Apple Releases Mac OS 10.3.7 (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, December 15th, 2004, 16:37
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The 10.3.7 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther” and is recommended for all users.
Key enhancements include:
? improved AFP support for saving documents with long file names
? improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
? improved FireWire device compatibility
? updated Preview application
? improved compatibility for third party applications
? previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n300385
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798
Read more for important warnings about installing Mac OS 10.3.7:


The 10.3.7 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther” and is recommended for all users.
Key enhancements include:
? improved AFP support for saving documents with long file names
? improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
? improved FireWire device compatibility
? updated Preview application
? improved compatibility for third party applications
? previous standalone security updates
For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n300385
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798
Updated 12/16/2004
Note the warning:
? If you have a third-party FireWire hard drive connected, turn it
off and disconnect it before installing this update. Reconnect it and
turn it back on after installation is complete and you’ve restarted.
? You may experience unexpected results if you have installed
third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the
operating system through other means. (This does not apply to normal
application software installation.)
? The installation process should not be interrupted. If a power
outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the
standalone installer (see below) from Apple Downloads to update.
Some of the fixes include the following, according to Apple:
? Filenames longer than 31 characters are no longer shortened when
the file is saved on a server via Apple File Sharing.
? Resolves an issue with Mac OS X 10.3.6 in which some FireWire hard
drives would not appear (“mount”) on the desktop. (yay!)
? Resolves an issue that prevented printing to some Windows-based
print servers.
? Addresses an issue with Mac OS X 10.3.6 in which DVD Player might
not open on some Power Mac G4 computers that use an ATI Radeon 9800 AGP video card.
? Allows TextEdit to open certain RTF documents that previously
wouldn’t open, resulting in a “TextEdit Open Failed. Couldn’t open
file” alert.
? Resolves an issue in which Safari, Mail, and other networking
applications that use DNS lookups could experience intermittent
connectivity issues with Security Update 2004-09-30 and Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later installed.
? Addresses an issue with Blizzard World of Warcraft in which the
game’s frame rate could drop considerably when in “Ghost mode,” if the
computer uses an nVidia graphics card.
? Resolves an issue in which enabling Vertex Shaders in World of
Warcraft could lead to unexpected graphics issues when using an nVidia
graphics card.
? Addresses an issue with World of Warcraft in which incorrect
colors or unexpectedly flashing objects could appear when using an ATI
Radeon 9600 graphics card, making gameplay difficult.
? Improves compatibility for Pacific Tech’s Graphing Calculator
3.5–some 3D surfaces might not render in Mac OS X 10.3.6.
? Addresses an issue in which a brief “flash of lines” may appear on
the screen when waking the computer from sleep after the “Flurry”
Screen Saver has run, if the computer uses an ATI Radeon 8500, 9000,
9200, 9600, or M9 graphics chip.
? Improves compatibility for FireWire-based audio interfaces,
including the Edirol FA-101 FireWire audio interface.
? Enables E*TRADE PDF account statements to be viewed in Preview.
? An Apple Cinema 22″ ADC display, when connected to certain
PowerBook computers, no longer shows random “stuttering” or other
graphics anomalies in the Finder and DVD Player.
? Addresses an issue in which shadowed text in a PDF file may print
differently than it appears on the screen when printing to a raster
printer.

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