Tips for getting Better and Faster Access to the Web on a PowerPC Mac

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I have many guides on this site telling you how to speed up your PowerPC Mac, but this post is specifically for speeding up your Web Browsing experience. 

>> [ ALL Programs for Viewing the Web Comfortably on PowerPC Mac ] <<

So first off, the Web browser you should be using for your specific PPC Mac:
All these Web Browsers have some sort of Ad Blocker / Flash Blocker, you should have this enabled and only disable it on sites in which you need the content on it to be loaded through flash (also disabling ad blocking on this site would really help me)

Caching a Site
This happens on its own where the web browser will save parts of a page that you visit a lot so that it doesn't have to load it over and over, 

  • Requires TenFourFox Install
This allows you to load a single website in isolation. since most websites such as Google Maps can be a big job for a PowerPC Mac, it's nice to give it all the power just to that one task as possible. I don't recommend running TenFourFox on anything below G4, but experience may vary, try it out and see how it works for your specific machine.

Mobile Versions of Websites

Most Popular websites will have a mobile version of them which can be viewed on a desktop, alot of them will either start with a "m." in the front of the url such as: www.m.cnn.com , and some will have the m at the end of the url such as: http://docs.google.com/m .

To find the specific URL of the Mobile Version of a Website you can just google something like "Mobile version of CNN website" , and sometimes you will have to copy the URL instead of just clicking it on google the site will read that your device is a desktop not a smart and therefore load the desktop version of the website, but if you manually put in the URL then it should load the Mobile Site.



A lot of PowerPC Macs just don't have a system battery, and the internal clock will get reset everytime you restart it, so setting it to normal time will fix that which this guide shows how to do. If the internal clock is messed up the computer just gets really confused I guess.




In General 

Don't have more than a few tabs open, plug into ethernet if you can always better than wireless, and the less other programs open while Web Browsing the better. Hope this helps if you have any other questions / problem you need help with please let me know!  




Make Google Drive work/faster on PowerPC Mac

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Google Drive

Clicking the link above will load the Mobile version of Google Drive, so while selecting / creating files will all be loaded in a much lighter version of the site, however, google doesn't have a mobile version of  editors for the many services in Google Drive ( Docs, Slides, etc).

Also see >> [ ALL Programs for Viewing the Web Comfortably on PowerPC Mac ] <<

Light Weight Word Processor for PowerPC Mac

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bean word processor

If you are looking for something to create a basic document that is a little more than TextEdit, but a little less than Microsoft Office 2008/ Libre Office / Open Office, than this will work great for you.


Dropbox for PowerPC Mac

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dropbox


One of the easy ways to sync files between multiple devices, hopefully this service continues to work on PowerPC Macs.

FileZilla FTP for PowerPC Mac

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filezilla

If you are looking for this you shouldn't need much explanation, but FileZilla is a popular widely used FTP (File Transfer Protocol) if you require this to work online hopefully this works for you!


Keyboard Rebind / Shortcut Manager for PowerPC Mac

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keyboard shortcut


Lots of PowerPC Mac's keyboards are pretty old and odds are something is wrong with it, maybe 1 key doesn't work, maybe and entire row doesn't work, or maybe you just have a newer usb keyboard which buttons on it don't do anything on a PowerPC Mac. This program lets you rebind any key to do whatever you want, and you can also make your own Custom Keyboard Shortcuts!

Free up Ram PowerPC Mac

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ram

This like [ Secrets ] gives you a graphical user interface that lets you disable apps and free up much needed Ram.

Make your PowerPC Mac a Karaoke Machine

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audio

This program enables any plugged in audio device to play out of your integrated or external speakers!

2 Finger Scroll for PowerBook

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touchpad scroll

This is a 3rd Party driver for iBooks and Powerbooks, that enable you to scroll with 2 fingers.

Battery Analyzer for PowerPC Mac

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Battery


This program lets you see the details of your battery, since most PowerPC Macs will be bought used, and all are very very old now, you get to see exactly how old it is, and how many Loadcycles it has been through, and over all get a better feel for how your specific battery will run.

Flash Player 10.1 for PowerPC Mac

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Adobe Flash
v 10.1
Requires G3+ , OS X 10.4 / 10.5 


If you really REALLY need to use flash on your PowerPC Mac for some reason here is the last available flash update for Tiger / Leopard.

Also check [ This ] post to see how to make Flash version 11.5 work.

