Lost use of program with update. Help.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zowenso, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. zowenso macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2011
    Hello. If there is a better place to post, please let me know. id really like to get some help with this.

    So, i had to update my OS X in order to update my iTunes for my 6s. I went from snow leopard to Mountain Lion. With the update i lost the use of an old version of photoshop i had on my mid 2010 Mac Mini. When i tried to open PS it would say "PowerPC is no longer supported". I used photoshop a lot, but for only one reason, to stitch pictures together, side by side. Thats all i used it for.

    Can anyone tell me if there is a lite version of photoshop with the ability to stitch photos, that will work with Mountain lion? I can't pay $1000 for PS when all i used it for was one thing. If there is no hope for me putting PS on here, is there another program i could use that has the ability to stitch photos together? GIMP was suggested, but that doesnt have the ability to stitch and reviews say its hard to use. Do apple have a basic program that has the ability to stitch anywhere from 2-8 pictures together? I really need this for my hobby and after having PS for the last 4 years, its tough not having it. Thanks, O
  2. CreatorCode macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2015
    Sounds like you had an old PowerPC version of Photoshop. That ain't gonna run on anything anymore.

    Lots of people like Affinity Photo as a Photoshop substitute. There's a free trial; the full version is $50.
    Then you've got your Pixelmator, which is $30, not quite a PS replacement but a good quick editor
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    CreatorCode above has the answer:
    By moving from Snow Leopard to Lion, you have "passed the point of no return" insofar as support for older PowerPC-based apps goes.
    They won't run anymore under 10.7 and later. The end.

    By "stitch pictures together", you mean "create panoramas", is this correct?

    There are probably a number of other digital photo apps that can do that, along with some smaller utility apps. Might be worth browsing around to see what you can find or scrounge up.

    If nothing else is working for you, I would suggest this:
    1. Get an external drive that is "connectible" to your Mac. It could be firewire or USB -- whatever works.
    2. Install 10.6.8 "Snow Leopard" onto that drive (or onto a partition on the drive)
    3. Install your old copy of PhotoShop onto it, as well.
    4. When you need to do photo stitching, "switch boot" to the external drive.

    This will take a little time to set up.
    I realize that "switch booting" can be cumbersome, and the boot time will be slower over USB2.
    But one has to do what one has to do in situations like this.
  4. zowenso thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2011
    I guess I mean panoramas, but not really. What I'm doing is taking a picture of the top of a skateboard and the bottom of a skateboard and then connect the two pictures so it becomes one picture with the two photos. Would that be considered a panorama? Someone suggested panorama stitcher as a simple fix. Thoughts?

Share This Page

3 October 15, 2015