Today’s blog entry concerns a topic that will be near and dear to many vintage Mac enthusiasts – additional places to look for compatible software! I have recently learned of two significant software repositories for vintage Mac software that I had not previously been aware of, and I thought I should pass this information on to you.
The first is MacGUI at http://www.macgui.com. Now many of you may know about Mac GUI already – it has been around for some time. However, they have recently redesigned the site, and I received a notice of this, having been a member there for some time. Of significant note to this blog entry was my rediscovery of their software repository, which they call The Vault. It is truly a wonderful resource for those of us looking for vintage Mac software, covering all the way from the Apple II years onwards. There are high level sections for each of Apple II, Apple IIgs and Macintosh. The “Macintosh” section is the one of particular interest to this blog.
The software is grouped into logical categories like Graphics, Utilities and so on, and each title has its year of publication listed with it, making it relatively easy to spot programs that will run on your specific Mac. One thing the good folks at Mac GUI could do to improve the usefulness of their “Macintosh” area however would be to add an “Architecture” column for each title as well, so that you could tell at a glance whether the program was for 68K, Fat Binary, PPC, or Universal Binary.
There are thousands of titles in the Mac GUI vault, so browse to your heart’s content. I am sure that you will be able to find what you are looking for, or if not, several alternatives.
The second repository I have recently stumbled upon is FreeSMUG (Free Open Source Software Mac User Group) at http://www.freesmug.org.
I was following a chain of links that started at one of my favorite PPC blogs (Viva PowerPC, http://vivapowerpc.blogspot.com/) and eventually I found a blog and an entry that linked to FreeSMUG. What a fortuitous find. I wish I could find the source blog that referenced FreeSMUG so that I could give the author credit, but my efforts to repeat the chain of links have failed. Anyway, FreeSMUG is a pretty cool resource for vintage (and not so vintage) Mac software. It is organized in a direct and easy to understand manner, and they have LOTS of good titles. I would recommend visiting there and having a look!
Of course, if you can’t find what you are looking for at either of the above, don’t forget the Macintosh Garden at http://www.macintoshgarden.org. The Macintosh Garden has an astonishingly large collection of “abandonware” – you can find almost anything there!