PowerMac G5

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The Power Mac G5 was one of the last PowerPC machines Apple produced and sold. It remains a capable computer today. This website is dedicated to the venerable machine, providing users with information on available hardware and software choices for their G5.

Enjoy! -- Nathan

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Did you just pick up a Power Mac G5 via eBay, CraigsList, or locally? Are you interested in souping up that old G5 sitting in your garage? Do you need to squeeze more life out of your office or home G5?

The apps linked under our nifty categories above are sort of curated by me and, in some cases, from other great blogs. These apps do not represent an objective "best of" but should be taken as a starting point to find what works best for you.

If you need a place to begin, check out the Hardware page and then proceed to the System page to get your machine up and running quickly.

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Adobe CS4 Questions

Published on August 21, 2015

In the last few weeks, I've gotten a few emails from readers with great questions, feedback, and encouragement. Thanks for the support!

One common question is about Adobe Creative Suite. As I mention over on the Office page, Adobe CS 4 is the last version to run on our Power Mac G5s. If you are interested in the actual system requirements, head over to the Adobe help site.

What you will notice missing is this - only "Design Premium and Standard" and "Web Premium and Standard" will run on G5s. "Production Premium" and "Master Collection" will not. This is likely because they include software like Premiere, Adobe's film editing app, and After Effects, a visual effects app, which both moved to Intel only with CS4. The last version of Adobe Premiere to work on G5s is 6.5, which was released back in 2002. The last version of After Effects to work on G5s was included in CS3.

Confusing? I suppose. Navigating old system requirement pages is a skill to be acquired for those of us running old computers.

By the way, I also get asked where to find these old software packages. I'd recommend going legal routes, even though you can't necessarily buy older versions quite easily. Ebay is an option. Sometimes, I see Mac retailers like Megamacs sporting good deals. If you are just wanting to grab Photoshop or InDesign, don't be afraid to go a little bit older. I've done a lot of web design and graphic design using CS2 in the past, and they remain really capable tools for G5s.

- Nathan

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