Running PowerPC apps on Yosemite?

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  1. appleperson1 macrumors member

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    Hi - i've downloaded the Abode Creative Suite 2 (which is freely available, perhaps because it's completely useless).

    I am hoping to run it, but i'm running Yosemite on my Macbook Pro (intel). From reading around I can see there used to be a program called Rosetta that bridged the gap, but that post Lion this has been long dead.

    Is there now a way to run PowerPC software like Adobe CS2 on my Macbook running Yosemite? Feels like there must be SOMEONE who has made an app for that... Just can't find it.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. dyt1983, Feb 6, 2015
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    edit: To remove personally identifying info not relevant to the conversation.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I don’t think there is. The are some alternatives:
    • Install an older version of OS X on a partition/external drive.
    • Install an older version of OS X with emulation software like VMware Fusion, Parallels or VirtualBox (free).
    • Find a Windows version of Adobe CS2 and either install Windows on a partition (Bootcamp) or an emulator.
     
  4. appleperson1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Looks like I don't have a free version I can use anyway! Thanks for that info. Back to Pixelmator I go.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Pixelmator is your best bet. As mentioned, just because its useless or obsolete doesn't mean its now free.

    As for PowerPC apps in Yosemite - its impossible to run any PPC app in the latest versions of OSX. Apple long ago stripped the emulation from OSX. Your only option if you choose that route again, is to install Snow Leopard (I think that's the last version for PPC support) on an older Mac or buy a PPC Mac for short money.
     
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    Yeah, for reference (not a recommendation – it's a long time since I experimented with PearPC).
     
  8. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

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    You do the OP a disservice by suggesting that it is impossible; he can indeed run his Adobe CS2 apps in Lion, Mt. Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite:

    Adobe Creative Suite 2 Photoshop running on my Lion Mac Mini through the reintroduction of the emulation of Rosetta by installing Snow Leopard Server into Parallels:

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    Definitely off-topic: Call me nostalgic, but I think I really miss the pre-Yosemite UI.
     
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Apple do not care about backwards compatibility, so no, regretfully it is impossible. It is not going to happen with OS emulation or having the compatible OS in question on a partition.
     
  11. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    But you're running CS2 on Snow Leopard. That Snow Leopard is virtualised within a newer version of OS X but it is still Snow Leopard.

    Therefore he is NOT doing the OP a disservice. He is in fact being perfectly factual. It is impossible to natively run CS2 in Yosemite.
     
  12. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

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    I thought the point of this thread is to offer SOLUTIONS and not play semantic games?!?

    The OP's original question was: "Is there now a way to run PowerPC software like Adobe CS2 on my Macbook running Yosemite?"

    The answer is YES!
     
  13. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    But CS2 is not running in Yosemite. It's running in Snow Leopard. Which is running in Yosemite.
     
  14. Eithanius macrumors 65816

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    Here... I've corrected it for you... :p

    And that SL version has to be Snow Leopard Server, which the user will have to call up Apple to buy it.

    I came across such customers who asked me this question, and they never bothered to proceed further... Why...? Because it is troublesome...

    So the answer "YES" by MichaelLax is correct in a sense but less accurate...
     
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    No I'm not. The OP specifically asked about running CS2 in Yosemite. You cannot.
     
  16. MichaelLAX, Feb 10, 2015
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    This thread has suddenly become "Alice Through the Looking Glass..."
     
  17. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Not to mention that the OP has given up anyway, for different reasons. :p
     
  18. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

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    Nominally, I might agree with you. However I have a considerable amount of experience with users of PowerPC apps who, for one of many reasons, suddenly find that they cannot use these apps in Lion, Mt. Lion, Mavericks and now Yosemite.

    While admittedly, the number of these users are diminishing, it is not de minimus.

    That being said, when one of these users searches MacRumors for this problem and arrives at a thread entitled: "Running PowerPC apps on Yosemite?" they should be greeted with a workable solution and not an answer like: "IMPOSSIBLE!"
     
  19. KALLT macrumors 601

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    But I already gave the answer above. maflynn simply elaborated on Rosetta, of which the OP was aware. What the OP hoped for is this: ‘there must be SOMEONE who has made an app for that... Just can't find it.’ There isn’t one. For Windows applications there is at least Wine, but to my knowledge no such thing exists for Rosetta.
     
  20. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

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    The OP has his choice of solutions, they are NOT impossible to achieve and as you pointed out, he has moved on!

    I am happy to continue this debate ad nauseam however, I am not clear on what point you want to continue the debate! :)
     

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