Your Recommended Software for a G5?

g5forever

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Hey everyone. 6 years ago, I sold my PowerMac G5 and put it towards a new PC for the family. Here recently, I was at a garage sale in my town and found someone selling a PowerMac G5 for $50 and snatched it up immediately. Come to find out, it's a dual 2.0, so I feel pretty pleased with it. It's already got 4GB of RAM so it's pretty snappy since I installed Leopard on it. So here's the point of my post:

What software do you recommend for my G5 (web browsers, what version of iLife, etc.) I've looked around online but haven't really found anything very specific. Thanks for the help everyone.
 

alexreich

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Ordered a 1.8GHz (single) G5 a few days ago.. hopefully this thread will point me at the best software for my machine as well.
 

Jessica Lares

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I have a 1.8Ghz model with 512MB, I run the following perfectly fine:

Adobe Flash CS3
Adobe Illustrator CS3
Adobe InDesign CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS3

CleanMyMac
Cloud
Colloquy
Cyberduck
Transmission
MAMP

iLife 09
iWork 09

The Hit List (1.0.6) - You can buy this and then just look for the PPC version to use the registration details they gave you.

These are kinda shaky because it's an old machine running newish software. My renders are not too slow though actually.

Blender
Poser Debut
DAZ Studio 3
 

Liquinn

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I have a 1.8Ghz model with 512MB, I run the following perfectly fine:

Adobe Flash CS3
Adobe Illustrator CS3
Adobe InDesign CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS3

CleanMyMac
Cloud
Colloquy
Cyberduck
Transmission
MAMP

iLife 09
iWork 09

The Hit List (1.0.6) - You can buy this and then just look for the PPC version to use the registration details they gave you.

These are kinda shaky because it's an old machine running newish software. My renders are not too slow though actually.

Blender
Poser Debut
DAZ Studio 3
Ahh nice; where can I buy/get CS3 now a days? It'd be cool to run Photoshop on my G5 that I'm getting on Friday ^_^ :)
 

Liquinn

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Well, the school preloaded me their copy with the new hard drives they gave me. So mine was free. Heh. But look around, just don't use eBay.
I see. How long have you had your Powermac G5 for? Do you prefer your G5 or 13" Macbook Pro? Though, you can't really compare the two I guess.
 

Jessica Lares

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I see. How long have you had your Powermac G5 for? Do you prefer your G5 or 13" Macbook Pro? Though, you can't really compare the two I guess.
Well, this machine was in the photo lab at school. The teacher got them like probably the month they came out. So it's been sitting around being used for Photoshop and Final Cut for YEARS. It's only been in my house for two years now.

I prefer it to the MBP. The screen resolution on the G5 is 1280x1024 while the MBP is only 1280x800. I like having that extra space. I also like it because it's 4:3 and my games on my emulators scale very well.



I Really, really, really want a new monitor for the G5. The biggest one I could get even. It would be better than a dumb Retina screen. Anyone have any suggestions? :D
 

Liquinn

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Well, this machine was in the photo lab at school. The teacher got them like probably the month they came out. So it's been sitting around being used for Photoshop and Final Cut for YEARS. It's only been in my house for two years now.

I prefer it to the MBP. The screen resolution on the G5 is 1280x1024 while the MBP is only 1280x800. I like having that extra space. I also like it because it's 4:3 and my games on my emulators scale very well.

Image

I Really, really, really want a new monitor for the G5. The biggest one I could get even. It would be better than a dumb Retina screen. Anyone have any suggestions? :D
True, fair enough :p How much did you pay for your G5?

Also, will a DVI 1900x1080 24" Samsung monitor work with the G5? Hehe, I can't wait to get my G5 :)
 

Liquinn

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I bought an iBook G3/466 SE around the same time I got the G5. Thinking about another iMac G4 (the machine my parents use, which was also free and dumped from the photo lab).
I see. You got anymore recommendations on software I could put on it?

I see, why won't you buy another Intel Mac? They are expensive though ;(

Cheers ^_^
 

eyoungren

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My work G5 (see my signature) is running Adobe CS4, Acrobat 9 Pro, Acrobat 6 Pro and QuarkXPress 8.5.1.

CS4 and Acrobat 9.x Pro is the higest you can go with a PowerPC processor. I also have Toast Titanium 10 (again, the highest you can go). We use Microsoft Office 2008 (2011 is Intel only) and I have Diskwarrior 4.3.

