Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update which “delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 ‘Panther’ and is recommended for all users.” The 58.8 MB update is available via Software Update.

Enhancements include:

Networking and .Mac enhancements
– Addresses issues, such as a lost network connection, that could occur when connecting to a network device that forces the network speed and/or duplex setting (known as a “locked” device).
– AppleTalk Browsing is now on by default.
– Resolves an issue in which name conflicts could occur among Network Service Entities.
– Available servers can be seen when browsing Windows Workgroups or Domains.
– Enhancements to /Network browsing include: Servers appear on the desktop and in Finder window Sidebars, AFP Authentication options are available, and you can disconnect a server by dragging its icon on the desktop to the Trash or by clicking the Eject icon in the Sidebar.
– Improves synchronization between .Mac and your computer.
– .Mac no longer attempts to automatically sync files over a wireless network (or “hotspot”) before the computer is authorized to use the network.
– Enhances an Open directory plug-in, which is used in network environments: The Active Directory plug-in is no longer sensitive to the case of the domain; the plug-in now works in “.local” domain environments; the plug-in is now less sensitive to DNS records that don’t have matching reverse lookup.
– Improves compatibility with certain third-party wireless networking PC cards, such as the Honda AH-G10.
– Enhances the IrDA menu item when IrDA networking is active.
– Finder and applications that allow you to browse the file system will now refresh the contents of a remote network volume’s folder or directory when the folder’s contents change.

DVD Player enhancements
– DVD Player will no longer quit if an unsupported PCI video card is installed in your computer.
– DVD Player supports more DVD video discs that are designed to play automatically.
– Improved DVD playback when “Digital Audio Output” is selected in DVD Player preferences.
– DVD Player now recognizes and plays DVD+R media.

Application enhancements
– Images retain their characteristics when you import them in iPhoto.
– Addresses an issue in which Mail could unexpectedly quit when marking some types of unsolicited messages (or “spam”) as Junk.
– Addresses issues that may cause Address Book and other applications to unexpectedly quit if the Classic Mac OS fonts are disabled in Font Book.
– Text shadow opacity and color are saved in RTF documents and preserved when you copy or paste.
– Image Capture can now import files whose names begins with an underscore character (“_”).

Finder enhancements
– Improves security by requiring an administrator to authenticate for each Finder action that needs authentication, such as installing software. In earlier Mac OS X Panther versions, an administrator who authenticated may have unknowingly given elevated priviledges to the non-admin user for 5 minutes. This change also prevents a normal user from performing administrator actions if an administrator user has authenticated during their session.
– When you use an Open menu command to choose a file in Finder or an application, the flashing button now says “Choose” instead of “Open.”
– Addresses an issue in which Finder unexpectedly quits if the View menu option “Show icon preview” is enabled while dragging a significant number of icons to another location.

Other enhancements
– Improvements in start up time that some computers experienced under some installations of Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update.
– Improves print operations when a pending print jobs is moved to the queue of a printer that has different capabilities.
– Improves recognition of Hi-Speed USB devices by PowerBook G4 and iBook G4 computers when woken from sleep.
– A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) panel is available in Energy Saver preferences, as well as a UPS menu bar item, when a UPS power management system is connected to the computer. Overall support for UPS systems is improved.
– Improves display of text when printing a document that contains two-byte PostScript CID or OpenType fonts.
– Improves compatibility for USB Overdrive: Addresses an issue in which the Media Eject and volume keys may not work if an early version was installed.
– Improves Fan Control system function for Power Mac G5 computers.
– Includes Bluetooth 1.5, which supports Bluetooth-enabled headsets with iChat AV, and adds the ability to print to compatible Bluetooth-enabled printers.
– Adds support for the latest mLAN devices. First-generation mLAN devices require a firmware update for compatibility with v10.3.3. Please visit ( for complete details and access to available firmware updates.

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  1. Sputnik… Windows support FTP browsing from the ‘Finder’ (ie Desktop)? Yes, it works through IE, but poor. Downloads mainly, and FTP Upload barely work.

    Oh, and what real world IT department is still using FTP for it’s corporate server needs?

  2. is anyone running this on a rev.A 12″ powerbook? i would be curious to hear if the fan kicks in at the same lower temperatures as in 10.3.2 or if apple changed it again (maybe even via a slider) because if it is still as loud as 10.3.2 i won’t install it. thx for your comments

  3. Jus got home from work, I installed 10.3.3 onto 3 iMacs, 3 QuickSilvers and 1 old 400MHz G4. Also installed 10.3.3 Server onton our Xserve.

    Everything went according to plan, no errors. Rebooted them all a couple of times and the iMacs now reboot in 26 seconds!!! The G4’s boot up from cold in 28 seconds!!! All apps work (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and the usual Apple Apps).

    Joe McConnel

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    Sometimes I open Terminal to remind myself about the days of the command line, but then as it launches I remember I’ve set my Terminal window settings to 50% opacity and realise that Apple even make a command line look cool ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. actually, i have connected to an ftp server through the finder with ‘connect to server’ (apple+k) it didn’t work as well as an ftp app, but i was connected. that was in jaguar though. one of my computers actually crashed before i installed the update. it was the first time i’ve seen the computer crash with a grey box and a message to hold the power button to restart in many languages. anybody know why my network computers disappered? i suppose i ought to hit the ol’ apple support discussions.

  5. “I noted that Mail’s junk filter is working correctly at last, but now notice that there is no provision for “Not Junk”-ing.”

    Can someone please confirm that the Mail app in 10.3.3 doesn’t have a “Not Junk” button? That’s absurd considering that Mail’s primary advantage (aside from being a non-MS product) is its excellent junk mail filter. What good is a trainable junk filter if it can’t be corrected when it makes a mistake?

  6. Re: “Alansky” – Not Junk button.

    Yes, it exists. When Mail identifies an email as Junk, it gives you the opportunity to refine its abilities by clicking on the “Not Junk” button. This button only appears if an email is labeled as Junk.

  7. Alansky,

    You can de-junk mail when it is in your inbox and is being considered as possible junk. But for the things the computer throws in the junk bin: no de-junk button. So far.

  8. By the way, 10.3.3 does have a noticeable speed improvement, especially when loading aps such as Mail and Safari. Scrolling in these aps also seems to have been improved and less jerky.

    10.3.3 is a new subtle polish on an existing fine piece of art.

    Don’t forget to Repair Permissions afterwards.

  9. twelveeightyone “Sometimes I open Terminal to remind myself about the days of the command line, but then as it launches I remember I’ve set my Terminal window settings to 50% opacity and realise that Apple even make a command line look cool ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />”

    Hey, cool. I do that too. Green text on a black background, like an old MVS terminal (showing my age), only with just enough opacity to see the desktop underneath.

  10. 10.3.3 has completely shut down my G4. All programs either “not responding” or will not start. Mail does not startup at all. I advise against the update!!!!

  11. why can’t people spell my NAME!

    No double e!

    Sorry, just pissed off I can’t buy Apple Music

    From a dejected Liverpool Resident & Music Fanatic who still has to meander to HMV for any music and can’t buy online 🙁

  12. Hey Thurrott is getting quite advanced in his Q&A sessions now:

    (Lifted from ‘Paul Thurrott’$ $uper$ite for Window$’)
    Q: What is Windows Server 2003 R2?
    A: Windows Server 2003 R2 is the next version of Windows Server.

    Well done Paul, 10/10 for effort. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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