Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.2, the latest version of its 'Tiger' operating system.
The update - made available as a standalone installer alongside the version accessed through the System Preferences pane, Software Update - addresses dozens of issues with the core operating system and the applications Apple bundles with it.
An extensive list of the fixes and enhancements included in the 10.4.2 update can be found at Apple's web site here.
Mail, iChat, Safari, Preview, iCal, Address Book, Finder, Internet Connect and Automator are all tweaked, and users who file these applications away in Applications folder sub-folders may wish to move them back into their original locations to ensure a smooth update. Similarly, Disk Utility, Installer and Printer Setup Utility should be returned to the main Utilities folder, as they too are updated in 10.4.2.
Headline tweaks to the core OS include improvements to AirPort and wireless networking; better authentication and sign-on in Active Directory environments; better AppleShare and SMB/CIFS file-sharing; updated Nvidia and ATI graphics drivers, along with adjustments to Tiger's Core Graphics, Core Audio and Core Image engines; Finder's Slideshow function has been modified; iDisk synchronisation is improved; and Dashboard Widgets are now easier to manage, apparently.
Mac OS X users who have already upgraded to 10.4.1, may obtain a simple 10.4.1-to-10.4.2 update (44MB) here. A full updater, for folks running 10.4.0, can be found here. It weighs in at 58MB. The most appropriate update is also offered through Software Update. ®
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