Information on Power Macintosh Computers, Related Hardware & Software

Notice: This article's development is on hold - This article is in reference to older Motorola MC680X0 CISC CPU up through IBM G5 PowerPC CPU Macintosh computers, and primarily in regards to pre-OS X software, NOT in reference to post-PPC Intel Xeon and Intel Core 2 Duo, and later Intel CPU Macintosh computers, that since OS X 10.7.0 "Lion" can't even run OS X programs that require any PowerPC code, as the QuickTransit technology "Rosetta dynamic binary translator" (that was included with the January 10, 2006 OS X 10.4.4 (8G1165) Intel "Tiger" release up through the July 25, 2011 OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) Intel "Snow Leopard"release) is no longer provided with OS X 10.7.0 "Lion" and above; Backwards software compatibility isn't something Apple Corporate deems important; Whomever is the equivalent of Raymond Chen and company inside of Apple, they didn't win the software compatibility and API battles at Apple.


As some people profess to not know where to get information on Power Macintosh Computers, Related Hardware, and Softwares, this Article is to provide some information and assistance on those topics.

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PART ONE - Hardware-related

RE: G4 (aka PowerPC 7400) CPUs:

The original G4 Power Macintoshes:

The "Graphite" G4 "MiniTower" Power Macintoshes began shipping in the final Quarter of 1999; 3 available PCI Slots on these Desktop models, 2 available PCI Slots if purchased with the SCSI option; Originally with Ultra ATA/66 EIDE or Ultra2 SCSI Hard Drive options. CPUs shipping with these models use the Motorola "AltiVec" multimedia addition. 

The original three versions were (contrary to APPLE's earlier statements of available CPU speeds): a 350 MHz lower-end version (which is basically a modified G3 Motherboard, with a G4 CPU), a 400 MHz mid-range version with DVD-ROM, and a high-end 450 Mhz version with DVD-RAM with recordable DVD functions (both the 400 MHz and 450 MHz models were a new Motherboard design). USB & "FireWire" Ports; Unfortunately, no ADB Port (needed for "Dongles").

APPLE then later upgraded all G4 configurations to using the ATI Rage 128 Pro graphics card, and upgrading the lower-end model to using the same architecture as the high-end G4s (including AGP graphics card support, DVD-ROM Drives and AirPort support). The CPU speeds were also upgradedto 400 MHz, 450 MHz and 500 MHz. Most Vendors now have these as their regular stock. The ATI Rage 128 Pro card kit is also supposed to be available, for a suggested retail price of US $99 for customers with previous AGP-based Power Mac G4 systems, but be forewarned that it is supposed to require Mac OS 9 (not known for sure if it also works with Mac OS 8.6), which is ATI "shooting themselves in the foot".

G4 Minitowers:

APPLE's "QuickSilver" G4 Desktop machines

In July of 2001, APPLE announced new models (believed to be using the using the Motorola G4-Plus aka PowerPC 7450 aka MPC7450 PowerPC) running at 733MHz, at 867MHz or dual 800MHz (like the previous generation, no longer mounted on a ZIFF Socket; It may or may not be possible to upgrade CPU). Very strangely, it appears that the new G4s no longer have a CD/DVD eject button on the case. To eject a CD, you will have to use the Eject button on the keyboard. If the Eject button key fails to work, as it can do at startup if you are having startup problems, you can try the Open Firmware alternative, that has posted:

The "QuickSilver" G4 Desktop machines also very strangely appear to lack any direct sound input jack.

The specs are listed at:

The following standard internal hard disk drive configurations are available:

20GB 5400-rpm Ultra ATA/66 (lower E.I.D.E. standard)
30GB 7200-rpm Ultra ATA/66
40GB 7200-rpm Ultra ATA/66

APPLE'S Build-to-Order (BTO) Options also include:

36GB Ultra160 SCSI (10K rpm)
72GB Ultra160 SCSI (10K rpm)
180GB Barracuda Ultra160 SCSI drives from Seagate (upcoming; not yet available via THE APPLE STORE)

Update: APPLE just announced a newer configuration of "QuickSilver" Mini-Towers: Dual 1-GHz and 933 MHz models with the NVIDIA GeForce4 MX AGP Graphics card (64MB of DDR SDRAM) and 800 MHz models with the ATI Radeon 7500 AGP Graphics card (32MB of DDR SDRAM):

Issues raised with G4 MiniTower, previous Cube models, and the Flat-Panel iMacs:

While there are a number of postive things about the newer APPLE machines, there are still issues raised and/or unresolved:

The lack of Industry Standard (hello, APPLE: "We are going to be using Industry Standard Computer Hardwares"... remember that promise?) PCI Slots or ways to add them, made the G4 "Cube" (now discontinued by APPLE, due to low sales), and now the G4 iMac not as good a choice as the G4  "Mini-Tower", which still lacks a 6 or 8 PCI Slot high-end model available at the top, like some of the high-end "Windows" machines makers now offer, as a Customer custom built-in option for about $800 to $1,000 extra (as opposed to $1500 to $3500 for an external PCI Expansion System).

The "Cube" also recalled Steve Jobs' NeXT Cube computers, which sold fewer than 40,000 models, as well as the fact that the G4 Cube was over-priced, and requires a special adapter to use most Monitors.

Note: Before the "Cube", APPLE's previous Low-End and Mid-Range Desktop machines (other than iMacs) always had 3 three Industry Standard PCI Slots, since APPLE dropped NUBUS Slots.

In the Music and Sound Recording Industries alone, the lack of needed PCI Slots, or any way to either add or connect to them, was a big minus for the G4 "Cube".

Had they even put one PCI Slot in (and remember Steve Jobs admitting a while ago that adding one PCI Slot to even the original iMac design would have been a good idea; He just seems hostile to a more PCI Slots design in the high-end models, which could push some high-end users towards Bill Gates, MS, and INTEL), it would at least have been possible, to add an external PCI Expansion System to the G4 "Cube". There is no "FireWire to External PCI Expansion System" available.

The newer (Flat-Panel) Apple G4 iMacs:

Apple iMac "800" G4 features an 800 MHz PowerPC 7440 (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and a 256k on-chip level 2 cache, 256 MB of RAM (PC100 SDRAM), built-in 10/100 Base-T Ethernet, a 60.0 GB Ultra ATA hard drive (5400 RPM), internal cooling fan, a tray-loading 2X/6X/4X/24X DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive, internal NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics acceleration with 32 MB of DDR RAM. The internal components are housed in a 10.5" half-sphere, ice white case with a chromed stainless steel neck that supports a 15" TFT Active Matrix Flat-Panel LCD display. Ice white Apple Pro Keyboard and Mouse. External Apple Pro Speakers. Mac OS X (default boot) & Mac OS 9.2.x.

Apple iMac "700" (Flat-Panel) features a 700 MHz PowerPC 7440 (G4) processor with the AltiVec "Velocity Engine" vector processing unit and a 256k on-chip level 2 cache, 128 MB or 256 MB of RAM (PC100 SDRAM), a 40.0 GB Ultra ATA hard drive (5400 RPM), either a tray-loading CD-RW drive or DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive, and NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics acceleration with 32 MB of DDR RAM. The internal components are housed in a 10.5" half-sphere, ice white case with a chromed stainless steel neck that supports a 15" TFT Active Matrix LCD display. Ice white Apple Pro Keyboard and Mouse. Mac OS X (default boot) & Mac OS 9.2.x

Unfortunately, Apple still did not add a single PCI slot to the new design, which still makes a BTO G4 Mini-Tower a much better design, and a better machine to get.

Recall that MacCentral's Poll about PCI Slots and G4s, showing 48% of Mac Users Mini-Tower G4s needing more than 3 PCI Slots; Many of these users want 6 PCI Slots (like they could get from the 9600 series) or 8 PCI Slots, like they could get from the high-end UMAX and/or POWER COMPUTING "Clones", which sold like hotcakes, over APPLE's 3 PCI Slot machines for that very reason, back in the "Cloning" Days.

Note: In professional recording studios PCI Cards are used:

1) to add large capacity 10,000 rpm Ultra2 SCSI Hard Disks for recording, mixing, etc. Professional Musicians and Sound Recording Engineers strongly recommend that you get and use Computers with high quality SCSI Hard Drives,  not ATA EIDE Hard Drives, due to the several seconds lag in the ATA EIDE Hard Drives, which can cause great headaches while recording and mixing in particular;

2) to add up to eight mixable Stereo In and Out Channels using standard quarter-inch sound jacks per PCI card (the standard jacks used by Electric Guitars, Electronic Pianos, Amps, etc., etc.);

3) to add serial ports (or additional serial Ports, if the machine already has serial ports) needed for use with MIDI Keyboards/Controllers and other MIDI devices (the majority of which do not support USB or FireWire currently); Note that not all PCI cards that add serial ports support MIDI;

4) to add an Orange Micro "OrangePC", APPLE, or Radius DOS Card, so as to be able to run Music Softwares that are only written for DOS (yes there are issues of support for these, but you can get one for less than buying an entire DOS-compatible system; See: "pcSetup" by Randall Venhola & Fraser Valley Distributed Computing Systems Inc. (FVDCS), which is a subsidiary of Discovery Software Limited at:, and: Network 54: DOS Support for Macintosh, and John Rizzo's "Apple PC Compatibility Card and Mac OS 8.5, 8.6, 9.0" at: for support and information for APPLE and Reply DOS and PC Compatibility PCI Cards for Mac OS 8.5, 8.6 and 9.x);

For Example: Programs such as "AURICLE: The Film Composer's Time Processor" aka "The AURICLE" {}. "The AURICLE" cannot be written to run under the Mac OS, due to the Mac OS's "stealing" of timer tics, which results in the Mac OS's System Clock running slightly fast, so that it can't function as a "real time" machine. This makes "wild" movie film soundtrack "syncing" impossible for Orchestras and large Ensembles (and the VirtualPC software maps to the Mac OS System Clock, so no help there...); or to run Music Softwares only available for MS Windows (like ACID) inside the Power Macintosh, instead of having to buy an entire high-end "Win-Tel" machine and monitor;

5) To add RCA-type audio inputs and outputs, for use with certain recorders and devices;

6) to add certain needed specific PCI cards that come with high-end Macintosh Music Softwares (some of which use 4 or 5 PCI Cards).

The 9600/233 through 9600/350 Power Macintosh series, with their five available full-sized PCI slots (and certain 6 or 8 PCI slot Power Macintosh clone machines that were once made by Power Computing and Umax) are much beloved by  many recording engineers I know. These high-end users (many of whom stuck with APPLE through the hard times) have been quite frustrated by having future OS support for their machines dropped, combined with the fact that they couldn't purchase a 6 or 8 available PCI slot "Blue & White" G3 previously, or a 6 or 8 available PCI slot "Graphite" or "QuickSilver" Mini-Tower G4 machine more recently.

It would behoove smart management of a Company to listen to their Customers, rather than having APPLE's Management getting stuck in "Tunnel-Vision" (to quote the Vice-President of dBug, speaking about the PCI Slot issues, and the Mac OS 9 & X software compatibility problems).

Note: Many high-end users have continued to ask APPLE over and over to again provide one model with 6 or 8 full-sized PCI Slots, for Musicians, Sound Engineers, Graphics Artists, and Publishers (similar in concept to the previous Power Macintosh 9600 Series for high-end users). MacCentral ran an Online Poll on users wanting more PCI Slots with results posted at:

Note that the move to 4 PCI Slots in the newer "Mini-Tower" design is a good step in the right direction.

The dropping of the "Audio In" input doesn't in the new models, also doesn't make good sales sense for keeping Musicians and/or Sound Engineers as customers, that have long bought from APPLE (yes, I'm aware of the iMic, but THE APPLE STORE isn't pushing it much, and isn't bundling it with machines). Contrary to what some have thought, Musicians have always used the "Audio In" that was traditionally built into all Macintoshes in the past.

APPLE also has weirdly and prematurely eliminated their CRT "Apple Studio Display" CRT  Monitors; with ColorSync hardware technology. As a majority of Apple's customer base is focused on content creation, and new applications (most especially from APPLE) are requiring more screen area. Even we were to spend $2500+ for the large Cinema displays, LCD is still a new technology, and still has unresolved resolution and color display problems (such as the inability to scale smoothly to different resolutions and problems with color fading at different viewing angles, zooming issues, which is why many choose the 21-inch CRT instead).

We are now stuck now needing to use third party hardware for our large CRT display needs. People were NOT complaining or asking APPLE to get rid of their CRT 21-inch Monitors. When I was buying some hardware at WESTWIND COMPUTING here in Seattle some months back, I saw stacks of boxes of the 21-inch "Apple Studio Display" CRT Monitors stacked to the ceiling, that customers had ordered.

Note: Like on all G3 & G4 CPU machines with USB, the dreaded "Complete Functionality of USB Devices is not available when starting up from this CD" message is something you have to live with, if you are needing to boot up off the Mac OS Install or Restore CD-ROMs, that ship with these machines. Note: This isn't a type of problem that happened with the Traditional Mac Serial Ports and/or SCSI; So it's certainly not a headache that long-time Macintosh users are used to.

It is confirmed that the DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, and/or DVD/CD-RW drives in APPLE's various models are 1-Zone (generally the Region purchased in only), rather than being 7-Zone (International) compatible. As they do not have the permanent 7-Zone (International) compatibility, then users will not be able to play International DVD-Movies in their G4s, or install International softwares from DVD-ROM Disks on their G4s, etc (just like many "Win-Tel"-type Computers, same problem there with DVD Drives). Detailed information on this issue is of great importance, if you want to do those things with your Personal Computer(s). A 7-Zone (International) DVD Player and a good Television is currently much better than DVD on any Computing Platform. See: for APPLE's stated DVD Region code compatibility information.

Another issue is that APPLE is using a DVD Software solution, rather than a Hardware DVD solution on G4s and on iMacs, with some Video/Audio problems resulting (see: and related Postings on that Page). APPLE could resolve some of these issues, simply by going the DVD Hardware route, and perhaps adapt something like maybe the Wired, Inc. "Wired4DVD" PCI card (see information at:, or build one of their own to either be an Onboard Card, as well as increasing the number of available PCI slots on the G4s to use that type of card in conjuction with the DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, and/or DVD/CD-RW drives, and add a couple PCI Slots to all future iMacs. For some strange reason, APPLE doesn't even use or enable the MPEG decoding of DVD playback on the ATI Cards that some of their current Models ship with.

For those getting the "Wired4DVD" PCI cards, note that "Wired4DVD" allows 5 region changes before it gets locked out. After the fifth change, the card is locked in the last region selected and cannot be changed. Hopefully, someone will make a true permanent 7-Zone (International) compatible solution will someday be made available to those wanting to buy it (witness that permanent 7-Zone compatible DVD Players made for use with televisions are selling quite well).

Note that "Wired4DVD" PCI cards are unfortunately being discontinued, following the Media 100 merger with Digital Origin Inc. (formerly known as "Radius"), after Media 100 acquired Terran Interactive and Wired, Inc.

There is a new URL for DVD-related issues; The Mac DVD Resource at:

Note: The newest G4s (and the newest Powerbooks, iMacs, and/or iBooks) cannot run Mac OS 8.6; Due to the fact that approximately 1/4 of all traditional Mac OS Softwares are "broken" under Mac OS 9, and and even more are broken under the "Classic" Environment of Mac OS X (Client), this issue is of great concern, as many users were hoping to have an updated Mac OS 8.6, Mac OS 9, and Mac OS X all installed on the newest G3 & G4 machines, for the greatest possible software compatibility (and use a System Picker-type program, or a Start-Up Control Panel to choose which to boot from). The amount of older Mac OS software that can be updated to run up to under Mac OS 9.0.4/9.1/9.2.2 has increased recently; However, for those needing to run more than one version of the OS for needed software compatibility (especially in Music-related Fields), note that the Updates may leave the programs unable to run under Mac OS 8.6 or earlier. KEYBOARD Magazine currently strongly recommends against Musicians using Mac OS X at this time, and reports that many Mac OS Music Softwares also will not properly function under Mac OS 9.1 currently, and that most don't work right above Mac OS 8.6 or 9.0.4; KEYBOARD Magazine also reports that none of the sequencers/recorders currently available for Power Macintoshes will run under Mac OS X. There is a huge lack of Native Mac OS X Music Softwares announced (only 19 Mac OS X Music-related Softwares, most of them Utilities, listed at APPLE's Site), especially compared to the number of Music Programs compatible with the Traditional Mac OS 7.5.5 through Mac OS 8.6, as well as Hardware support issues with 9 & X.

APPLE has stated that the only major support difference/issue between the second generation of single Processor "Sawtooth" G4s and the original "Sawtooth" G4s that shipped with the *special* Full Install Build of Mac OS 8.6 for "Sawtooth" G4s, is support for the ATI Rage Pro 128 Graphics Card's VGA and DVI outputs (even though only one output is active at a time). The new Apple Display Connector (ADC) is the only major change (multi-processor Power Macintoshes are not new, and several CPU Upgrade companies have come out with, or are coming out with dual-processor upgrades for the majority of older PCI Power Macintoshes). The only other change previously noted is that the Ethernet controller has moved from the 66MHz PCI bus to the 100MHz system bus in those models (now apparently part of the UMA chipset?).

Another issue is the appearance of new Memory allocation problems under Mac OS 9; For more information see:

The PowerPC G4 and G4-Plus CPUs are the latest result of the Alliance between APPLE, Motorola and IBM, and is the first personal computer microprocessor that can deliver a sustained performance of over one gigaflop (There are modern large Mainframe Supercomputers that are still faster, of course). It has a theoretical peak performance of up to four times that speed.

Detailed information is posted at:

G4 Portable Models (no internal Floppy Drives either)

APPLE Titanium PowerBook; The G4 version of the PowerBook.

The specs are posted at:

APPLE has annouced that they will be moving up to a new model called: "PowerBook G4 (DVI)". Note: The new model also restores an analog audio input jack; A 3.5mm mini stereo input jack for line-level stereo signals, or for a stereo-to-RCA mini adapter (adapter not included). Information on the "PowerBook G4 (DVI)" is posted at:

David F. Bills has a Web Page called "PowerBook DVD Source" that covers various APPLE-related DVD issues for Powerbooks, G3s & G4s issues at:

G3 to G4 CPU Upgrade Issues:

The PowerPC CPU upgrade vendors have stated that the G4 processor upgrades will run in "Blue & White" G3s with the older Version 1.0x ROM Firmware. However, "Blue & White" G3 Users who had Version 1.0x ROM Firmware, that then downloaded and installed the APPLE ROM Update/Fix for a PCI timing bug issue (which updated them to Version 1.1 ROM Firmware), are stating that now they have found that they now could not use G4 CPU upgrades in their "Blue & White" G3s. Hopefully this was not deliberate act by APPLE's Management, (and APPLE should have had Universal Patch to fix this issued). Otherwise APPLE may find itself getting the same kind of Legal problems that Microsoft (via the Civil Actions from Caldera DR-DOS, and from Sun, plus the Federal Department Of Justice's Anti-Trust Legal Actions) and Intel have gotten themselves into. It doesn't matter if APPLE promised or not that the G3 machines would be upgradeable, if any deliberate actions were taken to try to make sure that no third-party Vendor could successfully create a functional G3 to G4 upgrade; Intel learned a similar Legal lesson with changing their CPU Board designs and then withholding information from other vendors.

PowerLogix R&D, Inc. ( has stated that that they have found a way to "get around" APPLE's disabling feature; their software apparently "patch" only works with their own G4 CPU upgrade. Sonnet Technologies has also issued a similar statement.

The previously out-of-business, and now back in business Newer Technology (see: had announced that its first shipping MAXpowr G4 ZIF upgrade worked in the "Blue & White" Power Macintosh G3 systems ( The MAXpowr G4 ZIF processor upgrade was both a hardware and software solution regarding the ROM issues; The MAXpowr G4 installer provides a "fix" to restore the "Blue & White" Power Macintosh G3 ROMs to their original state (defeating the APPLE Block) prior to the MAXpowr G4 upgrade installation - therefore a complete G4 solution. A "Blue & White" Power Macintosh G3 upgraded with the MAXpowr 400 MHz G4 provides slightly faster performance and compatibility than the original lower-end 350MHz Power Macintosh G4s. Newer Technology had posted an update that allowed most of its "MaxPowr" line of CPU upgrade cards to work with Mac OS 9 (the information is also available via mirrors of the original Newer Technology site:

NOTE: It appeared that some of the G4 upgrades for the "Blue & White" Power Macintosh G3 systems might not be able to run later versions of Mac OS 9, because of the Firmware updates from APPLE, according to what the AppleCare article #60643 stated; The Article indicates that if you get a message during installation of Mac OS 9 that says your computer's firmware is out of date, you must install the Firmware update before installing Mac OS 9. This certainly sounds like the G4-block Firmware Update for the "Blue & White" Power Macintosh G3 systems is required to run Mac OS 9, on those models.

However, all CPU upgrade manufacturers have worked to find more functional solutions, and have posted information and software as they figured the issues out.

RE: G3 (aka PowerPC 750) CPU Power Macintoshes

Desktop Models

RE: APPLE "iMac":

The CRT iMac is much like a modern Mac Plus, or Mac SE, or Mac Classic; a lower-end All-In-One machine that is generally good for entry-level users, or Home use, or Small Business use. It's a good machine for those type of users, who simply replace their machine(s) every couple years, instead of upgrading their existing machine(s). However, like the IBM APTIVA, the CPU and the ROM Chip are soldered on, so CPU upgrades for an iMac are not easy, but are now possible for the earlier iMac models, originally via a CPU upgrade from Newer Technology. Also the iMac has no external SCSI Port (so unlike most Macintoshes of the past, you can't create an external Emergency Boot Volume, on a SCSI Drive with your Utility and Repair softwares installed), uses USB Ports (instead of traditional Mac Serial Ports), and you also have to add an external USB Floppy Disk Drive, if you need or want to use Floppy Disks.

APPLE had added 2 "FireWire" Ports to the iMac DV (Digital Video) models (for more detailed information see: for specs). If someone will now manufacture a "FireWire to SCSI II Narrow Adapter", iMac DV users would then be able to use their older SCSI devices with the iMac DV models, and hopefully at better speeds than the current USB to SCSI Adapters.

The other hoped-for features most requested by Mac users in future iMacs were:

a) a 17-Inch or 18-inch built-in Monitor (APPLE would need to make the iMac have two handles to lift this);

b) a full-sized PCI Slot (so that PCI SCSI cards, PCI Expansion Systems and/or more Graphics support could be added).

c) A dedicated AGP 2x (or higher) graphics card slot.

APPLE didn't listen to these requests for regular iMacs.

The new eMac (a CRT "Educational" iMac) does finally provide a 17-Inch CRT built-in Monitor; It originally could only be purchased by students, teachers and schools, but the demand is so high for this product, that APPLE decided to make it available to the general public. The eMac currently uses a base configuration of a 700MHz PowerPC G4 processor on a 100MHz system bus, 128MB of RAM, 40GB Ultra ATA hard disk, two IEEE 1394 FireWire ports, three USB 1.1 ports, built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet, AirPort slot and antennas, built-in microphone and 16-bit stereo speakers, analog audio input, a mini-VGA port as found on the iBook (Dual USB) for display mirroring only, the white models of the Apple Pro Keyboard and Apple Pro Mouse, World Book for Mac OS X, PCalc, and FAXstf software. Different models provide a CD-ROM drive and no modem, or the Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive and the 56K V.90 internal modem. There is no internal SuperDrive DVD option currently offered, so any DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, or DVD SuperDrive must be added externally (with no PCI Slots, FireWire would be the only way to get decent speed). Differing base RAM configurations are provided with different models.,72

However, don't ignore the higher-end users, who generally aren't using iMacs or eMacs. There are many Musicians, Sound Engineers, Publishers, Graphics Artists, and others, who are using the older 604 & 604e (from the 7600/132 MHz, up to the 8600/300 MHz & 9600/350 MHz) CPU machines, and are adding G3s (and now G4s) along the way.

