Both I mentioned should help with AVI & WMV, Perian adds updated/additional codecs to QT.
RAR files are compressed files as far as I know use the Unarchiver to deflate.
JPGs can be motion JPGs, never saw one though, but I think GraphicConverter might handle those...
Are you really at 10.4.6? This old version requires 10.4.7 or more...
Download VLC for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (release 0.9.10)
Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later, is required.
Any reason you've held off upgrading to the 10.4.11 point release? There are lots of updates and it is the baseline for many current programs that still support PowerPC.
It would also make you eligible for Java OS X 10.4 Release 5 which includes the Daylight Saving Time (DST) update passed by Congress in 2007.
Yes, you must update to the final version of Tiger, 10.4.11.
The 10.4.11 Combo Updater for PPC Macs is here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL170
And for Intel Macs: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL172
These are the downloads and the settings you need in order to view/hear/play pretty much everything that the net can throw at you: The setup described below has proved repeatedly successful on both PPC and Intel macs running Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard, but has not been tested on Lion, but nothing in life carries a guarantee!
First read this: Adding additional media format support to Quicktime:
Download and install (or re-install even if you already had them) the latest versions, suitable for your flavor of Mac, of:
RealPlayer SP for Mac from:
Flip4Mac WMV Player from http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm (Windows Media Player for the Mac is no longer supported, even by Microsoft)
Perian from http://perian.org/
You should read this support page http://perian.org/#support in case you need to delete older codecs. In Macintosh HD/Library/Quicktime/ delete any files relating to DivX (Perian already has them), particularly any DivX extension to Safari. However it should be noted that Perian is not an internet plugin and will not play DivX files imbedded on a website. For that you will need the DivX Player browser plugin available from http://www.divx.com/en/software/mac/player
The latest version of Adobe FlashPlayer can be obtained from here:
You can check here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/ to see which version you should install for your Mac and OS. Note that version 10,1,102,64 is the last version available to PPC Mac users*. The latest version, 10.2.152.25, 10.3.x beta, or later, is for Intel Macs only, as Adobe no longer support the PPC platform. Version 220.127.116.11 is for Lion.
* Unhelpfully, if you want the last version for PPC Macs, you need to go here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html and scroll down to 'Archived Versions/Older Archives'. The first one on the list, Flash Player 10.1.102.64 is the one you download. More information here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/838/cpsid_83808.html
You should first uninstall any previous version of Flash Player, using the uninstaller from here (make sure you use the correct one!):
and also that you follow the instructions closely, such as closing ALL applications first before installing. You must also carry out a permission repair after installing anything from Adobe.
You should also consider the Shockwave Player, which displays Web content that has been created by Adobe Director, much used for multimedia: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/internet_utilities/adobeshockwaveplayer.ht ml
Note that if are running an Intel Mac you need version 11 of Shockwave Player as previous versions only run natively on PPC Macs:
Now go to Safari Preferences/Security, and tick the boxes under Web Content (all 4 of them) to enable Java.
Lastly open Audio Midi Setup (which you will find in the Utilities Folder of your Applications Folder) and click on Audio Devices. Make sure that both Audio Input and Audio Output, under Format, are set to 44100 Hz, and that you have selected 'Built in Audio'.
Important: Now repair permissions and restart.
You should also consider having the free VLC Player from http://www.videolan.org/ in your armory, as this plays almost anything that DVD Player might not.
There is an additional 'fix' you could try if you are having problems with Flash and Quicktime, depending on which type of Mac you have:
On Intel Macs using OS X prior to Lion,, make sure that you are not running Safari in Rosetta. You can check this, and change it, in the Get Info window.
On PPC Macs, go to the Hard Disk/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder, and drag the file 'QuickTime Plugin.webplugin' to the desktop. Quit and restart Safari. If things have improved you can trash that file. If they haven't put it back, as the lack of this plug-in can cause QT content in some widgets to cease functioning.
With SilverLight, Microsoft attempted to create their own version of what a replacement for Flash could be - but not to universal acclaim. You can read more about it here:
So, if you go to any sites that have been designed for this new Silverlight stuff, you can download the plug-in from here (but make certain that you are downloading SilverLight v.1.0 for OS X (10.4.8 upwards) if you are using a PPC Mac, but even this will not work with Safari 4. Version 2 only works with Intel Macs and does work with Safari 4/5. The solution is to download and install the latest version of Flip4Mac, which now includes a Silverlight component:
But the latest news is that Microsoft will probably abandon Silverlight in favour of HTML5:
Recommendation: Close all applications before installing any of the above, repair permissions, reboot, and repair permissions again.