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Out-of-Date Mac Software & Products

Nothing is certain but death and taxes…

The inevitability — impossible to avoid or prevent — is a strong word, but for Death and Taxes, it is true to life.

CHANGE!  Change is also inevitable.  The mood your in now will be different at some point in time; the restaurant that you frequent, or a specific meal they prepare, will change; a brand of clothing, or shoes, that you adore, yes, they will change eventually; very little in our world stays as it is — the clock is in perpetual motion.

The following is a list of items: software, products, clothing, restaurants, dishes, and more, that have either been discontinued, stopped working, or forgotten.

In my younger, naive, state of mind, I thought everything lasted forever; that companies supported and continued their wonderful products; that software would always be updated; that my comfortable routine of living, work, and play would never cease to exist, and the status quo would be timeless.


Upgrade for a fee or none at all…

I select my software with caution, a scrutinizing eye, and lots of research looking at usability, needs, and longevity; yet, longevity is such a weak word when we know that CHANGE in inevitable.

Things ran fine until a major change from Mac OS9 to Mac OSX (10.0.x); Software upgrades were required, and some software was rendered unusable because it only ran on OS9 architecture.

Then came other OS changes, and finally another major change to Intel Macs; All of them with their ups and downs, but always a software update.

Programs, or Apps as they are know by now, required constant updating to meet the needs of the user, and of you were programming it for free it could be time consuming — some geeks just did it;  Paid Apps were updated with more frequency; however, an influx of programmers diluted the software world and made free versions of paid apps — not always better.

No matter what the reason, the ever changing landscape of Software — Applications, or Apps — is inevitable.


Used this extensively while working at home to stay in touch with family. It still works; however, Facebook, ICQ, Skype, and others constantly changed their API and connectivity to make it difficult to connect with third-party apps, so you have to use only their app. Adium programmers gave up trying to stay on top of it mainly because it is a free app.

September 5, 2016

Alsoft Diskwarrior

Have to pay for each update and that is too much for me.  Maybe one day…maybe.

September 28, 2005


cannot find updates or their website is not working January 22, 2014

January 14, 2007

WorkStrip by SoftChaos [does not exist anymore]

A multifaceted “file management tool” that makes life easier on a Mac, not that it was not easy already.
WorkStrip X is a launcher, previewer and work management tool, all in one.
Does not work with 10.6.x up and I MISS IT!!!
v3.2.2 November 2005
v3.1.1 February 2004
WorkStrip v3 • July 15, 2003 (OL) • $17
WorkStrip X, v2.5 • MacWorld Expo 2003 • $35.

February 14, 2007


An app that brings back some OS 9 finder features. But they have been gone for so long, do we really need them anymore?

January 14, 2007

Apple Final Cut Studio

I have used used Final Cut since v3 up to Pro 5.1 with Apple DVD Studio Pro for over 500 projects for DVD Memories and Aria Pictures; it was a good friend for me.

April 20, 2005

DivX Player 2.0

Better than Quicktime? Before quicktime went 10.7.x weak. I must try it again sometime when I have time. January 22, 2014

October 17, 2007

Nova Development Corporation

Print Explosion Deluxe 2.0.7 could Create cards, posters, and so forth. Just like all companies that start out doing windows software that try to incorporate mac development, they lack on the Mac end.  I guess they tried it, but when sales lacked, well…  Software was great.

September 30, 2003

OmniGraffle by the Omni Group

Came bundled with my Powerbook with OmniOutliner. Upgrade to Intel version is $100. Is great for many things. Used it quite often.

May 18, 2009


A browser I used quite often before Safari and Firefox existed. Started with 1.7 back in 1995. It is now a paid program where others are free.

January 2, 2013


Camino was another browser I used until it was discontinued
2.1.2 - March 8, 2012
1.5 July 14, 2007

July 14, 2007

Google NotifierGoogle Notifier

Google Notifier has been on my menu bar for many years, it was a great way to know if you had Gmail and Calendar events without logging in.  Google has now discontinued it.

Google GadgetGoogle Gadgets

Google Gadgets was a desktop app for Mac that you can run gadgets like Weather, games, and other items.  It never amounted to much and is now discontinued it.

Google DesktopGoogle Desktop

Google Desktop was really cool at first, it id more than Spotlight and Finder Search on the Mac, with features, you can view your mac in a browser, but it is now discontinued it.

Januaury 22, 2014

Ortabe NetFinder

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for uploading and downloading from the internet.

Was great in the day, but had a few issues they tried fixing, but in 6 years no word back from them, and last update was 3.1.1, so it may be safe to say they gave up on it. January 22, 2014
3.1.1 r12 April 14, 2008
February 16, 2008: $12 upgrade price
Since before February of 2004 v2.3.3

February 16, 2008

PowerTicker X from White Nile Software

A specialized Internet browser that lets you view the free stock market information provided online by financial websites around the world.

I REALLY MISS THIS COOL APP, but no more development on it.
2.7.2 - July 7, 2007
2.6.5 - December 9, 2006

Since July 2002

weather dockWeatherDock 3.0

no longer in development, but very cool when it was around.  2005 - 2011 R.I.P.

July 14, 2007

apple worksAppleWorks 6.2.9

Appleworks was my main text application for many years. Does not work with 10.5.x up

April 20, 2004

Microsoft Office 2004

Yes, I know, the only thing MS on my Macs, but using iWork much more.

added: October 17, 2007 & April 2008


PowerBook G4 (17") 2003

LOVE this machine and still have it and use it, although cannot run any Intel software, it is still hanging in there.

January 22, 2014

iPod (Click Wheel) 2004

What an awesome thing to have had. amazing little item, but alas, it died.

January 22, 2014