RE: APPLE "Blue & White" G3 Desktop Models
(which have now been phased out; The G3 Server Models were needed for quite some time, due to a bug in the Mac OS X Server Software that prevented it from running on G4s.

The only real grumbles are that:

1) Just like in the current "Graphite" & "QuickSilver" G4 CPU series of machines, there was not an 8 PCI Slot "Blue & White" G3 Machine available, for the really high-end users (that would be 6 available slots, after the VRAM/Graphics, and SCSI PCI cards), so people who need extra slots have to get external PCI Slot Expansion Systems from Magma (, or from SBS Technologies, Inc. (

2) We still really do need external SCSI and USB (and hopefully "FireWire", in the Future) Floppy Drives, that are compatible with Mac OS 6.0.8 through Mac OS X, and that can also read 400 and 800 KB Mac OS Floppy Disks, primarily for Software Installation of older Mac OS Programs (Unlike many DOS and/or Windows programs of the same generations, many older Mac OS Programs work just fine, at least up to Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 8.6, and many do run under 9.0.4 & 9.1, IF you can figure out a way to mount the Disk Images and install from them...). APPLE should note that Power Macintosh users often get the freeware "VirtualMac" (aka "vMac") Emulator ( and transfer their Mac PLUS's ROM image, so that they can continue to use certain old beloved 68000-compatible programs, all in one machine.

3) Unlike the older "Beige" G3 models with the 66 MHz Internal System Bus Speed (which also do have the built-in APPLE "SuperDrive" Floppy Disk Drives), the "Blue & White" G3 (and also the newer "Graphite" and "QuickSilver" G4) models don't appear to be able to run Mac OS 8.1. Many businesses and users really want to be able to partition their Hard Disks and install Mac OS 8.1, Mac OS 8.6. or Mac OS 9, and Mac OS X, and choose which one to start up from when they turn on their machines. APPLE should pay attention to this issue; Note that on the "Win-Tel" Side, it is common to see machines in businesses with their Hard Disks partitioned and set up with: IBM PC-DOS 7, MS Windows for Workgroups 3.11/MS-DOS 6.22, MS Windows 95, MS Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 all installed (so that they can run all their various Programs as needed), and they choose which OS to boot from, via a Startup Manager-type program.

4) Actual G3 models do not appear to be able to sustain the contents of a RAM Disk during reboots, thus rendering a bootable RAM Disk useless (no reports on if G4s are different in this regard, but it is quite likely that the same problem exists with G4s).

Otherwise, the 450 MHz "Blue & White" G3 Mini-Towers, with Ultra-Wide SCSI II via Adaptec's "Adaptec 2940U2W" PCI Cards ( & are the most popular among the high-end G3 machines. Note that the "Blue & White" G3s have a 100 MHz Internal System Bus Speed, 1 PCI Graphics Card Slot filled with an custom ATI RAGE 128 PRO Graphics Card with 16 MB of VRAM; the ATI RAGE ORION card
is the most similar to the custom PCI graphics card in the G3s; see ATI's Site for more information: &, 3 PCI Slots for other uses (2 available if you go for the Ultra-Wide SCSI), built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, 1 ADB Port (thank goodness), 2 "FireWire" Ports, & 2 USB Ports (and like the iMac, no internal Floppy Drive). Optional Zip Drive. An internal DVD-ROM Drive is available upon customer request; Note that no information (just like on other Platforms) appears to be available as to if the DVD-ROM Drives have the 7-Zone International compatibility or not.

Portable Models (no internal Floppy Drives either)

APPLE PowerBook G3 models

There were two versions of the APPLE PowerBook G3 models (nicknamed "Lombard" in the Industy; APPLE came out with a newer model nicknamed "Pismo", that runs at 500 MHz).

Both models use a 14.1 inch active-matrix display. Both have two USB Ports, a hot-swapable expansion bay, and a Peripheral Connection (aka PC) Card Slot to let users connect to storage, video and "FireWire" Peripherals. A 10 GIG IDE internal Hard Disk option was available as custom configuration.

PowerBook G3 Accessories listed at APPLE's Site include:

a) APPLE HDI-30 SCSI Disk Adapter for SCSI disk mode (Part Number: M2539LL/A),
b) APPLE SCSI Peripheral Interface Cable for SCSI-to-SCSI connection (Part Number: M0207),
c) APPLE HDI-30 SCSI System Cable for PowerBook-to-SCSI connection (Part Number: M2538LL/A).

The 333 MHz G3 CPU model comes with: a 512 KB Level 2 Cache/133 MHz "Backside" Bus Speed, 64 MB of RAM (SDRAM)/384 MB maximum & 8 MB VRAM (SDRAM), and ATI RAGE LT PRO video controller, a 4 GB internal IDE Hard Disk, a 20X internal CD-ROM Drive, built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, and an internal 56K bps modem.

The 400 MHz G3 CPU model comes with: a 1MB Level 2 Cache/160 MHz "Backside" Bus Speed, 64 MB of RAM (SDRAM) & 8 MB VRAM (SDRAM), and ATI RAGE LT PRO video controller, a 6 GB internal IDE Hard Disk, a 2X internal DVD-ROM Drive, Built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, and an internal 56K bps modem.

Note: Newer Technology sold it's popular Powerbook "BookEndz" Docking Station to Pilot Technologies, Inc. (

RE: APPLE "iBook":

Note: A new version of the iBook is shipping from APPLE, the iBook "600" (14-Inch); The specs are at:

Note: Like the other new APPLE machines, there is NO built-in Audio In (very unusual for any Power Macintosh personal computer in the past). Griffin Technology (, known as the makers of the popular "NE Mic" microphone/line input adaptor for standard Macintoshes, has come out with the USB "iMic" microphone/line input adaptor to meet that need. You can also add USB Video-Output with the AVerMedia "USBPresenter" (

"FireWire" ( aka "i.LINK" aka "IEEE 1394":

With the advent of the "Blue & White" G3, and the new G4 Personal Computers, APPLE's "FireWire" Interface appears to be growing in popularity in the Visual markets, the Desktop Publishing markets, and the Music markets.

a) VST Technologies Incorporated ( is marketing external "FireWire" Hard Drives ranging from 2 GB to 14 GB in capacity.

b) Digital Origin ( )
( offers the "1394 Interface PCI Card" (aka Radius 1394 PCI Card), for use with Digital Origin DV Softwares.

c) Add "FireWire" to older PCI Power Macintoshes, via the Orange Micro, Inc. "HotLink FireWire PCI Board" ( &;

d) or the Evergreen Technologies, Inc.'s "fireLINE" PCI Card (

e) Add both "FireWire" and USB to older PCI Power Macintoshes, via the Orange Micro, Inc. "OrangeLink FireWire/USB Board" (;

f) or via the Evergreen Technologies, Inc.'s "Evergreen fireLINE ComboCard" ( NOTE: Both the Orange Micro & Evergreen PCI Cards require Mac OS 8.6 or higher to function currently (It would be really nice if either or both Companies also added functionality under the Mac OS 8.1 Build {for PCI Power Macintoshes} and up).

g) Add Digital Video capture to PCI Power Macintoshes via the Sony DVBK-2000, DV Still-Image Capture Board (PCI Card) (

h) An external "FireWire" Hub is available: the MacWorks "RocketFire" 6-Port FireWire Hub (

i) BellStor Storage Solutions; A subsidiary of Bell Microproducts Inc. ( is putting out the BellStor Endeavor Plus External 4x4x16 CD-RW FireWire Drive:

j) LACIE ( is adding FireWire Hard Drives to their current range of Drives (SCSI, USB, etc.): &

l) Some of the "FireWire"-compatible Digital Cameras and Camcorders available are:

Canon Elura Mini DV Camcorder

Canon Optura Mini DV Camcorder

Canon Vistura Mini DV Camcorder

Canon XL1 Mini DV Camcorder

Canon ZR Mini DV Camcorder

JVC GR-DLS1U Mini DV Camcorder

Kodak Professional DCS 315 Digital Camera (

Kodak Professional DCS 520 Digital Camera (

Kodak Professional DCS 560 Digital Camera (

Kodak Professional DCS 620 Digital Camera (

Panasonic PV-DV910 Mini DV Camcorder

Phase One LightPhase digital camera back

Sony DCR-PC10 DV Camcorder (

Sony DCR-TRV900 DV Camcorder

Sony DCR-PC1 DV Camcorder

Sony GV-D900 Video Walkman

"FireWire"-compatible Digital VCR:

Panasonic PV-HD1000 D-VHS Digital VCR

"FireWire"-compatible external Computer Speakers:

SoftAcoustic Speakers - Connects via FireWire ports on G3s, G4s, iMac DVs, or on older PCI Power Macintoshes or Windows PCs that have a PCI Card adding FireWire Ports.

NOTE: Mactell Corporation ( has gone out of business, due to old debts from several years back; Therefore, the MacTell "FireWire DAT" and "Fire CD-RD" external Drives are no longer available, (as well as their PCI Graphics Cards based on 3dfx's Voodoo chipset, and their PowerPC CPU Upgrades).

USB Products

Note: When buying an iMac, a "Graphite" or "QuickSilver" G4, a "Blue & White" G3, "Lombard" PowerBook G3, "Titanium" G4 PowerBook, or an iBook, I strongly recommend that you also get a USB Hub; Companies like ADS, Asante, Belkin, BellStor, CompuCable, Freecom, Entrega Technologies, Interex, Macally, and a number of other Companies manufacture USB Hubs, that are also marketed through the Mail Order Companies listed in the "In conclusion: Vendor Information" Section, at the end of this Article.

As there are so many USB 1.x-compatible products currently coming out that it's hard to keep track, I will mention just a few:

1) While there were complaints about the original version, the final version of the Imation ( SuperDisk USB 2x External Floppy Drive ( currently appears to be the most popular of the external USB Floppy Drives; The SuperDisk drive supports Mac OS 1.4 Floppy Disks, RLL encoding for only the SuperDisk media, and MFM encoding for 1.44 and 720 (IBM format) media. It can also read 1.68 MB DMF or "Distribution Media Format" floppy disks (Microsoft uses DMF 2048 for the floppy versions of some of their softwares), and both 1.2 MB (3 1/2 inch) Japanese formats. Imation has stated that they have worked on resolving some of the previous issues complained about, including the problems with Multi-Floppy installs. Imation may discontinue the SuperDisk Drive; See:

There are two SuperDisk limitations that prospective buyers should be aware of:

a) Since the entire Computer Industry (all Platforms) has not been willing to establish a Standard, currently not all types of Personal Computer on any Platform can boot off of any external USB Peripheral (except on the newer machines from APPLE);

b) Since the The SuperDisk drive does not have a Floppy Disk Controller built into the drive (Imation says that it uses an IDE/ATAPI drive with a USB interface adapter connected to it), it cannot read the old Mac OS 400 and 800 KB Floppy Format. Imation states that the old Mac OS 400 and 800 KB Floppy Disks use what is called GCR data encoding (Group Code Recording; a particular code of the RLL or "Run Length Limited" data encoding method often used on data cartridge drives. The code combines high data density with relative ease of decoding). So, GCR encodes the data so 4 bits of data become 5 bits on the disk. Imation also stated that this was: "Less efficient than MFM (aka "Modified Frequency Modulation") data encoding, but GCR had much more decode margin..." (Some experts would disagree that MFM is more efficient than GCR). In addition, the old Mac OS 400 and 800 KB Floppy Format  is recorded on the disk in four zones, and these zones sometimes required the disk to be spun at different speeds to compensate for frequency differences. The old APPLE internal "SuperDrive" Floppy Disk Drives had a modified Floppy Disk Controller that varied the motor speed to stuff more data onto the disks.

ADVICE: Keep your older machines; If your model(s) support it, run Mac OS 7.1 with Update 3, for mounting 400 KB Mac Floppy Disks. Run Mac OS 7.5.5, or 7.6.1 on them, if you have problems mounting older 800 KB Floppy Disks under Mac OS 8, 9, or X. With the older machiness' APPLE "SuperDrive" Floppy Disk Drives around, you can also tranfer files via Ethernet, or on to an Iomega Zip Disk, etc., if you own lots of older programs that have to be installed off 400 and 800 KB Floppy Disks (besides, if they are Power Macintoshes, most of them can be good Servers using MkLinux or LinuxPPC, if you desire). While I understand the desire to eventually cease using Floppy Drives, is a pity that APPLE didn't choose to make the APPLE "SuperDrive" Floppy Disk Drives available as an customer option in the form of external USB and SCSI models, so that the phase-out of Floppy Drives was a gradual thing, rather than a sudden jolt.

Many people also now use SCSI and/or USB Iomega Zip Drives and Iomega Jaz Drives (, instead of Floppy Drives for backups. Be forewarned that there have been some complaints posted Online about Iomega. Iomega Corporation itself has posted information about proposed Settlements to Legal Actions at:

2) Compucable ( has entered the market with iMac-related products like the "iDoc", which combines a USB Hub with 3 USB Ports, 2 traditional Mac Serial Ports, and 1 Parallel Port in a Swivel Base that holds an iMac. Compucable has now put out an "iDoc II" that will has 4 USB Ports, a 1.4 MB Floppy Drive, 2 traditional Mac Serial Ports, and 1 traditional ADB Port. They also make a number of various USB Devices like USB Hubs, USB to Serial Port adapters, USB to ADB adapters, and a two-button Mouse. They now also make a "GDock" USB Hub for G4s; Note that most of their newest models require Mac OS 9 (it is unfortunate that they are not also all Mac OS 8.6 compatible).

3) The previously out-of-business Newer Technology, Incorporated ( had put out:

a) The "uDrive" external USB Floppy Drive, which reads 1.4 MB Mac OS Floppy Disks, and 1.44 and 720 (IBM format) Floppy Disks;

b) The "uHub", which is a 7 Port USB Hub;

c) Newer Technology had discontinued its "uSCSI" adapter and directed customers to Microtech International ( for USB to SCSI adapters.

4) Teac America ( Data Storage Products Division has put out "Teac FD05PU, USB Interface Floppy Disk Drive" which reads 1.4 MB Mac OS Floppy Disks.

5) Winstation ( has put out both SCSI II (micro 50 pin connection), and USB versions of a SuperDisk External Floppy Drive. They only read and write the 1.4 MB Disks and the new 120 MB Disks. The SCSI models work with any Macintosh which is running with Mac OS 7.1 or higher. Winstation states that the drives come with software for both Mac OS and Windows OS (no UNIX?), so that their product can be used on either of those Platforms.

IBM/MOTOROLA-based "PowerPC 750" (which have come down over $1,000 in price from last year) and "PowerPC 7400" RISC CPU Upgrades:

a) The previously out-of-business Newer Technology Incorporated ( had manufactored a range of G3 & G4 RISC CPU Upgrades for older, and current Power Macintoshes (except for the new G4 "Sawtooth" Motherboard machines). Depending on the upgrade type, CPU Speeds started at 240 MHz and went up to 500 MHz.

Newer's upgrades for pre-G3 and pre-G4 machines also added needed additional code to the Open Firmware dealing with speculative processing, via an onboard ROM chip, so that the added information can't be accidentally deleted when Zapping the PRAM. Unfortunately, no one else offered or offers this built into their upgrades.

Newer stated that Upgrades were available for the following Series of APPLE Models (Some of the Power Computing, Radius & Umax Mac OS-Compatible"Clones" Models were also covered):

Power Mac 6100; Performa 61xx; Power Mac 7100; Power Mac 8100; Power Mac 7300; Power Mac 7500; Power Mac 4400; Power Mac 5400; Power Mac 5500; Power Mac 6400; Power Mac 6500; Performa 5400; Performa 5410; Performa 5420; Performa 5430; Performa 5440; Performa 6360; Performa 6400; Performa 6410; Performa 6420; Power Mac 7600; Power Mac 8500; Power Mac 8600; Power Mac 9500; Power Mac 9600; Power Mac G3/233; Power Mac G3/266; Power Mac G3/300, all "Blue & White" G3 Mini-Towers, earlier versions of the iMac, and for the "YIKES" Motherboard G4s (no upgrades for "Sawtooth" G4s).

Newer had announced new MAXpowr G4 upgrades for some of the upgradeable Power Macintosh models, including the APPLE Power Mac 7500, Power Mac 7600, Power Mac 7300, Power Mac 8500, Power Mac 9500, and Power Mac 9600 series.

Note that Newer Technology's software (MAXpowr version 2.0.5 by Ben Mickaelian; Copyright 1997-2000 Newer Technology, Inc.) for their upgrades only officially supports Mac OS 7.5.3 through Mac OS 9.0.4. The Sonnet Technologies"PCI X Install 1.1.2" update for Mac OS X 10.1 compatibility
(, is an Open Firmware modification; It does not appear to include any update for the MAXpowr Control Panel and Extention for direct Mac OS 9.1 support. So whether you can boot directly under Mac OS 9.1 and have the full enabling of the Newer Technology CPU upgrades is not known. Sonnet "PCI X Install" does not current support Mac OS 9.2.x for Mac OS X's "Classic" Emulation Environment, or in any other way. However, you must have Mac OS 9.1 already installed on a different hard disk or partition than you plan to install Mac OS X 10.1 on. The hard disk or partition that you install Mac OS X 10.1 on must also be smaller than 8 GB (this limitaion does not appear to apply to the other hard disk or partition you have installed Mac OS 9.1 on). If you have the North American version of Mac OS 9.1, you must update (it can be downloaded from APPLE's Site) your Startup Disk Control Panel to the North American English Version 9.2.1, before installing "PCI X Install 1.1.2". The update is ONLY for Mac OS X 10.1 compatibility for Newer Technology CPU upgrades installed on the following machines (that originally shipped with 604 or 604e CPUs):

Power Macintosh 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600
Workgroup Server 7350, 8550, 9650
DayStar Genesis and Millennium Series
MacTell XB-Pro
Power Computing PowerTower Pro and PowerWave
UMAX J700, S900

TechnoWarehouse, LLC (, and Other World Computing ( have been selling the Newer Technology products.

With Newer Technology re-opening, it will be interesting to see what they come out with:

Will they continue their previous practice of providing the needed additional code to the Open Firmware dealing with speculative processing, via an onboard ROM chip, so that the added information can't be accidentally deleted when Zapping the PRAM?

Will they come out with faster G4 upgrades for at least the PCI Power Macintosh 7300, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8515, 8600, 9500, 9515, 9600 series of machines, that supports Mac OS 7.5.3 through Mac OS 9.1, and maybe also a patch that enables support for Mac OS 9.2.x and Mac OS X?

b) XLR8 by Interex ( and Sonnet Technologies ( are strong competitors for the upgrade Market. XLR8 has come out with the very popular XLR8 CarrierZIF "Upgradeable Upgrade" Card, which lets users use new ZIF Socket G3 or G4 CPUs in their 7500 through 9600 series of machines, and supports Mac OS 7.6.1 through Mac OS 9 currently. PowerLogix R&D, Inc. ( is also making strong inroads into the CPU upgrade market.


SCSI still retrieves, stores and transfers information faster than any other I/O (Input/Output) technology. SCSI offers around two and a half times the raw performance of IDE. SCSI is also multi-threaded; This means that it can execute multiple commands at the same time, while IDE can only execute one command at a time. SCSI provides connectivity for internal and external devices while IDE currently only supports internal devices. You can generally boot up from higher-end SCSI Drives, which you still can't do from "FireWire" Drives, or most USB Drives. In the Music & Sound Engineering Fields alone, SCSI is far more preferable to EIDE drives, even with the seven SCSI Devices per chain limitation (EIDE Drives are often limited to two devices per chain).

Since SCSI is now currently comes only on the APPLE G4 machines (via Adaptec Ultra2 SCSI PCI Cards, ATTO Technology, Inc. "ExpressPCI UL2D" Ultra2 SCSI LVD PCI Cards), or Ultra160 SCSI (via PCI cards) on Server models, or IF requested by the Customer when ordering, with Ultra ATA-33 EIDE Drives on most lower-end and mid-range models, the Orange Micro ( "Grappler" SCSI PCI Cards (available in Fast Narrow, Ultra, and Ultra-Wide versions) are a good low-cost alternative to continuing to use your SCSI Peripherals, especially if you've moved up and not kept your older Machine(s).

Adaptec ( and Formac Electronic, Inc. ( are among other good SCSI card providers (but more expensive). Adaptec now also offers Ultra3 SCSI PCI Cards (via a new Standard called Ultra160 SCSI); and now APPLE will start offering Ultra3 SCSI, as a Customer-requested option.

Note: Professional Musicians and Sound Recording Engineers strongly recommend that you get and use Computers with high quality SCSI Hard Drives, not ATA EIDE Hard Drives, due to the several seconds lag in the ATA EIDE Hard Drives, which can cause great headaches while recording and mixing in particular

You can add what is called "Thin SCSI" to only the first two versions of the iMac (the 233 Mhz A & B "Bondi Blue" iMacs) via the "Mezzanine Slot on those iMac models' Motherboard. Formac (, which is the German company that designed the Vision 3D Pro graphics cards sold in the United States by Mactell, has two products for those iMac models:

Formac "iProRaid" SCSI Card
Product Features:

Bus Master Card with Direct Memory Access (DMA)
SCSI-1, SCSI-2 and SCSI-3, Fast, Wide and Ultra
Inputs for 8 and 16 Bit SCSI-Devices
No Jumper
SCSI Manager 4.3 compatible
HD connection, CD-ROM, DAT, Scanner, and Removable Drives
Manager 7.0 with Raid Level 0 +1

Note: A review of the Formac "iProRaid" SCSI Card can be found at:


Formac "iProRaidTV"
Recommended Add-On: Formac SCSI ULTRA HD68-C50 3' Cable for I/PRORAID

Formac strongly suggests that customers have a qualified technician install these products, rather than trying to put them in themselves. Be forwarned that APPLE states that customers may void their One Year iMac warranty if they use these products.

Formac Online Store:

ClubMac (1-800-258-2622 or and MacMall (1-800-328-2790 or currently offer sales of Formac products. Because these products have to be shipped from Germany, it is my understanding that can take a while to get them.

Other Formac info:

British Contact (German Web Site and Email Contact Address are in German, of course):
To buy Formac products outside of the U.S.A. Contact:
Other information is at: &

Traditional Mac Serial Ports:

a) Musicians can now add backwards-compatibility for older MIDI devices in the "Blue & White" G3s, the 233 through 333 MHz versions of the iMacs, and in the G4s, with the ( & new versions of the "STEALTH Serial Port", which you have installed instead of the APPLE internal 56k internal Modem, in the internal modem slot in aforementioned computers. Thus far, this hardware product appears to have complete backwards-compatibility for all Mac OS Serial Port devices.

b) Griffin Technology ( has come out with the "gPort" Universal Serial Adapter for "Blue & White" G3s, which also installs in the internal modem slot.

c) Keyspan (, makes PCI Cards for adding Serial Ports to G3s, or additional Serial Ports (as well as PCI Cards for adding USB Ports) to older PCI Power Macintoshes; Note that these cards currently do not always support all devices, or AppleTalk (LocalTalk), and users are advised to research carefully before purchasing. Keyspan also makes the "Keyspan USB Twin Serial Adapter" for use with Plugs into a USB port on an iMac, iBook, "Blue & White" G3s, PowerMac, or "Lombard" PowerBook G3.

