05-16-2006, 07:40 AM
So just to sum up what other have said:
1.The G4/G5 macs are being phased out, the intel based macs are the replacement.
2.Nearly all software for the G4/G5 macs will run on the intel based ones, just a bit slower.
3. No windows software will run on any mac, unless you add emulation software or install windows as a second operating system. (G4/G5 macs can only run emulation software for windows, which is slower; intel macs can boot windows normally, so things run very fast and you can use all your normal windows software there)
4. In time, all mac software will be able to run on the intel macs at full speed.
So, considering your situation now, I'd definitely go for a Macbook Pro. It's inheritently faster than the Powerbook G4 and is also more flexible.