PBG4 12Inch software recommendations

jdasikainen

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Ok so i got a new powerbook g4 coming in from eBay was a steal of a price. guy is including the leopard install disc witch is awesome as well as ilife and iWork 09 i still don't know the specs but was wondering if theres any software recommendations going to throw tenfourfox and mactubes on there immediately but was wanting other recommendations
 

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Well... If you want to watch YouTube videos you can use tenfourfox or PPC media center, which allows you to download video also... Mactubes does not work anymore.

To download files from torrents you can use Trasmission 2.84 or utorrent, but the latter is not updated since 2012.

If you want to play some games just google for freeware PowerPC Mac games such as supertux, pactheman x, solitaires...

If you want to watch HD videos download coreplayer from the thread in this section.

If you want to watch general streaming video download vlc, the latest for PowerPC is from 2014.

If you want to do videochats the only app which will allow you to do that is Yahoo Messenger 3.0.2

If you want to listen to music then you can download the latest version of spotify for PowerPC mac or use Cog, Play or other freeware players to listen to your stored music.

To watch photos, PDFs, e-mail you can just use the default Apple apps.
 

jdasikainen

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thanks once the powerbook gets in I'm going to for my youtube channel only use the g4 for a week in collage. going to be an interesting video by the end of it also going to get some emulators.. kinda sad that mactubes no longer works was a great program
 

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Everything you can run will be determined by the machine's specs - you might even find Tiger is a more comfortable fit if it's an earlier Powerbook.
Maybe you should start with what you'll need to use it for then work from there - to get the best performance, you need to pick your apps carefully.
For example, don't use the last PPC version of VLC - it will run but it's less efficient on single CPU machines than older versions (1.1.12 for Leopard).
TFF is a fantastic browser but Safari/Webkit, though not as compatible with some websites, is arguably faster and with ClickToPlugin offers control over Flash and video downloads from Youtube (incidentally, search this forum for the lastest Flash hack if you intend to use Safari).
Also, if you plan to use Leopard, search here for speed optimisations - one of the best quick fixes is the Secrets Pref Pane:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/27025/secrets
 
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jdasikainen

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ok cool only downside if i decide i need tiger il have to buy it the seller included a leopard install dvd ilife 09 and iWork 09 so for the moment I'm stuck on leopard.
 

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There is no good software for that laptop. You should send it to me ASAP and I will take--

(FAKE MOD NOTE: That's it! We're taping your friggin' mouth shut! Try to say things now...)
 
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Imixmuan

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Coreplayer. Coreplayer. Coreplayer. It has just been raised from the dead, you will be able to playback 720p, and might, I mean just....might even be able to do 1080p depending on the Powerbooks specs, ie, if its a 1.5 ghz or faster it could happen. Scroll down on the main page and look for the Coreplayer is no more and go to the end of the thread. You will NOT be disappointed.
 

bobesch

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Here's the list of progs running on my PB-G4 12":
A Better Finder Attributes 4
A Better Finder Rename 8
ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap 4.0
AbiWord
Adium
Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional
Adobe Reader 9
AirServer
AppCleaner*
Audio Hijack Pro
Bean
Big Mean Folder Machine 2
Camino
Canon Utilities
Carbon Copy Cloner*
ChronoSync*
CocoViewX
Combine PDFs*
CorePlayer**
CrimsonFields
Cyberduck
DEVONthink Pro Office* (Scan to PDF with Yep!, OCR within DEVONthink later)
DiscEject Advanced
Dragoman
Dropbox*
Evernote*
EyeTV*
FileZilla
Find Any File
Firefox
FirstClass**
Flip4Mac*
Fluid
ForkLift
G4FanControl*
Gimp*
HandBrake
Hardwaremonitor*
HuginOSX
iArchiver
iCal
iChat
iCombiner*
Inspiration 8 IE*
iPhoto*
iSync
iTunes*
iWeb
iWork '09
Leap
LibreOffice*
MacTubes
MainMenu
Microsoft AutoUpdate
Microsoft Office 2004**
Microsoft Office 2008**
Moom**
MPEG Streamclip
MPlayer OSX Extended
NeoOffice
Notational Velocity
OnyX*
Open XML Converter*
PageSender Fax Center*
Paintbrush*
PDFpen
Quicksilver ß54
RealPlayer
RealVNC
Renamer
ResizeMe
ScanSnap
Seashore
SheepShaver
Skim*
Slices
SlidePad
SOHO Organizer 9 (for iCloud:iCal/Contacts)*
Sponge
SuperDuper!*
SystemLoad
TaskPaper-1.0*
TeamViewer 7*
TextWrangler
The Unarchiver
TinkerTool*
Toast 10 Titanium
Together
TrueCrypt*
Turbo.264.app
ViddyUp!
Virtual PC (/w Win2k)*
VLC
WebKit**
Xee
Menu
Yep* (scanning to PDF)
YouView

