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    Extract ppc or intel app from universal app
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by willwinuk View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by willwinuk View Post
    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.
    TrimTheFat 0.7 software download - Mac OS X - VersionTracker

    Be aware that stripping the PPC or Intel code WILL break some apps. Not many, but there are a few.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Cool Thanks
    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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    Ok thanks everyone

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