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Thursday, December 01, 2005

MacWise for Macs with Intel and Power PC Processors

MacWise Terminal Emulation for Macintosh
Compatible With New Intel Macs

Updated February 24th, 2006


Recently, the first two Macs with Intel processors were released
(The new iMac and the MacBook Pro).

MacWise has been tested with an Intel Pentium processor running OS X. It supports the built-in serial ports, telnet, ssh connections and USB to Serial adaptors. You will need to upgrade to MacWise verison 10.7.80 or later for full compatibility. (Prior versions may give you AppleScript errors and cause problems getting a login prompt in the Mac unix shell.) If you have MacWise 10.6 or later, there is no charge to upgrade. Prior versions are a $49.00 upgrade.
MacWise will also continue to work with the standard Mac Power PC processors.

If you want to use a USB to Serial adaptor with the new Intel Macs, you will need to update the driver. (The adaptor that works with a PowerPC Mac will also work with an Intel Mac but you will need a software driver update from the adaptor manufacturer.) If you use a Keyspan USB to Serial adaptor, visit for a driver update.

Rosetta is part of the Intel version of the Mac OS and allows software written for PowerPC chips to run with Intel Chips. Rosetta is an invisible layer of the Mac OS. Unlike classic mode, Rosetta is not a separate OS to boot up. The current version of MacWise runs under Rosetta and is very fast.

OS 9 classic mode will no longer be supported with MacIntel Macs. The older MacWise version 4 will no longer work on these new Macs. However, MacWise version 10 will run just fine.