Suggest me apps for Imac G4 OS X Tiger

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by asifnaz, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. asifnaz macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2010
    I have an Imac G4 with about 768 MB ram . I have Installed OS X Tiger on it . Please tell me what Latest possible OS X I can run on that system . And I am looking for a media player , a web browser and some games etc .

    I understand this is an old computer and it wont run HD movies and other modern stuff . I am looking to use it for some basic stuff .

    thank you
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    They'll all run Leopard (700-800MHz models need a little help with XPostFacto or installing over Target Disk Mode) Best web browser IMO is Leopard WebKit followed by TenFourFox. Between these two, you can get just about anywhere online. Online video is not likely, unless you have a 1.25GHz model. These are very beautiful machines, but they're really slow even by G4 standards. Do you know the CPU speed of yours?
  3. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Our actions define our legacy
    VLC Player, TenFourFox, as for games there's a lot. Depends what your into. I play Halo 1, COD, Star Wars Battlefront,Nexuiz, Quake,etc. MacintoshGarden is loaded with software for PPC. Oh and grab Toast Titanium 6.1 your gonna need it to play games(unless of course you own the original disks). It will let you mount the games DMG/ISO file.

    I recommend you upgrade the ram though for the best experience.
  4. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    Depending on the processor speed, it can either run OS X 10.5.8 Leopard (800MHz or Better G4) or 10.4.11 Tiger (Less than 800MHz G4). TenFourFox is the best browser out there for PPC, and thanks to @eyoungren's tweaks (@Altemose has an easy install version) it makes it really smooth and fast with modern browsing. VLC is a great media player that opens any media file known to man kind. As for games, Star Wars Battlefront, Minecraft 1.5 and below, early COD games, Armagetron Advanced (TRON lightbikes), NeverBall and NeverPutt (tilt ball game and mini golf game bundled together).

    For all your other software needs, visit @gavinstubbs09's PowerPC Archive (
  5. asifnaz thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2010
    I have 1Ghz processor . Do I need apps specifically for OS X Tiger or other OS X apps will work . Any links to download them..?
  6. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    Take a peek at my site that @Gamer9430 mentioned in the post above. I have download links for most stuff on there! :)
  7. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    First off, upgrade the easily accessible RAM to the maximum possible (1 GB PC-2700 200-pin SO-DIMM). That'll make a difference in general OS X usage. THEN do a Leopard install.

    As for applications:

    1. TenFourFox and Leopard Webkit for web browsing. Any other browser on the system besides the stock Safari should be trashed immediately afterward. and

    2. TenFourFoxBox for frequently visited sites. I can't harp on this enough. This is one piece of software that makes frequently visited sites work amazingly.

    3. VLC for any media playback. Set it to default for all files and when you insert a DVD. If VLC can't play it without skipping, probably nothing will. NOTE: this is a download link for the VLC disc image.

    4. The Unarchiver. If this can't open a compressed file, nothing will. NOTE: this will download a zip file. There's a built-in OS X unzipper to get this app for you.

    5. Onyx gives you access to bunches of things that can speed up OS X, general cleaning stuff, and more wonderful things. You will need to find the correct version for your system:

    6. Shadowkiller kills the drop shadows and gives a noticeable speed boost in the process. This will download the disc image needed. Make sure to have this as a startup item. This even works under El Cap!

    7. Microsoft Office for Mac 2004. I know some people will swear by 2008 and others will steer you to freeware, but I am not one of them. There is even a converter to open docx files in 2004, although you may have to dig around for a minute or so to find it. 2004 is the best I have ever used on PowerPC.

    8. Odds and ends from Unsanity. Most, if not all, of the download links work from this archive: Some are not free and I have no idea where to find serial numbers. In addition, there is no way to legit buy them as Unsanity closed its doors several years ago.

    9. GIMP is the free Photoshop that doesn't feel free: It will need X11, which you can install from the Developer tools on the install CD.

    10. iLife '09. It works quite well and includes the surprisingly robust iWeb and iDVD. However, you will need to find iMovie 6. However, note that if you decide to stay on 10.4, you will need to grab iLife 08 and iMovie 6.

    11. iWork '09. I like Keynote better than PowerPoint, but you can also get some mileage from Pages and Numbers.
  8. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    Any app that can run on the PowerPC version of Tiger will work. If you upgrade to Leopard, you can use those apps, as well as apps that can run on the PowerPC version of Leopard. There are also Universal apps, which run on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Just make sure it's not Intel only. Anything from Snow Leopard and later won't run at all, as OS X has been Intel only since Snow Leopard.
  9. bobesch macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2015
    Kiel, Germany
    Ah, that's you running PowerPC Archive.
    Thank you so much for that site!!!
    Kind regards...

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