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As I understand it, the new Intel-based MacBook series is supposed to be able to run all the standard Mac software without any upgrade. Is that the experience other people have had? If I have to buy new software, I probably won't go with a MacBook, but if it's just a matter of copying from one machine to the next I'll probably do it.
Software that does not have an Intel native version will run using a layer called Rosetta, which will slow it down slightly, but will very likely be much faster than your existing eMac, so you'll still be very very happy.
Photoshop Elements will require Rosetta, but BBEdit is a Universal Binary (meaning it is native on either chip) and though I'm not sure about Fetch, you can look at Transmit from Panic software, which I replaced Fetch with a few years back and could never go back - its Universal too!
Transferring from old to new is ridiculously easy if you have a firewire cable - Apple has a 'Migration' tool which will do it all for you - it will be on the MacBook and involves rebooting the eMac while holding the 'T' key, plugging the two together and clicking "OK" on the MacBook - everything in your 'Home" folder (documents, photos, desktop, etc) and all your applications, email and preferences are automatically copied over and put in the right place.
Go for it - the MacBooks are fast, slick and will serve your needs for years to come!
Also, some 3D games that run under Rosetta may experience odd visual glitches. So, I suspect 3D apps of any type may have similar issues.