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Hi,
There is a cool option in MacPilot that lets you extract a ppc or intel app from a universal app. But I don't want to buy this program just for that.
Is there another program (freeware) for this purpose?

p.s I hope this is the right place for this
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If the application is Universal... what's the benefit in extracting one or the other?

It already works for both.

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Isn't a ppc app on a ppc mac a little faster the using a universal app?
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Speed is not the issue. It would run the same either way. A Universal Application takes up more hard drive space since it has code for both PPC and Intel. Otherwise it would make no difference in the way it operates.
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Isn't a ppc app on a ppc mac a little faster the using a universal app?
No, why would it be?
By its very definition, a Universal app is a PPC app.
It just happens to be coded for Intel as well.

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I thought I heard somewhere that individual processor apps where faster then the universal ones.
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I concur with the others: there should be absolutely no performance penalty for running a Universal app, only a slight increase in overall disk space usage. See the Wikipedia article below for more information on why this should be the case:

Universal binary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Hi,
There is a cool option in MacPilot that lets you extract a ppc or intel app from a universal app. But I don't want to buy this program just for that.
Is there another program (freeware) for this purpose?

p.s I hope this is the right place for this
TrimTheFat will do this, and it is free.
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Be aware that stripping the PPC or Intel code WILL break some apps. Not many, but there are a few.


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Thank you 'lifeisabeach'.

So people know, 'Speed Download' is broken if you extract the ppc copy.

UPDATE: The ppc apps seem a little faster when extracted then running them as a universal app on my G3.
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Monolingual will also do what you are after

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Thanks louishen, I like how it also removes extra language files from programs, which may help with speed, but if nothing else it saves disk space.
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If you are talking about Application loading speed, on that very old and very slow bus G3, it might make a difference trying to figure which code to load or something. Who knows. Everything loads slow on my iMac G3. It's old.
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Just be aware that those programs will break things. So, if you go to launch a program that won't work any longer, it's usually pretty easy to just re-install that one piece of software.

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