Audio In Options:

Griffin Technology ( has come out with the "NE Mic Audio Adapter" (aka Universal Macintosh Audio Adapter). Instead of being limited to only APPLE's "PlainTalk" Microphones, this inexpensive adaptor allows you to connect and use any unpowered microphone to your APPLE Macintosh, Power Macintosh, or Power Macintosh clone computer, and it is compatible with the "Blue & White" G3 and iMac models (no word on G4 compatibility as of yet...). It's small size and universal applications make this a very useful Macintosh accessory, especially for Musicians and/or Sound Engineers). This adapter works by amplifying the Mic Level signals that are outputted by all unpowered microphones and converting them to Line Level signals used by these computers.

PowerBook G3 add-on:

Newer Technology, Incorporated had put out the "BookEndz Docking Station" for the 1999 "Lombard" PowerBook G3s.


APPLE has limited choice of their external Monitors to only flat-panel LCD displays:

A 15-inch flat-panel LCD Apple "Studio Display" (active matrix 15.1-inch viewable image size Liquid Crystal Display)

A 22-inch flat-panel LCD Apple "Cinema Display" (22-inch viewable image size Liquid Crystal Display {aka LCD} flat panel with the same viewing area of a 24-inch flat CRT display, and features a letterbox format; )

Besides APPLE's previous 17-inch (16-inch viewable image size) and popular 21-inch (19.8-inch viewable image size) CRT "Apple Studio Displays", (and be forewarned that no one has tested or verified if they work with other Computers than the "Blue & White" G3s & "Graphite" G4s, and "QuickSilver" G4s):

The Sony "GDM-G520" 21-Inch Monitor
the Sony "GDM-F500" 21-Inch Monitor
and the Sony "GDM-F520" 21-Inch CRT Monitor with USB
are currently the highest rated CRT 21-Inch Displays,
followed by the Mitsubishi "Diamond Pro 91TXM" 21-Inch Monitor
The Mitsubishi "Diamond Pro 900u"
with an 18-inch viewable image size, is the big favorite among the newer 19-Inch Displays.
The 17-inch Iiyama "Vision Master Pro 410"
is currently one of the highest-rated 17-Inch Displays.

(The Radius 19-inch Displays haven't been rated yet, that I know of...).

There is an Article stating that APPLE is dropping all CRT Displays at:

As noted before, LCD is still a new technology, and still has unresolved resolution and color display problems, besides being more expensive, so dropping CRT Monitors may not be to the graphics professionals who are Mac OS users' advantage.

There are a host of other Monitors available, including from the following companies:

EIZO Nanao Technologies

MGC Technologies

NEC Technologies





Philips Electronics ("Brilliance" Monitors)

Radius Displays, now owned and marketed by Miro Displays, a subsidiary of KDS-AMERICA DAISHINKU (

Samsung Electronics


Scanners (many are not yet supported under Mac OS X...):





Nikon Electronic Imaging


Visioneer, a subsidiary of Primax Electronics Ltd.


and several others are competing in the various Macintosh Scanner Markets.


Laser Printers

Besides APPLE's traditional "LaserWriter 8500" (which some expect to be discontinued), the gray-scale Markets appear to be a contest between the well respected GCC Technologies (, who are now also entering the USB Market, and XANTE Corporation (

In the color Markets, Epson (, and Hewlett-Packard (, are the best known, but QMS (, Brother Industries, Ltd. (,Newgen Imaging Systems, a subsidiary of Imaging Technologies Corporation (, and Tektronix, Inc. ( are also competing in the Printer Markets.

Ink Jet Printers

Epson dominates this field, but it appears that Hewlett-Packard and several other companies are putting much more effort into regaining ground. Cannon Computers Systems, Inc., is clearly working hard to compete as well.


External Modems:

U.S. Robotics, now a subsidiary of 3Com ( has put out the "Courier V.Everything Corporate Modem", which is the highest rated Serial Port Modem currently available, but it is expensive. Note that it doesn't ship with a Serial Cable for any of the Platforms it supports. It is hoped that a USB version of this Modem is also forthcoming.

Diamond Supra ( has put out the "SupraExpress 56E v.90 Modem" and the "SupraExpress 56K USB Modem".

Global Village, a subsidiary of Boca Research ( has put out the "TelePort 56K v.90 External Modem" and the "TelePort USB 56K Modem"

Best Data ( has put out the "Smart One 56K external data/fax modem for Mac w/speakerphone (Model #56SPSMAC)" and the "Smart One 56K USB external data/fax modem for Mac (Model #56USB-MAC)"; apparently their USB Speakerphone version is upcoming...

Zoom Telephonics ( has put out the "ZOOM FaxModem 56K Dualmode" (although, be forewarned the word is that it also doesn't come with a cable to connect to your computer, so that you have to go buy a cable), and the "Zoom/FaxModem 56K USB (Model 2986)".

Internal Modems (for "Blue & White" G3s & G4s. other than APPLE's):

Global Village, a subsidiary of Boca Research has put out the "TelePort Internal 56K".

Mouse and Keyboard Issues

Until recently, APPLE Computer's ( provided "compact" Keyboard and "Puck" Mouse were NOT what folks were used to (and there had been reports of Quality Control issues) as:

We all had gotten used to the old full-sized ADB (APPLE Desktop Bus) APPLE Extended Keyboard II. Most of us had replaced the APPLE one-button Mouse with the various programable two or three-button Mouses or Trackballs from the Kensington Technology Group (, or two-button Mouses from Macally Peripherals (, or the three-button Mouses from MicroSpeed Incorporated (

APPLE listened, and just put out a new USB Keyboard & USB optical Mouse (the disliked "Puck" Mouse is gone, and this One-Button Mouse has no MouseBall to ever clean); To add the well-loved, but missing from the new Keyboards, Start-up Button, get the "onCue, USB Start-Up Key for APPLE Pro Keyboard"

Unfortunately, APPLE states that these both the New Keyboard & Mouse require Mac OS 9.x (but perhaps they will also work under Mac OS 8.6, if you can unlock the needed Extensions from newer Install disks?). URLs with Images are at:

Several companies (including some of the above-mentioned) are now putting out new Keyboards and Mouses to meet the needs of Power Macintosh users;

Among the many new Mouses just coming out, the Kensington Technology Group's Kensington "M-i-a-B USB Mac" (one-button Mouse), and Kensington USB "Mouse-in-a-Box Scroll" for USB/PS2 (two-button with scroll wheel), Group "Contour Design" USB "UniMouse", and the Macally Peripherals USB "iMousePro" appear to be quite popular for use with "Blues & White" G3s, "Graphite" G4s, and iMacs.

SMPTE and MIDI Devices for Macintosh:

SMPTE is a time code synchronization protocol; the name "SMPTE" (pronounced"Simp-tee") is an acronym for the "Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers". SMPTE is primarily used to synchronize computers and other devices for video and/or audio sound-track editing in the Television and Motion Picture Industry. A number of Macintosh-compatible SMPTE and/or MIDI devices are made by:

Mark Of The Unicorn (aka MOTU)

and are also marketed through:

Sweetwater Sound, Inc.

PART TWO: Software-related

Operating Systems and which machines (including pre-PowerPC CISC CPU Macintoshes) run which version(s):

Note: If you don't know what kind of CPU is inside your CISC CPU Macintosh(s), and/or your RISC CPU Power Macintosh(s), get the Freeware Utility "TechTool 1.2.1" by Bob Sanders, Tristan Harris & Jeff Baudin. It works on any machine running Mac OS 7.0 (aka "Blue") through 9.0.4 US and 9.0 International). Or the newer "TechTool Lite 3.0.2" which works on any machine running Mac OS 8.0 through 9.2.2 US & International. This wonderful little Program can tell you what CPU you have, as well as other very useful information, and were written by MicroMat Computer Systems, Inc.

Mac OS 1 through Mac OS 7.5.5 (aka "Son of Buster") had previously had their status changed to Freeware, by APPLE. Several Web Sites, and several Hotline Servers posted them on the Web, and some Macintosh Publications then included them on the various CD-ROMs they ship with their publications. However, since the return of Steve Jobs as APPLE's CEO, APPLE began threatening any Site that had posted the old OSes, and APPLE has now limited the availibility to Mac OS 6.0.8, 7.0, and the 7.5.3/7.5.5 Update.

Why APPLE wants to make it so hard for owners of old CISC CPU Macintoshes, and/or the original Power Macintoshes, to get copies of the OSes that their machines shipped with, when their Floppy Disks and/or CD-ROMs have become damaged, or those who have bought second-hand those machines, can only be based on trying to force everyone to get new machines, and/or certain well-known attitudes of Steve Jobs.

Mac OS 6.0.8 (aka "Terminator") is best for the old MOTOROLA 68000 CISC CPUs for speed, from the Mac PLUS (aka "Mr. T") on up (the original CISC CPU Macintoshes can't run aything above Mac OS 3.3/Finder 5.4). You can run Mac OS 7.5.5, if you have enough RAM, but be advised that it won't be as fast as Mac OS 6.0.8. There is a Mac OS 6 Resource Page called "Welcome to the System 6 Heaven" at: This Site should also be of use for things to use with the "VirtualMac" (aka "vMac") Emulator.

Mac OS 7.5.5 is best for the old MOTOROLA 68020 CISC CPUs, if you have enough RAM.

Mac OS 7.6.1 (aka "Ides of Buster') is the highest version the old MOTOROLA 68030 CISC CPUs can run. Mac OS 7.6 (aka "Harmony") and/or Mac OS 7.6.1 are still available from some vendors; If you get Mac OS 7.6, make sure to download the Mac OS 7.6.1 Update from:, before you install Mac OS 7.6, and after you install Mac OS 7.6, immediately install the Update to fix a couple bugs.

APPLE Mac OS 8.1 (aka "Bride of Buster") is the highest version the old MOTOROLA 68040 CISC CPUs can run, and can still be gotten from APPLE and several other vendors.

APPLE Mac OS 8.5.1 update (aka "Allegro Update" or "The Ric Ford Release"), is available from APPLE and some other vendors.

Mac OS 8.6 (aka "Veronica") is the next step up from Mac OS 8.5.1; Very strangely, APPLE now refuses to sell, and/or allow other vendors like Sun Remarketing ( to sell or install the full release, of the *Special* 8.6 Build for "Sawtooth" G4s (with the ROM in Software Install the "Sawtooth" Motherboard needs to run) aka Mac OS 8.6 for PowerMacintosh G4, iBook, and iMac (Slot-loading) computers. Only the Update file to update Mac OS 8.5.x to Mac OS 8.6 is now available from APPLE via download, or on CD-ROM (to the great dismay of many users).

You can get information on Mac OS 8.6 from:

Information on repairing the "Mac OS 8.6 Corrupt FOND Bug" can be found at:

Mac OS 9 (aka "Sonata ") was released in October of 1999 from APPLE, and is available through APPLE and other vendors.

Note: Be forewarned that quite a number of current versions of very popular Mac OS Softwares, are not yet compatible with Mac OS 9.x, so be careful when you install (and back everything up first)!

APPLE sources have stated that Adobe, as well as other Mac OS software developers, have been relying on access to the Mac OS's "File Control Block" (aka FCB) system method for tracking all open files. APPLE had warned developers that APPLE was going to change the structure of the FCB, and had even created "Mac OS System Error 119" to flag incursions, so as to prevent System damage.

You can get more detailed information on Mac OS 9 through 9.1 compatibility issues (a host of new bugs with OS 9.1) at: &

StimpSoft, Inc. ( has posted some useful Utilities for dealing with the Mac OS 9.0/9.0.4 bug where the Mac OS 9 Finder fails to "clean out" any leftover files in the invisible "Temporary Items" Folder (Dennis Sellers calls this: "Case of the diminishing hard disk space"), similar in what they do to the "Eradicator" Utility Program from Scott Crick & SearchWare Solutions (; NOT to be confused with "Eradicator 1.0.3" by Uptown Solutions Ltd., which is one of the first Anti-Virus Programs for dealing with the Autostart Worm.


Note: Do NOT use the "Software Update Control Panel" to update your Mac OS 9 Software, large numbers of Mac OS Users are reporting severe problems (postings on these issues at MacCentral & MacFixIt); Use the direct Download URL. Caution: Install the Update(s) with Extensions OFF.

Mac OS 9.0.4 Update direct Download URL:

Mac OS 9.0.4 is an update to Mac OS 9 for all APPLE Power Macintosh computers. It should provide additional FireWire and USB support, enhance networking and power management, and improve audio, video, and graphics functionality.

IMPORTANT: Before installing Mac OS 9.0.4 on an iMac DV (Slot Loading), Power Macintosh G4, or PowerBook (FireWire) computers, it will be necessary to download "Apple DVD Player 2.2" (ONLY for use with Mac OS 9.04 & iMac DV, G4, PowerBook {FireWire version}:

Apple DVD Player 2.2 direct Download URL:

Note: A previously installed version of Apple DVD Player 2.x MUST be also downloaded and installed first, before installing Mac OS 9.0.4 Update and then Apple DVD Player 2.2:

QuickTime 4.1 or higher must be also downloaded and installed first:

Note that the "Sound Manager" Extension that installs from QuickTime 4.1.2 is newer than the one that installs with Mac OS Update 9.0.4, and should be kept.

OS 9 can reportedly be made to boot up faster:

a) Hold down option and command and go into the memory control panel. Deselect "Startup Memory Tests". This should let the machine boot much faster, especially if you have a lot of RAM, at the expense of skipping RAM checking on startup. As long as your RAM is of good quality this shouldn't cause problems.

b) Make sure you have your startup disc selected in the Startup Disk control panel. It won't have to search for one.

c) The startup hang can sometimes be eliminated by selecting Remote Only in the AppleTalk control panel.


Mac OS 9.1 is an update to Mac OS 9 for all APPLE Power Macintosh computers, It adds additional support for Multiple Users and iTools services, and Sherlock 2 has a new channel, "Entertainment". It is available as a Full-Install CD-ROM, or as a downloadable update file (a self-mounting Disk Copy compressed image of 70 MB). If you use a Language Kit, the Full-Install CD-ROM is required to upgrade your language kit at the same time as you are upgrading to Mac OS 9.1. Mac OS 9.1 is not compatible with the Mac OS X Public Beta release and should not be designated in the beta as the version of Mac OS 9 to run your Mac OS 9-compatible applications in the "Classic" Emulation mode. Third party PowerPC CPU upgrade cards are not officially supported. Note: The 6100, 7100, and 8100 class Apple computers require a Mac OS 9.1 Full-Install CD-ROM to upgrade to Mac OS 9.1. The downloadable Mac OS 9.1 update available from Apple Software Updates is not compatible with the original (NuBus-based) Power Macintosh computers.

Mac OS 9.1 Update; US Export Compliance Agreement Update URL:


Mac OS 9.2 Update has been released. Contrary to APPLE's promise that all versions of Mac OS 9 would run on older Power Macintoshes, Mac OS 9.2 only officially supports machines that were released with a G3 or G4 CPU (not older machines that have been upgraded with a G4 or G4), and that are officially capable of running Mac OS X.

Mac OS 9.2 "Moonlight" (the original 9.2) was the first generation of 9.2 and the one that went Gold Master. It was quickly replaced by "Starlight" & "Limelight".

Mac OS 9.2 "Starlight" (9.2 updated) is the version that APPLE stated shipped with the Summer 2001 CPUs (QuickSilver, etc.). It was a special build that was designed only to work on these Macs.

Mac OS 9.2.1 "LimeLight" released;  This the version that originally shipped with OS X 10.1 It contains more bug fixes than Starlight. It is the one Apple "certified" for all supported G3 & G4 Macs, not just the Summer 2001 CPU ones. Mac OS 9.2 & 9.2.1 updates require Mac OS 9.1 if you are performing an auto or manual update.

Mac OS 9.2.1 Update URL; US - Export Compliance Agreement:

Online information on 9.2.x:

APPLE KnowledgeBase Article 120030: Document and Software

APPLE KnowledgeBase 106082 Article: Mac OS 9.1, 9.2, and 9.2.1: Hard Disk Space Requirements

APPLE KnowledgeBase 106436 Article: Mac OS 9.2.1: System Requirements

Mac OS 9.2.2 "Limelight Update 1" or "LU1" released; Requires Mac OS 9.2.1.

APPLE KnowledgeBase 75186: Mac OS 9.2.2: Document and Software

Some problems with data corruption issues reported under Mac OS 9.2, 9.2.1 & 9.2.2 at AppleLinks by Charles W. Moore; Other issues also appearing are detailed at MacFixIt:

MacFixIt: Troubleshooting Mac OS 9.2.x

MacFixIt: Forum on Troubleshooting Mac OS 9.2.x

APPLE plans to release more updates to Mac OS 9.2.x (but not many).

Mac OS Desktop Rebuilding information is available at:

Mac OS PRAM (Parameter RAM) Zapping information is available at:

Mac OS Hard Drive Partitioning Information:
Frederick "Frederico" Russo has a Reference Web Page on Mac OS Hard Drive Partitioning at:

The Be OS ( currently supports some, but not all of the APPLE Power Macintosh CPUs; primarily some of the 603, 603e, 604 & 604e (but not the 300 & 350 MHz "Mach 5" final versions of the IBM/MOTOROLA 604e, with the attached "Inline" Level 2 Cache, or the G3 {aka PowerPC 750} CPUs, at this time).  No G4 compatibility.

Some versions of BSD will also run on some of the older 68030 & 68040 CISC CPUs. For more information see: &

Debian ( offers Debian GNU/Linux for 68030 & 68040 machines that have an FPU. Related information is available at: Linux/m68k for Macintosh Project (

APPLE Mac OS X Server 2.0 (fka "Rhapsody" or "Enterprise") currently only supports G3 & G4 CPU Power Macintoshes. Requests have been made from many users to extend that support back to the 604 and 604e CPUs. APPLE has stated that the previous Mac OS X Server 1.2 V3 is NOT compatible with BTO Power Macintosh G4s and/or any APPLE Server Models that APPLE has or is shipping with the ATTO UL3D and/or other SCSI Card installed; It is not yet known if Mac OS X G4 Servers with Mac OS X Server 2.0 are also limited to only being able to use E.I.D.E. ATA internal Hard Drives.

APPLE Mac OS X {Client} (aka "Cyan" or "Siam") was release on the 24th of March of Year 2001, and currently only supports most of the iMacs, G3 CPU, and the G4 CPU Power Macintoshes. Again, requests have been made from many users to extend that support back to the 604 and 604e CPUs. And while we are all happy about the Preemptive Multitasking and Memory Protection, there are some real concerns about the new proposed Max OS X {Client} "Aqua" GUI among long time Mac users;

Initial Cyan" or "Siam" concerns: Many of us want the option to have "Tabbed" Windows and Folders that show their Names, and the "Dock" in Mac OS X {Client} doesn't show the Titles under any Icon, unless you hold the Mouse's "Arrow" above or on it. We'd like Spring-Loaded Folders, and fully functional Pop-Up Folders. The Spring-loaded Pop-Up Menus in the "Dock" are a step in the right direction. Many of us also want the option of having a fully functional Mac OS Traditional "Applications" Menu. We'd like Window Shade functions restored. We'd like OS X to be at least as fast as the 8.6 through 9.1 Traditional Mac OS (including the Finder). We'd like the option of not having to use the "Dock" (as in completely hide or diable it, like we can with the Control Strip in the Traditional Mac OS), and have a traditional List option instead. We'd like to again be able to change the default Font in Desktop icons, etc. There are only Blue & Gray colors available in the Mac OS X Desktop. Frame rates are too slow. There is a feeling that the "Human Interface Guidelines" that APPLE stuck by for many years may have been ignored in some areas.

There is great concern about losing the special spatial functionality of the traditional Mac OS Finder (including basic File and Folder "dragging") as well as being able to have a number of Windows open simultaneously, and to "drag and drop" between them. Dragging things across the "Classic" (Mac OS 9.x.x Emulation) Environment Windows from the Mac OS X Finder has been reported to "erase" the visual image and crash the "Classic" Environment. Menus in the "Classic" Environment sometime simply disappear. After closing Windows in the "Classic" Environment, sometimes a non-usable dead space appears where the Window was. Icons don't stay in position in the Mac OS X Decktop and Finder. Text anti-aliasing can NOT be turned off. Modems can't be heard in some models. You don't appear to be able to set the Menu Clock to "Show Century", like you can in the Traditional Mac OS; so only XX/XX/01 can be shown, rather than XX/XX/2001.

Some of us wanted the option to have the "Classic" Environment to run in it's own Window (as we were originally promised) rather than invisibly. The Traditional Mac OS "Code Fragment Manager" (CFM) needs to be updated and extended to handle "Mach-O" files, under "Classic" and X. We also want a functional Mac OS 8.6 Emulation Environment. Peripheral support is currently lousy. There is also concern that traditional hardware that uses Serial Ports, ADB Ports, and/or SCSI Ports, will still not be supported or able to properly function under Mac OS X {Client} (of great concern in the Music-related Fields). We DO need fully functional SCSI Support (ironic, as the pre-Mac OS X Platform was the best for SCSI support). There is only partial support for CD burning, and full DVD Support isn't there. OMS (a part of the Mac OS MIDI standard) doesn't appear to be supported, and Mac OS X Audio & Audio support is far less developed than in the Traditional Mac OS. For more information on Opcode OMS, See: & Note: Most Traditional Mac OS Music programs will not currently function under Mac OS X.

Mac OS X {Client} 10.0.2 and 10.0.3 only partly address some of these issues, and show that APPLE is only listening to some of it's customers' concerns. APPLE also is was completely failing to provide any good documentation; the 10.0.2 update, and the full 10.0.3 update, changes over 1000 files on a base Mac OS X 10.0.1 system, but NO details were provided as to what files were changed, replaced, or new. This was radically different that the detailed information and TIL Articles (now replaced by "AppleCare" Articles) that APPLE has always provided on Mac OS 1.0 through 9.1. It could be that this was another side of the weird "secrecy" attitudes of Steve Jobs (acting under the advice of Dr. Avadis Tevanian, Jr.) It was certainly quite unfair to serious users, professional users, and Software Developers.

Update: Mac OS X {Client} 10.0.4 is now released; Mac OS X 10.0.4 reportedly changes over 3,000 files from the Mac OS X 10.0 release. There were huge gaps, including documentation of what Open Source codes and resources are used and/or which versions. The beginning of some better documentation appeared later at:

Mac OS X {Client} Beta & OS X 10.0.x - News, User Feedback, Discoveries, Pros and Cons, & Forum URLs:

The Stepwise Staff wrote an Article called "Head for the Ramparts", detailing some of their concerns and issues about Mac OS X {Server} and Max OS X {Client} at:

Moving to OS X (Preview)

A look at the public beta

The readers speak: The Aqua interface

Analysis: Inside the public beta

Inside Mac OS X: The directories

The readers speak: OS X directories

Inside OS X: New menus

Road to Mac OS X: Stability and speed (or lack of it)

Road to Mac OS X: Things to fix

Ars Technica: Mac OS X Beta by John Siracusa

Ambrosia Software, Inc.: President's Letter: OS X beta

Scripts (SecureIt is a perl script that locks down the security hole in OS X and Darwin...)

