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need some help

by sillyleon / January 15, 2007 5:22 PM PST

I want to have a try of this software DVD to iPod Converter for Mac at this website When I downloaded the software, I was confused. The download says to choose an Intel or a Power PC download. I have a MacBook Pro. Which one of these should I download in order to rip my DVDs?

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Type of processor
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 15, 2007 8:52 PM PST
In reply to: need some help

Your computer, a MacBook Pro, is driven by an Intel processor so you choice would be Intel

You will sometimes see another set of choices for software.

PPC or Universal Binary (UB)

Your choice in this case would be the Universal Binary version. This software is written to run on both types of processor.

You won't see it very often but in this transition period, it may well crop up.

Hope this helps


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thank you
by sillyleon / January 18, 2007 3:49 PM PST
In reply to: Type of processor

Hi. this does help. thank you. BTW where can i find the software you mentioned? is it free?

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Sorry, I don't understand
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 18, 2007 8:59 PM PST
In reply to: thank you

The only software I mentioned was in response to your original question. Any software that you purchase, or get for free, should be able to run on OS X. Preferably the software you get should be Unversal Binary.

The OS for the Intel Mac has a piece of software built into it called Rosetta. This translates programs that were not specifically written for the Intel processor. These are PPC programs.
Programs that are written specifically for the Intel processor are usually written in such a way as to be able to run on the Intel AND be able to run, without using Rosetta, on the PPC processor. This is called Universal Binary.
Programs that run on a particular processor without the aid of any other program, like Rosetta, are said to run natively. A program running natively is usually faster than one that needs help.

If you are looking for software for OS X, go to the Apple menu, (top left of screen) and choose Mac OS X Software. You will find tons of it


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Yes, distinguish the two...
by Alegoo92 / January 20, 2007 11:55 AM PST
In reply to: thank you

What he mentioned before (Universal Binaries and PPC) are software FORMATS. (not trying to be yelling or mean but theres no italics in this editor...)

When you are asked to download an application: you will never use PPC because your computer does not use a PowerPC processor, it uses Intel: so get either the Intel version or the Universal version, both work perfectly.

A MacBook Pro has always used intel processors, which means that any mac software you buy will need to be compatible with that (once again, Intel or Universal).

Hope this clears it up.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 20, 2007 10:29 PM PST

as to how this answers the posters second question.

The first question the poster asked was answered.

The second question, which you replied to, was not addressed in your answer.

As an aside, I read that you are suggesting that PPC software will not work in an Intel Mac. Is this just your belief or is it a documented fact.

Please clarify your statement.

I think you may have totally confused the original poster with that piece of advice.


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