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Maybe they did this purposely because they didn't want to get sued by G4 owners who may claim that the movies in 30 minutes or less thing is misleading.
 

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I'm pissed. I have a dual 1.8 GHz G5. It blows that my G5 is already an antique. I expected the drop for G4's but not my G5. I can't justify spending money for the only app I will use, iPhoto. iLife 08 will pass me by. I'll get the next version when I finally get a new machine in a couple of years.
 

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I was just going to plunk down a grand on a used, albeit with applecare, Powerbook G4. Now, a grand to put on the new iMac. Would have loved the PB, though. Oh well, you can't stop progress.
 

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Question, why would a iMac single 1.9Ghz G5 work but a PowerMac dual 1.8Ghz G5 not work? Adagio I think you should be fine...
 

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Wow...

apple.com/ilife said:
iMovie requires a Mac with an Intel processor, a Power Mac G5 (dual 2.0GHz or faster), or an iMac G5 (1.9GHz or faster).
Weird. Dual 2.0 or single 1.9?? Maybe iMovie doesn't utilize the Dual Cores, and 1.9 works, but 1.8 won't? That doesn't make sense, though, does it??
 

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It's interesting to see how the system requirements for iMovie works out because it needs a dual processor or dual core G5 at a minimum or an Intel processor.

I'm kind of curious if the new version of iMovie will run on any of the early low end Intel Macs that have the single core CPU (Core Solo? Is that what it was called?). It's also kind of bizzare how the dual 1.8 GHz G5 system doesn't cut it, but the dual 2.0 GHz G5 does. I almost bought one of the 1.8s but opted for a 2.0 instead...which is fortunate since it appears that it'll be the bottom end of the G5 systems that'll be supported for the time being.

Lastly, I guess the writing is on the wall for all of the people with G4 Powerbooks and iBooks as for how long they'll be able to keep upgrading the software on those systems. I guess it really was a good time to get that MacBook Pro on Saturday.
 

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Question, why would a iMac single 1.9Ghz G5 work but a PowerMac dual 1.8Ghz G5 not work? Adagio I think you should be fine...
I agree. There isn't a whole lot of difference between the 1.8 and the 2.0 dual G5's. The problem is the installer usually checks for supported systems. Apparently there is a way of getting around this. I'm not sure how it works but I hope to find out. It may mean getting a bit creative. ;)

I'm going to hold off buying iLife 08 until I'm certain I can get iMovie to work.
 

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Lastly, I guess the writing is on the wall for all of the people with G4 Powerbooks and iBooks as for how long they'll be able to keep upgrading the software on those systems. I guess it really was a good time to get that MacBook Pro on Saturday.
There is no doubt that as machines age they will not keep up to software development. But it is important to maintain perspective. It all depends on the needs of the individual user. it is in the company's interest to push newer machines, yet there are plenty of people still on G3s because those machines meet their needs.

G4s, especially late model ones, will still be great for many tasks for years to come.

For balance, consider how many folks out there have machines that carry features offering power that they never utilize.
 

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There is no doubt that as machines age they will not keep up to software development. But it is important to maintain perspective. It all depends on the needs of the individual user. it is in the company's interest to push newer machines, yet there are plenty of people still on G3s because those machines meet their needs.

G4s, especially late model ones, will still be great for many tasks for years to come.

For balance, consider how many folks out there have machines that carry features offering power that they never utilize.
I think you said what I was trying to get at much better than I did: It seems we have now reached the point where software development is starting to pass by the G4s. My comment isn't based on the new iMovie alone. The software that comes with the newer Elgato eyeTV boxes that have ATSC tuners will only allow you to watch high definition television stations on G5 or Intel systems. Those still work on G4 systems, but for standard definition only.

HDTV (hence, the HD capable eyeTVs and, as of yesterday, iMovie) is the big space/memory/CPU load these days, and that's what's shifted the limiting factor for some software up from G4s as the minimum system for some things. It's kind of interesting because it clearly draws the dividing line between whether you need to upgrade or not. If you want to work with high definition TV content, you pretty much have to because of the hardware requirements for more HD capable software; if not, then you don't need to upgrade. As far as wanting to upgrade independently of needing to, then it's a personal choice.

I like your comment about people using G3s because it still meets their needs. I continued to use an IBM XT well into 1997 (this thing was top of the line around 1982 or so) for PC stuff, mainly WordPerfect, because it met my needs and because replacing computers is a horribly expensive proposition by the time you factor in all the costs of upgrading software and the time involved, in addition to buying the new machine.
 

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The problem is the installer usually checks for supported systems. Apparently there is a way of getting around this. I'm not sure how it works but I hope to find out. It may mean getting a bit creative. ;)

I'm going to hold off buying iLife 08 until I'm certain I can get iMovie to work.
I'm sure there will be a way to get it to work -- I got Garageband to install on an old G3 iBook, etc...

You just need to open the installer package and edit a Plist file, I'd assume. Not a huge hard task. And I'm sure a lot of tutorials will be posted once people get their hands on this software.

Also, expect a lot of this going on for people to get Leopard to install on G3 systems ;)
 
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