MacFixIt Forums - Mac OS X public beta report

MacCentral: Seybold Boston, 2000 Special Report

Welcome to "Press 3 - for tech support"
(Formerly known as "" and formerly located at:

MacNN: Apple Macintosh News at The Macintosh News Network - OS X

Ilene's Machine: Mac OS X 10.0 Resources news so hot we gotta encrypt it ;-)

Margin Notes: Mac OS X 10.0 perspective Troubleshooting for Mac OS X

The Mac Observer - Setting Up Mac OS X - Wincent Colaiuta

The Mac Observer Forums - Mac OS X Discussion - A few problems, anyone??

Mac OS X 10.0 Final by John Siracusa

Computer News: Thinking About OS X

Inside Mac OS 10.0.1 Update

The Mac Observer -  TMO Exclusive Interview With Bob "Dr. Mac OS X" LeVitus On OS X

Beware of Installers bearing packages by Scott Anguish

Beware of Installers bearing package (Part II) by Scott Anguish

OS X: A day in the Life (10.0.1)

Other World Computing: OS X for Legacy Macs by Ryan Rempel

Mac OS X Hints - Make a 'tunnel' through a proxy server

TECH21 - Jobs is all talk before Macworld by Henry Norr (Henry Norr states: After months of forcing myself to use Mac OS X, I've gone back to Mac OS 9...)

The Register: "How I learned to stop worrying, and abandoned Mac OS X" by Andrew Orlowski

The Register: The Aqua Letters

Update: Mac OS X 10.1 "Puma" update via CD-ROM (reports state that it requires Mac OS X 10.0.4 to be pre-installed, in order to update).

Mac OS X 10.1 full-install CD-ROMs listed at $129. Upgrade CD-ROMs for $19.95 (for shipping and handling costs). It can finally play DVDs. The Finder works a bit faster. Some issues emerging with lack of support for some of the older video cards in older G3s, iMacs, and G4s. Apple's Final Cut Pro 2 and iDVD, still don't run under the "Classic" Emulation Environment. Still very few scanners work at all under OS X. continues it's documentation of bugs and issues, as they become known at:

Open Door Networks has posted a page titled: Important Mac OS X 10.1 Security Alert at: It states in part:

"iDisk under Mac OS X 10.1 is significantly less secure than under previous versions of Mac OS X. In Mac OS X 10.1 your iDisk is usually accessed using the WebDAV protocol rather than the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) used previously. Like AFP, WebDAV is supposed to not send your password over the Internet, so in that respect it should be as secure as AFP. However the implementation of WebDAV in Mac OS X 10.1, as used with iDisk, violates the WebDAV specification and sends your password in a way that makes it is easy for hackers to discover. Using iDisk under Mac OS X 10.1 could easily result in disclosure of your password and full access to your iDisk by others.

If you select 'iDisk' from the 'Go' menu or click on the iDisk icon in the Finder, your iDisk will be vulnerable. Also if you use the 'iDisk' selection in file open or save dialogs. To connect to iDisk the old (secure) way under Mac OS X 10.1, you should use 'Connect to Server' under the 'Go' menu and enter the address 'afp://'. Doing so is highly recommended until Apple comes out with a fix for this problem (of which they're well aware). You can then make an alias to your iDisk, or save it as a Favorite."

APPLE is apparently disputing how serious the security flaw is, but it is probably better to play it safe.

Update regarding Mac OS X 10.1, and Musicians and/or Sound Engineers:

APPLE states that the Mac OS X 10.1 update "introduces an array of audio capabilities that will ensure Apple's place as the preferred platform for music and audio".

Possible Pros:

APPLE claims that Mac OS X 10.1:

a) Will manage all audio as 32-bit, floating-point data.

b) Is designed to provide multichannel audio output, instead of two-channel stereo output only.

c) HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) should provide high-performance, ultra-low latency communication between apps and I/O (in/out) devices is "measurably more efficient than in previous solutions," according to Apple. Apple says that Mac OS OS X 10.1 is now fast enough that musicians can play MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) instruments in {almost} real-time (APPLE claims that it is supposed to be able to handle MIDI with a latency factor of one millisecond).

d) Should ensure that tracks presently being recorded can be synchronized to previously recorded tracks, and also to ensure that they can be written back to disk correctly in time.

Possible Cons:

a) Little software backwards compatibility; Virtually all Mac OS professional music applications must be completely rewritten from the Traditional Mac OS code, to Mac OS X native code (Carbon or Cocoa), in order to function under OS X.

b) The current industry standards of OMS (Open Music System), and Mark of the Unicorn's FreeMIDI applications are still not supported in any way in OS X, including under the "Classic" Emulation Environment. Therefore, the only way to run the large majority of the Traditional Mac OS Music programs, will only be while booted under (depending on how backwards-compatible your Power Macintosh is) the Traditional Mac OS 8.6 and/or Mac OS 9.x.

How well all of this will actually work in a Live Performance setting, and/or in the Recording Studio, out in the Real World, will no doubt be discovered in the next couple years.

The word is that John Montbriand now has the job of writing Technical Notes for Mac OS X releases; He has the very unenviable task of having to document what has changed, combined with the fact that he has to document what the components that changed are in the first place from the original OS X release, and which of those were changed by the previous updates, and in what manner. Apple's developer documentation for Mac OS X generally failed in describing exactly what parts of the System performs which tasks. To quote Matt Deatherage, of MDJ_, The Daily Journal for Serious Macintosh Users (published by GCSF, Inc.): "Every Apple executive that speaks in public will freely cop to Mac OS X being imperfect, but the management that censors the release notes will not". Update: The first of John Montbriand's OS X work is now posted at:

APPLE is now shipping Mac OS X & Mac OS 9.2.x pre-installed, with Mac OS X set as the default OS, on all new machines. Whether shipping a still currently incomplete OS X, installed alongside a Mac OS 9.2.x is wise, remains to be seen.

Mac OS X 10.1.1 Update has been released.

Some information is posted at:

Mac OS X 10.1.2 Update has been released.

Some information is now posted at:

Mac OS X 10.1.3 Update has been released; See:

AppleCare KnowledgeBase Document 120103:
Download URL:

APPLE states:

This update can be used to update from any version of Mac OS X 10.1 (Mac OS X 10.1, Mac OS X 10.1.1, or Mac OS X 10.1.2). If updating from Mac OS X 10.1, you must install Security Update 10-19-01 then Installer update for Mac OS X 10.1 prior to installing this update. The following is also posted:

1. An Admin user password that does not contain spaces or Option-keyed characters is required to install. The password may not be blank. Follow these steps if your password needs to be changed:

1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
2. Choose Users from the View menu.
3. Select an Admin user and click Edit User.
4. Click the Password tab.
5. Change the password and click OK.

2. You may experience unexpected results if you have installed third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through other means. This precautionary statement does not apply to the normal installation of application software.

3. The installation process should not be interrupted. Monitor progress by clicking the Detailed Progress disclosure triangle.

4. Prerequisite software must be present before you can install Mac OS X 10.1.3, whether you are using Automatic Software Update or standalone installers. Updates must be installed in the correct order. For the correct sequence, see
technical document 106713, "Mac OS X 10.1: Chart of Available Software Updates"

APPLE also warns that you should not reinstall any earlier updates after using Mac OS X Update 10.1.3. This includes the expected: Mac OS X 10.0.1; Mac OS X 10.0.2; Mac OS X 10.0.3; Mac OS X 10.0.4; Mac OS X 10.1; Mac OS X 10.1.1; Mac OS X 10.1.2, and also: Security Update 10-19-01 & Installer Update 1.0.

Updates absolutely must be installed in the correct order. If you need to reinstall a software update prior to 10.1.3, the Mac OS X startup volume must first be erased, after first backing up all important documents and data. Then reinstall Mac OS X, and then install all the necessary updates in the correct order only.

"Charles W. Moore" <> posted about this particular issue:

"Needless to say, this latter requirement sucks big time, and makes one go weak in the knees recalling of how relatively simple and painless legacy Mac OS reinstalls and clean reinstalls are."

In conclusion, there are a number of things reported fixed by this update, and a number of new problems reported. Troubleshooting for Mac OS X or, and other Sites are posting information, as things are reported.

Mac OS X 10.1.4 Update has been released; Requires Mac OS X 10.1.3 pre-installed.

AppleCare KnowledgeBase Documents:

Download URL:

APPLE states:

Do not reinstall any earlier updates after using Mac OS X Update 10.1.4, including:

Mac OS X 10.0.1

Mac OS X 10.0.2

Mac OS X 10.0.3

Mac OS X 10.0.4

Mac OS X 10.1

Mac OS X 10.1.1

Mac OS X 10.1.2

Mac OS X 10.1.3

Security Update 10-19-01

Installer Update 1.0

If for any reason you need to reinstall a software update that was released prior to Mac OS X Update 10.1.4, the Mac OS X startup volume should be erased, after first backing up important documents and data. Reinstall Mac OS X, and install necessary updates in the correct order.

In addition to enhancements previously delivered with versions 10.1.1, 10.1.2 and 10.1.3, Mac OS X version 10.1.4 includes the following:

Resolves a potential delay that could occur when connecting to the Internet using a dial-up modem (PPP connection).

Improves compatibility with certain single- and dual-channel SCSI cards.

Reduces time needed for Sherlock file searches.

Improves usability of Sherlock when searching a Mac OS X Server volume.

Enhances security with increased TCP broadcast address communication filtering.

Improves compatibility with certain third-party network routers (AppleTalk source sockets 128 or higher are now used).

Note: Serial Port Adapters and Mac OS X 10.1.4:

The Mac OS X 10.1.4 update apparently disables the Stealth Serial Port configurations; Re-Install the  Stealth Serial Port software after upgrading to fix this problem.

The Mac OS X 10.1.4 update apparently disables the g4Port configurations; Griffin Technology is working on a fix to this APPLE-created issue.

Mac OS X 10.1.5 Update has been released; There are two OS X 10.1.5 updaters:

The Basic Mac OS 10.1.5 update can be used only to update from Mac OS X 10.1.3 or Mac OS X 10.1.4. Security Update 10-19-01 must be installed prior to Mac OS X 10.1.3 Update, and Installer Update for Mac OS X 10.1 must be installed prior to Mac OS X 10.1.3.
Download URL:

The Mac OS X Update Combo 10.1.5 can be used only to update from Mac OS X 10.1, Mac OS 10.1.1, or Mac OS X 10.1.2. If you are updating from Mac OS X 10.1, you must install Security Update 10-19-01, then Installer Update for Mac OS X 10.1 prior to installing OS X Update Combo 10.1.5.
Download URL:

AppleCare KnowledgeBase Documents:

APPLE states:

You should not reinstall certain earlier updates after using Mac OS X Update 10.1.5, including:

Mac OS X 10.0.1

Mac OS X 10.0.2

Mac OS X 10.0.3

Mac OS X 10.0.4

Mac OS X 10.1

Mac OS X 10.1.1

Mac OS X 10.1.2

Mac OS X 10.1.3

Mac OS X 10.1.4

Security Update 10-19-01

Installer Update 1.0

Updates must be installed in the correct order. If for any reason you need to reinstall an earlier software update, the Mac OS X startup volume must be erased, after first backing up important documents and data. Then reinstall Mac OS X, and install the necessary updates in the correct order.

Mac OS X 10.1.5 apparently adds some support for RagePro graphics acceleration for both Aqua and QuickTime, but it omits Rage LT Pro chips (stock in some PowerBooks, such as the Lombard, and available on the ATI XClaim 3D Plus PCI card). James Denton has created a patch that enables Rage LT Pro acceleration. He calls it the Rage Pro Lombard fix. Reports indicate that it works not only on Lombards, but also on a beige G3s with two LT Pro PCI cards. See:

There are a number of problems and issues reported about Mac OS X 10.1.5; Sites like MacFixIt: Troubleshooting for Mac OS X and OS 9 & are researching and reporting as things are identified.

There are some reports that Mac OS X 10.1.5 requires Mac OS 9.2.2 for the "Classic" Emulation Environment to function properly, leaving those who need to use Mac OS 9.1 for the "Classic" Emulation Environment and/or booting into the Traditional Mac OS in a bind.


Regarding another type of issue, sadly APPLE has started issuing legal threats to users making "Skins" (aka "Themes" aka "Schemes") for use in Mac OS 9.x, and/or Mac OS X. This is not the same as folks copying or porting Mac "Skins" to other Computing Platforms.The Mac Themes Project had a "Theme Editor" for Mac OS 8.5-9.x, and a beta "Theme Editor" for Mac OS X in development.


I sent the following to APPLE:

Friday, April 20, 2001

RE: Mac Themes Project Response, and the text of the Letter from APPLE Computer:


As a long-time Mac OS user, I wanted to say that the threats from APPLE Computer regarding any "Theme Editor" from the Mac Themes Project, are unfortunate, and contrary to the desires of the Macintosh users;

We are quite used to having a very high degree of control over the Graphical User Interface (GUI) appearance of our OS, and a "Theme Editor", is part of the tools used by many. This is also NOT a case of a duplicate "AQUA" skin/appearance being ported to another OS (like MS Windows, and hey, the newest Windows IS copying "AQUA"..., but I don't see APPLE attacking the "for-profit" Microsoft about it); This is a case of not-for-profit, user-desired alternatives to the "AQUA" skin, on the Mac OS Platform itself.

Additionally, by Open Sourcing the "Darwin" Mac OS Code, APPLE has clearly, in effect, invited folks to work on things for the Mac OS. The Open Source movement had previously expressed skepticism about APPLE's truely being honest and committed about Open Sourcing; It appears that their concerns are quire valid. By attacking the people who are a big part of the Open Source/Freeware efforts, APPLE makes a lie out of their previous statements that folks can create new skins (aka Themes, aka Schemes) for the Mac OS, and thus defeating the long venerable Tradition of the Mac OS being the most user-customizable.

APPLE is also clearly forgetting how very much of the Traditional "Classic" Mac OS (and many things that MS Windows has copied) now comes from Freeware and Shareware programs that Mac OS users developed (and APPLE bought, in some cases...); This is not limited to the GUI, but also other functions and/or programs (remember, Stuffit was Shareware originally created by a teenage Macintosh user!). I also recall that the Traditional "Classic" Mac OS "Date and Time" Control Panel, is now based on "SuperClock" by Steve Christensen...

And they expect the Open Source movement to continue helping find the bugs in Mac OS 9.1/9.x and/or Mac OS X? And continue porting UNIX and Linux applications to Mac OS X? The Open Source folks have been doing this and other hard work for free (not for profit), and should not be threatened for it.

This sounds like the negative side of Steve Jobs again... Next, I'll hear about legal threats to Kaleidoscope Authors Greg Landweber and Arlo Rose, I suppose.

Martin A. Totusek
(A Mac OS User since the "MAC PLUS")

Regarding the "CarbonLib" Files:

APPLE has put out Files called "CarbonLib", and states that if you put the "CarbonLib" File that is compatible with your version of the Mac OS into your Mac OS 8.1, 8.5.x, 8.6.x or 9.x (won't work with the original Mac OS 8.0 or before) System Folder, you should then be able to run the Applications written with the new "Carbon" API Toolbox automatically, under those versions of the OS. Of course, you will not get the Preemptive Multitasking and Memory Protection, that you get with Mac OS X Server or Mac OS X (Client).

Download URL:

For more information on the "Carbon" API Toolbox see:

Info about Linux on the Power Macintoshes:

There is a growing Power Macintosh Linux Movement (which APPLE has been friendly to, unlike Microsoft). It's mostly used for Server Stuff (not a huge number of apps at this time), and is a good way of putting older slower Power Macintoshes to practical use.


APPLE has financed development of the MkLinux Project (I've certainly never heard of Bill Gates and Microsoft co-sponsoring development of any versions of Linus Torvalds' Freeware OS), which is the original Linux distribution for the APPLE Power Macintoshes. Also, the MkLinux Project and the LinuxPPC Project share info and developments with each other. MkLinux DR3 (Full Reference Release distributed by Prime Time Freeware) supports the majority of the 601, 603, 603e, 604 & 604e Power Macintoshes. User-based development is extending that support to newer machines.

MkLinux is a Mach-based "Microkernel" Version of Linux that requires that you have the Mac OS installed (Mac OS 8.1 is recommended, due to some bugs in Mac OS 8.5, although that may have been fixed with Mac OS 8.5.1). It supports a far greater number of APPLE Power Macintosh models than LinuxPPC (that may change soon); However, no Floppy Drive Support (although Zip and Jaz Drives appear to work fine) that I'm aware of yet. The OSF Research Institute (now a part of the Silicomp Research Institute) doesn't appear to be directly involved anymore in any of the current developments, so it's the, APPLE, Prime Time Freeware, and the MkLinux users themselves (like most Linux), who also post on the various users' lists. Post-DR3 "bug" fixes and enhancements are in an active and growing phase.

"David A. Gatwood" <>

Mr. Gatwood is the MkLinux Team Development Coordinator, and is also working on Kernel/Server development.
Mr. Gatwood is a very good source for current MkLinux developments, and he would know who else is working on developments either among the user groups, at APPLE, or at:

Prime Time Freeware
370 Altair Way, Suite 150
Sunnyvale, California 94086 USA

APPLE-related MkLinux Sites:


LinuxPPC runs "natively" on PowerPC computers (doesn't require Mac OS to already be installed, like the MkLinux "Microkernel" approach does) and is a "Monolithic"-based kernel. Doesn't support as many older machines as MkLinux does, but does also support iMacs and "Blue & White" G3s. Does now have some Floppy Drive Support. Also has support for multiple processors (SMP) in the kernel, but that only works on the APPLE machines currently. LinuxPPC supports some of the older Power Macintoshes and user-based development is extending that support to older Power Macintosh machines.

SheepShaver ( is working on a Mac OS emulation runtime environment to be mounted on top of LinuxPPC; Some info about that was posted at:

Mac-on-Linux is a freeware Mac OS emulation runtime environment to be mounted on top of various versions on Linux for Power Macintoshes.


"LinuxPPC" Sites:

3) There is now binary compatability between MkLinux and LinuxPPC.

4) There is an issue with G3s: MkLinux will boot on G3 upgraded Power Macintosh computers - however it seems that the backside cache is not always enabled (source: Newer Technology). Hopefully, someone will write what is called a "BootX" for booting out of the Mac OS Environment, and the users are also working on supporting the G3s "Backside" Level 2 Cache...

Note that the LinuxPPC Project has a "BootX" for LinuxPPC; For more information, see:

5) Neither MkLinux or LinuxPPC (or any other version of Linux on any Platform that I'm aware of) currently supports "FireWire", USB, or DVD-ROM Drives. However, the MkLinux and the LinuxPPC developers are working very hard to develop and provide support as soon as is possible.

Update: DVD support on Linux now does exist, but the situation is rather ridiculous: Teenager Jon Johansen wrote DeCSS (DeCSS software can decrypt DVDs) when he was 15 years old, which is an open-source decryption application which provided the technical details which has led directly to the first Linux DVD support and to a wide variety of open-source DVD players. Johansen originally published DeCSS as part of the open source development project LiVID (Linux Video) in building a DVD player for the Linux operating system. It offered more user friendly features, like being able to fast-forward through commercials. In January of 2000, Johansen won the prestigious "Karoline Prize" for his DeCSS software innovation. This national prize is awarded yearly to a Norwegian high school student with excellent grades who makes a significant contribution to Society outside of school. Jon Johansen, now 18, faces possible prison time for his involvement in the creation of DeCSS. Via pressure from the U.S. entertainment industry, charges were filed recently against him, in his home country of Norway. Johansen's prosecution marks the first time the Norwegian government has attempted to punish individuals for accessing their own property. Previously, the governmen used this law only to prosecute those who violated someone else's secure system, like a bank or telephone company system, in order to obtain another person's records. A mailing list called "free-jon" has now been created at EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation):

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the information society. They had a strong involment in the Dmitry Sklyarov case. EFF is a member-supported organization and maintains one of the most-linked-to websites in the world at:

They have additional information on Johansen & related cases at:

Two other additions to the Power Macintosh Linux vendors are:

Terra Soft Solutions with "Yellow Dog Linux for Power Macintoshes" (; "Yellow Dog Linux for Power Macintoshes" uses the Red Hat Installer;

S.u.S.E. GmbH released "SuSE Linux for the PowerPC" - An archive of the original S.u.S.E. GmbH press release is at: Novell later became involved in Linux, and bought SuSE Linux for $210 million.
Note: Novell has relaunched SuSE Linux Professional as a free product, and rebranded it as openSUSE openSUSE has a PowerPPC article "SDB:PPC: Which PowerPC computers are supported by SuSE Linux" at:

A LinuxPPC Resource page is at:

Traditional (pre-Mac OS X) APPLE Mac OS Compatible Software

A partial List (by no means complete) of APPLE Mac OS Compatible Software follows; No, unfortunately I don't have a current list of which are both on Floppy Disk and on CD-ROM, but most people I have talked to, or have emailed, have bought an external SCSI Floppy Disk Drive (like the one made by WinStation) for their "Graphite" G4, "Blue & White" G3, or a Newer Technology, or Imation USB External Floppy Drive, for their iMac or "Blue & White" G3. So as long as the programs are not on Mac OS 400 or 800k Floppy Disks, they should be installable on machines without internal Mac OS Floppy Drives.


Anti-Virus Software:

Agax 1.3 - A very popular expandable free Mac antivirus program; Sometimes finds things other programs have missed.
Download URL:
{John Dalgliesh} (Freeware)

Autostart Hunter
Download URL:
{Akira Nagata - Yukos World Co., Ltd.} (Freeware)

Disinfectant 3.7.1
Download URL:
{John Norstad} (Freeware, but no longer being updated, and doesn't cover the Macro Viruses that Microsoft Word & Excel are harmed by...)

Eradicator - One of the first Programs for dealing with the Autostart Worm.
Download URL:
{Uptown Solutions Ltd.} (Freeware)

Norton AntiVirus 7.0.2 for Macintosh. Note: There are user reports of Norton AntiVirus damaging Directories.
{Symantec} (Commercial)

Sophos Anti-Virus. Note: There is a user report of Sophos Anti-Virus damaging Directories in regards to QuickBooks Pro and ZipIt, on G4s with OS 9.1.
Download URL:
{Sophos} (Shareware & Commercial versions)

The Exorcist (formerly known as Graphics Innoculator) - The Exorcist will attempt to inoculate your Macintosh against the new "666" AKA "SevenDust", and "Graphics Accelerator" virus. Please note that it has not actually been tested with a live copy of the virus.
Download URL:
{LAFFEY Computer Imaging} (Freeware)

Virex 6.1 - One of the most popular of the Anti-Virus Programs.
Note: Virex 6.0 can run under Mac OS 9 - it simply needs to be updated with the Virex Control Panel 6.0.1d2 in order to work under Mac OS 9. &
{Network Associates & McAfee} (Commercial)

vScan 1.8.8 (formerly known as BugScan)
Download URL:
{Mountain Ridge Dataworks} (Shareware)

WormScanner 2.3.1
Download URL:
{James W. Walker} (Freeware)


ShrinkWrap - ShrinkWrap creates disk images, exact byte-for-byte copies of disks, floppies, CDs, files or any type of data. Dragging icons, selecting "Save As," or using other copying methods does not create identical copies. ShrinkWrap copies everything exactly as it is, ensuring that the copy is identical to the original. Requires Macintosh 68030 CISC CPU Processor or better, and Mac OS 7.1.1 or higher.
{Aladdin Systems} (Commercial Shareware)

Stuffit Lite with DropStuff, Drop Zip, Drop Tar & Stuffit Expander.
{Aladdin Systems} (Commercial Shareware)

StuffIt Deluxe 6.5.1
{Aladdin Systems} (Commercial)

StuffIt Expander 6.5.1 - As well as Mac OS formats, this Program also expands from many other Platforms' compression formats.
Download URL:
{Aladdin Systems} (Freeware)

ZipIt 1.4 for Mac OS 7 through 8.5.1 - This program lets you zip and unzip files into the zip format used on the MS Windows Platform, Unix systems, and several other operating systems.

