Adobe Gives PowerPC Users its Creative Suite 2 for Free (Updated)

If you’re reading this, then you probably believe in the power and versatility of old Macintoshes.  Well luckily for our PowerPC community, Adobe has seen fit to give away their CS2 suite for free.  You read that right…absolutely free.  If you’d like to turn your old PowerPC into a multimedia champ once again, head to the link below to get in on the action.  Adobe supplies you with the install disk images in “.bin” format, so you’ll need to make sure you have a program like StuffIt Expander to open it.  Also, if the link doesn’t work, be sure to try later.  The high demand for getting Adobe CS2 for free has caused the site to occasionally go down.

CS2 System Requirements

  • Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8. PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor

Download Adobe CS2—–> Click Here

Lastly, thanks for the tip, André!

–Taylor

Edit: It’s come to my attention (thanks to Erik Youngren) that Adobe isn’t technically giving CS2 away. Adobe has shut down the activation servers for CS2 and this is a way for former customers to reinstall it. According to Adobe, there is no verification, so I guess they’re doing this on the honor system. Thanks for the clarification, Erik.

Open Letter: The MMC Giveaway in October

The proprietor of another PowerPC related blog has made some untrue statements about the PowerBook giveaway MMC did back in October.  To make it absolutely clear, here’s what happened:

I shipped the PowerBook to the winner via USPS International Shipping.  The winner paid me approximately $50US in shipping costs.  This high shipping cost covered shipping from the US to Europe (where the winner lives).  Upon arrival, the winner emailed me stating the PowerBook would not boot.  After a few emails back and forth over a few days and many apologies on my part, I came to the conclusion that the PowerBook was somehow damaged in shipping or that the PowerBook had fried.  The package was covered by USPS insurance for approximately $75 (this is included in all USPS International packages according to the mail clerk who boxed the laptop).  Instead of asking the winner to wait for the insurance claim to pay me back, I offered to pay back all of his donations and refund his shipping costs.  The winner responded back to me via email, stating:

“Hi,
There is no need to do that.  I donated to you to enter the contest but also because I like the blog.  All
I wanted is the value of shipping (which is a little bit for me, since I am a student).

Thanks for all the effort
Kind Regards

(name removed for privacy reasons)”

I hope this makes it clear to all of my loyal readers that I did not at any time rip off or scam anyone with the giveaway.  I raised very little money on the giveaway.  After paying back the winner his $50 for shipping, I only managed to raise around $30.  I have placed countless hours of work into giving back to the PowerPC community and the fundraiser was not meant to “line my pockets” with cash, but simply to cover the costs to maintain this site.  I hope this clears up everything for anyone who heard the mis-tellings by a certain PowerPC “liberator” who is slandering MMC.  Also, after some thought, I’ve decided to block all comments from the certain individual.  This would make 2 websites this user has been blocked from due to hateful and unjustified behavior (he was also blocked from MacRumors Forums).  Thanks for sticking with MMC and reading my side of the story.

All the Best,

Taylor Almond

Surf the Mobile Web on Your PowerPC

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand for the past few years, you’ve probably noticed the ever-growing amount of websites with “mobile” versions for browsing with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.  While the following tip won’t work for all websites, you may be interested to know that you can browse mobile websites on your PowerPC Mac.  Simply put, you’re going to change your “User-Agent.”  A user-agent is what your web-browser uses to tell websites what kind of device you are.  This allows the website to provide you with the desktop version of a site on your PowerBook, while providing the mobile version on your iPhone.  This little tip is for users of “Leopard WebKit” (an up to date version of Safari for PowerPC), but you also use this tip on plain old Safari.  Also, you can do this on TenFourFox and AuroraFox by installing an addon called “User-Agent Switcher,” but this guide is for Safari, Leopard Webkit, and TenFourKit.

  • Open Safari (or TenFourKit or Leopard WebKit) and go to the preferences menu at the top of the screen: Safari—>Preferences.
  • Go to the “Advanced” tab and select the box next to “Show develop menu in menu bar.”
  • You’ll notice that the top of your screen now has a “Develop” menu.
  • Go to the develop menu—>User Agent and choose “Safari iOS 4.3.3–iPhone.”

Now you’re good to go.  Any site that you visit will now assume that you’re on an iPhone and will open the mobile version.  Mobile websites, while a little more basic looking, will load much faster.  This will help your old PowerPC a little faster in your day to day usage.

Here’s a couple examples: MacRumors and eBay

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DISCLAIMER: Just keep in mind that some websites may not render properly…in which case, you need to go back and change your User Agent back to “Default.”

Why I Refuse to Use Linux on my Macintosh

In the time that I’ve been a PowerPC Macintosh user, I’ve noticed a strong fascination with removing OS X from Macs and replacing it with various flavors of Linux.  While this may help your Mac run a little faster, here’s my justification for refusing to do so.

