Even though Intel-based Macs have been on the market now for over a year now, the Adobe Shockwave Player browser plugin won’t work properly on one. Shockwave is Flash’s older and less-used sibling but some sites still use it occasionally; the BBC is one.
There is a Mac version of the plugin but it is designed for PowerPC-based Macs, not Intel ones. So, to play Shockwave content you have to use a workaround, which means running your web browser as a PowerPC program through Rosetta (since you can’t use a PowerPC browser plugin from an Intel web browser). It’s not the worst workaround ever but it’s still inconvenient.
Why am I blogging this? I guess I’m just surprised that a proper Intel or Universal version of the player isn’t yet available. Though I suppose Shockwave isn’t nearly as popular as Flash and Adobe does not have a great record with getting its applications ready for Intel Macs, with most of its shipping products awaiting new releases before they will be fully compatible.