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A way to search by OS or processor?

I've thought about asking about this one for the longest, maybe hoping it would someday be enabled. Pure-mac.com has used little color bullets to denote software compatibility: they used to show what worked with with 68k Macs, OS8/9 PPC and OS X and when things worked with more than one platform it would display however many bullets it needed to. Their search was simpler then the garden. However, their program lists were much smaller than here.

Search categories could include the OS ranges we already have for apps and games, as well as the processors architecture choices each page can specify. And since emulation compatibility can also be chosen, including these to the advanced search would really be icing on the cake. It could narrow down the search results considerably.

Does this sound like something useful for this amazing site? The software library has really grown over the years.

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The current "advanced search" already allows for filtering by OS, genre, company etc... but could certainly be improved.

A future feature will allow for much easier searching and filtering by whatever one is looking for.
Would visual aids also be something that would be of interest, such as the bullets that pure-mac has?

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Thanks for the reply, fogWraith! I know their bullets fit that period of time on the web:

68k Mac Software
This would be (an illustrative example of) a 68k program bullet.

PPC Mac Software
This would be (an illustrative example of) a PPC program bullet.

OS X Mac Software
This would be (an illustrative example of) a OS X program bullet.

Looking at them here, they do look rather nice, don't they? Smile they look similar to the online status symbols under our profile names.

The garden's advance search narrows results by post type: games, apps, forum topic, comment, chat, profile, etc. which are all excellent, but processor architecture, system software range and emulation compatibility appear to be missing; those would be super helpful to have—at least for me. Thanks for sharing that future advance search options will make searching even easier!

Like pure-mac, we display a bunch of stats on each software, and where they use the software's icon, we display screenshots. Both sites have done a great job of showcasing so many wonderful Mac software titles!

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Looking at them here, they do look rather nice, don't they?

I really dig such visual cues. Love it. But at the same time, I don't feel like it's an absolute requirement or anything, mostly because sometimes software compatibility is very specific (i.e. System 5 max). I still like the idea, though.

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Your very right. My idea is just to help narrow search results down to more specific requirements.

For example, when we upload software we can select System 1-5, System 6.x and System 7.x and Mac OS 8.x for its OS compatibility. So if the actual software only runs on System 2.x-8.0, it's then up to the user to read through the specific written requirements of the (theoretically more specific) software search results to see if they can run their software on their specific Mac or emulated Mac.

MikeTomTom's latest upload of Filemaker 4 is a perfect example of such a software, which runs from System 5 up to Mac OS 8.1.

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I see. Yes, that can work. Smile