PowerMac G5

Welcome to G5 Center!

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

Welcome & Where to Start

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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About My Power Mac G5

Power Mac G5 About Screen

My Power Mac G5 has been modified from its stock state with a 120GB OWC Mercury 3G solid state drive, a 1.5 TB Western Digital drive, 10 GB of RAM, and a GeForce 7800GT video card.


About This Website

This website was built on my Power Mac G5, using the following software:

  • Espresso 1.1.2
  • CSS Edit 2.6.1
  • Pixelmator 1.5.1
  • Snapz Pro 2.3.3

The CSS code and layout are from Bootstrap (3.3.7), an elegant and responsive framework for creating awesome websites. Find out more at the Get Bootstrap website.

Bootstrap is released under the MIT license and is copyright 2014 Twitter.

Contact

Drop me an email here - nathan @ g5center.net.


G5 Center Blog Notes, updates, and thoughts about our G5s

SimpleMarkPPC delivers again. Version 1.0.3 now available.

Published on August 31, 2015


Hot on the heels of the scintillating version 1.0.2, SimpleMarkPPC continues its glorious march into usability with version 1.0.3.

a preview of the unsaved feature

Here's what's new in this useful update:

  • Added a visual marker in the title bar to indicate when the document has not been saved.
  • Added a visual reminder of how to escape full screen mode.
  • Printing is now enabled, although it only prints the raw MarkDown text without formatting.
  • Because printing is enabled, there is now a way to export to PDF, but again, it only exports the raw text.
  • I slowed down the autosave feature which still occasionally interferes with typing.
  • Export to glorious Open Document text format
  • Removed some old code and stuff.

Limitations on Printing

Right now, printing is a pretty limited thing. I haven't figured out how to print the html rendered text yet, although I imagine there is a way. Part of the limitation is that the actual MarkDown text gets formatted after running through multimarkdown. Likewise, I can't render a PDF that way because multimarkdown doesn't seem to support that option either. I'll keep exploring options, but just beware, using Real Basic to code apps is an exercise in joy and frustration. Joy, because it's easy to get started and mock something up, and frustration, because there are lots of stubborn limitations that you have to deal to make things work.

Versioning

Just a note about versioning: I'm not really following any specific guideline with versioning. Right now, I'm sticking with incrementing the sub numbers, typically reserved for bug fixes. Since I still consider the software in a sort of alpha stage (meaning a bit untested), features may be added randomly at any time.

You can download SimpleMarkPPC from its webpage.

-- Nathan

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