Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.9

Apple today released About Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update (Client and Server versions) which is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

The following improvements apply to both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs unless otherwise noted:

.Mac
• Improves automatic iDisk syncing for customers whose .Mac username contains a period (.).
• Improves overall .Mac Sync performance.
• Addresses an issue with automatic and periodic syncing as set in the .Mac System Preferences panel.
• Reduces .Mac Sync timeouts when syncing large data sets.
• Prevents large amounts of Address Book data from being changed without authorization.
• Addresses an issue which could result in properly unregistering a computer.
• Addresses issues related to syncing a large number of changes to .Mac
• Prevents third-party syncing applications from presenting an extraneous initial sync alert.

Bluetooth
• Addresses a wake-from-sleep issue for Kensington PilotMouse Mini Bluetooth devices when used with a MacBook.
• Resolves issues in which Bluetooth-based devices might not respond after sleep on some computers.

iChat, iCal, and iSync
• Resolves an issue in which iCal reminders may appear off to the side of the screen.
• Resolves an issues in which some events added to particular dates may not display correctly.
• Event notes are now synced between iCal and Nokia N70 phones.
• Adds iSync support for more devices.
• Includes iChat support for USB Video Class webcams.

Networking and modem
• Addresses a permissions issue when copying a file with extended attributes from an AFP share of an Xsan volume, via the Finder.
• Resolves an issue when using kerberos authentication with Active Directory if the user is a member of many groups.
• Resolves performance issues with Intel-based iMacs that could occur when determining high-speed network switches.
• Improves reliability when faxing in France or Belgium via an external Apple USB Modem.
• Adds support for WPA2 encryption in Network Diagnostics.
• Addresses an issue with automatic AirPort connections that use different authentication methods.
• Addresses an issue in which Network Preferences may unexpectedly quit after disconnecting a network-aware USB device while Network Preferences is open.
• Addresses an issue with iMac’s maintaining manual duplex settings.
• Internal Apple modem drivers now offer the same robustness as external Apple modem drivers.
• External USB modems now report DLE-d for busy tone detection.
• Adds modem support for Russia.
• Fax receiving now works when the country code is set to France.
• Resolves an issue with dialing a modem in pulse mode to an ISP.
• Resolves an issue in the Open dialog when browsing AFP volumes within applications using Rosetta.
• Resolves a printing issue that could occur with applications using Rosetta, while logged in as Active Directory User that has an SMB home directory.

Printing
• Resolves a printing issue with applications using Rosetta while logged in as an Active Directory User with SMB home directory.
• Resolves an issue in which temporary files might use excessive disk space when printing to some third-party printers.

Aperture
• For information on the benefits this update includes for Aperture, see this article.

Third-party
• Resolves issues for these third-party applications that use Rosetta: LEGO StarWars, Adobe InDesign, H&R Block TaxCut, Big Business’ Big Business 5.1.0.
• Resolves an issue in which Adobe Arno Pro Italics fonts might not install in Font Book.
• Resolves an issue for Microsoft Word in which OpenType Fonts may not display correctly; this update also addresses OpenType font issues using Word 2004.

Other
• Improves the reliability of OpenGL-accelerated graphics in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.
• Improves the reliability of OpenGL-based applications on Mac Pro computer with Nvidia graphics cards.
• Includes updated security certificates.
• Includes the Daylight Savings Time Update (released February 15, 2007) which contains the latest worldwide time zone and Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules as of January 8, 2007.
• Resolves a toggling issue when zooming using the Command-Alt-8 key combination (Universal Access).
• Resolves an issue in which some USB printers may stop printing in Classic.
• Addresses an issue in Classic in which an iMac G5’s built-in iSight camera might stop responding.
• Improves validation of disk images.
• Includes improved support for USB devices in Classic.
• Improves support for files with “.ac3”, “.m2v”, and “.m4v” filename extensions.
• Improves performance when transferring from a P2 USB reader in the Finder.
• Resolves an issue in which DVD player might not play a track that’s longer than 3 hours.
• Addresses a display issue that could occur in X11.app running in 256-color mode on an Intel-based Mac.
• Addresses EAP-FAST in PAC mode issue in a TLS session.
• Addresses an issue in which incorrect encoding could be used for the files created by the “New Text File” Automator action on Intel-based Macs.
• Includes recent Apple security updates.

Mac OS X 10.4.9 is available via Software Update and also as standalone installers. More info and download links:

Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update (Intel) – (160MB)
Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update (PPC) – (72MB)
Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Update (Intel) – (310MB)
Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Update (PPC) – (163MB)

Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Update (Universal) – (249MB)
Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Update (PPC) – (127MB)
Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Combo Update (Universal) – (350MB)
Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 Combo Update (PPC) – (216MB)

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