ZipIt 2.1 for Mac OS 8.6 through X - Newer version of ZipIt; Requires CarbonLib 1.3.1 or higher on the Tradional Mac OS.
Download URL:
Support Email: "Thomas A. Brown" <>
{Thomas A. Brown} (Shareware)

Cross-Platform Translation:

Equilibrium DeBabelizer:

Equilibrium DeBabelizer Lite For Mac OS 6.0.7 through 8.x 55+ graphics readers and writers, DeBabelizer Lite is for simple image translation and slideshow functions. Compatibility with Photoshop filter, acquire, and export plug-ins For RGB bitmap, scan, or paint files, DeBabelizer Lite offers translation capability similar to DeBabelizer 3, without the CMYK capabilities, internal scripting, image processing, or palette manipulation. Slideshows can be used to create and translate onscreen thumbnails of images in a folder. DeBabelizer Lite maintains maximum color quality between formats and platforms. Scan or digitize images with Photoshop or other third-party acquire plug-ins. Requires: 700 KB of free memory. Floppy Drive. 2 MB of available RAM. 2 MB of hard disc space. May be used with a black and white monitor (put your old Mac SE back in action).

DeBabelizer LE (Limited Edition) for Mac OS & Windows OS - A low-cost introduction to Equilibrium DeBabelizer which provides home digital imaging enthusiasts and business users access to professional image optimization and conversion tools. Utilize more than 100 Web, print, and digital video file formats acquired from scanners, digital cameras, CD-ROM and the Web. Open any image, scan, or digital video DeBabelizer LE's readers and writers allow you to utilize all of your graphics regardless of origin. Requires: Macintosh 68020 CISC CPU processor or faster running Macintosh OS 7.1.2 (8.1 or higher recommended). 32MB of available RAM. 32MB available hard disk space. 256 color or greater display. CD-ROM Drive.

Equilibrium DeBabelizer 3.0.2 (OS 7.6.1 - 8.6) - Automatically acquires and process images, animations, and digital video. Edit and apply effects to any number of images and frames. Optimize media with extensive palette tools and color control. Convert to and from over 100 file formats for multiple platforms. All the functions of DeBabelizer LE plus more. Requires: Macintosh 68020 CISC CPU or greater 16 MB available RAM. 20 MB available disk space. CD-ROM drive.

DeBabelizer 3 Demo:
DeBabelizer 3 FAQs:

Equilibrium DeBabelizer 5 - New version for Mac OS 9.1 & OS X.
{Equilibrium} (Graphics; Commercial)

Joliet Volume Access for Mac OS - The Joliet Extention enables Macintoshes to read the proprietary Microsoft "Joliet" variation of the ISO-9660 CD-ROM/DVD format. Mac OS 7.1 or higher.
Download URL:
{Thomas Tempelmann} (Freeware & Shareware versions)

Note: For more information on the proprietary Microsoft ISO-9660 variations, such as "Joliet" and "Romeo", and other information on different Computing Platforms' compatibility with various CD-ROMs & DVDs, and Mac OS software issues, see:

MacLinkPlus Deluxe 12 & 13 - MacLinkPlus Deluxe a utility to convert and use Windows files on your Mac. The carbonized Version 13 supports the latest programs like Word 97-2002, WordPerfect 9.0, etc. It now opens unreadable e-mail attachments. MacLinkPlus 13 is fully compatible with Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.2.x, and it also supports Mac OS X.
{DataViz} (Commercial)

DOS Mounter - Utility for mounting DOS/Windows files on your Mac. It now includes support for digital camera PC card readers, USB and FireWire devices, making it an industry's most comprehensive PC to Mac file interchange utility. DOS Mounter opens your DOS and Windows files from your Macintosh. Optimized for Mac OS 7.x, OS 8.x & OS 9. DOS Mounter's universal drivers for SCSI, ATAPI or ATA, custom USB extensions and FireWire support ensure that you can mount almost every popular storage device including hard drives on your Mac. Supports Zip, Jaz, SyQuest, MO and more. DOS Mounter provides additional reliability and support for a variety of devices including FireWire, USB and PC camera cards and includes a full formatter, partitioner, tester with device drivers. Many digital cameras use a DOS partition on their media and that Apple's File Exchange will not alway mount these. DOS Mounter will allow the creation of hybrid disks: Mac and Windows formatted partitions on the same disk, that can be used on both Mac and Windows platforms. Access to directories and files on DOS-formatted media is completely transparent and you can mount volumes up to 9GB. Increases data integrity with a high level of file transfer operations that eliminate the danger of data loss. Bi-directional filename support in DOS Mounter ensures that files returned to newer Windows OS environments retain their Windows long filenames and truncate extended filenames to the 31 characters used in Mac OS.
{Software Architects, Inc.} (Commercial)

Other Utilities:

Adobe Type Manager Deluxe - ATM Deluxe 4.5.2 or higher for Mac OS 9; Note: ATM Deluxe 4.5.2 is not compatible with Mac OS 7 or 8. Use ATM Deluxe 4.5.1 for Mac OS 7.x or 8.x on older machines. ATM Deluxe 4.6.1 Mac OS version is for PPC only and for Mac OS 8.1 through 9.0.4 (Though ATM Deluxe 4.6.x is not officially supported under Mac OS 9.1, initial testing has uncovered no known problems, as of yet.). It is not yet compatible with Mac OS 9.2.x. It is not compatible with Mac OS X, in either native or "Classic" mode. As an alternative for users of Mac OS X, Adobe is recommending that customers evaluate DiamondSoft Font Reserve and Extensis Suitcase products. Adobe has stated that they have no plans to create any version of ATM Deluxe that runs on Mac OS X.
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe Acrobat Reader - Portable Document Format Reader (aka PDF Reader).
Version 3.02 (Supports 680x0 CISC CPUs & PowerPC CPUs) Download URL:
Version 4.0 (PowerPC ONLY) Download URL:
Version 5.0.5 (Mac OS 8.6 {Some features are not available under 8.6}, 9.0.4, 9.1, or Mac OS X {Some features are not available under Mac OS X}) Download URL:
{Adobe} (Freeware)

Adobe Type Basics (Adobe Type Library) - Fonts.
{Adobe} (Commercial)

ACTION Files 1.5.4 - A GUI enhancement: ACTION Files replaces the limited functionality of the standard Macintosh Open and Save dialogs. Quick access to all of the power of the Finder while inside Open/Save dialogs. Resize and move the windows. Sort by Name, Date, Size, Kind, and Label. Move items to Trash and Empty Trash. Rename files and folders. Create new folders. Perform Finds. For Traditional Mac OS 7.0 or later, including Power Macintosh computers, Mac OS 7.5.x and Mac OS 9.1. Functions also for applications running in Mac OS X "Classic" Emulation environment.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

ACTION GoMac 2.1.1 - A GUI enhancement: Mac OS Taskbar program. It Performs launching, keyboard application switching, drag and drop file opening, Quick Info on all running programs, internet bookmarking, a perpetual popup calendar, layer management... For Traditional Mac OS 7.6.1 through Mac OS 9.x. May have a conflict with Mathemaesthetics Resorcerer 2.4 PPC.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

ACTION Menus 1.0.3 - A GUI enhancement: Customize your Apple and Application menus, or create new menus within applications and in the Finder, or just use its preconfigured setup. Conflicts with BeHierarchic. Drag & Drop Bug Fix: Restore drag and drop with Action Menus by having Conflict Catcher load CarbonLib (version 1.3.1, 1.4, or 1.5) before Action Files and Action Menus. If you are using the extensions manager instead of Conflict Catcher then you can rename your Action Menus extension to "dACTION Menus" so that it will load after the CarbonLib extension and that should fix your problem. No fix for CarbonLib (version 1.0.4) under Mac OS 8.1 on a PPC yet listed. Turlough "Turly" O'Connor's Freeware FinderPop, and Fabien Octave's shareware BeHierarchic provide some of the same functions, with more Menu options in terms of things like an Alphabetical Menu listing choice, while ACTION Menus is more limited in that area, but gives you more options in other areas.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

ACTION WYSIWYG 1.0.3 - What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get font menu management; Customize the menu the way you like it (including for each application), grouped the way you want, in a multi-column menu. See fonts in their actual typefaces, multiple columns show you hundreds of fonts simultaneously. Font selection without the guesswork. Turn WYSIWYG on or off instantly with the press of a key. Compatible with most major Macintosh software, including Adobe products and Microsoft Office applications. Requires: APPLE Mac OS compatible 68xxx or PowerPC computers that support color and are running System 7.5.3 or later, including Mac OS 9. ACTION WYSIWYG will not work with the Mac PLUS, Mac SE, Mac CLASSIC or the PowerBook 100 models.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

ACTION Utilities Bundle - ACTION Files, ACTION Menus, ACTION GoMac & ACTION WYSIWYG combined in one software bundle.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

ACTION Space Doctor 1.0.4 - A safe, fast, and inexpensive way to update storage media to APPLE's HFS+ (Mac OS Extended "Hierarchical Filing System" Plus aka Mac OS Extended Format) format. Space Doctor was designed to be the safest product available and is impervious to power outages, even during the update process. It also offers users the option to cancel the process with complete safety at any time prior to completion of the update.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

Battery Tester 1.0 (PRAM Battery Testing Utility) - Simply place this Program in your "Startup Items" Folder in the Mac OS System Folder. It should warn you in advance if your PRAM Battery starts to go.
Download URL:
{John Mauro - IceSoft} (Shareware)

BeHierarchic - Apple Menu enhancer; Enables and displays submenus for items located in the Apple Menu Items.
Download URL:
Support Email: "Fabien Octave" <>
{Fabien Octave} (Shareware)

Conflict Catcher 8.1 - The most popular Mac OS Startup Manager and Conflict Testing program. Includes a Clean-Install System Merge feature. (Note: Older versions prior to 8.0.9 will not work with Mac OS 9.2). A Macintosh computer running System 7.5-9.2.1 with a CD-ROM Drive. Will not run on Macintosh Plus, SE Series, Classic Series and PB 100. The Clean-Install System Merge feature is optimized for the US Mac OS.

Conflict Catcher 9 - Requires: Mac OS 8.6-9.x Conflict Catcher 9 supports the Classic Layer of OS X, in which real-time conflict testing is needed. Conflict Catcher 9 includes a Mac OS X set preference. This preference allows you to create a leaner set that saves time when booting into the Classic Layer from Mac OS X.
{Casady & Greene} (Commercial)

Dave 3.1 - Bi-directional Mac-to-Windows PC File & Print Sharing; Offers full peer-to-peer operations between Power Macintosh computers and "Win-Tel"-type computers, and provides full client capabilities in a MS Windows NT or MS Windows 2000 network. Performs all communications using the industry standard protocol TCP/IP with Domain Name Service (DNS), and a NetBIOS driver that is fully RFC 1001/1002 compliant. Domain Logon provides Mac users with the ability to log onto Microsoft networks that use MS Windows NT or MS Windows 2000 security domains or other equivalent systems. Requires: Mac OS 8.6-9.2 or Mac OS X 10.1.
NOTE: Be forewarned that MS Windows 2000 is reported by an internal Microsoft February 2000 Memo to contain approximately 63,000 unresolved software "bugs".
{Thursby Software Systems} (Commercial)

DiskWarrior 2.1 - Constructs and replaces damaged Directories; A great Program! (comes on a bootable CD-ROM). Supports Mac OS 7.6.1 through Mac OS 9.2.1, and 68020 CISC CPU Macintoshes up through G4 CPU Power Macintoshes. DiskWarrior is perfectly safe to use on Mac OS X Extended disks, and even repairs problems found only on this type of disk. In order to rebuild these disks (including your Mac OS X startup disk), you currently need to boot your computer from a Mac OS 9.x disk such as the DiskWarrior 2.1 CD. When run under Mac OS X, DiskWarrior will run in the Classic environment, but will only be able to rebuild directories on disks that are NOT shared with Mac OS X. DiskWarrior will NOT rebuild UFS disks. The DiskWarrior Extension will load in Mac OS X's Classic environment, but it will not protect any disks that are shared between Classic and Mac OS X. A Mac OS X native version is under development.
{Alsoft, Inc.} (Commercial)

DiskExpress Pro 3.0.2 - DiskExpress Pro currently is a disk optimizer available for any Macintosh computer using HFS formatted hard disks. It goes beyond conventional optimizers and simple defragmenters. DiskExpress Pro uses patented technology to double the performance speed of your Macintosh hard disk. DiskExpress Pro 3.0.2 requires Mac OS 7.0 through Mac OS 8.6 and at least a 68020 processor or PowerPC. This version optimizes HFS disks under Mac OS 7.0 through Mac OS 8.6 and is available as a free update for versions 3.0 and 3.0.1. The version that will optimize HFS Plus disks is currently under development. For HFS+ disks, Alsoft recommends PlusOptimizer.
{Alsoft, Inc.} (Commercial)

DoubleScroll 2.1.2 for Mac OS 7.x.x - A GUI enhancement: Adds "Double-Scroll" features/functions that are indistinguishable from the regular System "Arrow/Scroll" appearance. The word around is that it is no longer being developed due to interference from APPLE's management (the Author of the Program works at APPLE). Mac OS users really hoped that it would be made a part of the regular Mac OS appearance/functions. This form of appearance feature/function was so popular that it was also immediately copied in the "Win-Tel" World.
Download URL:
Download URL:
{Edward Voas} (Shareware)

DoubleScroll 2.2 (Beta) - A GUI enhancement: Adds "Double-Scroll" features/functions that are indistinguishable from the regular System "Arrow/Scroll" appearance (Mac OS 8.0 and Mac OS 8.1 only, I've tested it on Mac OS 8.1 myself, and it does work, no matter what some people may have been made to say). It is no longer posted on the Author's Site, but has been archived by many Mac users on the Web. It is also on the MacAddict CD #19, in the "User Interface" section. DoubleScroll 2.2b6 (aka 2.2 Version 6 or 2.2 Preview 6) is the recommended version to use, and the Author has previously stated that the Registration Codes for DoubleScroll 2.1.2 will also work on Version 2.2b6.
Download (from Archive) URL:
Download (from Archive) URL:
Download (from Archive) URL:
{Edward Voas} (Shareware)

NOTE: Other Users/Programmers clearly didn't want to wait for APPLE to use Mr. Voas' very considerable talent, for unlocking the DoubleScroll features on Mac OS 8.5 and above, and seem to have solved it on their own:

Double Scroll Pro - A GUI enhancement: An AppleScript for Mac OS 8.5 by Greg Turnquist which is supposed to give you dialog boxes to select options for the number and location of scroll boxes. It should also let you select proportional scroll bars.
Download URL:

DubDub Scroll Bars - A GUI enhancement: An AppleScript that unlocks/adds "Double-Scroll"-type features to Mac OS 8.5, 8.6, 9.0, 9.0.4, 9.1, and under the "Classic" Emulation Environment of Mac OS X.
Download URL:
Author's Web Site:
{Mitch Crane/Umagama/Indigo Sky} (Freeware)

ETD v4.0 (E-mail to Database) - ETD is an application that reads the messages contained in Eudora, Microsoft Outlook Express, Netscape Communicator, Mailsmith, America Online and PowerMail, and puts them into a single tab-delimited field, return-delimited record file (database format), ready to be imported into a spreadsheet or database. ETD has some problems with binary attachments.
Download URL:
Support: "Doug Jacobson" <>
{Doug Jacobson} (Shareware)

Extensis Suitcase 10 - Font Management Utility. Requires: Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.1 and OS X (version 10.1 or higher) Macintosh Power PC or equivalent. 32 MB RAM for OS 8.6-9.2.1. 128 MB for OS X. 10 MB of hard disk space.
{Extensis} (Commercial)

FinderPop 1.9.2 - A very useful control panel which greatly extends the contextual menus in Mac OS 8.x and Mac OS 9.x.
Download URL:
Email: "Turlough "Turly" O'Connor" <>
{Turlough O'Connor} (Pintware)

FlashBack 1.1 - Unlimited undos. FlashBack allows you to recreate any document just as it was when it was saved. Every time you save a FlashBack-protected file, you create a permanent record that you can go back to any time you want. Now your ability to "undo" changes is limited only by how often you save. Save as often as you like without falling victim to "saver's remorse". Requires: Macintosh PowerPC. Mac OS 7.11 or higher. 2 MB of available RAM.
{Aladdin Systems} (Commercial)

Hard Disk Toolkit 4.5.2 - A very popular Utility for Hard Drives and removable media. Requires: Mac OS 8.1 or later (FireWire support requires Mac OS 8.6 or later). Power Macintosh CPU. 8 MB of free RAM. Hard Disk. CD-ROM Drive. Array features require two or more storage devices (SCSI or FireWire). Currently supports: Fast IDE including all currently available Ultra DMA modes. All SCSI drives including Ultra, SSA, Fast/Wide, and SCSI-3. All FireWire fixed drives (MO support coming soon). 150+ low-level drive settings. Removable storage including Jaz, Zip, SyQuest, MO etc... Most PCI and NuBus SCSI adapter cards.
{FWB Software} (Commercial)

Imation "Color Fidelity Module" for ColorSync Software (Plug-In)
(Imation Corporation at: (Commercial)

iTunes 8.6 Patch - Patch enables APPLE's iTunes 1.x software to function under Mac OS 8.6.
Download URL:
{The worm in the Apple} (Freeware).

Kaleidoscope 2.3.1 - Kaleidoscope is the ultimate in user interface customization for the Macintosh, letting you switch between completely different interface designs provided by plug-in modules called "Schemes". Supports Mac OS 7.0 through Mac OS 9.1 currently. Under Mac OS 8 and later, it takes advantage of the Appearance Manager, so that any Appearance-savvy application automatically uses Kaleidoscope's interface. Kaleidoscope fully supports the new interface features introduced in Mac OS 8.5, including 32-bit icons, proportional scroll bars, window proxy icons, and sound, and Kaleidoscope does not suffer from those annoying black and white menus that plague Mac OS 8.5. Works best with a faster CPU, and more RAM and VRAM than the base install on older machines.
Download URL:
{Greg Landweber & Arlo Rose/Greg's Shareware} (Shareware)

LoadADrive - A utility to mount a CD-ROM that wasn't switched on at startup (because the CD-ROM drive was switched off, etc.) without restarting your Macintosh.
Download URL:
Email: "Dieter Spaar" <>
{Dieter Spaar} (Freeware)

MacEMT - MacEMT will automatically offer to scan your disks for damage any time your system crashes, and lets you choose your favorite Repair Utility. Requires Mac OS 7.5 or later.
Download URL:
Support: "John Lowrey" <>
Lazy Mountain Software
585 Coville Lane
Palmer, AK 99645
{John Lowrey - Lazy Mountain Software} (Shareware)

MasterJuggler Pro - Font Manager Utility. Requires: Mac OS 7.0 through Mac OS 9.2.1 and at least 1 MB of available RAM. Mac OS X 10.1.x compatibility: MasterJuggler Pro will run in Mac OS X's Classic environment. You should be aware that any fonts that you open will ONLY be available to Classic applications.
{Alsoft, Inc.} (Commercial)

Mathemaesthetics Resorcerer 2.4 PPC - Resorcerer is the premiere general-purpose commercial resource editor for Macintosh computers running System 8, 9, or Mac OS X. Relied upon by thousands of Mac developers all over the world, Resorcerer features a wealth of powerful yet easy-to-use tools for easier, faster, and safer editing of Macintosh data files and resources. The main competitor to APPLE's venerable freeware ResEdit 2.1.3.
{Mathemaesthetics, Inc.} (Commercial)

Norton Utilities 6.0.3 - Diagnostic and Repair program (comes on a bootable CD-ROM). Requires: PowerPC-based Macintosh system. Mac OS 8.1 or higher or Mac OS X 10.0 or higher. For Mac OS X benefits start from bootable CD. 24 MB of available RAM. 10 MB of available hard disk space. CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Internet connection required for LiveUpdate function. Note: there are user reports of Norton Utilities damaging Directories and other issues posted at MacFixIt:

See: Bugs in Norton Utilities/AntiVirus Update:
See: Overlapped files thread:
See Postings by: themphill & macandrew:
There is also a memory error bug in Norton Utilities 6.0.3 "Disk Doctor"; See: Norton Utilities 6.0.3 notes:
See: Norton Utilities & FireWire drives:

Symantec's Norton Utilities URL:
{Symantec} (Commercial)

PlusMaker 1.0.3 - PlusMaker allows you to make any APPLE HFS (Mac OS Standard "Hierarchical Filing System") disk larger than 8 MB into an HFS+ (Mac OS Extended "Hierarchical Filing System" Plus aka Mac OS Extended Format) disk. Simply convert the disk of your choice and then enjoy the maximum benefit of the APPLE HFS+ without the hassle of initializing your disks and restoring all of your files from backups. Your aliases will still work, plus your disk will have much less wasted space and the allocation block size will be a tiny 0.5 KB-the smallest possible, yet it will incur no performance penalties. Plus, to improve overall disk efficiency, PlusMaker optimizes your directory performance and repairs minor directory errors.
{Alsoft, Inc.} (Commercial)

PlusMaximizer - PlusMaximizer allows you to initialize disks so they have the maximum disk storage efficiency. It uses an allocation block size that is a tiny 0.5 KB-the smallest possible and it incurs no disk performance penalties. This makes your file storage up to 8 times more efficient than it will be with APPLE HFS+, and up to 100's of times more efficient than with APPLE HFS. Requires: Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.2.1. PlusMaximizer creates a true Mac OS Extended disk. This disk can be used on any computer with Mac OS 8.1 or later (including Mac OS X) installed without any additional software, including PlusMaximizer itself. Mac OS X compatibility (including 10.1.x): PlusMaximizer will not run in Mac OS X nor in its Classic environment. However, disks initialized by PlusMaximizer are completely compatible with Mac OSX (10.0 through 10.1.x).
{Alsoft, Inc.} (Commercial)

PlusOptimizer - PlusOptimizer is a disk optimization utility from Alsoft, for all Mac OS users who converted their Mac OS to 8.1 or later and switcted to the APPLE HFS+ format. PlusOptimizer optimizes your disks by defragmenting your files and free space. By optimizing your disks with PlusOptimizer, your HFS+ disk performance will improve as the necessity of disk head movement will decrease, and the elimination of free space fragmentation reduces the possibility of fragmentation of newly saved files.
{Alsoft, Inc.} (Commercial)

PowerFPU 1.3- High-Performance 68K FPU (Floating-Point Unit) Code Emulation for Power Macintoshes, which allows you to run many more Applications written with 68K (pre-PowerPC) Code.
Ordering Information is at:
{John Neil & Associates} (Commercial)

PRAM Battery Checker - Similar to Battery Tester 1.0 (PRAM Battery Testing Utility)
Download URL:
Support: "Jeff Luszcz" <>
{Jeff Luszcz- Polar Orbit Software} (Shareware)

PRAM Inspector 1.1 - PRAM Inspector lets you see exactly what is stored in your PRAM, so you can detect PRAM problems by yourself.
Download URL:
{Alexandre Trottier - EASYSOFT CREATIONS} (Freeware)

