Mac improves networking

OS X updates released

Apple has released Mac OS X v10.4.8 and Mac OS X Server v10.4.8. Both updates are available for download both from the Software Update control panel and from Apple’s website.

Mac OS X v10.4.8 contains myriad improvements and fixes for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, according to Apple. Here’s a rundown of things that have changed:

• 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

• Broadband network performance

• Security updates.

Apple reveals that Mac OS X v10.4.8 sports a fix for performance issues that could affect Macs connecting to cable service-provider Comcast’s broadband network. It also improves reliability for connections established using the Apple USB modem, improves ExpressCard support for MacBook Pro systems, improves Apple file-sharing client performance and more.

It also adds RAW image decoding support for various digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras including models from Sony, Nikon, Fuji and Konica Minolta. Rosetta, the emulation technology used to enable Intel-based Macs to run code optimised specifically only for PowerPC hardware, has also seen some improvements, with better numerics and improved ColorSync matching.

Finder problems associated with Finder alert messages after mounting a partitioned FireWire drive have been corrected, along with a bug fix for Preview and reliability improvements for iTunes iPod syncing. A Security Update has also been posted for Mac OS X v10.3.9 and Mac OS X Server v10.3.9.

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