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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Word Processor / Text Editor For Mac PowerPC

Productivity! Most people need a computer for their own organization and productivity.  A Mac computer is a very personal machine for this task otherwise the name wouldn’t have started with “i” – iBook, iWork, iMac and many iOthers that you can imagine.  But if you are looking for a good word processor and for some reason you don’t feel like you want to install an entire suite of applications like Open Office / iWork / Neo Office, here are some of the best options that you can find for a Mac PowerPC.

* Bean – (is a great software) It’s one of the best choices in my opinion, easy to use, fast, small and it does have a very clean interface, it’s not like other apps that have so many things going on in the window.  Runs perfect on Mac PowerPC 10.4.  http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html 

* AbiWord – (is a really good text editor ) This program is very similar to Microsoft Word, so the interface looks very busy, but this is just a detail of this open source app that is very suitable for a variety of word processing tasks.  Perfect for docs, letters, memos, etc.  http://www.abisource.com/

* iText Express – (another great app)  It’s a simple word processor, but it’s very powerful, you can not go wrong installing this small and fast application.  There are so many features that you will be impressed with it.  It’s very similar to Text Edit that comes in your Mac, but exceeds the limitations of Text Edit.  If you need something more powerful you can choose iText Pro, compatible with PPC 10.3 or later and Intel Mac too.  http://homepage.mac.com/lightway/iText/iTextExpress/pad_file.htm 

* iText – (is very cute) Sometimes when I start looking for a few applications to post here, it is a very hard task, but sometimes I find many great options to share with you.  This is one of these apps, that is absolutely unbelievable.  It’s fast, simple, very powerful features and it’s completely Free.  It runs perfect on PowerPC but is almost identical to Text Edit, and is worth a try.  http://homepage.mac.com/lightway/iText/ 

* Style X – (is very fast) This app is very simple, fast and compatible with PPC 10.0 or later.  http://www.merzwaren.com/style/  

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Office Suite For Mac PowerPC

One of the most important softwares to have in your Mac or any other OS is a good productivity suite of applications, and the first name that makes any Mac user happy is definitely iWork.  iWork 09′ works pretty good on Mac PowerPC, there is no doubt about it.  The Suite is full of features and probably everything that a user could wish for.  I think this version of iWork is the last available version for PowerPC users.  I’m sure the iWork 10 or 11′ is just for iNtel users only.  This version is worth every penny spent (usually around $79.00 for Single Users), and comes with: Pages, Numbers and Keynote.  It’s not because it is Apple, but I have to confess this software is very functional and easy to handle.  MS Office 2008 is the last one available for Mac PowerPC 10.4 or later, and comes with: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage, etc.  It cost $399.95, it’s almost half the price of a Mac Mini!  I don’t agree with this price, it’s way over priced for a Suite of applications.  This is my opinion, MS Office does not work for me or more importantly, my wallet.  So if you are in the same position that I’m in, I would like to introduce to you a great application that does the same job, for FREE!!!

* Open Office 3.3.0 – (the best program). Open Source is a magic word these days, nobody wants to spend a lot of money for an app.  This works really well on a Mac PowerPC, it doesn’t eat all your memory ram and the interface is outstanding.  Download this Suite of applications that includes: Text Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing, Database, etc.  It’s a complete Suite and you are not going to have any problems with compatibility.  http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/aqua-PPC.html 

* Libre Office 3.3.2 – It’s basically the same as Open Office with very limited differences, so far it seems like it contains more “business” differences.  The big difference is that Libre Office includes codes from the Go-00.  But what is important is both choices work great with Mac PowerPC 10.4 or later.  Make your choice or download both and make sure your productivity is safe.  http://www.libreoffice.org/download 

* Neo Office – It’s a great productivity Suite, including: Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Drawing and Database Programs.  With this software installed in your Mac you don’t need to worry about any incompatibility from any other Suite.  It’s a shareware application that recommends a donation of $10, but full features work in the free download version.  Before you go to the store you should research and consider some options listed here…I guarantee they are as good as the others.  http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/download.php#download

Please, leave a comment and if you have a better option about any other application just let us PowerPC users know!