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Using Breeze on an Intel Mac

If you’re attending online courses, there is a pretty good chance you’ve had to use Macromedia Breeze Meeting at some point (Now Adobe Acrobat Connect). The most recent version of the software supports Intel-based Macs, but all previous versions are PowerPC only.

“No problem,” I hear you say. “Apple’s Rosetta technology should do the trick.” And you would be right if Breeze functioned as a standalone application, but it does not. It is a browser plug-in. Safari runs natively on the x86 processors, but this requires any compatible plug-ins to also be developed as Intel binaries. (This same issue faces Photoshop users. PPC Photoshop plug-ins will not work in the Intel-native Photoshop CS3.) This presents a problem if you ever have to present in Breeze.

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On an Intel Mac, you will likely get stuck right here.

Fortunately, there is a workaround for this issue, but it will slightly slow down the browser you are viewing Breeze in. Simply find your browser in the Applications folder. Press command-I or choose “Get Info” from the File menu, and select “Open using Rosetta” in the info pane.

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Now, when you visit your Breeze session, the plug-in will load correctly. I recommend using this trick on a secondary browser if possible. That way your everyday browsing habits are not slowed down by the Rosetta layer. My daily browser is Safari, but I use Camino (a Firefox based browser) for Breeze meetings.

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