ResEdit 2.1.3 - ResEdit is APPLE's utility for changing a file's resources under the Traditional Mac OS. ResEdit is an extensible, stand-alone resource editor for the Mac OS. You can use ResEdit as part of your software development process to create icons, menus, and other resources for applications and files. ResEdit 2.1.3 works on any Macintosh system with at least one megabyte of available memory. It requires Mac OS 6.0.2 or later.
Download URL: Documentation in PDF:
ResEdit Q&A:
MacInstruct: Introduction to ResEdit by Ben Shelton:
{APPLE Computer, Inc.} (Freeware)

Rewind 1.2 - Continuous backup protection for your Macintosh. Currently supports Mac OS 8.1 thru Mac OS 9.2.x (Mac OS X version in development). Requires: PowerPC processor. HFS+ formatted hard disk(s). Volumes that are 200 Mb or larger. 10% free space available (Rewind 1.2 uses 10% of your hard disk space by default, 20% or more free space is recommended). Rewind 1.2 is not compatible with Mac OS X or the Mac OS X Classic compatibility environment.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

Spring Cleaning 4.0.2 - Uninstaller for the Macintosh. Spring Cleaning includes iClean (See: plus 15 powerful cleaning utilities to eliminate hard drive clutter. Completely uninstall old software to regain disk space. Keep your Internet activities private by wiping away Web tracks, and quickly clean out hard-to-find Internet cookies, cache, and history files that clog disk space. Choice of two cleaning levels: Standard or Advanced. Clean with confidence by reversing actions, replacing items. Easily restore items you've removed if you later change your mind. Requires: PowerPC processor or higher. Mac OS 8.1 (with CarbonLib 1.0.4 added) or higher; Internet Config 2.0 or later. Navigation Services 1.0.1 or later. 8 MB available RAM.
{Aladdin Systems} (Commercial)

System Picker - Allows users a choice of Systems Folders to use at Startup; It lets you pick which System Folder on a volume is to be the "Blessed" System Folder for startup (As many of us need to run different versions of the Mac OS, for Software Compatibility...). Supports Mac OS 7.x through Mac OS 9.0.4. For more information see:
Download URL:
{Kevin Aitken} (Freeware)

TCP CC - A CSM for changing TCP/IP configurations. Note regarding TCP CC and FreePPP: TCP CC will change the TCP/IP aspect of FreePPP, but not the particular FreePPP configuration. The Author states that he has had to make that distinction clear, because his module won't change FreePPP.
DownLoad URL:
Support Email: "Tim Kelly" <>
{Tim Kelly} (Shareware)

TechTool Pro 3.0.5 - One of the best Diagnostic and Repair programs for Mac OS 7 through 9 (comes on a bootable CD-ROM).
{Micromat} (Commercial)

TitlePop - A utility that turns every window title into a pop-up windows menu.
Download URL:
Support Email: "Jouko Pakkanen" <>
{Jouko Pakkanen}(Shareware)

Unfinder - Unfinder is a system extension which adds an "Undo" command to the Finder. 680x0 or PPC. It allows you to undo and redo these actions: copy, delete, duplicate, lock, unlock, make alias, move, new folder, and rename.
Download URL:
{Lisa Lippincott} (Freeware)

Vremya - A scriptable NTP client for Macintosh. It allows you to setor check your Macintosh System's clock while Online, using a NTP server by polling or receiving broadcasts. It requires Open Transport TCP/IP version 1.1 or better.
Download URL:
{Kirill Levchenko} (Freeware)


Blue Label PowerEmulator (You can mount DOS, Windows, and Linux on top of this Program...)
{Lismore Software Systems Ltd.} (Commercial)

MacMAME [aka Mac Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator]
-Must purchase ROM Images, and/or own the old Arcade machines to transfer the ROM Images from...
{Nicola Salmoria and the MAME team} (Freeware)

NetTen - UNIX Emulation Mail and POP Mail Server for Power Macintosh.
{Tenon Intersystems} (Commercial)

VirtualPC 3.0 with DOS (You can mount DOS, Windows, and Linux on top of VirtualPC). For Power Macintosh CPUs at 100 MHz or faster to run PC-DOS. Mac OS 7.5.5 or higher. - Being discontinued, so users with older pre-native G3/G4 CPU machines must go to another brand of Emulator software.
{Connectix} (Commercial)

VirtualPC 3.0 with Windows 98; Mac OS 8.0 or higher. For USB support, must have Mac OS 9. - Being discontinued, so users with older pre-native G3/G4 CPU machines must go to another brand of Emulator software.

Update: Connectix now states that Virtual PC 3 will remain available as part of the Connectix Education Volume Purchase Program.

VirtualPC 4 with DOS. - Being discontinued, so users with older pre-native G3/G4 CPU machines must go to another brand of Emulator software.
{Connectix} (Commercial)

VirtualPC 4 with Windows 98 - - Being discontinued, so users with older pre-native G3/G4 CPU machines must go to another brand of Emulator software.
{Connectix} (Commercial)

VirtualPC 4 with Windows ME (requires Mac OS 9) - Being discontinued, so users with older pre-native G3/G4 CPU machines must go to another brand of Emulator software.
{Connectix} (Commercial)

VirtualPC 4 with Linux - Being discontinued, so users with older pre-native G3/G4 CPU machines must go to another brand of Emulator software.
{Connectix} (Commercial)

Connectix states that VirtualPC 4.0 is only for Power Macintosh G3 or G4 CPU machines, with Mac OS 8.5 or later). NOTE: VirtualPC 4.x cannot run under Mac OS X. APPLE states about the Mac OS X "Classic" Environment: "Software that directly accesses hardware is not supported..."; and: "VirtualPC attempts to access the internals of Mac OS Virtual Memory and is therefore not compatible with the Classic Compatibility Environment." - Being discontinued, so users with older pre-native G3/G4 CPU machines must go to another brand of Emulator software.

VirtualPC 5.0.1 - For any native G3 or G4 CPU Macintosh with a CD-ROM drive; Mac OS 9.1 or later and/or Mac OS X version 10.1 or later. 256 MB of RAM, or or more & 2 GB available hard disk space or more recomended. Available OSes (either pre-installed, or available via "Connectix OS Packs for Virtual PC" for Virtual PC 4.x or later: Linux, DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.x, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Professional or Home versions), Windows XP (Professional or Home).
VirtualPC 5.0.1 tested devices confirmed to work with Virtual PC 5.0.1:
{Connectix} (Commercial)
Connectix Home Page URL:

WebTen v2.1.10 for MacOS with Apache; UNIX Emulator for Mac OS
{Tenon Intersystems} (Commercial)

XTen - UNIX Emulator for Mac OS; full-featured X11R6 server and client
{Tenon Intersystems} (Commercial)


Adobe After Effects 5.5
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.2 - A product better known because of Adobe's behavior that helped create the ridiculous Dmitry Sklyarov case, a Russian computer programmer who "programmed a format converter which has many legitimate uses, including enabling the blind to hear e-Books", than for anything else...
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe GoLive 6
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe Illustrator 10
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe ImageStyler
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe InDesign
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe Live Motion
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe PageMaker 6.5 PLUS or 7.0
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe PageMill 3.0
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe Photoshop 6.x with Adobe ImageReady
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe Premiere 5.1
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Adobe PressReady 1.0
{Adobe} (Commercial)

Age of Empires - Age of Empires - Strategy Game; How will you rule the world? Conquer enemy civilizations? Discover the world's secrets? Accumulate wealth? As the guiding spirit of a Stone Age Tribe, follow one of many paths to build the greatest civilization on earth. Requires: a 150 MHz 604 CPU, or a 200 MHz 603 CPU or faster, or any G3 or G4 (including iMac). 32 MB available RAM. 70 MB available hard drive space. 28.8 kbps modem and Open Transport required for network play. Networking is Mac-to-Mac only.
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

AlwaysONline - AOL-related Program.
Download URL:
{Rampell Software, Inc.} (Commercial Shareware)

AppleShare IP 6.3.3 Server Software (now only available for education customers)
{APPLE Computer} (Commercial)

AppleWorks 5.03 Suite - Does NOT run under Mac OS 9.x.
(APPLE Computer) (Commercial)

AppleWorks 5.04 Suite Update- AppleWorks 5.04 only runs under Mac OS 9 or later.
(APPLE Computer) (Commercial)

AppleWorks 6.1.2 Suite - APPLE states that it will run on Mac OS 8.1 or higher. NO Communications Module (aka Comm Module), and also EMailer was NOT included as a component, even though many Mac OS users had requested this. Note: Unlike earlier versions, AppleWorks 6.1.2 doesn't come with as many built in software translators for converting to and from a number of formats for other programs as earlier 5.0.x versions did, but does now translate Word and Excel documents.

AppleWorks 6.2.2 Suite for Mac OS X
APPLE has posted AppleWorks 6.x information at:

The Updater to update any North American English version of AppleWorks for Macintosh 6.0.x or 6.1.x up to 6.1.2 running under Mac OS 8.1 through 9.2.x, or to update to any version between 6.0.x and 6.1.2 up to AppleWorks 6.2.2 under Mac OS X, is posted at:
(APPLE Computer) (Commercial)
Note: MacFixit has posted "Troubleshooting AppleWorks 6.x", listing issues and problems at:

Avid Cinema with USB Video Capture
{Avid Technologies} (Commercial)

Bailey's Book House - Explore Letters, Words, Sentences, Rhyming and Stories. For Grades Pre-Kindergarten to 2nd Grade. Requires: Color Macintosh (256 colors minimum). 4 MB available RAM (8 MB recommended). CD-ROM drive (2X or faster recommended). Mac OS 7.0.1 or higher. 13" monitor or larger. Optional: Printer
Smart Kids Software (discount educational software vendor)
Edmark Bailey's Book House (Historical archive of old URL)
Houghton Mifflin - Edmark
{EDMARK} (Commercial)

BBEdit 6.5.1 - A great Text Editor Program! Now also supports Mac OS X.
{Bare Bones Software} (Commercial)

BBEdit Lite - Freeware versions of the Text Editor Program. BBEdit Lite 6.1 for PPC & Mac OS 7.5.5 through Mac OS X. BBEdit Lite 4.6 (for 68k). Download BBEdit Lite 3.5 (for Mac OS 6)

BetterTelnet for Mac OS
Download URL:
{Rolf Braun - Sassy Software} (Freeware)

BEZARC - An EPS to DXF/DDES2 Translator
{Kandu Software Corporation}(Commercial)

Burning Monkey Solitaire II (Monty Zuma's Revenge!) - "Even in this Wintel-centric world, there remain a few software companies known for their Macintosh games. Freeverse Software, at, sells bizarrely offbeat versions of such standard card games as hearts and solitaire..." says The New York Times. Klondike, Strict Klondike, Freecell, Canfield, Pyramids, Golf, Calculation, Little Spider, Will O' the Wisp, & 52 Card Pick-up. Colorful new 24-bit graphics. An extensive cheating mode. Statistics to tell you how you're doing. Casino scoring. 5 Alternative decks. More jokes. All your favorite monkeys return including Monty with more animations. Plays your favorite MPEG Layer 3 sound files (with Quicktime 4 or 5) as well as MIDI music.
Download Mac OS 7.x/8.x URL:
Download Mac OS 8.6/9.x/X URLs: URL:
Purchase URL:
{Bryan Horling/Freeverse Software} (Commercial Shareware)

BRYCE 5 - Create realistic 3D landscapes and animations with Bryce 5. Traditional Macintosh requirements: Power Macintosh. Mac OS 8.6 or later. 64 MB available RAM (128 MB recommended) 100 MB available hard disk space. 24-bit color display. CD-ROM drive. VGA monitor. Mouse or tablet. Mac OS X requirements: G3 or G4 CPU machine. 128 MB RAM available (256 MB recommended). 100 MB available hard disk space. 24-bit color display. CD-ROM drive. VGA monitor. Mouse or tablet. {Corel Corporation} (Commercial)

[aka "CADMOVER Graphics Translator for Mac OS"]
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial)

CalcWorks 1.5.4 - Calculator Program
Download URL:
Support Email: "John Brochu" <>
{Brochu Shareware} (Commercial Shareware)

Calendar Maker 4.5.2
{The Prairie Group} (Commercial)

Canvas 7 - An integrated illustration, image editing, web design and page layout program.
{Deneba} (Commercial)

Carmageddon - Computer Action Game for 18 and older; Ever watch Death Race 2000 and wish you could have a piece of the action? Well, now you can. Earn money for running people down with your car. This is all out carnage... Requires Mac OS 7.5.3 or higher. PowerPC 80MHz. 12 MB avaiable RAM. Sound Manager 3.1 or higher.
{Aspyr Media} (Commercial)

Civilization III - Experience a strategy game of epic proportions where players can match wits against the greatest leaders of the world in an all-out quest to build the ultimate empire. This highly addictive journey of discovery includes exciting new features that build on and enrich the Civilization experience. Mac OS 8.6 or higher or MacOS 10.0.4 or higher. 300MHz iMac G3 or better (500MHz preferred) 64 MB RAM for the Traditional Mac OS (96 MB preferred), 128MB for MacOS X. 500 MB available Hard disk space (650MB preferred). CD-ROM drive.
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

Civilization: Call to Power - Build an empire to span history from primitive beginnings into the sci-fi future of 3000 A.D. Lead a turn-based conquest in which every strategy devised, technology discovered and war waged has repercussions on your future world. Answer the call. The power is in your hands... Macintosh PowerPC 180MHz 603e running at 150MHz 604 or faster (or G3 or G4 CPU). Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher. 48MB available RAM. Monitor with support for thousands of colors at 640 x 480 pixels. 300MB free hard drive space CD-ROM drive. 28.8K or faster modem required for Internet play.
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

CodeWarrior Discover Programing Edition 2 - 64 MB available RAM recommended. 500 MB free hard disk space. CD-ROM drive required for installation. PowerPC 601 CPU processor or higher. Mac OS 8.6 or 9.x.
{Metrowerks} (Commercial)

CodeWarrior Professional Release 7 - Traditional Mac OS: Requires Mac OS 8.6 or higher with CarbonLib 1.3.1 or higher added. PowerPC 601 CPU processor or higher (No 68K support). 64 available MB RAM. 500 MB free hard disk space. CD-ROM drive required for installation. Mac OS X: Requires Mac OS v10.1. G3 processor or higher. 128 MB RAM. 500 MB free hard disk space. CD-ROM (or DVD drive) required for installation.
{Metrowerks} (Commercial)

Complete National Geographic 112 Years Collectors Edition - Requires: Mac OS 7.5.3 - 9.x. PowerPC CPU. 32 MB available RAM. 70 MB free hard disk space. 640 x 480 16-bit color display. 16-bit sound card and external speakers. 4X CD-ROM drive
{National Geographic} (Commercial)

Connectix Virtual Game Station [for G3, G4 & iMac only] - Connectix's emulator of the Sony Playstation. No virtual memory cards, no game pad support, player only. Unfortunately it is being discontinued...
{Connectix} (Commercial)

Convert 1.2.3 - Software tool for calculating conversions on the Macintosh. Temperature, Velocity, Time, Mass, Bartending...
Download URL: &
{John M. Dasher - Fifth Wave} (Shareware)

Corel WordPerfect 3.5.4e - Word Processor.
Download URL:
Backup Download URLs:
(Discontinued as a Commercial Product, as Corel keeps losing sales to MS Word for Mac OS, even though MS Word does NOT support all the Legal Forms and Formats that WordPerfect does/did...).
{Corel} (Freeware)

CorelDRAW 10 - Interactive tools for drawing and page layout. Professional output features like PDF creation and preflight checking. Web Image Optimizer with filter presets. Interactive Drop Shadow. Presets. Color management interface. Publish and embed to PDF, PDF/X. Page size and rotation. Publish to the Web. Page Sorter ­ view thumbnails. Integrated preflight engine. Imposition layout. Import/export support for: AI, PSD, FH, DXF and PDF. Requires: Power Macintosh G3 or higher. Mac OS 8.6, 9.1, 9.2 or Mac OS X. 64 MB available RAM with virtual memory enabled for Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2. 128 MB RAM for Mac OS X. 210 MB available hard disk space. CD-ROM drive. 800 x 600 color display for Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2. 1024 x 768 color display for Mac OS X. {Corel} (Commercial)

Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10 - Professional painting and image-editing tools. Web Image Optimizer with filter presets. Live Effects. Interactive Drop Shadow. Text-on-a-Path function leaving both the path and the original text editable. Anti-aliasing text function. Photo effects. QuickTime support: movie frames, panoramic VR scenes or VR objects. Interactive graphics design tools. Channel Mixer, improved, smoother display, Import/export filters: Adobe Photoshop, procreate Painter 7, and QuickTimeVR. Artistic Effects. Requires: Power Macintosh G3 or higher. Mac OS 8.6, 9.1, 9.2 or Mac OS X. 64 MB available RAM with virtual memory enabled for Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2. 128 MB RAM for Mac OS X. 180 MB available hard disk space. CD-ROM drive. 800 x 600 color display for Mac OS 8.6 to 9.2. 1024 x 768 color display for Mac OS X. {Corel} (Commercial)

Corel PRINT HOUSE for Power Macintosh - Easy-to-use publishing software. {Corel} (Commercial)

Cyberdog 2.0 - APPLE's Freeware Mac OS Web Browser
Informational URL:
Download URLs:

Cyberdog Pro CD-ROM Edition: CD-ROM includes APPLE's Cyberdog 2.0, and an assortment of plug-ins, tutorials and other helpful tools for new Cyberdog users. Designed for new iMac owners using MacOS 8.1 and above, Cyberdog Pro CD Edition introduces Cyberdog's component-based solutions for WWW Browsing, FTP, Email, Telnet, and AppleTalk network access to a new generation of Power Macintosh owners, and was listed as being available from:

Apollo 2000 Software (Apollo is a licensee of Cyberdog 2.0 from APPLE Computer)
(727) 894-2349 or 1-888- 653-7890 Toll-Free (Use PIN # 6144)
Apollo 2000 Software
PMB 306
204 37th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FLORIDA 33704
For more information Email: "Cyberdog Team" <>

NOTE: There have been reports of many Complaints about Apollo in regards to Credit Card Orders (double billing of Credit Card Accounts), so it is recommended that IF you order from them, you only send Checks or Money Orders by Certified Mail with Return Receipt Required,for purchasing the Cyberdog Pro CD-ROM; NO Credit Card Orders.

NOTE: Additionally, the Apollo 2000 Software Site has intermittently been down, so it's probably better to download Cyberdog from the Download URL listed above.

Cyberdog "CdY2KPatch" - A fix for a small Cyberdog Y2K bug that has been found; This bug does not affect the reading or retrieving of either Mail or News. But, it will cause Cyberdog to create and send messages with an improper Date field in their headers.
Download URL (Just click "Save file" if your Browser gives you an "application/octet stream" message, and use the Aladdin Systems Freeware "StuffIt Expander" to decompress it):
{John Moreno} (Shareware)
or via:
John Moreno
P.O. Box 36
Prospect Hill, North Carolina 27314

"Some Stuff for Cyberdog" URL, including a Link for "The Little Red Cyberdog Book" Online:
Email Link:

(aka dataComet Mac Telnet + TN3270 + TextEditing)
Download URL:
Support/Registration Email: "databeast, Inc." <>
databeast, Inc.
1668 Trumansburg Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850-9213
607-277-5808 (10-4 PM EST)
(databeast, Inc.) (Commercial Shareware)

Deer Hunter - Hunt virtual venison in three environments with your choice of rifle, shotgun or bow. Requires: PowerPC (80MHz or faster recommended). 16 MB available RAM, Mac OS 7.6.1 or later. Color monitor. CD ROM.
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

Diablo - Role-playing/action Gothic fantasy game. Story: The Kingdom of Khandaras has fallen into Chaos. An unknown force of Evil has swept across the land, plunging into Civil War and terrorizing the Populace. A mad King, his missing Son, and a mysterious Archbishop are all pieces of the puzzle that faces you. You have journeyed to the source of the Evil; The town of Tristram, now only inhabited by a handful of survivors. The Cathedral there is built over the ruins of an ancient Monastary, and now errie lights and sounds are heard echoing through it's abandoned halls... Perhaps the answer lies in the remains of a forgotten past? Requires: Power Macintosh Computer or compatible clone. 16 MB of available memory with Virtual Memory turned on (32 MB recommended). Mac OS 7.5.3 or higher. 640 X 480 monitor resolution. 256 colors. 2X CD-ROM or higher.
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Diablo II - Role-playing/action game. Since the beginning of time,the forces of Order and Chaos have been engaged in an eternal struggle to decide the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the Mortal Realm...and neither Man, Demon, nor Angel will be left unscathed... After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Only you will be able to determine the outcome of this encounter... In Diablo II, return to a world of dark fantasy. As one of five distinct character types, explore the world of Diablo II -- journey across distant lands, fight new villains, discover new treasures, and uncover ancient mysteries, all in the quest to stop the Lord of Terror, once and for all... Requires: Power Macintosh Computer or compatible clone. 64 MB of available memory with Virtual Memory turned on (128 MB recommended). 950 MB of available hard disk space. Mac OS 8.1 or higher. 800 X 600 monitor resolution. 256 colors. Double speed CD-ROM or higher. 28.8 kbps for faster modem. Up to 8 Players over TCP/IP Network or (Requireslow-latency Internet connection with support for 32-bit applications). Optional Mac 3D Acceleration supports Glide, OpenGL (v.1.1.2 or higher), or RAVE.
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

DirectCD 1.0.4 - UDF 1.5 Audio/CD Burning Software for all Power Macintoshes running Mac OS 7.6 through 8.6. Does not support UDF "Spared" writing. Not compatible with Mac OS 9.x; Roxio states that it has ceased DirectCD development for Mac OS 9.x, due to Mac System crashes that DirectCD caused under Mac OS 9.x. A native Mac OS X version is planned; For more information on DirectCD, See: &
{Roxio} (Commercial)

DiskLock 4.6.5 - Do you ever leave your computer unattended, share it with others, use a laptop, or work on a network? DiskLock is a complete and flexible security solution: You can easily lock in privacy and security for files you want to leave open... Requires: Macintosh SE, or higher. Mac OS 7.0 - Mac OS 9.2.x At least 4 MB RAM (more is better, on newer machines). SCSI hard disk drive, or IDE hard disk drive. At least 5 MB free disk space to install the DiskLock package. At least 500 K free disk space, of which 100 K MUST be contiguous, on each disk you want to protect. Note: Do NOT install Mac OS X on a machine protected by DiskLock. Completely uninstall and remove DiskLock if you are going to install Mac OS X. Installing OS X modifies the hard disk structure so it is incompatible with DiskLock. If you install OS X and DiskLock on the same machine, you could render the hard disk(s) unbootable and/or unreadable. Also, if you remove OS X from your machine, and wish to install DiskLock, be sure to reformat and reinitialize all of the hard disk(s), not just the partition(s) before installing DiskLock.
{Proteron, L.L.C. & Power On Software, Inc} (Commercial)

Digital Performer for Mac OS - An integrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production program for Traditional Mac OS. Digital Performer requires a PCI Power Macintosh with at least 64Mb or more of free RAM (not virtual memory) and System 8.5.1 or higher. That means if you use OS 9.0 or later, you must have at least 128 MB or more of physical RAM.
{Mark Of The Unicorn} (Commercial)

Dr. Note Pad - A great Notepad Program!
{Gabriel Alexander Grieser (aka G. A. Grieser) - SOFTWARE ON A STICK} (Shareware)
Gabriel A. Grieser
c/o 422 Northeast 82nd Street
Seattle, Washington 98115
GSAUG Mac Library
Mac Disk of the Month #051
February 1997

