What are some cool freeware things for PPC?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Adamscomputerrepair, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Adamscomputerrepair, Jun 29, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2016

    Adamscomputerrepair macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2015
    I'm just curious what you guys have come across recently? In my opinion, this PowerBook G4, which I just bought for school work and to use as a browser where I work, is the best $80 I've ever spent.
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    This has been something of an ethical deal since it came out they were doing this a few years back. The purpose as is stated is to allow people who purchased and legally own a copy of CS2 to replace their install discs with these images. The server that checks the serial numbers doesn't work anymore, so they really don't have any way to verify your serial. Can you download this and use it even if you didn't buy? Sure, but thats not freeware by any means.
  3. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    As alluded to above, Adobe shut down the activation server for CS2 and has provided a "universal" key for CS2 programs.

    It is NOT free-you must legally own a copy of CS2 or at least the specific program you are downloading in order to legally use these downloads. Granted they're not going to come knocking down your door, but you're still breaking the law if you've never owned CS2.

    For myself, I've picked up legal copies of versions of Photoshop from CS4 all the way back to 3 or 4, along with CS-CS4. CS3 and CS4(which work on PowerPC) are still under Adobe's full control.

    BTW, Adobe has downloads of all their software on their site and I'm not even sure if they distribute physical media any more. When I bought Lightroom 6 right at a year ago, I called Adobe and after they took my payment information they just emailed me a link to the .dmg and added the license key to the record in my Adobe account. I don't deal with Creative Cloud, but I think it works more or less the same way. The last Adobe software I got on Physical media was Acrobat Pro X, and I think it was primarily supplied that way because I bought the educational version from my employer's IT store.
  4. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    I really hate Adobe and everyone else's stellar idea of "rent to never own" software. So I stick to CS6 on my newer machines and CS4 on the PPCs.

    I guess the benefit however is the price to use Photoshop at first is the upfront fee for using it every month, but I don't like payments :)
  5. Adamscomputerrepair thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2015
    Ok my bad. I honestly thought Adobe was giving it away. I'm not a pirate by any means. I will edit post 1 to just ask what are some cool freeware things for PPC?
  6. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    Teleport is really neat if you have more than one PPC Mac, it allows you to control (and share copy/paste) multiple Macs with one keyboard and mouse. Helpful for keeping your desk uncluttered. :)

    I'll update this if I remember any more, I'm not using any of my PPCs at the moment to check. :p
  7. bobesch, Jul 3, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016

    bobesch macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2015
    Kiel, Germany
    Here's a list of my most frequently used progs - mainly productivity, web, video and music...

    - Office 2004 (2 original Disks for 2,50$/10$ at the bay) with OpenXML-Converter (free)
    - Skim PDF-editor
    - CombinePDFs (free version)
    - TaskPaper1.0 (free)
    - webkit for Leopard with ClickToPlugin
    - Paintbrush
    - CorePlayer / VLC / mPlayerX / mPlayerX Ext
    - YouView (YT-videos with optional Safari-extension)
    - Onyx / TinkerTool
    - AppCleaner

    My most used/essential paid software:
    - CarbonCopyCloner / SuperDuper!
    - Office 2008
    - DEVONthinkPro (collect data, convert to searchable PDF in the background)
    - PageSender (GroupFax!&Mail)
    - Moom (customizes the green button for resize windows)
    - G4FanControll (adapts the temperatur-threshhold of the harddisk for mSATA)
    - SOHO-Organizer (synchronizes with iCloud Calender and Contacts)
    - iVCD (to play my 15y old SVCD collection)
    - VirtualPC7 and Win2k (mainly to run irfanwiew and old peripherals (scanner) or software (TMPEGence etc.), but to be honest: it's just because I want to be able to use it - just in case)
    As for Photoshop: got both a cheap PS7 for MacOS9/Classic and the CS1 update, so I can run it on MacOS9, Tiger-Classic and Leopard

    My most used software from Apple:
    - iTunes (connects to iTunes in the Cloud and local libraries)
    - Email-Client
    - iPhoto

    Most often used connectivity tools:
    - webDAV (Finder/GoTo/ConnectToServer: https:/webdav. ... )
    - Dropbox
    - FileSharing (with Finder in my home network)
    - FileSharing (with Finder in my office's windows network)
    - ScreenSharing (with Finder in my home network)
    - VNC (connect to Win2008-server, since MS-RDP-Client isn't supported anymore )
    - RemoteDesktop with Windows with (MS RDP-Client)
    - TeamViewer7
    --- Post Merged, Jul 3, 2016 ---
    Yes, Teleport is great! I've used it a while with two iMacs sitting site-by-side on the desk but then I gave up that combination.
    SynergyKM works quite similar, as far as I remember...
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    iStat Menus 1.0 is free.
    SMARTReporter (older version).
    Fast Scripts.

    All I can think of for now.
  9. GoopnyPants macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2016
    Something intresting is screenrecycler. It allows you to extend your screen (via VNC), using the integrated monitor of your ppc (and also intel, if you want) mac. Yes, it isn't a free application but it's a shareware, you can try it for free or buy it for 30$.
  10. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
  11. bobesch macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2015
    Kiel, Germany
    Great! Caffeine runs on all of my intel-books. I didn't even look for it and any PPC versions until now! Thanks for that hint (the makers of caffeine do have some more nice stuff but unfortunately its intel-only...)
    f.lux unfortunately doesn't want to recognize my location, so I'm gonna stay with manually adapting the screen brigthness. The PPC-books aren't that bright anyway ;)
    But I'm really glad to have Caffeine back !
  12. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    @Adamscomputerrepair The PowerPC Archive is going to be your best bet for free programs and applications.
  13. pochopsp macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2016
    Napoli, city of sun and pizza!
    Hi bobesch, I also had problems setting the location on f.Lux, i live in southern Italy. The solution is: go on Google maps and find your location, then find the geographic coordinates (longitude and latitude), copy them and paste them in the location settings of f.Lux, press enter and you are fine
  14. Gamer9430 macrumors 68020


    Apr 22, 2014
    Central New Jersey/ North Virginia, USA
    Thank you for posting that! I now am using that between my G5 and cube since they are next to each other and its so nice to only need one keyboard! E

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