As for browsers, there is TenFourFox and as of a few days ago, Aurorafox which is 10.5 Leopard only.

There's a FAQ that is stickied at the top of this page that will give you more browser/software options.
 

Liquinn

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My work G5 (see my signature) is running Adobe CS4, Acrobat 9 Pro, Acrobat 6 Pro and QuarkXPress 8.5.1.

CS4 and Acrobat 9.x Pro is the higest you can go with a PowerPC processor. I also have Toast Titanium 10 (again, the highest you can go). We use Microsoft Office 2008 (2011 is Intel only) and I have Diskwarrior 4.3.

As for browsers, there is TenFourFox and as of a few days ago, Aurorafox which is 10.5 Leopard only.

There's a FAQ that is stickied at the top of this page that will give you more browser/software options.
Ahh. I'd probably have to buy software for the G5 then =)
 

Jessica Lares

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I see. You got anymore recommendations on software I could put on it?

I see, why won't you buy another Intel Mac? They are expensive though ;(

Cheers ^_^
Well, what are you into? What will you use it for besides Photoshop? :D

I just bought an Intel Mac in December. I'm not buying another for a few years now. Trying to get an iPad before that time anyway.
 

Liquinn

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Well, what are you into? What will you use it for besides Photoshop? :D

I just bought an Intel Mac in December. I'm not buying another for a few years now. Trying to get an iPad before that time anyway.
I'll be using it for light Photoshop and a file server for between My macs.

I'd love a Powerbook G4 but they're still expensive haha.

Thanks for the help though =]
 

eyoungren

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I'd love a Powerbook G4 but they're still expensive haha.
What's your budget? I got my first 17" PB off eBay for $150 and my second for $250. That was two years ago

I bought my son a few months back a 1Ghz DVI Titanium for $25 off eBay and I bought my wife last year a 12" PowerBook for $50, plus $25 for a replacment screen (it rolled down a flight of stairs) from eBay as well.

I usually look for Macs on eBay that people mark as "for parts/repair" because usually the seller has no idea how minimal fixing certain things are a lot of the time and usually underprices the Mac.
 

wobegong

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May 29, 2012
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Maybe some repitiion here but on my G5 I have...

Office 2008
Photoshop CS4
Mactubes
Tenfourfox
Doom 3
Quake 4
Civilization IV
iLife '09
Aperture 2
Acrobat 9
Transmission (older version)
Skype (2.8)
Tenfourbird (thunderbird port for mail)
Elegato H.264 Turbo (with USB 'dongle')
VLC 2 (latest)
Airserver
Evernote
LogMeIn (as 10.5 doesn't support iCloud/FindMyMac)
Spotify (older version but still works)
 

TacticalDesire

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Mar 19, 2012
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Well, this machine was in the photo lab at school. The teacher got them like probably the month they came out. So it's been sitting around being used for Photoshop and Final Cut for YEARS. It's only been in my house for two years now.

I prefer it to the MBP. The screen resolution on the G5 is 1280x1024 while the MBP is only 1280x800. I like having that extra space. I also like it because it's 4:3 and my games on my emulators scale very well.

Image

I Really, really, really want a new monitor for the G5. The biggest one I could get even. It would be better than a dumb Retina screen. Anyone have any suggestions? :D
Do you have a budget? Also, what video card do you have? It shouldn't matter, but I just want to be sure.
 

Pici072

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May 3, 2012
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Budapest, Hungary
I use the following apps perfectly with my QuadCore G5:

Final Cut Studio 2
Photoshop CS4
Aperture 2
iLife '09
iWork '09
Office 2008
VLC 2
Handbrake

Battlefield 1942
Call of Duty 2
:)
 

splitpea

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Oct 21, 2009
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Among the starlings
I like Camino for a browser on the G5.

I also used CS3 on it, and it ran Photoshop reasonably well, but Flash, Illustrator and InDesign were laggy. If you can find earlier versions, that might be better. I started on that machine with Photoshop 7, which ran like a dream, Illustrator 10, which was crashy, and the Macromedia MX suite (remember those days?)

iLife '05, MS Office 2004, Transmit 3, Adium 1.3-ish. My experience was that most software released after 2007 had poor performance on the G5, although you could still find new software that supported it until about 2009.
 

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