Duke Nukem 3D Requires: 68040 processor,or a Power Macintosh or compatible with at least 8 MB of available RAM. 256-color monitor. CD-ROM. Mac 7.1 OS or later. A Macintosh PowerPC, 75-MHZ or better. MAC OS 8.x or higher. 32 MB of available RAM, is recommended for increased performance.
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

EditDV for Mac OS">
{Digital Origin, Inc. - Media 100} (Commercial)

Encyclopedia Britannica 2002 Standard Edition CD-ROM (Windows OS & Mac OS compatible) U.S. Version - Requires: Mac OS 8.6 or above (including OS X). iMac, or G3, or G4 266 MHz or faster processor. Minimum of 128 MB physical RAM (256 MB recommended) with Virtual Memory OFF. Minimum of 120 MB free hard-disk space. CD-ROM drive. 800x600 resolution set at millions of colors. Uses Mouse to navigate. Printer and Internet access recommended.
Encyclopedia Britannica 2002 Expanded Edition DVD (Mac OS compatible) U.S. Version - Requires: Mac OS 8.6, 9.x, or X. iMac, or G3, or G4 266 MHz or faster processor. Minimum of 128 MB physical RAM (256 MB recommended) with Virtual Memory OFF. Minimum of 140 MB free hard-disk space. DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or APPLE DVD "SuperDrive". 800x600 resolution set at millions of colors. Uses Mouse to navigate. Printer and Internet access recommended. {Encyclopedia Britannica} (Commercial)

EndNote - EndNote is one of the world's most popular bibliographic software. Over 300,000 researchers, students and librarians use EndNote to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, and create instant bibliographies. Requires: Mac OS 8.6 or 9.x (Classic mode in OS X). PowerPC Macintosh, G3 recommended. Hard disk with 32MB available. 8MB available RAM. CD-ROM drive. Internet connection required to search Internet databases. EndNote files are compatible across Macintosh and Windows platforms.
{ISI ResearchSoft} (Commercial)

Eric's Ultimate Solitaire CD 1.3 - 23 Games, including Klondike, Pyramid, FreeCell, Spider, Casino Klondike, Forty Thieves, Montana, Baker's Dozen and more. More Artwork by Howard Vives. More Backgrounds by Drew Olbrich. You can also add your own PICT files or patterns: Just drag them into the Backgrounds folder. Hours of background music, and it also plays QuickTime music files that you can get off the web: Just drag them into the Music folder. Support for bigger monitors. More Statistics - Undo statistics, Always Winnable statistics, and all your old favorites. Cheating! - Now you can win those unwinnable games. The Weasel speaks - voice actor Derek McCaw brings the Weasel to life. More Easter Eggs - Even more secret stuff to discover. It's Mac OS Native - Ultimate CD is Native on 68k and PowerPC Macs. Works great on Mac OS X. Comes with demos of Spaceward Ho!, Dark Castle '95, Color MacCheese, Apprentice, and Polly MacBeep. Includes Delta Tao propaganda, and other cool stuff. Eric Snider says: "It runs great on any system from 7.5 on. I think that's about it on requirements. :-) It needs maybe 8MB of available RAM... If you're low on free RAM then you can make the Window smaller".
Ordering Info URL:
{Eric Snider/Delta Tao} (Commercial)

Euro Assistant Pro 2.4 - Multilingual Currency Converter Program for the Macintosh.
Download URL:
Support Emails: "Marco Damaschi" <> &
"Barbara Canino" <>
{Barbara Canino and Marco Damaschi - MaBaSoft} (Commercial Shareware)

Falcon 4.0 (discontinued)
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

Family Tree Maker Deluxe - Genealogy software. (Uncertain if still available...).
{Broderbund} (Commercial)

FileMaker Pro 5.x - Relational database program. Required for Traditional Mac OS: Power Macintosh Computer. Minimum 32MB of available RAM. Hard Disk and CD-ROM drive. Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.1 (Mac OS 8.6 or later required for Web Companion and ODBC features). TCP/IP or AppleTalk network for Networking. Required for Mac OS X: Apple G3 computer or higher (excluding G3 upgrade cards). Minimum 128MB of RAM required. Hard Disk and CD-ROM drive.Mac OS X (ODBC import, toolbars, and FileMaker Mobile are currently not supported under Mac OS X. Check for updates. TCP/IP for Networking. General Web Publishing Requirements: A host computer is required with continuous access to the Internet or intranet via TCP/IP. Access to the Internet requires an Internet service provider; FileMaker does not provide an Internet account for you. Access to web-published databases is limited to 10 unique IP addresses per 12 hour period.
{Filemaker} (Commercial)

FileMaker Pro 5.x Developer Edition - FileMaker development environment for creating professional custom FileMaker solutions to be used for the Web, across workgroups or as royalty-free runtime applications. Test and verify your scripts with the Script Debugger. Document the structure of any FileMaker solution with the push of a button and view detailed information on fields, layouts, value lists, scripts, relationships and passwords. Connect to external data sources with our JDBC or ODBC drivers. You can also protect your solutions from modification and limit user controls. Develop commercial or in-house solutions.
{Filemaker} (Commercial)

FileMaker Pro 5.x Server - For Mac OS X, Windows 2000, and Red Hat Linux 6.2 and 7.0. Delivers accelerated networked database functions for up to 125 hosted files. A high-performance relational engine supports up to 250 FileMaker Pro 5.0 (124 guest support for AppleTalk network protocol) or FileMaker Pro 5.5 guests (Some new features not available to FileMaker Pro 4.x/5.0 clients), on Mac or Windows platforms simultaneously via TCP/IP (Common to all platforms), IPX/SPX (Windows), and AppleTalk (Mac OS 8.1 to 9.1). It also includes centralized and automated backups and remote administration tools to monitor server and network activity and to control guest and file connections. FileMaker Server 5.x is designed for ease of use ­ virtually anyone can use it to optimize their FileMaker Pro 5.x workgroup solutions ­ and integration with IT systems with such features as LDAP compatibility and Windows domain authentication. FileMaker Pro 5.5v2 required for Macintosh clients to use Windows domain authentication.
{Filemaker} (Commercial)

"FilmTextures" for Mac OS
{Digital Origin, Inc. - Media 100} (Commercial)

Final Cut Pro 3 - Digital Video Editing, Composing and Special Effects Final Cut Pro 3 requires Mac OS X v10.1.1 or Mac OS 9.2.2, a Macintosh computer with a 300MHz or faster PowerPC G3 or G4 processor with built-in FireWire, 256MB of RAM (384MB recommended for G4 realtime effects), and 40MB of available disk space for installation. 500 MHz or faster single or dual processor Power Mac G4 or PowerBook G4 required for G4 real-time effects. 667-MHz PowerBook G4 required for mobile G4 real-time effects in DV format. SD and HD editing requires a Power Mac G4 and third-party capture card.
{APPLE Computer} (Commercial)

Finale for Mac OS - Complete Music Notation, Transcription, Publishing& MIDI Functions for Mac OS.
{Coda Music Technology} (Commercial)

FreeMIDI for Mac OS - FreeMIDI is the complete MIDI operating system for the Traditional Mac OS. Part of the Music Industry standard. The name is quite literal, it is free. Completely non-functional under Mac OS X.
{Mark Of The Unicorn} (Freeware)

FreeStyle 2 for Mac OS - Trackless sequencer. Instant notation & printing software. Requires: 68030 CPU Macintosh (or faster) with at least 16 MB available RAM(24 MB for PowerPC). Mac OS 7.01 or higher. Power Macintosh and 64 MB RAM recommended. Power Macintosh required for FreeStyle 2.31. The 2.31 Installer CD will also install FreeStyle 2.11 on 68K Macs (same feature set).
{Mark Of The Unicorn} (Commercial)

FURI - A Cross-Platform Java version of a Gnutella protocol-compatible, distributed file sharing system. See URLs below for more information.
{William Wong} (Freeware)

Galactic Patrol 1.6.6 - The look and spirit of such legendary games as Space Invaders, Galaga, Phoenix, and Galaxian pulse through Galactic Patrol. Requires: Mac OS 8.5 or higher. Power Macintosh. 16 MB available RAM 3 MB available Hard Drive space. APPLE GameSprockets 1.5 or better.
{Monkey Byte Development} (Commercial)

Graphing Calculator 2.2 for MacOS
{Pacific Tech} (Commercial Shareware)

Download URL:
{Thorsten Lemke} (Shareware)

HyperCard - HyperCard is an Apple-created software tool for creating custom software solutions for Mac OS users at all skill and experience levels. Introduced in 1987, HyperCard organizes information into "stacks" of cards through which users can navigate and/or search for the information they need. By simply clicking on on a button, users can view related text, see a graphic, hear a sound, watch a QuickTime movie, or listen to text aloud. APPLE promised to continue development of HyperCard, but didn't follow through. Many HyperCard enthusiasts are continuing to put APPLE on the spot to honor it's word. You can currently obtainthe HyperCard CD for a minimal charge (US $5; International $10.80), that covers the costs of mailing and the CD-ROM media. If you want to help distribute the HyperCard Mail List CD, you can sign up to become one of the duplicators/distributors at the following URL:
{APPLE Computer}

iCab (PowerPC) - German alternative Web Browser in Beta Stage; Final Version due soon...
Download URL:
Note: It is suggested that you type or "Cut & Paste" this German URL into Alta Vista's "Babel Fish" Translation Page (, and select "German to English" from the pull-down Menu, if you can't read German.
{Alexander Clauss & iCab company} (Commercial Shareware)

Internet Config 2.5 - Mac OS Internet Preferences Configuration Program for Traditional Mac OS. Requires: Mac OS 7 or above and Component Manager (Component Manager is installed as part of Mac OS 7.1 and above, and as part of QuickTime).
Download URLs:
Older versions:
FAQs posted at:
{Quinn "The Eskimo" and Peter N Lewis - Stairways Software Pty Ltd} (Freeware)

Download URL:
{Peter Sichel & Sustainable Softworks} (Shareware)

Interarchy 5 for Mac OS 8 through Mac OS X (Interarchy was formerly known as Anarchie) - Mac Internet Engine; Supports all the most common Internet protocols including FTP, HTTP, SSH and many others.
Download URL:
{Peter N. Lewis and Andrew Tomazos - Stairways Software Pty Ltd} (Commercial Shareware)

iTools 5.0 for MacOS X Server
{Tenon Intersystems} (Commercial)

Jack Nicholas (discontinued game)
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

Jade 1.2 - Jade is a JPEG viewer based on the Independent JPEG Group's library of JPEG compression and decompression routines. It's main purpose is to fill the gap in Macintosh JPEG viewers which can view full sized JPEG images while maintaining reasonable memory and speed requirements. It was also made to be useful as a helper application in Netscape or any other web browser application that supports helpers. In addition to having more images open at once, Jade can also view JPEG images at their full size; all you really need is the disk space. Jade is fast at JPEG decompression. Jade offers various display modes which allow you to trade off image quality for speed. The only exception found is when Mac color quantization is used (when the monitor can only display 256 colors or less). It doesn't support PNG (Portable Network Graphics) at this time.
Support Email: "Jason Weng" <>
Download URL:
{Jason Weng} (Freeware)

Jam 2.6.2 - Audio/CD Burning Software; Jam for Macintosh allows you to easily create 100% Red Book compliant audio CDs. Jam converts AIFF, SDII, WAV, or MP3 files into audio tracks on CD. Jam supports most USB, IDE, SCSI, and FireWire CD-Recorders, on all Power Macintoshes running Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.1 (Mac OS 8.6 is recommended).
{Roxio} (Commercial)

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - Popular Game: Jazz is back! The nefarious turtle Devan Shell has built a timemachine as part of a diabolical plan to rewrite Carrotos' past. now, only our hero and his spaced-out little brother Spaz can stop him from turning history on it's ear! Run, jump, and hop your way through levels filled with a variaty of goodies. Mac OS port by Logicware. Requirements: Power Macintosh Mac OS 7.5.3 or later 16 MB available RAM (32MB recommended) 45MB free hard disk space.,47,30_2881/*ws4d-db-query-Show.ws4d?*ws4d-db-query-Show***HOL-BHF-223223223223223231-1430***-eProducts***-***Shopping(directory)***.ws4d?Shopping/results(S).html {Ideas From the Deep -} (Commercial)

JPEGView 3.3.1
Download URL:
Email: "Aaron Giles" <>
{Aaron Giles} (Freeware)

Kai's Power Tools aka KPT - A collection of image filters that produce spectacular effects for print and the Web. {Corel Corporation, Inc.} (Commercial)

KANDU CCPORT - A ClarisCAD/MacDRAW II to AutoCAD DXF Translator.
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial)

KANDU DXF - DXF Export Plug-In For Adobe Illustrator v.8 or 9 Mac OS
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial)

KANDU DWG - DWG Export Plug-In for Adobe Illustrator v.8 or v.9 for MacOS
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial)

{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial Shareware)

Klingon Honor Guard
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

Lode Runner 2 (discontinued game)
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

MacAmp (fna AMP Radio) - Macintosh Audio Multimedia MP3/audio Player. MacAmp supports many audio formats, including MP3s, CD Audio, AIFF/Wav and Internet streams. Use it to Play MIDI (To play MIDI files in MacAmp, you'll need to download the MIDI Instruments file, from the MacAmp AddOns center) and MOD files, or the new Ogg Vorbis audio format. Drag your CD tracks to the playlist for digital CD audio. Experimental support for Real Audio and QuickTime streams. MacAmp's Broadcast plugin also allows you to broadcast your own live radio stream right from your Macintosh. Built-in, inline, ID3 tag editor, to easily rename any and all ID3 information about the files on your playlist. MacAmp has two methods for recording audio. Use the record button to save MP3 streams for later playback. Record your own Internet stream, as you broadcast it. Or you can use the AIFF Writer to capture any audio played through MacAmp. History: Dmitry Boldyrev, now the lead programmer at Subband, was the original creator of MacAmp, when it was written under Nullsoft. He later moved on to @soft, bringing the project with him. When Dmitry left @soft to form Subband, he brought the MacAmp name with him. @soft's player then became known as MacAst. Subband Software is the official owner of the MacAmp trademark, and the official maker of the MacAmp audio player. Requires: Power Macintosh. Mac OS 8.5 through Mac OS 9.1. 3000k devoted to MacAmp. Internet Access (for streaming).
Download URL:
{Dmitry Boldyrev/Subband Software, Inc.} (Commercial Shareware)

MacAst 1.0.1- Macintosh Audio Multimedia MP3/audio Player. MACAST is a Mac OS application designed to provide a fully-featured environment in which to enjoy many different sound formats: AIFF, CD Audio, .MP1, .MP2 (MPEG Audio Layer II), .MP3 (MPEG Audio Layer III), Shoutcast/Icecast Streams, WAV, .669 (Composer 669), .AMF (DMP Advanced Module), .DSM (DSIK), .FAR (Farandole), .GDM (General DigiMusic), .IMF (Imago Orpheus), .IT (ImpulseTracker), .M15 (15-Instrument MOD), .MED (Amiga MED), .MOD (Protracker, StarTracker, FastTracker), .MTM (MTM), .OKT (OKTAmed), .S3M (Screamtracker), .STM (Screamtracker 2), .STX (STMIK 0.2), .ULT (Ultratracker), .XM (Fasttracker). MACAST's Visual and BLR Plugins add a colorful experience to the music, and its skins allow the user to customize their player anyway he/she likes.Requires: PowerPC processor (100 MHz processor or faster is recommended). Mac OS 7.5.5 with Appearance Manager added (Mac OS 8.1 or later is recommended), and at least 5 MB or more of free RAM.
Download URLs:
Information URL:
Visage Services Purchase URL:
@soft Information: <>
@soft Sales: <>
@soft Support: <>
@soft Developer Support: <>
{Eduard Ginzburg/@soft} (Commercial Shareware)

MachTen CodeBuilder - Complete suite of C, C++, Objective-C, Java, Ada, and Fortran development tools
{Tenon Intersystems} (Commercial)

MacLynx - Mac OS implementation of the Lynx 2.7.1 Text-based Web Browser. Supports frames, forms, cookies, proxies, InternetConfig, drag&drop, Speech Manager, external applications.
Download URL:
{Lynx Development Team} (Freeware)

MacPerl - Larry Wall's "Perl" ported to the Macintosh by Matthias U. Neeracher (who is well known for porting Unix softwares to the Macintosh); MacPerl runs under either the Mac OS Finder or the MPW (the Macintosh Programmers Workbench). MacPerl is used for: CGI scripts, data transformations, document processing, genetic sequence analysis, system and network administration, and many other functions.
Download URLs: & &
Development URL:
Support Email: "Matthias U. Neeracher" <>
Information about MacPerl on Reference CD-ROM is at:
Distributed by:
Prime Time Freeware
370 Altair Way, Suite 150
Sunnyvale, California 94086 USA
{Matthias U. Neeracher - Larry Wall} (Freeware)

Macromedia Director 8.5 Shockwave Internet Studio Requires: Power Macintosh Power PC processor (G3 or higher recommended). Mac OS 8.5, 8.5.1, 8.6, 9.0 or 9.1. 64 MB or more of available RAM (with virtual memory on). 100 MB of available disk space. 256-color monitor capable of 800 x 600 resolution. OpenGL 1.1.2 or higher (recommended). 3D accelerator (recommended); Macromedia notes: Shockwave Unsupported Driver: ATI Model Name: (as shown in Macintosh Preferences): .display_rage128. Driver Version: 1.0.1f14/opengl1.1.2. Notes: Mac - ATI Rage 128: Fog and Reflection map together crashed; OpenGL is blocked for this particular driver. Renderer: OpenGL; The preferred renderer to default to #software mode despite the setting assigned during authoring.
{Macromedia} (Commercial)

Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 - Web site design, development and creation software. You can build Macromedia Flash graphics directly in Dreamweaver. Visual layout tools or text-editing environment... Requires: Power Macintosh Processor (G3 or higher recommended). Mac OS 8.6 or 9.x. 64 MB of available RAM. 135 MB of available hard-disk space. 800 x 600, 256-color display (1024 x 768, millions of colors recommended). CD-ROM drive.
{Macromedia} (Commercial)

Macromedia Fireworks 4 - Create, edit, and animate Web graphics using a complete set of bitmap and vector tools. Export controls to optimize your images, give them advanced interactivity, and export them into HTML editors. Launch and edit Fireworks graphics from inside Dreamweaver or Macromedia Flash. Requires: Power Macintosh Processor (G3 or higher recommended). Mac OS 8.6 or 9.x. 64 MB of available RAM. 80 MB of available hard-disk space. 800 x 600, 256-color display (1024 x 768, millions of colors recommended). CD-ROM drive. 800 x 600, 256-color display (1024 x 768, millions of colors recommended). Adobe Type Manager Version 4 or later with Type 1 fonts.
{Macromedia} (Commercial)

Macromedia Flash 5 - For designing and delivering low-bandwidth animations, presentations, and Web sites. Scripting capabilities and server-side connectivity for creating engaging applications, Web interfaces,and training courses. Content created will be viewable by 98.3% of the online audience with the Macromedia Flash Player. Requires: Power Macintosh with MacOS 8.5, 8.5.1, 8.6, 9.x, or OS X (Classic mode only). 32 MB of free available system RAM. 40 MB of available hard disk space. 256-color monitor capable of 800x600 resolution. CD-ROM drive.
{Macromedia} (Commercial)

Macromedia Flash Player - Requires: Mac OS 8.1 or later. Netscape plug-in works with Netscape 3 or later, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or later. Macromedia Flash Player Java Edition requires a Java-enabled browser.
{Macromedia} (Freeware)

Macromedia FreeHand 10 - Design once and publish across multiple mediums. Use FreeHand 10 to create illustrations, design and organize Web site storyboards, and layout graphics-rich documents in a multi-page workspace. Easily produce superior Macromedia Flash movies, and test them inside of FreeHand with the Flash Navigation Panel. Imports: EPS. Illustrator 1.1, 88, 3, 4, 5.5, 6, 7. Photoshop 2.5, 3, 4, 5. Acrobat PDF 4., FreeHand 5, 5.5, 7, 8, 9. DCS 1, DCS 2, DXF, PICT, PICT2, RTF, ASCII, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, Targa, BMP. FH 10 template. Exports: Macromedia Flash (SWF). Generic EPS (RGB and CMYK). Photoshop 5 (PSD). EPS for Photoshop. EPS for QuarkXPress. Illustrator 1.1, 88, 3, 4, 5.5, 6, 7. FreeHand 5, 5.5, 7, 8, 9. Acrobat (PDF). DCS 2, PICT, PICT2, RTF, ASCII, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, Targa, BMP. Requires: PowerPC Processor. Mac OS 8.6, 9.1, or OS X. 32 MB of available RAM (64 MB RAM or more recommended). 70 MB of free hard disk space Netscape Navigator 4.0 or later. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later. Color monitor capable of 800 x 600, 256-color display (1024 x 768, millions of colors recommended). CD-ROM Drive. Adobe Type Manager Version 4 or later with Type 1 fonts (recommended). Postscript Level 2-Compatible printer or higher. Note: To conserve disk space, FreeHand Clip Art is located in the Clipart folder on the FreeHand CD-ROM.
{Macromedia} (Commercial)

Macromedia Shockwave Player - Requires: Mac OS 8.1 or later; Power Macintosh Power PC processor (G3 or higher recommended) 32 MB of available installed RAM. Netscape 4.0 or later. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5 or later. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5 or later. AOL 4.0 or later
{Macromedia} (Freeware)

Macromedia SoundEdit 16 V2 (for Mac OS 7.1 through Mac OS 8.6) - Create audio for multimedia projects and the Web. SoundEdit integrates seamlessly with other Macromedia products such as Macromedia Flash and Macromedia Director. Requires: 68030 processor or faster, including PowerBook, AV, and Power Macintosh native. Mac OS 7.1 or higher. Hard drive with 15 MB free disk space. 16-bit sound input hardware required to record 16-bit sound. Apple Sound Manager 3.1 or higher, AppleScript 1.1, and QuickTime 2.1 or higher (all three included) 13" monitor or larger. File formats: Opens and saves sound files in the following formats: SoundEdit 16, AIFF/AIFC, Windows Wave (.WAV), Sound Designer II, QuickTime, Sound Edit, System 7 Sound (.SND), Sun .AU, Resource, and Instrument. Compression support: MA4:1, µ-Law encoding, MACE, MacroMind.
Web Page:
Shockwave Developer Tools for SoundEdit 16:
Support Page:

MARS RISING - Arcade/Action Game: Terran Command has ordered a stategic retaliatory action against key Martian facilities. You are to strike from Deimos using prototype Vac-Fighters. It's a good thing you're wearing clean underwear. For PowerPC Only. 256 color monitor at a minimum resolution of 640x480 pixels, 13" or greater; Minimum RAM needed is 7500k. Extras: No coins needed.
{David Wareing/Ambrosia Software} (Commercial)

Math Blaster (3 versions) - Requires: Power PC (120 MHz or higher), System 8.1, 8.6, 9.1 (or higher). 12 MB RAM free. 12x CD-ROM. Monitor at thousands of colors. Mouse and Keyboard. Internet Features require: 56K modem or better. Internet Web Browser. Internet Service Provider (ISP):

Math Blaster Ages 6-7:
Some pretty unusual animals can be found at the intergalactic zoo and boy, are they lazy! Help take care of them, shape them up and learn basic math facts, measuring, telling time, classifying and sorting too.

