About a month ago I purchased used a PowerBook G4. While certainly not\nthe latest thing on the market, it is enough for what I do. It was also\na huge advancement (not necessarily an improvement in all ways) over\nwhat I had been using - which dated all the way back to OS 8.6 (really,\nI have no need of a huge amount of the stuff that comes built into most\nOSs these days).\n\nThose who remember when I used to post to this newsgroup several years\nago will remember I was pretty much the last one whose newsreader gave\nsome really arcane results thanks to it being Newswather (not MT\nnewswater, but the 1980s era news reader that predated it).\n\nIn any event I have been exploring the various features of the MacOS,\nand the ability to use wireless networking and the like is certainly a\nhuge improvement over the old desktop.\n\nHowever, the MacOS version that came with this is OS 10.4. I went\nthrough the entire upgrade process to get it up to 10.4.11. However,\n10.4 didn't come with Pages, and the version of Preview that came with\n10.4 doesn't appear to have the ability to resize images. There are one\nor two other things that are missing that might be helpful too.\n\nThe local Mac store still has versions of Leopard available in the box\non the shelf at somewhat over 0 a package. I can probably find used\nversions somewhere at a bit of a discount now that Snow Leopard has been\naround for a little while, however:\n\n+ With snow leopard available, should I just upgrade to that?\n\n+ Does snow leopard even work that well on G4s? Isn't it really\nintended for Intel based Macs?\n\n+ Legacy software was at one time an issue, and that is why I kept OS\n10.4 on it for the past month, but I now have an old laptop that runs OS\n9.2 just fine, and it can be used to run, for example, my old version of\nPhotoshop, illustrator, and a few other several hundred dollar programs\nthat I used to use from time to time, but don't use enough right now to\njustify buying completely new versions for use with OS 10.5 +.\n\n+ It would, however, be kind of convenient to have the ability to run\neverything on one computer - but not really a vital function. The old\nlaptop doesn't take up that much space, and if I really need to I can\ndig it out of the drawer.\n\n+ Are there any severe issues going directly from 10.4 to Snow Leopard\nwithout the inermediate step?\n\n+ It would probably be a good idea for me to install a larger hard drive\nin the computer, and I assume that would be best done at the same time\nas the upgrade to Snow Leopard. Any thoughts on that? Or move photos &\netc. to a large external firewire drive?\n\nThanks for any thoughts.