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10.4: Quickly determine which active apps are universal Apps
There are lots of ways to determine if an application is capable of running natively on an Intel machine -- but this way is an easy way to check if an application you already have installed is a Universal binary (or an Intel-only program) or not.

Using the Activity Monitor (which is installed in /Applications -> Utilities by default), you can quickly tell which of the active applications are running natively on Intel and which ones are running using Rosetta. Open Activity Monitor and scroll the window over until you can see the Kind column, and you will see it lists either Intel or PowerPC.

You can even click on the Kind header and have it sort the list to make PowerPC or Intel processes come to the top.

[robg adds: This was mentioned in the comments to this hint, but I felt it was worth its own entry in the tips database.]
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10.4: Quickly determine which active apps are universal
Authored by: jef_pearlman on Dec 05, '06 08:29:25AM
I've also found RosettaTest to be incredibly useful for quick checks of running applications. Just run it, and it pops up a list of running apps with a little R badge over the icons of apps running under Rosetta.

Some people might find it overkill to install another app, but for me it's worth the 228k to have another way to check.

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10.4: Quickly determine which active apps are universal
Authored by: sweetsdream on Dec 05, '06 09:14:44AM

You can also open System Profiler and click on Applications. That's the first thing I did when I got my new MBP.

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10.4: iClock tells you which active apps are universal
Authored by: DevKom on Dec 05, '06 11:01:48AM

FWIW (and to me it's worth it's weight in gold) iClock has a "Running Applications" menu item that can be optionally displayed that displays all kinds of useful stuff *including* an indication of which apps are running in Rosetta via an unmistakable -(in Rosetta)- indication following the appropriate items in its list.



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