Math Blaster Ages 7-8:
It's carnival time at the intergalactic fairgrounds that's a total space adventure under the big top. Learn number patterns, fractions, logic, problem solving, addition, subtraction and multiplication.

Math Blaster Ages 8-9:
Evil Dr. Zero has let loose his ruthless bugs to invade the super-computer on planet Omega. Use problem solving and estimating skills to outwit the bugs and save the universe. {Davidson and Associates/Knowledge Adventure} (Commercial)

MathPad 2.5.2 - General Purpose Graphing Scientific Calculator Software. It uses a text window rather than simulating buttons on a hand held calculator. Live scratchpad interface allows you to see and edit your entire calculation. Simple plotting allows quick visualization of results. General purpose arrays allow calculations involving vectors, complex numbers, matrix algebra, etc. 2D arrays can be displayed as grayscale or color images. MathPad 2.5.2 runs on any Macintosh with Mac OS 7.0 or better, and has also been tested under OS 9.
Download URL:
Older versions:
{Mark Widholm} (Freeware)

High-end all-purpose Symbolic-Computation/Mathematic Notation/Technical Computing & Publication/Processing & Communicating Technical Information Program, that also works with Web Files. Built-in Automatic conversion of MATLAB M-Files to Mathematica Notebooks. Requirements: Version 3.0.1 for 680x0 CPUs: Mac OS 7.1 or later. Minimum of 30 MB available hard disk space (118 MB recommended). 9 MB available RAM minimum (12 MB or more recommended). Version 4.1 for PowerPC: Mac OS 7.5.3 or later. Minimum of 54 MB available hard disk space (189 MB or more recommended). 32 MB available RAM minimum. Version 4.1.5 for Mac OS X: Minimum of 210 MB MB available hard disk space. 128 MB available RAM minimum.
{Wolfram Research} (Commercial)

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
{Broderbund} (Commercial)

Media Cleaner Pro - Industry-standard tool for importing, authoring, encoding and delivering interactive streaming media using popular streaming formats, including RealVideo, QuickTime, Windows Media, as well as MPEG-1 and MPEG-2. Web designers can produce video that drives web content by adding interactivity to streaming media like "Buy Me!" links and hot spots. Requires Power Macintosh. Video capture/playback require Power Macintosh capable of supporting a compatible Firewire IEEE 1394 interface. Mac OS 9.x. QuickTime v4 (included) or later 64 MB available RAM. 10MB available hard disk space for software. Additional 45 MB required for sample movies. IEEE 1394 Firewire video capture/playback require an UltraDMA or Ultra wide SCSI drive capable of 5MB per second sustained transfer. CD-ROM or DVD drive. 800 x 600, 16-bit display (24-bit recommended). Video Capture/Playback:OHCI-standard FireWire IEEE 1394 interface (available PCI slot required). Digital Camcorder DV and Digital8 digital camcorder with input/output interface (Digital camcorders may label the Firewire IEEE 1394 interface "DV in/out").
{Discreet, a division of Autodesk/Terran Interactive} (Commercial)

Millie's Math House - For Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Requires: Color Macintosh (256 colors required). 4 available MB RAM (8 MB recommended). CD-ROM drive (2X or faster recommended). Mac 7.5.6 - 9.x. 13" monitor or larger. Optional Printer
{EDMARK/Riverdeep} (Commercial)

Microsoft FrontPage - Available as part of Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition GOLD.
FrontPage Patch 1.0 for Mac OS 9.x:
{Microsoft} (Commercial)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1.4 - Microsoft's 16-bit color Web Browser for Mac OS; Macworld editor Jason Snell has pointed out some "quirks" in the way the IE 5 renders pages in the Mac OS, including problems with Cascading Style Sheets: "IE 5 simply doesn't handle it right." The Web Standards Project liked the HTML 4 and CSS 1 support in the Macintosh version of IE 5, but cautioned that no Web Browser could be considered fully standards-compliant until it fully supports XML and the DOM. Microsoft now states that Internet Explorer 5.1.4 for Mac OS 8.1 through 9.x.x now supports HTML 4.0, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 1.0, Document Object Model (DOM) 1.0 HTML, Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG). It still crashes a fair amount.

There is also an Internet Explorer 5.x bug that exposes users' private files to Remote Hacking & Cracking; The security hole is supposed to be blocked by installing APPLE's Mac OS Runtime For Java version 2.2.5 (aka MRJ 2.2.5) for Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.2.2:
For more background information see:
Download URL:
{Microsoft} (Freeware)

Microsoft Office 98 Macintosh Edition GOLD - Software Suite with:
MS Word 98, MS PowerPoint 98, MS Excel 98, MS IE 4.0, MS Outlook Express, MS Front Page 1.0, MS Encarta 98 & MS Bookshelf 98.
System Requirements:;EN-US;q180521
NOTE: You need to get document privacy protection fixes, Y2K fixes (much like on the Windows versions), and Mac OS 9 compatibility fixes for all programs in MS Office from Microsoft. See Microsoft's Site: Product and Technology Catalog:

Microsoft Office 2001 for Macintosh - Software Suite with:
MS Word 2001, MS PowerPoint 2001, MS Excel 2001, MS IE 4.0, MS Entourage 2001.
Note: There have been reports of some problems with the MS Office 20001 Service Pack Updates that are downloadable from Microsoft's Site.

Warning: Yet another Microsoft security problem with MS Word: Microsoft identifies security issues with MS Word RTF files, that can allow hackers access to personal computers on several Platforms; MS promises to post Patches to fix problem; Affected Softwares:

Microsoft Word 97
Microsoft Word 2000
Microsoft Word 98 (J)
Microsoft Word 98 for Mac OS
Microsoft Word 2001 for Mac OS

Unknown if Word 6, Word 6 for Mac OS, and/or Word 5.1a (aka Word 5.1) for Mac OS are affected, and Microsoft states that they don't plan any Patches for earlier versions of Word for DOS, Windows, & the Traditional Mac OS. Some reports from other sources indicate that Word 5.1a for Mac OS files does not have this problem...
{Microsoft} (Commercial)

Microsoft now has a native Mac OS X compatible version of MS Office for OS X, called: "Microsoft Office v. X for Mac". Currently runs slower than Office 2001 for Macintosh under the Traditional Mac OS.

NOTE (regarding older versions of MS Word & Word Files):
The old Microsoft Word 5.1a (aka Microsoft Word 5.1) for Mac OS still remains the most popular Microsoft Word-Processing Program on the Mac Platform; it will run even on a Mac Plus, with 4 MB of RAM installed. It also runs under The "Classic" Environment of Mac OS X (you have to copy the entire Folder for the Application, from your older Mac that it's installed on, via Ethernet, a Zip Disk, or External HD, etc., since newer External Floppy Drives cannot read from the 800K Mac OS Format Floppy Disks.) It also prints envelopes better than later versions of Word.

Microsoft Word 5.1a can read (but not write) newer MS Word Files either via:

1) Installing Microsoft's "Word 6.0 for Windows&Macintosh" (ConverterFile): (goes in the "Word Commands" Folder in the Word 5.1a Application's Folder) and then Microsoft's "Word 97-2001 Converter";***Installers***/Microsoft%20Office%202001/Shared%20Applications/Text%20Converters/Word%2097-2001%20Import


2) Installing the DataViz "MacLinkPlus Deluxe" (Version 12 or 13) Utility Program.

Microsoft Word 98 (also available as part of Microsoft Office 98 for Mac OS) requires at least a 132 MHz PowerPC RISC CPU, and at least 32 MB of RAM above and beyond the RAM for the Mac OS, to function properly.

Be forewarned that MS Word 98 also appears to go into a "brain-dead" mode when Apple Event recording is on, where a significant portion of its functions (it's capabilities that can't be AppleScripted) appear to be disabled. MS Word 98 indicates this by showing a transparent pointer.
  You can open MS Word files even if you don't have MS Word via:

icWord- A Mac utility to open MS Word files without Word

M.Y.O.B. Accounting Plus 8.0
{Best!Ware} (Commercial)

Mosaic 1.5 for Mac OS - Music Desktop Publishing with WYSIWYG environment - Requires: 68020-based Macintosh or faster (PowerPC Macintosh recommended). 8 MB available RAM. Mac OS 7.0 or higher. (Mac OS 7.5.3 or higher recommended).
Tech Notes:
{Mark Of The Unicorn} (Commercial)

"MotoDV" for Mac OS
{Digital Origin, Inc. - Media 100} (Commercial)

"MotoDV Mobile" for Power Macintosh G3 PowerBooks
{Digital Origin, Inc. - Media 100} (Commercial)

MYTH II: SoulBlighter
{Bungie Software Products} (Commercial)

NCSA Telnet for the Macintosh
{National Center for Supercomputing Applications} (Freeware)

NiftyTelnet 1.1 SSH r3 - As of September 6, 2000 this (currently) no-fee Shareware SSH Telnet Program may now legally be used in the U.S.A.
Download URL:
{Jonas Walldén} (Shareware)

NetBarrier 2.1 for Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.x
NetBarrier 10.0 for Mac OS X
- Provides Firewall, Antivandal, and Internet filter functions.
{Intego} (Commercial)

NetObjects Fusion 3
{NetObjects} (Commercial)

Netscape Communicator 4.7 - Netscape's 32-bit color Communications Suite for PowerPC Macintoshes running Mac OS 7.6.1 through Mac OS 9.x (some users prefer this version, but be advised that you should turn off Java and JavaScript to protect against the "Brown Orifice Vulnerability" Security bug; See below...).
{Netscape Communications/AOL} (Freeware)
Note: A Netscape Communicator Security bug similar to the one in the Microsoft Internet Exployer 5 has been discovered; If you are using Netscape Communicator versions 4.0 through 4.74 (just like if you are using Microsoft Internet Exployer 5, and don't have APPLE's Mac OS Runtime For Java version 2.2.5 {aka MRJ 2.2.5} installed), you should turn off Java and JavaScript, via the Advanced options, found under the Edit Menu in Netscape Navigator and Netscape Communicator.

Netscape Communicator 4.79 - Newest version of Netscape's 32-bit color Communications Suite for PowerPC Macintoshes running Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.x., and under the "Classic" Emulation Environment of Mac OS X. If you are running Mac OS 7.6.1, you will need to run Communicator 4.78 instead, as 4.79 is the first 4.x version to drop Mac OS 7.6.1 support (See: Like Netscape 6.2.x, Netscape Communicator 4.75 or higher is not subject to the "Brown Orifice Vulnerability" Security bug, which has been identified as affecting Netscape Communicator versions 4.0 through 4.74 on Windows, Macintosh and Unix operating systems.
Release Notes:
Download URL:
{Netscape Communications/AOL} (Freeware)
Note: The AOL Instant Messenger Program (AIM) is installed as part of Netscape Communicator; If you prefer to disable AOL Instant Messenger program:
1) Remove the "PromoLauncher" alias from your Startup Items folder in your System Folder.
2) Remove the Launch AIM alias from the Startup Items folder in your System Folder.
3) Choose Control Panels from the Apple menu, then choose Extensions Manager from the submenu (or Conflict Catcher, if you use that instead).
4) Deselect AIM Menu.

Netscape Navigator 4.08 - An older classic version of the 32-bit color Netscape Web Browser; stand-alone Web Browser only, without the Email & other functions that come with Netscape Communicator.
For 68k Macintosh Computers running Mac OS 7.6.1 through Mac OS 8.1:
For PowerPC Macintosh Computers running Mac OS 7.6.1 through Mac OS 9.x:
{Netscape Communications/AOL} (Freeware)

The Netscape Web Browser & code is being further developed by the Mozilla Project. Test Release versions for the Traditional Mac OS and/or Mac OS X are being created. For more information see:

1999 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia - iMac Deluxe Edition
{Grolier} (Commercial)

Nisus Writer
{Nisus Software - Paragon Concepts} (Commercial)

Opcode OMS (Open Music System) 2.3.8 - A major part of the Traditional Mac OS MIDI standard. Currently requirements; For 680x0 CPUs: Mac OS 7.1 or higher. 8 MB RAM. For Power Macintosh: Mac OS 7.5 or higher. 16 MB RAM. Completely non-functional under Mac OS X.
Download URL:
iMac, G3, & G4 USB Floppy Enabler Fix:
Website URL:
Opcode Users Group:
Vision 4.5.1 Information Site, an unofficial collection of content from the Opcode Users Group:
{Opcode Systems - A subsidiary of Gibson Guitar Corporation} (Currently Freeware)

Opera Web Browser for Mac OS - PowerPC - Opera PPC version 5.0.485 of this Web Browser is available for the Tradional Mac OS (Mac OS 7.5.3 - 9.1; Systems prior to 8.0 require installation of APPLE's Appearance Manager).There is a Carbon Beta for Mac OS X under development and available for testing. The Tradional Mac OS version requires APPLE's Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.4 (aka MRJ 2.2.4) or higher, and upports supports the following technologies: 128-bit encryption, TLS 1.0, SSL 2 and 3, CSS1 and CSS2, XML, HTML 4.01, HTTP 1.1, ECMAScript, DOM and WAP/WML. Note: Java will not currently work with the Carbon Beta 1. The Carbon Beta requires CarbonLib 1.2.5 or later.
{Opera Software/Jon S. von Tetzchner & Geir Ivarsøy} (Commercial & Shareware)

Painter 5.5 Web Edition
{METACREATIONS} (Commercial)

Performer 6 for Mac OS - MIDI sequencing and production
{Mark Of The Unicorn} (Commercial)

PhotoDV for Mac OS
{Digital Origin, Inc. - Media 100} (Commercial)

{Engineered Software} (Commercial)

PowerCalc - Shareware Calculator Program with dozens of functions. User-friendly interface, persistent memory, eight layers of parentheses, balloon help, and even a backspace key in case you type thewrong number. It supports normal, scientific, and engineering notations, and it can do operations with infinity. Requires Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher.
Download URL:
{John Mauro Software} (Shareware)

PowerPrint 4.5
{Infowave} (Commercial)

Print Shop 6.0 Publishing Suite
{Broderbund} (Commercial)

ProEPS2PICT - A Pro Engineer EPS to PICT Translator
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial)

QUAKE for Mac
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

QuarkXPress 4.0 for Mac OS
{Quark} (Commercial)

QuicKeys 4.0
{CE Software} (Commercial)

QuickTime Pro
Download URL:
You can get the CD-ROM via the Apple Software Order Center at:
1-800-293-6617 (U.S.) or 1-888-295-0653 (Canada).
(APPLE Computer) (Commercial)

QuickTime VR Authoring Studio
(APPLE Computer) (Commercial)

REALbasic - REALbasic is the visual, object-oriented BASIC development environment for Macintosh.
Download URL:
{Real Software, Inc.} (Commercial)

Real Pool
{WizardWorks Group, Inc.} (Commercial)

Regress + (v2.0) - Math Program; Need to fit your data to a function that was not necessarily a straight line? Think that you already knew some of the parameters? Wonder if the optimum fit were statistically acceptable? Wanted the minimum average deviation instead of least-squares? Desired robust confidence intervals for the fitted parameters? Wish that you could make a picture of the result with one keystroke? Needed to know whether a set of random variates was truly Gaussian? Uniform? Gumbel? Had to give up on any of these and settle for second best? Well, now you don't have to...
Download URL:
{Michael P. McLaughlin } (Freeware)

Retrospect [Backup Software]
{Dantz} (Commercial)

Reunion 6.0: Family Tree
{Leister Productions} (Commercial)

RIVEN: The Sequel to MYST
{Broderbund} (Commercial)

Rocky Mountain Trophy Hunter
{MacSoft - GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

RotoDV for Mac OS
{Digital Origin, Inc. - Media 100} (Commercial)

RotoWeb for Mac OS
{Digital Origin, Inc. - Media 100} (Commercial)

Sibelius for Macintosh (Object-oriented Music Notation & MIDI Program)

ShangHai Dynasty
{ACTIVISION} (Commercial)

SimpleText Color Menu - Software Patch that adds Color Menu and Goodies Menu to APPLE's "SimpleText" Text Editor Program by Tom Dowdy (currently for "SimpleText" versions 1.1,1.1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.3.1, 1.3.3, and 1.4 only), that comes with Mac OS 7.5 through Mac OS 9.x.
Download URL:
Email: "Alessandro Levi Montalcini" <>
{Alessandro Levi Montalcini} (Shareware)

Snapz Pro - Screen Image Capture Utility for all possible uses...
Download URL:
{Ambrosia Software} (Commercial Shareware)

SoundJam MP (MP3 player/encoder); Discontinued; Bought by APPLE and converted into iTunes.
{Casady & Greene} (Commercial)

SoundJam MP Plus Update 2.5.3 - Update your registered copy of SoundJam MP to SoundJam MP Plus. Requires: Mac OS 7.6.1 through Mac OS 9.2.x. File Size: 3.2MB. License: Freeware Update.
{Casady & Greene} (Commercial)

{MicroMat Computer Systems, Inc} (Commercial)

{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Starcraft: Brood War
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

StarWars Episode 1: The Gungan Frontier
{MacSoft -GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

STATsimple - Fairly easy to use Mac OS Statistical Software. The statistical routines include: Descriptive statistics, Histogram plot, Student's t-test, Paired t-test, Linear regression, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Bonferroni modified t-tests, Dunnet's t-tests, Fisher's Least Significant Difference tests Simple Chi-Square, Chi-Square 2x2 contingency table.
Download URL:
{Chris Pereira - Nidus Technologies} (Commercial Shareware)

StyleScript 3.8
{Infowave} (Commercial)

TextSpresso (Suite of Text Cleaning Filters)
Download URL:
{Daniel Taylor - Taylor Design} (Shareware)

Toast 4.1.3 Deluxe - Audio/CD Burning Software for Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS 9.1; Note: Toast 4 software does not support upper and lower case in the ISO-9660 standard, such as is required by UNIX. The only known resolution for this with Toast 4.1.3 Deluxe is to obtain a disk utility which will allow you to create a Unix image. One such utility can be downloaded from the web link for "mkisofs" at: The name of the utility is also "mkisofs". This utility will allow you to port the image over to the Macintosh for processing, through whatever hardware interface you have on your Macintosh. Information on doing this is posted at:
{Roxio} (Commercial)

Toast 5.0.2 Titanium - Audio/CD/Video/DVD Burning Software; Toast 5 supports most USB, IDE, SCSI, and FireWire CD-Recorders, on all Power Macintoshes running Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS 9.1.
{Roxio} (Commercial)

NOTE: Roxio states that unfortunately many of the Mac OS X drivers that their products need to function, and to actually burn a CD, have not been released by APPLE yet. They promise that Roxio Toast, Roxio Jam and Roxio DirectCD for Macintosh will be 100% Mac OS X compliant, after an updated and complete version of Mac OS X is actually released by APPLE.

Update: Beta Toast 5.1 Titanium for added OS X compatibility, Preview #2: Minimum OS requirements for this beta update are Mac OS 9.1 or later, or OS X 10.1.2. This update will not install on a machine where Toast 5 Titanium is not already present. If the existing copy of Toast has been personalized, the personalization information will be carried over into the new version. If not, you will be prompted for a valid serial number the first time you launch Toast Titanium 5.1. You may run the updater/installer on either version of the OS. However, in order to install updated versions of the system extensions that are needed for Mac OS 9.1 or higher, start your computer in Mac OS 9.1 or higher, then run the updater/installer. The updater/installer for Toast 5.1 creates an entirely new Toast folder in the Mac OS Applications folder while leaving the existing Toast 5 application folder intact.

Tomb Raider 2
{Aspyr Media} (Commercial)

TurboTax Deluxe for Mac OS (fna MacInTax Deluxe)
{Intuit} (Commercial)

Unisyn 1.5 for Mac OS - Universal MIDI device editor/librarian
{Mark Of The Unicorn} (Commercial)

Unreal for Mac
{MacSoft -GT Interactive Software Corp. - Infogrames Entertainment} (Commercial)

ValueFax 2.0.15
Download URLs: &
Support Email: "Pancomm" <>
{Pancomm} (Commercial Shareware)

ViaHTTP (formerly known as HttpResume) - Start http downloads and/or resume interrupted http downloads.
Download URL:
Support/Registration Email: "Navdeep Bains" <>
{Navdeep Bains - Blackhole Media} (Shareware)

ViewBMP - A BMP viewer w/PICT conversion
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial Shareware)

ViewGIF - A GIF viewer w/PICT conversion
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial Shareware)

ViewPCX - A PCX viewer w/PICT conversion
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial Shareware)

ViewPICT - A Raster/Vector PICT Viewer
{Kandu Software Corporation} (Commercial)

VueScan - VueScan is an excellent program for acquiring images from many different types of scanners, both flatbed scanners and film scanners. And it supports SCSI.
Download URL:
{Ed Hamrick/Hamrick Software} (Commercial)

{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Warcraft Battlechest
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Warcraft II Edition
{Blizzard Software} (Commercial)

Web Devil - Web Devil is a tool for downloading Web Pages and their associated images, textures, and Links.
Download URL:
Email Support: "Chaotic Software" <>
{Chaotic Software} (Shareware)

WebFree - WebFree Control Panel allows you to be the editor for the Web Sites, and lets you screen out advertisements, unwanted images, Links, and Web "Cookies".
Download URL:
Support Email: "Steven Falkenburg" <>
{Steven Falkenburg} (Shareware)

WebSTAR 3.0 Server Software
{StarNine} (Commercial)

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? DELUXE
{Learning Company} (Commercial)

X-Plane 5.0
{Laminar Research} (Commercial)

YaCa - Calculator Application with scientific functions and conversions.
Download URL:
{Simon Richardson} (Shareware)

Y2K Software Audit (aka Year 2000 Software Audit) - While Mac OS 7.5.5 and above are Year 2000 compliant, that doesn't mean all Applications written by all the different Software Companies are. This Program helps identify what Programs might have problems.
Download URL:
Support Email: "Pedagoguery Support" <>
{Pedagoguery Software} (Commercial Shareware)

ZTerm 1.0 (A Classic Mac OS Program!)
Direct-dial Text-based Telecommunications Program for the Mac OS. It features ZModem, YModem, XModem, Kermit and CIS B-Plus/Quick-B file transfers, VT100 & ANSI-BBS emulation, including colors. Requires System 6 or later.
Online FAQs URL:
Download URL:

ZTerm Beta 1.1; Separate PowerPC versions for Mac OS 8.6/9.x, and Mac OS X.
Via US Postal Mail :
PO Box 175
Maineville OH 45039-0175
Support Email: "David P. Alverson" <>
{David P. Alverson/Alverson Software} ($40.00 Shareware)

Mac OS Software Information URLs:

APPLE'S "Macintosh Products Guide"

LoQuinCo Links


MacWindows: The Web Site for Macintosh-Windows Integration Solutions

SiteLink - the Web Guide for Mac Users - Software

In conclusion: Vendor Information

Mac OS CD-ROMs via the APPLE Software Order Center at:
1-800-293-6617 (U.S.) or 1-888-295-0653 (Canada).
(APPLE Computer) (Commercial)

Besides "THE APPLE STORE" (, APPLE now allows vendors to do hardware custom configurations. Among some of the best known custom configuration vendors are:

ClubMac; A Subsidiary of Pacific Business (Also known for having a good variety of backup mediums and related machines available, including DVD {USA 1-Zone ONLY}):

DTP Direct

Digital Graphics (You can also lease from them, and then change to newer equipment as it comes out)

Among some of the regular mail order vendors are:





APPLE also maintains a Web Page to help People locate local Vendors in their own areas at:

APPLE - Where To Buy

Also a Mac Info Page you might enjoy:

Macintosh Facts and Statistics

-Martin A. Totusek

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