Partition (Part 2) Installing Leopard on unsupported Mac PowerPC

Installing Leopard on unsupported PowerPC Macs (like less than 867MHz requirements).

In the last post I mentioned our difficulty in finding a way to partition an iMac.  The message ”Partition failed with the error: File system resize support required, such as HFS+ with journaling enable” kept displaying on my screen.  The only solution was to format the iMac and start from scratch.  Unfortunately, my DVD requirements weren’t quite right for our machine but after a few hours browsing different sites, I finally found this amazing application/plugin called LEOPARD ASSIST.  And what this app does is essentially virtualizes a 933MHz processor in such a way that your system will think you have all the requirements necessary to finish the task of formatting your less than 867MHz machine!  I was very excited to see the results and everything seemed to be working perfectly and finally I was having no more errors.  So, once again I clicked on Spotlight “the brilliant lazy way to find anything on your Mac” and Disk Utility get ready because tonight you will work!!! OMG – Everything worked out…I created a partition and installed Tiger beautifully!  Once it was ready, the only thing I had to do is launch System Preferences > Startup Disk and target which disk I preferred to start when I turned on the Mac.

* LeopardAssist 2.3.3 – (10.2/10.3/10.4 – PowerPC ) – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/26562/leopardassist

Long story short:

I learned how to partition using Terminal;

I learned how to cheat the system requirements without having to buy another 10.5!

Value of Lesson:  PRICELESS!

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SeaMonkey (Browser) for Mac PowerPC

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!

SeaMonkey 2.12 – Leopard/PowerPC (Keep your G4/G5 out of the closet) I loved this saying! – https://code.google.com/p/seamonkey-ppc/downloads/list

CleanApp for Mac PowerPC

Today I have insane writers block.  It took me 90 minutes to start this line… I even thought that maybe I shouldn’t post anything today.  Everything took my attention, like the dishes, the laundry even the bills but my priority is this blog today!  So talking about cleaning, and organizing let’s not forget about a great application called CleanApp.  It’s a really good app that keeps your Mac clean when you uninstall any application because it deinstalls all the files like logfiles, plists and cashe cluttering folders.  But the best feature that I’m most impressed with is the “Secure and Archive”.   This feature basically tests uninstall and archives all your data in case you have a second thought or anything bad happens after you uninstalled it, it’s super easy to bring back and all your preserved data.

* CleanApp 3.4.12 (Shareware – $14.99) 10.4 (Tiger) / 10.5 (Leopard) – http://www.syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/

DivX 6 Converter/Encode for Mac PowerPC

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.

* DivX 6 (Demo) – Leopard 10.5 and (maybe Tiger 10.4) PowerPC – http://cl.ly/2v2W0m1a1j3n0W081027

Open Sonic (the Hedgehog) for Mac PowerPC

Have I got a classic game for you!  Open Sonic is an open source game based on the Nintendo Sega classic, Sonic the Hedgehog.  With this game you can control 3 characters simultaneously and there is a reason behind this style of game and it’s all about strategy!  Don’t waste your free time, download right now and enjoy it!  It’s also available for Linux and some other popular OS.

* Open Sonic the Hedgehog (Free) 0.1.4 PowerPC – http://opensnc.sourceforge.net/home/index.php

P.S.: Thank you guys for the comments.

Twunes (Tweet your #nowlistining iTunes music) for Mac PowerPC

Sometimes I get very excited to share things that we found on the internet with my readers.  Today’s featured app is called Twunes, which was supposed to be for Intel only.  Needless to say, I like a challenge and one more I got the horrible message explaining to me that the application does not support my OS X.  So anyways, turns out that as long you have 10.5.8 you are good to tweet your favorite music using PowerPC.  Enjoy guys!

* Twunes 2.2.1 – 10.5 Leopard/PowerPC – It was kind of hard to find this version so I uploaded it for you guys to download right here: http://cl.ly/0t0A1u3b190O

This application was discontinued in march/2012 for Intel.

TeamViewer for Mac PowerPC

Want to Stream your entire computer?

I will get straight to the point because I’m about to watch Whoopi Goldberg in concert in about 2 hours and I need to post something to catch up a little bit.  I want to introduce all of you to a PowerPC friendly application called TeamViewer.  This is a really cool application and works for both Mac and PC, and what it does is establish remote connections with other Macs or PCs.  You just need to create an ID + Password (of course) and you can access your machine from any other machine.  All the contents and everything will be mirrored/streamed so you have total access and you are not limited by any internet sharing…and to be clear:  This works from anywhere in the world!  TeamViewer is also great for those that have sisters that are not very computer savvy and need help  ALL THE TIME!   So once you install the program, you can see what is happening and fix it from anywhere in the world!

