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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.8 [u]

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Fri September 29, 2006

Mac OS X 10.4.8 released

Apple today released Mac OS X 10.4.8, an update to its Tiger operating system that brings many bug fixes as well as several security fixes, which are also available for Mac OS X 10.3 (Client, Server). Mac OS X 10.4.8, available for both PowerPC (Client/Server) as well as Intel-based Macs (Client/Server), improves support for printing, Finder, applications, networking as well as modem connectivity, third-party software, and other miscellaneous items including Rosetta and system security. Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 for PowerPC systems addresses Apple File Service, NetBoot/Netinstall, NFS, Password Server, networking, Windows File Service, and miscellaneous items. Mac OS X Server 10.4.8 Universal improves AFP Server, Filesystem NetBoot/Netinstall, networking, NFS, QuickTime Streaming Server, and Xsan support.

In addition to the fixes below, the PowerPC-based Mac OS X 10.4.8 update brings fixes for connecting to wireless networks using the EAP-FAST protocol; Apple USB modem reliability; using OpenType fonts in Microsoft Word; compatibility with third-party USB hubs; scanner performance; RAW camera support; printing documents with Asian language names; performance of the Translation widget; and broadband network performance.

Printing


  • Adds support for CDSASSL (Common Data Security Architecture Secure Sockets Layer) printer connections.
  • Addresses an issue for Mac OS X 10.4.7 in which some documents containing some Chinese or Korean language characters might not print as expected.

Finder and Apple applications

  • Resolves an issue in which a Finder alert message with the buttons "Initialize", "Ignore", and "Eject" might not appear after connecting a partitioned FireWire hard drive.
  • Addresses a potential issue in which Preview may unexpectedly quit.
  • Improves reliability of iTunes syncing with certain iPod models.


Networking and modem

  • Resolves performance issues that could occur when connecting to a Comcast network.
  • Improves security by adding support for EAP-FAST for AirPort wireless authentication.
  • Improves Express Card behavior for portable Intel-based Macs.
  • Improves reliability for connections made in Ireland with an external Apple USB Modem.
  • Improves connection reliability for external Apple USB Modems when resuming an Internet connection after answering an incoming call.
  • A computer restart is no longer needed to restart nfsd.
  • Improves Apple File Sharing client performance by changing the default AFP WAN quantum size.. More...
  • Windows File Sharing now generates only one process, avoiding an issue that could cause a Mac OS X computer to become unresponsive if it won a master browser election.
  • Improves reliability when faxing in France or Belgium via an external Apple USB Modem.


Third-party

  • Resolves an issue for Microsoft Word in which Word might stop responding when saving a file that uses certain OpenType fonts.
  • Adds RAW image decoding support for these cameras: Sony DSLR-A100, Nikon D2Xs, Fuji FinePix S2 Pro, Fuji FinePix S3 Pro (+Highlights) and Konica Minolta 7.
  • Resolves an issue in which thumbnails may appear blank when importing RAW images from a Canon 30D camera.
  • Resolves an issue for Microsoft PowerPoint in which the display resolution might not change as expected after switching from a PowerPoint presentation to a different application via Command-Tab.
  • Improves compatibility for Canon EOS Utility software after connecting a Canon EOS Kiss Digital camera to a PowerPC-based Mac.
  • Improves compatibility for the TV Tracker 2 Dashboard widget.


Other

  • Includes recent Apple security updates.
  • Improves the accuracy of Rosetta numerics and addresses Altivec translation issues on Intel-based Macs.
  • ColorSync matching no longer fails when using a V4 ICC profile in an application opened with Rosetta on an Intel-based Mac.
  • Addresses an issue in which some USB devices connected to a PCI card may not be recognized after starting up or waking the computer.
  • Resolves an issue in which external USB-based video cameras may not be available after quitting the application that is using it.
  • Reduces time needed to transfer data from a USB-based image scanner.
  • Improves responsiveness of the Translation Dashboard widget.
  • Addresses an issue in which text typed with the Hangul input method may not be visible while the Caps Lock key is active, on PowerPC-based Macs.
  • Adds support on Intel-based Macs for multiple cores to LAPACK and BLAS routines in the Accelerate framework; the maximum number of threads used by Accelerate BLAS routines is now limited by the environment variable VECLIB_MAXIMUM_THREADS; addresses an issue with some complex BLAS routines in the Accelerate framework that were encountering an illegal instruction.




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  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    but...

    is it snappy??

    =)

  1. troymurray

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Just missed it

    That's crazy, I just finished updating my iApps to the latest release and it didn't have the 10.4.8 release as an option. I guess I'll have to check again.

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    please be snappy!

    Boy, I hope that it makes my MBP snappier with Rosetta apps! With a few open, the machine slows to a crawl at times...

  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    ok, so now...

    ok so NOW can we release Aperture 1.5?!? or is there something else that needs to be update before we can get it?!?

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: ok, so now

    According to Apple.com the update for Aperture should be out next week for download.

  1. noyb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    mail stopped working

    my perfectly fine mail app is unable to send email after the update. workaound please... anybody???

  1. jasonsRX7

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Aperture

    The Aperture update is in Software Update now

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Multithreaded OpenGL?

    Has that been rolled in? My Macbook would appreciate it...

  1. smitch

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    mail OK here

    No problems with mail and I run a mail server too.

  1. AllanCook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Weird Color

    and no Java animation. There seem to be a few little glitches with this update. A raging conversation is under way on the Apple OS X site. I would expect an updated update in a couple of days. Didn't this just happen with iTunes?

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