Mellel Word Processor – Universal Binary

The developers at RedleX have sent out word that Mellel word processor will soon be a Universal Binary.

As always you can check the list at for a full listing of Universal Binaries – as of today, the list is over 1100 applications. Of course iWork ’06 from Apple is already a Universal Binary, and Nisus Writer Express is as well.

Rumors are (and they are probably fairly accurate) that Apple will have Intel machines across their full desktop and notebook lineup by August of 2006.

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Apple Lists Universal Binaries, MacBook Pro Upgraded

If you are curious about which Mac OS X applications have already made the transition to Universal Binaries, Apple has put together a list of Universal Applications. At this time, MacFamilyTree is the only genealogy application listed as a Universal Application, although most reports are that current Mac OS X genealogy applications will run just fine under Rosetta.

We have a short page dedicated to explaining just what a Universal Binary is as well as how older Mac OS X applications will run under “Rosetta”.

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Classic Environment on an Intel-Based Mac has information about software that may possibly run MacOS 7, 8, or 9, under an Intel-based Mac. Originally the software was being developed to run under Linux or PowerPC based Macs, however it has been ported to Intel Macs. Note that the developers don’t have access to an Intel Mac just yet, however this looks promising.

The project is called SheepShaver, and it’s Open Source. On a PowerPC Mac, it runs the applications at native speeds, otherwise it emulates some of the hardware. It runs MacOS 7.5.2 thru MacOS 9.0.4.

Give this project a few months, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see something come out of it, that works. This would be important to those Mac-based genealogists who are using older software that runs under a Classic environment, and who want to upgrade to a new iMac or MacBook Pro.

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Report of Reunion on new Intel iMacs

Over in the ReunionTalk Forums, a member reported that Reunion 8.0.6 runs just fine on the new Intel-based iMacs. Bob White reported that it was “pretty close to twice as fast as it was on the G4 eMac that I’ve been using. Charts pop up like a lightning strike.”

In the same thread, a member of the Leister Pro technical support team reported that Reunion 9 will run natively on Intel-based Macs.

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