Best of Apps for PPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by canhoto, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. canhoto macrumors member

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    Since there are some companies beginning not to support PPC on their most recent software releases (like Mozilla with Firefox 4), or never have supported other than Intel (like Google); since I'm sure (like many of us) that PPC macs, with the correct upgrades, can work as modern desktop computers for main purposes, and that Apple is quitting PPC just to press people to upgrade to brand new hardware, I suggest that we make a list of best of software running, with updated versions, on PPC, or from companies intending to keep Universal or PPC support, on several categories. Preferably, open source or free software, but also proprietary when there's nothing better.

    I begin with a suggestion:

    For multimedia playing, VLC Player
     
  2. zen.state, Mar 30, 2011
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  3. Hallivand macrumors regular

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    An optimised TenFourFox is a must :D

    iWork '09 is still PPC native, not sure about the status of OpenOffice and Co. though.

    Bean word processor is actually very capable, and still Universal Binary.

    iLife '09 >

    Messenger 7.0.4 (In my opinion better than the new 8, looks atrocious)

    aMSN as an alternative, very good.

    Surprisingly Google Earth is Universal Binary too :cool:

    For games, my personal favourites, Return to Castle Wolfenstien, Battlefield 1942 and Command & Conquer Generals :)

    Generally, one to two versions behind the most up to date propriety software (i.e Office, Final Cut Studio, iLife, Logic Pro) are PowerPC native or Universal Binary.

    Though software is rapidly drying up :(
     
  4. canhoto thread starter macrumors member

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    You know you can have Vuze instead of Transmission? (Just a suggestion)
     
  5. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Haha yes. I hate Vuse/Azureus. I have everything I have because it's what I prefer for it's purpose. In 18 years as a Mac user you tend to find favs.
     
  6. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Hi, just in case the mods erase this thread, can you email me a .jpg of all the apps you have, so I can find out what most of them do? I certainly would like to get as many good and useful apps as I can for my PM G5 Quad and PB G4 1.67.

    Thanks Zen,

    Josh
     
  7. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a

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    Mactubes is a must for watching youtube videos. As someone already posted, you'll want TenFourFox. Fluid for making "Applications" out of websites and AppCleaner as it deletes all files associated to an application when you want to uninstall it. Adium, Skitch, OnyX, and Transmission are all i can think of at the moment.
     
  8. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Do we have any developers or programmers i this forum? We can all try to keep the PPC alive by developing our own programs.. this is an idea, or possibly an OS thats even more powerful than Mac OS X.

    While I love my mac pro to death, my 1st love is to my PowerPC macs and I will do everything in my power to keep them alive for a while longer.
     
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    76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a

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    I completely agree. What made a Mac a Mac was it's unique hardware. Now it's just as generic as any other computer. Performance may have boosted when they shifted Architectures, but just look at the Power6, it could beat any Intel on the Market. If only they stayed with them. These PPC Macs are still solid performers, and you can't just throw them away. I had my G3 iMac 266 as a Server for a while, running sharepoints in OS X Jaguar with only 96 MB of Ram and it did it's job well.

    As far as development goes, I'm just waiting for the day someone ports a Net Book os like Joli OS to the PPC Architecture. It would make these machines so much more usable. Joli OS would be perfect for my iMac G3.
     
  10. skinniezinho macrumors 65816

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    YOu can try Libreoffice, it is the "new" openoffice, and it has ppc versions
     
  11. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    You have a jpeg of all my apps right in the very message you quoted. I'm confused..
     
  12. Flip2gig, Mar 31, 2011
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    Flip2gig macrumors newbie

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    For your G4 PowerBook I recommend;

    ATIccelerator
    G4 Fan Control

    Good Apps in general;

    Adium
    Apimac Timer
    AppZapper
    Audacity
    Aurora
    CleanArchiver
    Coconut Battery
    Cyberduck
    EasyCrop
    FacebookSync
    FFView
    Flip4Mac
    Free Ruler
    Geometry X
    Genesis Plus
    Google Earth
    Google SketchUp
    HandBrake
    Jumpcut
    KisMAC
    MacTheRipper
    Microsoft Office 2004
    Monolingual
    Nestopia
    OnyX
    Paintbrush
    Perian
    Phoenix Slides
    RemotePad
    Senuti
    Shades
    Snes9x
    SuperDuper!
    The Unarchiver
    TinyAlarm
    Toast
    Transmission
    VLC
    xPad
     
  13. Cox Orange macrumors 68000

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    @ Zenstate:

    why do you have two versions of EyeTV? I have 2.5.3 installed, did you stay with Vers. 2 by reason or just not try Vers. 3?
     
  14. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    It's 2.5.3 and 3.02. I prefer 2.5.3 for playback and recording as it uses less CPU. For editing though 3 is far better so I have it around just for editing. I would say the editor in 3 is 100% better than 2.
     
  15. cyberghoser1 macrumors member

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    is there any memory app that will help in memory management automatically? I saw something like turbomem, but i'm not sure if it will help at all.
     
  16. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    OS X already has great memory management. The problem you have is you only have 640MB. You should really upgrade to the max. of 1.12GB.

    The best memory management is to keep multitasking to a minimum. I wouldn't run more than 3 apps at once with 640MB.
     
  17. cyberghoser1 macrumors member

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    Yeah you're right i already ordered 1GB PC2700 sodimm stick to max the ram out, i hope to see some little improvement.
     
  18. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Compared to 640MB I promise you will see an improvement.

    BTW.. how did the Leo install go? What does the graphics info say?
     
  19. cyberghoser1 macrumors member

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    Well i took the advice to wait and install max memory then i will install it, i'm sure it will display software and not hardware accelerated, that's for sure!
     
  20. mark-mcd macrumors newbie

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    MS Office v.X runs really well on an older G3 with OSX - feels just as fast (if not quicker) than 2008 on my Intel and looks minimalistic and modern! There is very little info on it as it's quite rare I believe but worth finding a copy.
     
  21. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    One of my favorites was iStat Menus. Always had it installed on all my macs. I do believe it's not free anymore but look around for an older free version.
     
  22. adcx64 macrumors 65816

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    I use camino in my iBook (see signature) with leopard and the Internet couldn't be better:D
     
  23. JaguarGod macrumors 6502

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    I would have to agree. I really like Camino and have used it for years. The G5 optimized version is great on my Quad. I even block flash animations and only turn them on when I really need to.

    I hope they keep supporting PPC.;)
     
  24. JaguarGod macrumors 6502

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    I would also have to add one of my favorite programs for the Mac.... Cheetah 3D. The current version is robust and the fact that it built specifically for Mac is great. Oh yeah, and it works very well on the PPC side. Also, the price has been reduced from $149 to $99 so if you have the money and would like a really well crafted 3D modeling and animation package that looks as good as it runs, pick it up.

    I know there are other modeling programs that are free like Wings 3D and Blender, but I would definitely recommend trying Cheetah 3D for yourself and deciding whether it is worth your hard earned cash.
     
  25. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    As a developer, I can say that a new OS is just about out-of-the-question, because Open-Firmware is incredibly buggy in Macs, and persuading an OS to boot off it is a real pain. Taking parts of a currently-working Linux distribution and keeping it up to date however is possible.

    As far as applications go, unless the apps are open-source, youd have to develop from scratch, and so many new technologies simply don't exist on the PowerPC platform, that keeping PowerPC up-to-date is a struggle. I think Browsers is about the only area where PowerPC Development will continue for the forseeable, the other areas are where it will all fall down.
     

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