Can't run microsoft app's anymore on iMac

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by brtova, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. brtova macrumors newbie

    brtova

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    When I try to open any of my PC apps, I get an error message: "PowerPC application" not supported"



    I can no longer open up any of my PC applications (like Microsoft word for mac).
    They used to run fine before I had my iMac updated to Yosemite.

    I also may have changed a setting in my computer (somewhere) unwittingly.



    How do I fix this?
     
  2. bradl macrumors 68040

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    What version of OS X were you running previously?

    Looking at the specs in your .sig, I'm assuming 10.6.8 or older. If so, PowerPC support was dropped between 10.6.8 and 10.7 (read: Rosetta), so being able to run Power PC applications via emulation on an Intel Mac is no longer possible.

    BL.
     
  3. Phil A. Moderator

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    PowerPC apps haven't been supported on OS X since 10.7 - nothing you can do to run them except go back to an old version of OS X with support for Rosetta
     
  4. brtova, Aug 10, 2015
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    brtova thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,
    Seriously??? I don't want to go back to an older version.

    Do you have a suggestion for an application like Microsoft word for Mac?

    Pages, is great, but all my pc friends can't open it.
     
  5. bradl macrumors 68040

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    IIRC, Pages can save in Word format. Otherwise, the only thing I can suggest is Microsoft Office for Mac. That's exactly what you are looking for. If you can find a previous version that doesn't require their subscription model, you're all good. But with Apple going to Intel-based Macs, they dropped PowerPC support a long time ago.

    I'm using Office for Mac 2011 on my mid-2011 MBA without any problems, and that's from Lion, through Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and now Yosemite.


    BL.
     
  6. brtova thread starter macrumors newbie

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    BL,
    THANKS.

    So, I could go to the apple store and download Office for mac 2011?
     
  7. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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    You will not find Microsoft Office in the App. Store.

    You can go here and download it (for a fee, of course):

    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store...ac-Home-and-Business-2011/productID.255862200

    Microsoft seems to be trying to move to a subscription based model (that I DO NOT agree with). So, if it absolutely has to be MS-Office then this might be your last chance to purchase a stand alone piece of software from them.

    There are of course many alternatives that are not as costly:

    Totally free:

    https://www.openoffice.org

    Donation ware:

    https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

    In my App. Store (Cdn.) for $35

    https://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php

    I hope it helps
     
  8. brtova thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Prisstratton,

    Thanks! I'll look that up!

    Do you have any opinions on the apps you named?

    My main concern is having (word, excel, etc) that other PC people can open when I attach something.
     
  9. brtova thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Prisstratton,

    Thanks! I'll look that up!

    Do you have any opinions on the apps you named?

    My main concern is having (word, excel, etc) that other PC people can open when I attach something.
     
  10. Racineur macrumors regular

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    Friend, if you don't want to pay for MS Office, go for OpenOffice or LibreOffice or NeoOffice as prisstratton kindly suggested. I used them and they work as a charm and can be called Word lookalikes. You can't go wrong. I have an Acer portable that runs on Linux Mint and I use LibreOffice to do all of my writing, saves as a .docx document and voilà. All of my dear Windows friends read my Word documents with no problems.

    Give it a try. If you don't like or don't feel "at home", buy MS Office. Actually, the best suite of them all.
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Unless you absolutely, positively MUST have complete compatibility with MS Office, I'd suggest trying LibreOffice instead.

    Very usable, it can open many documents created from older Mac applications, and...
    ... it's free!
     
  12. prisstratton, Aug 11, 2015
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    prisstratton macrumors 6502

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    Hi Brtova,

    I have used all of the apps at one time or another. Both LibreOffice and NeoOffice were forked from OpenOffice several years ago. NeoOffice has been developed since the fork to fit with the Mac environment.

    I had no issues using any of them and I could always get done what I needed. I would suggest that you take them for a test drive and see if you like them.

    If you have been using MS-Office for many many years then I can see where you would feel more comfortable just staying with what you know.

    Some more reading, here:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2010005/5-free-open-source-alternatives-to-microsoft-office.html

    Edit: If you do end up going with MS, then don't forget that if you do not need Outlook then you can get the Home version for less $$$, please see here:

    http://www.apple.com/ca/shop/browse/campaigns/office

    (please note: this is the Canadian site)
     
  13. brtova thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all!!
    You all have been so helpful!!

    And fast!! Sometimes trying to get info about my computer and it's so frustrating, but this has been a very pleasant experience!
     
  14. brtova thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Since I updated to yosemite, I have also found out that I can no longer access my iPhoto or photoshop, either! This is so frustrating!

    The Photos app they replaced iPhotos with is inferior. One example is I can't straighten the picture just a nudge. I can't find anything except a full 1/4 rotation.

    Any ideas?
     
  15. bradl macrumors 68040

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    If Photoshop ran on 10.6.8, there is the chance that it is also a PowerPC application, so it would fall under the same issue as Office. You'd either need to find a newer, Intel version of Photoshop, or consider an alternative like the GIMP.

    Photos.. not entirely sure on that one, yet. Haven't used it myself on Yosemite to form an opinion.

    BL.
     
  16. dsemf macrumors regular

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    For Photos, the "nudge" function is located in the cropping tool.

    DS
     
  17. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    I posted a thread yesterday about not being about to use Silverlight. It's probably been at least a year since I've used it before. No luck now. Also tried Firefox with no luck. I have a bunch of old PCs but they are slower than a snail in peanut butter. I might have to buy a cheap PC just to upload photos to a site that I need to put them on. No way around it either. It uses Silverlight.
     

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