(*/** = my favourites, the rest = for the hell of it)
 
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Gamer9430

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thanks once the powerbook gets in I'm going to for my youtube channel only use the g4 for a week in collage. going to be an interesting video by the end of it also going to get some emulators.. kinda sad that mactubes no longer works was a great program
that's an easy challenge to me. I used an iBook G4 12in 1.33GHz for 2 months last year in school with no issues until the end when it really slowed down (I was unaware of @eyoungren's tweaks at the time) basically causing me to purchase my Dell E6410 that I love now. Now that ive gotten more macs and optimized them, I could easily do that "challenge" for more than a week. Good luck with it anyway!

Anyway, as for software, I keep it pretty basic. iWork and iLife 09, Optimized TenFourFox, Adium for IM, stock mail for eMail, stock iCal for calendar, and Time Machine to back up to my server. As for youtube, I have figured out that if you let the video buffer all the way and then play it, its pretty smooth. It still stutters a bit on my 12in PowerBook mostly thanks to the GPU (the G4 in it is 1.5GHz so that's sufficient enough), but it does work better than playing it immediately when you get to YouTube.
 
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jdasikainen

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ah cool thanks for the tips. should b here a some tiem today then i gotta record my unboxing set things upa nd put the mac pro away. thing il miss the most is my windows parition for gaming lol only use i have for windows but oh wel il use my xbox exclusivly for gaming for the week. computer wise though it will just b the pbg4 12 inch il keep u all posted and than ks man for the recomendations
 

iModFrenzy

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I don't have much on mine, but I'll list them anyway

Apps:
LibreOffice
BitTorrent(still works flawlessly)
TenFourFox(With tweaks from Eyoungen)
Creative Suite 2(PhotoShop CS2,Aftereffects,etc)
Perian(extra formats for QuickTime)

Games:
Wolfenstein: Return To Castle
Quake I
Halo Combat Evolved
Star Wars Battlefront
Red Faction
(Probably more, I'm not at my PPC at the moment)

I can't really get too much software on my iBook G4 1.33ghz due to the small drive(I'll upgrade sometime, horrible process tho). I also use Leopard which runs well. iTunes still works which is great for sticking songs/apps on my old devices(2G, 3G, 4S running iOS 6.1.3).
 

jdasikainen

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ok guys i got it and opened it and the specs are a 1.5 ghz g4 768mb ram 80 gb hard drive nvidia geforce go 5200 64mb graphics c are its a 2005 model i believe as the trackpad has two finger scrolling. not bad for $50 unboxing is uploading to youtube now il post bellow when it is finished
 

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that's an easy challenge to me. I used an iBook G4 12in 1.33GHz for 2 months last year in school with no issues until the end when it really slowed down (I was unaware of @eyoungren's tweaks at the time) basically causing me to purchase my Dell E6410 that I love now. Now that ive gotten more macs and optimized them, I could easily do that "challenge" for more than a week. Good luck with it anyway!

Anyway, as for software, I keep it pretty basic. iWork and iLife 09, Optimized TenFourFox, Adium for IM, stock mail for eMail, stock iCal for calendar, and Time Machine to back up to my server. As for youtube, I have figured out that if you let the video buffer all the way and then play it, its pretty smooth. It still stutters a bit on my 12in PowerBook mostly thanks to the GPU (the G4 in it is 1.5GHz so that's sufficient enough), but it does work better than playing it immediately when you get to YouTube.
With the new option of CorePlayer and ClickToPlugin my best experience is to download the video with ClickToPlugin (</= 720p) and view with CorePlayer. :)
 

bobesch

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ok guys i got it and opened it and the specs are a 1.5 ghz g4 768mb ram 80 gb hard drive nvidia geforce go 5200 64mb graphics c are its a 2005 model i believe as the trackpad has two finger scrolling. not bad for $50 unboxing is uploading to youtube now il post bellow when it is finished
Great, you're lucky! 1.5GHz and 80GB HDD is the optimum - you might swap the 512MB RAM with a 1GB RAM-Chip to max it out.
 

jdasikainen

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yeah probably will eventually. loving it so far. ordered a retail tiger disc as well to compare the two. waiting own the 10.5.8 update to finish installing. great machine feels good and everything. best part is i only payed $50 for it on eBay with $20 shipping. so $70 total came with a incase case and the os x ,ac box set that has leopard ilife 09 and iWork 09 pretty good deal llol
 

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