TeamViewer 7.0.11359 (unbelievable Free) PowerPC friendly 10.4 Tiger / 10.5 Leopard – http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx

Pixelmator (Image Editor) for Mac PowerPC

Pixelmator (1.5.1) for Mac PowerPC

Alright, this is not the latest version of Pixelmator but we need to be happy with what we can get.  Pixelmator is a great image editor with great features to work with which allows you to customize pictures or create Images.  It’s not free but you can download a demo version and have a taste what it’s like to work with this powerful image editor.  This app would be perfect if we could update it to the latest versiont, but they say “PowerPC can not handle it!”  Sorry to tell them that the PowerMac G5 is built like a horse!  If you are tired of working with Gimp and want to challenge yourself to try something new, then Pixelmator is the software to start with.

*Pixelmator (1.5.1) PowerPC Leopard 10.5 – http://www.pixelmator.com/  or you can download the PowerPC version here:  http://www.pixelmator.com/blog/2010/02/11/pixelmator-1-5-1-is-now-available/

* If you guys are having any problem you can download 1.4 and then update to 1.5.1 – http://download.cnet.com/Pixelmator/3000-2192_4-11006491.html

 

P.S.:  Before you purchase this application, please send an e-mail to Pixelmator to make sure they still providing the right license for this old version.  Thank You!

Torrent Clients for Mac PowerPC

At one time we mentioned some options for Torrent clients for PowerPC and I think a lot of people use torrents to download “things” because it’s one of the most accessible posts on our blog and you can check it out here: https://macpowerpc.com/2011/06/01/client-bit-torrent-for-powerpc/.  In this post you will find reviews on applications like: Transmission – 2.42, Vuze – 4.7.1.2 (seems to be compatible with 10.3 Panther), Bits on Wheels, Frostwire 5.3.6 and Tomato Torrent.  But we’ve found some more options and present you with 3 more options that will make your PowerPC able to download files from the most popular web-sites like: PirateBay, IsoHunt, etc.

* Tribles 5.9.27 (Free) 10.5 Leopard/PowerPC – http://www.tribler.org/trac – Is a very different BitTorrent client and will work just fine.  It’s has fast content search, wiki-style channels, video-on-demand support, no ads, etc.  This application actually makes us think about a second post of Torrent clients and I hope you guys like it.

* BitTorrent 7.3.4 (Free) 10.5 Leopard/PowerPC – http://www.bittorrent.com/ – It’s another BitTorrent client that is very PowerPC friendly.  Previously, I didn’t mention this application because we were looking for options specifically for Tiger.  You can not go wrong with this very powerful application.

* uTorrent 1.6.4 (Free) 10.5 Leopard/PowerPC – http://mac.utorrent.com/ – Well this application is probably one of the most popular apps for Torrent downloads and there is a reason for that fame!  uTorrent is a very powerful Torrent client and it’s light too!  It has a clean interface and features like; search for torrents or browse content directly from your software interface, download torrents and manage your files in the torrent manage.  I like that it has buttons for playing and streaming right where you can see them!

P.S.: uTorrent 1.6.5 – http://www.oldapps.com/mac/utorrent.php?app=5B8E3CF6A72E46E65F594DC38C8948EF

* Folx 2.0.1029 (Free or Pro – 19.95) 10.4 Tiger /10.5 Leopard/ PowerPC – http://mac.eltima.com/download-manager.html – This application I posted as a bonus because is a download manager that also download torrents and works with Tiger so why not?!

These latest additions are very powerful Torrent clients for the PowerPC.  I hope you guys like them and if you find some other applications that we’ve missed,  please share with us and we will review and post them here as soon as possible.  Also, if you have time please click in one of the advertisements on our page or make some donations to help to keep this blog up and running.  We run this blog for our own interests, and all donations will be very much appreciated, and help cover our costs.  We appreciate anything you can do to help!!

iPodBackUp for Mac PowerPC

iPodBackup is fully compatible with 10.3 (Panther) or later and that is more than enough reason to share this great Free application.  The name says it all!  This fantastic app  backs up your iPod and allows you to customize a list of items to be excluded by dragging and dropping. If you still have your iPod playing your favorite tunes, let’s back up.

* iPodBackup 1.5.4 (Free) PowerPC – 10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5 (Panther / Tiger / Leopard).  http://cl.ly/3o0I2N011332

 

 

ICQ for MacPowerPC UH-OH

Who remembers the ORIGINAL (if I’m not wrong) Instant Messenger ICQ?  Yeah, those days are way gone but since 2010, ICQ was purchased for the Mail.ru Group and they are trying to bring ICQ back for popular use.  I’m not sure if this blast from the past will gain back the popularity it had back in 1996, but it’s worth a try!  (The name ICQ is a homophone for the phrase “I seek you”. This is an adaptation of the Morse code callout “CQ“, which means “calling any station”. From Wikipedia).

Now there are ICQ apps for most of mobile phones and OSs, but if you want to install it in your PowerPC machine, you can look for the ICQ 3.4.23 (the legacy version) and start searching for friends and invite others to join this chat client (that I think will be around for awhile!)

I see that MSN is trying everything to keep connecting people but Facebook took over everything!  Now time will only tell where this will end up and the question is “Who and what will be the next big thing on the internet?”