User Experience:

  • First and foremost, Linux’s UI is a snooze-fest.  Linux’s basic and unpolished appearance may help your PowerPC Mac run a little faster, but you’re not going to enjoy the view.
  • Have you ever used the terminal?  If you answered, “no” or “what’s the terminal?”, then you’ve got a rude awakening coming.  While certain flavors of Linux (like Ubuntu) have become more user friendly in the past few years, you’ll likely be typing commands into the terminal at some point or another.  This is not the case in OS X.
  • Looking for help with a problem on PowerPC Linux?  That could be tricky.  While there are a lot of Linux users out there, there are far more users on OS X…so when you need help with something on Linux, there are far fewer websites and individuals to get help from.

Software:  Yeah, I know you’re probably thinking, “This guy would rather use an OS from 2007 (or earlier) instead of an up to date OS like Lubuntu or MintPPC Linux?”  I understand the point; and I agree that these Linux flavors continue to receive up to date software, but “up to date” doesn’t always mean better.

  • I have yet to see a Linux software suite as user friendly as iLife or a Linux office suite that’s as widely compatible as Microsoft Office for Mac.  I’d much rather use Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 than OpenOffice any day of the week (also, Microsoft still provides updates to Office 2008 from time to time).  You may be thinking, “OpenOffice IS compatible with Microsoft Office.”  To that I say: Yes and No.  While you can technically save OpenOffice documents in Microsoft Office formats, it’s VERY common for text to be misaligned, fonts to be changed, etc.  (PS: I don’t use iWork for this same reason)
  • Do you still watch Flash video on your Mac?  Say goodbye to that.  While PowerPC users have been getting by using the outdated (and insecure) Flash Player 10 for the past couple years, there is no Flash on PowerPC Linux…period.

Driver Support:  This is a big problem for those using Linux builds on PowerPC Macintoshes.  One cannot simply install a PowerPC build of Ubuntu, Lubuntu, or MintPPC and expect it to work perfectly.

  • Before installing a Linux build on your PowerPC, you’ll need to make sure your specific Macintosh model is supported.  It’s quite a let-down to go to the trouble of installing Linux just to find out that my Airport card isn’t supported, or that my graphics card doesn’t support hardware acceleration.

To wrap things up, don’t think I’m a Linux hater…because that’s not true at all.  Open-Source platforms like Linux bring a new level of ingenuity to the tech world (I own an Android phone for this very reason); but Linux on PowerPC Macs is just not an enjoyable experience.

AQUADock Releases Mountain Leopard Version 3.0

Hey everyone,

Looks like AQUADock is still hard at work on the Mountain Leopard theme.  A couple days ago, version 3.0 was released.  Changes include:

•    Added computer/drive icons
•    Added Dashboard icon
•    Enhanced installer requirements
•    Remade uninstaller
•    Changed menu separator
•    Tweaked iTunes theme
•    Fixed Advanced icon in Finder Preferences

If you’re running OS X Leopard and would like to have Mountain Lion’s UI, see the links below.

Installer

Uninstaller

All the Best,

Taylor

Enter to Win a PowerBook G4 12″ From MMC

Hello All,
In order to raise exposure for the site, I’ve decided to raffle off one of my PowerPCs.  This time around, you’re able to win my own PowerBook G4 12″.  It’s a 1.5GHz model, with 1.25GB of RAM and is in perfect working order.  If you’d like to enter to win, head to MMC’s Facebook page, and follow the directions.  Entering this contest is free, however, donations are greatly appreciated.  Good luck to everyone!

Info About the PowerBook:

The PowerBook will be have a fresh install of either OS X “Tiger” or “Leopard” (winner can choose which).  Also included is the Apple power adapter.  No other items will be included.

-Taylor

PowerPC Users: Access iTunes Music on an iPhone 5 via Google Play Music

Before reading this tutorial, be aware: this isn’t an ideal fix.  This is simply a way to access iTunes music on iOS by using Google Play Music.  Hopefully, someone will come up with a permanent fix for PowerPC iTunes in the future and this won’t be an issue, but for now, this is what I recommend trying. 

I know that many Mac users are upset about Apple’s recent drop of support for PowerPCs running Leopard.  Well, I have a (sort-of) solution for one of your problems: Music Syncing.  If you’re dedicated to sticking with PowerPC, but still want an iPhone 5, I recommend you check out Google Play Music.  Google’s music service is free, allows you to sync 20,000 songs into the cloud, and provides an application that syncs your iTunes music to the cloud automatically (and continues to do so when you add more music to iTunes).  However, there are some drawbacks.  First, you won’t be able to use your iPhone’s “Music” application to access your Google Play music.  Second, Google hasn’t released a native iOS application for Google Play Music, so you’ll need to download a 3rd party Google Music program for iOS instead (like Melodies).  Most 3rd party Google Play Music applications support offline play, so you’ll be able to download music from the cloud to your phone.

If this sounds like something you’re willing to try, you’ll need to sign up for a GMail account (if you don’t have one already) then check out Google Play Music.  Also, the iTunes syncing program can be found here (PowerPC compatible, requires OS 10.5).

Lastly, I know this isn’t the ideal solution, but this should prove useful to those of you who are dedicated to sticking with PowerPC.  If a better solution comes along, I’ll be sure to report on it.

PS: On a side note, you can access all your Google Play Music via a web-browser on any computer with an internet connection.  The web-browser version requires Flash, but it’s not a big resource hog.  This is a great benefit because you never have to worry about being without music when you’re visiting a friend or over at a party.