in real time to provide the most up to date pages in an easy to read format. The pages have links to other man pages, http and email references–the way man pages should have been from the start. – PowerPC Friendly 10.3 Panther / 10.4 Tiger / 10.5 Leopard – Download Here
The TenFourFox QuickTime Enabler allows you to play selected HTML5 video and audio files and YouTube videos in QuickTime, outside of the browser. You can even play H.264 content with the QTE. This gives you a safer alternative to Flash for many videos.
Our selection of browsers has become somewhat limited, but I’m pleased to see that there are still people working to keep updating our existing Browsers, as much as they can. SeaMonkey is working really hard and they regularly release updates. (y)(y)
I think our favorite list of browsers have just increased! Right now my top 5 are of no secret to anyone and I always post about them. TenFourFox, AuroraFox, WebKit Leopard, SeaMonkey and Camino/Omniweb are basically the guardians of browsers for the PowerPC, but Roccat Browser surprised me a lot. It’s very fast to browse the internet and the good news is now we are able to watch videos on Youtube without that annoying pause and delay!
Some features like FusedBar and Facebook/Twitter integration is also a plus. Ad-Remover is a really nice touch and I have to mention that I like the clean layout, and the visual tabs are able to be positioned anywhere you prefer.
Let’s show some love and spread the word for all the PowerPC community and make sure that the people behind this project know that there are PowerPC users using this Browser so they will still (I hope) create updates for our system!
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.
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 !
During my morning research, I found a great browser called Shiira. It’s a Japanese open source that was working out very well for PowerPC/Intel users until recently. Unfortunately, our Japanese PowerPC friend decided to discontinue this project in 2009 (after 5 years of life), which is too bad because Shiira had a lot of potential as a fast and simple browser, but seemed to also have a lot of bugs to work out. The last version released was 2.3 and the developer’s site is not online anymore but if you would like to check this browser out, you can download from the link here:
If you take a minute to review some of the comments, you will notice that there are some disappointed people, but there is also a member who is using Shiira as his default browser on a PowerBook G4 running Tiger and he is pretty happy with the performance. Well, the only way to find out what YOU think is to download it and do your own test drive. Right now, the most important thing for me to find is ANY software that supports PowerPC! This will make me, and all my readers, very happy!
I’ve got some good news for your PowerPC machine! Recently (08/28/12) we got a new update for SeaMonkey that is very “very” helpful for all PowerPC users because it keeps our Macs up to date! Thumbs up for SeaMonkey and I hope to see this project advancing to further support the PowerPC world! Show them some love guys, they’re basically all we have left!
If you got a little bit excited by this, you can download the 2.12 Beta 2 as they encourage testers and will be more than happy for you to discuss and report problems you may encounter, as they work to improve their product.