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Software in native language?

Possibly this topic may have been discussed in the past... in this case I excuse. However, today when failing to install the english iTunes 2.04 (from this page) on my german Mac OS 9 installation I wondered if there are any Mac abandonware pages out there focussing solely on native language software?

Mac Garden is mostly english-speaking, which is totally fine with me, although I think I'd enjoy if there would be a place to get software in e.g. spanish, german, russian, swedish, polish etc. etc. after all, these versions are just as worth being preserved than the english versions.

Anyone?

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Good point.

I'm absolutely certain that you can still find all the Apple updates, in any language of your choice, from the Apple FTP site. Of course it requires Apple to have released such an update.

Not much luck finding your German iTunes v2.0.4 for OS9. But, whzt version is on the German eMac Restore CD posted on this site before. It came with a special version of OS9.2.2 so I'm hopeful that it has a late version of iTunes.

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There is a small but well kept German site called Knubbelmac: www.knubbelmac.de

Also http://www.d2ca.org/ might have some foreign software.

MacDomain I think has some German and Skandinavian stuff.

The French sometimes have French stuff.

I think the language issue is especially important where it comes to dictionaries. Word processors and DTP pograms are much less worth or even unusuable if there is no hyphenation dictionary. Many old applications came with English dictionaries only when bought in the English version.

In most cases it will be sufficient to upload the international dictionaries instead of the entire application localized in a foreign language. The English versions normally accept the foreign dictionaries.

For some applications like Nisus Writer, RagTime Solo/Privat, and FullWrite one had to purchase the dictionaries in addition to the application. These dictionaries are extremely rare. I tried to buy some of them second hand. But alas! Nobody seems to have them anymore.

A special case is QuarkXPress. If you do not have the Passport edition of Quark you cannot even start the application on a Mac OS localized in a foreign language!

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Hi,

Unfortunately, the majority of my legacy software is English, and all my Mac software is English. I have one Russian version of WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS and one Russian version of Lexicon for DOS. I also have one UK (English) version of FoxPro/LAN for DOS. I have 1 or 2 programs from Austrailia but they are English as well.

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I did download a French version of Celtic Kings some years ago, when my original CD just refused to work. I wasn't inenionally looking for French, it was just all I could find. Nevertheless, I managed to recover the app from my cd (it would only mount in my old iMac G3 - no other cd / dvd drive would touch it), combined with the data part from the download, to make a fully working version again.

If Celtc Kings is considered abandonware soon, I'm sure I can upload the french version.

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Lot's of Japanese (and English) freeware/shareware you can find at
www.macware.org

Some free Arabic fonts and multilingual editors you find at:
http://www.smi.uib.no/ksv/

Lot's of French abandonware games and some applications you find at
http://www.grenier-du-mac.net/
and here
http://www.macfreegames.com/Lespages/Sommaire.html

GraphicConverter, FontBook, and other apps by LemkeSoft in many different localizations you find at
http://www.lemkesoft.org/files/

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Dan, you also have QuarkXPress Passport 4.0.4 which is in English but should work with non English systems:
http://www.d2ca.org/d2ca-ss-gallery-mac-commercial-01.html

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Here
http://home.planet.nl/%7Epulle071/firemac/text.htm
are Dutch versions of SimpleText and WordPerfect 1.0.2

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Bolkonskij, for your special German problem visit this website
http://www.macig.de/
People there might be able to help you. Check out "Kleinanzeigen": "Biete" and contact some of the folks. They might have more than they officially offer. There are also regular flea markets announced, as well as contacts of Macintosh user groups in every major German city.

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Here is the German version of Ragtime 5.6.1 privat and Ragtime 5.6:
http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/misc2/ragtime/

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Where is english version for Mac OS 9?

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I have posted a link for the English version under my Thread "Preservation of Word Processors, DTP, etc.":
http://macintoshgarden.org/forum/preservation-of-word-processors-editors...
(Entry date: March 31, 2010.)

It does not make sense to upload this here because the archives are about 60 MB, so that admin will probably prohibit download for reasons of costs. Therefore the links.