* ICQ – 3.4.23 (Free) PowerPC – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/4142/icq

* If you don’t have a ICQ account you have to create one here: http://www.icq.com/

Black Lab for Mac PowerPC

Damp / Lamp & Frank Synth

Just when most developers are trying to get away from the “old” OS, we got contacted by Mauro from Black Lab offering Mac PowerPC some cool apps for us to test and the results are very satisfactory.  It’s one of those apps that you think you don’t need until you start using it…after which, it just feels like a new feature added to your OS!  So without further adieu:  Here is the list:

* Damp / Lamp – It’s a great app that helps you to show and hide all your hidden files, it’s simple but very convenient to use on a daily basis.  The most important thing is the fact that it’s easy to access and you can hide and protect important folders, especially if you have kids at home…and files you don’t want them to see or use.

* Frank Synth – This is another great app with 2 buttons: Synth and “Prueba de Sonido” which essentially means Soundcheck.  Soundcheck will check your sound system and Synth, and programs such as “Dictation & Speech” Text to Speech on Mountain Lion.  This electronic voice system will speak every word you type, which can be used for hundreds of things.  A few example that comes to my mind right now are:  it could be used to give captions to photos in video or could be used for listening to what you are writing so you can have an idea of how it sounds.   You could also make yourself an audio book, or just make the computer say dirty things aloud!  Hahaha  the possibilities are endless!

* http://blacklab.com.ar

I also want to mention that Black Lab is developing various things for Mac and are open to develop applications for all your needs, in case you guys are looking for something specific contact Mauro.  You can drop him a line at eldritch[at]blacklab.com.ar and he will be more than happy to help you!  Thanks Mauro!

SeaMonkey for Mac PowerPC

A short time ago I mentioned this great browser called SeaMonkey on my second Mac PowerPC post, and after that we started paying more attention to browsers like TenFourFox and Aurora because it seemed more promising and up to date.  But recently I got an e-mail that looked like it was from SeaMonkey, advising I could get new updates from July 27th!  Turns out that they released the 2.11 version advising, “it’s building on the same Mozilla platform as the newest Firefox release, it delivers the latest developments in web technologies such as HTML5, hardware acceleration and improved JavaScript speed”.

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.

* SeaMonkey 2.11 or 2.12 (Free) Leopard 10.5 PowerPC – http://code.google.com/p/seamonkey-ppc/downloads/list

* For other language or OS – http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

This Web browser also contains e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client and HTML editor

Multiples Dock (Dockyard) for Mac PowerPC

Let’s start with the bad news:  “this application is no longer developed or supported” referring to both PowerPC and Intel.  PowerPC users from all over are so used to it that they it doesn’t phase them anymore.  There’s an application called Dockyard which is a dock switcher that will allow you to have multiples dock and you can access all with just one click.  You can also have multiple dashboards with the docks but you can choose not to, if you don’t want them.

Having multiple docks is an excellent option for organizing our apps as you can customize 2 or 3 different docks with themes for work, personal use etc.  For sure you will find dozens of themes which will make your life easier, thanks to this great Mac OS X feature.  Ah! you can now create an empty dock so you can work with only open applications.  The best part is coming: it’s compatible with 10.3 10.4 or later.  Way to go Tiger and Panther!

Dockyard 1.0.1 (Free) PowerPC 10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5 – Panther / Tiger / Leopard – http://belkadan.com/dockyard/

I think the only downside is that it would be nice if we could work with 2 docks simultaneously.  But…beggars cant be choosers!

From the same developer (Belkadan Software) you can download others apps called “menu extras” or “dockyard widgets”.  One allows you to control your dock from the menu bar and the second one lets you control your docks from the dashboard.  Cool!

Monolingual for Mac PowerPC

This program will remove all the unnecessary language resources from your Mac OS X.   It’ll also save some extra space on your Hard Drive, which is good for those of you who still have a G3/G4 with a limited storage.  For example, my iMac G3 Indigo only has a capacity of 10GB.  Honestly I’m not quite sure if I would like to remove all the extra languages from the system to save only 1.5GB.  But at the end it’s all up to you, we only give the options!

* Monolingual 1.4.5 (Leopard 10.5) – http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/

* Monolingual 1.3.9 (Tiger 10.4) – http://sourceforge.net/projects/monolingual/files/monolingual/

 

 

MyTunesRSS (streaming music) for Mac PowerPC

There is definitely a missing feature for PowerPC users!  I’ve recently discovered an application that will help us to catch up with one of the iCloud features.  You will now be able to access and listen to music and videos from your iTunes library (or any folder over the internet on any device with network access from anywhere in the world!!)

Tiger users show me your claws… because this application will be very handy and from now on must be installed in ALL PowerPCs.  It’s not free, but you can install the demo version and make sure if will be suitable for your needs.  MyTunesRSS is a kickass product that is yet another way for us to keep our outdated processors current and alive!

MyTunesRSS 4.3.3 (Demo – $20.00) – PowerPC – Tiger 10.4 / Leopard 10.5 – http://www.codewave.de/

If you want more info about all the features check out: http://www.codewave.de/

I’m browsing with Aurora + TenFouFox and both worked very well.