I am a recent mac convert (albeit a novice computer user), and am really enjoying my experience so far vs. windows-based machines. The upfront cost of apple hardware is prohibitive in my case, but I have done an alright job of getting by with G4 and G5 powerpc powered Macs. A disturbing trend I have noticed lately is that many 3rd party software makers are only designing software for the intel-based architecture, and will not run on the older IBM chips. Does anybody have an idea if this trend will continue, or are companies cognisant that there are some pretty competent and serviceable powerPC's out there? I am trying to decide if I should keep maintaining my current G4 and G5, or if I want to take advantage of all the 3rd party software out there, should I bit the bullet and purchase a intel-based mac? Thanks!