CD / DVD Burner for PowerPC Mac

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CD Burner

If you looking for a Disc Burning application to burn CD/DVDs this one is open source, and it lets you organize your files on any CD you are burning easily.

X Lossless Decoder for PowerPC Mac

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Audio

For anyone looking to work with Audio on their PPC Mac this tool allows you to decode / see the deeper details of many wacky Audio File Formats.

Google Sketchup for PowerPC Mac

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Google Sketchup

Make a Website an Application with TenFourFoxBox

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Tenfourfoxbox

Definitely an interested program, basically allows you to open a single website in it's own isolated window so that it can have full-screen real-estate and non-tampered performance from other open websites and what not. With PowerPC Macs being very single task focused this is a very creative solution for using / launching New Web applications on an old system. 


Firefox for PowerPC Mac- TenFourFox

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tenfourfox
So in [ Best PowerPC Web Browser v2 ] I presented Webkit as the best simply because it is the fastest of all major PPC Mac Web Browsers (Webkit, Tenfourfox, Camino, etc).

But if you are looking for something to run more updated add-ons, or over all be more compatible with your niche web applications TenFourFox is probably the way to go, it builds off of FireFox and is always being Updated.

With it being Updated and with most of the web switching to HTML5 it might become faster than WebKit in the not so near future, definitely worth trying out on your specific machine to see what works best for you.

VLC for PowerPC Mac

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vlc

If you don't already know VLC is the media that can take anything you throw at it, any crazy video format you can find it can most likely handle it, and it also helps a little with playback performance, definitely worth trying out if you watch a lot of Movies on your PowerPC Mac!


The Version of VLC which you can download for PowerPC are outdated and no loger supported meaning you can't update them which is to be expected, but they do have a support for Leopard (10.5) to Cheetah (10.0) so should cover any PowerPC Machine you have.

VLC for PowerPC Mac

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If you don't already know VLC is the media that can take anything you throw at it, any crazy video format you can find it can most likely handle it, and it also helps a little with playback performance, definitely worth trying out if you watch a lot of Movies on your PowerPC Mac!


The Version of VLC which you can download for PowerPC are outdated and no loger supported meaning you can't update them which is to be expected, but they do have a support for Leopard (10.5) to Cheetah (10.0) so should cover any PowerPC Machine you have.

Minimalist Audio Player for PowerPC Mac

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audio


This is a Minimalist Audio Player for PowerPC Mac, uses a little resources from your computer as possible, so you can do other things while listening to music.

MPlayer - Video Player for PowerPC Mac

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audio

If you can't run a specific Video File on the original Quick Player installed default on your Mac, this is a nice option that will also give you better performance on viewing.

Sega Master System & Game Gear Emulator for PowerPC Mac

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sega master system

Sega Master System & Game Gear Emulator for PowerPC Mac, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

N64 Emulator for PowerPC Mac

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n64


You will probably need a higher end either G4 or G5 to run any game at a reasonable frame rate with this, but it works.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS2 for PowerPC Mac

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adobe premiere

This is a post to redirect you to another post on this site that has the link to download all Adobe CS2 software for Free, this page was made hopefully so that anyone looking for the specific Software finds it! 

Adobe After Effects CS2 for PowerPC Mac

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adobe after effects

This is a post to redirect you to another post on this site that has the link to download all Adobe CS2 software for Free, this page was made hopefully so that anyone looking for the specific Software finds it! 

Adobe Photoshop for PowerPC Mac

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adobe photoshop

This is a post to redirect you to another post on this site that has the link to download all Adobe CS2 software for Free, this page was made hopefully so that anyone looking for the specific Software finds it! 

Basic Picture Editor for PowerPC Mac

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seashore

If Photoshop, or gimp are a bit to much for you this is something a lot more basic and easy to get the simple things you are looking to do done.


Adobe CS2 for PowerPC Mac Free!

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adobe cs2


This is offered by Adobe, so you aren't stealing anything. You just have to signup to Adobe's website and you can download all software from Adobe Creative Suite CS2.

Which includes : 
  • After Effects 
  • GoLive
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere Pro

Listed Requirements are:





  • Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8, PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor
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    But you should give it a try on any machine to see if it works or not, if it does not work you can always try older versions!

    Gimp for PowerPC Mac

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    gimp



    Gimp is like the free Photoshop, while Photoshop CS2 is free, some people just prefer / already know their way around Gimp.