Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.8 update

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, 14:11
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Late Monday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.8, the most recent version of its Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” operating system. The update, which alternates between 250 MB and 1.09 gigabytes for the combo update download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Enhancements to the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion.

– Resolves an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit.

– Improves support for IPv6.

– Improves VPN reliability.

– Identifies and removes known variants of MacDefender malware.

– Corrects timezone data in iCal for Lisbon-Portugal.

– Adds the ability to use Kerberos authentication to a web proxy server.

– Fixes an issue when saving documents from Xcode or TextEdit when using an NFS home directory.

– Fixes an issue when importing certain media files into Final Cut Pro.

– Includes RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.

– Mac OS X v10.6.8 also includes fixes provided in the Mac OS X v10.6.7 Snow Leopard Font Update

– Addresses an issue in which some OpenType fonts don’t display correctly in certain applications.

– Resolves issues printing from Preview.

– Addresses an issue with PDF files not opening in third-party PDF viewing applications.

– Resolves invalid font errors when printing to PostScript printers.

Mac OS X 10.6.8 can be directly downloaded here or via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, positive or negative, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

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13 Responses to “Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.8 update”

  1. Negative about 10.6.8.: in two different Macs, I lost the capability to print to my Konica Minolta c353 printer. The Macs are: mid-2010 Macbook Pro 15″ and a mid-2010 Mac mini Server. “Printer paused” is what happens. The logs say:

    Backend returned status -8 (crashed)Printer stopped due to backend errors

    I read over the web Xerox printer owners are seeing the same. Anybody here? 

  2. Can’t print to an HP8060 either but the HP4345 Still works.  But of course, I need to print in color.  D’oh!

  3. Same for Toshiba eStudio 352. Console reports lpd crashed.

  4. Same for Konica Minolta 652c

  5. I tried to download safari and it said i needed 10.6.7.. too late? i have 10.6.8. it wont install now

  6. After install 10.6.8 update, printer is paused and cant print. I’m using mid-2010 Macbook Pro 15″ .

  7. After install 10.6.8 update, printer is paused and cant print. I’m using Konica Minolta C451

  8. Same. Any solutions yet?

  9. Same – Toshiba eStudio 523

  10. Can’t print to Epson 1280.

  11. Can’t Xerox docucenter-iii c6500
    cups error?
    # After ATTR sequence.
    [Job 486] Backend returned status -8 (crashed)
    What is this error?

  12. Tech Ticker Alert: Apple OS X 10.6.8 Update may cause
    some printers to fail
    After installing the OSX 10.6.8 update, the printer shows status as paused and will not resume.
    Note not all Fiery printers are affected with this new Apple update. We are looking for a resolution to
    this from Apple.
    For users who are seeing this problem in the field and can’t wait for a fix from Apple, there is a workaround
    that can be made in the CUPS filter. This workaround deactivates some status information from the printer
    to the print driver but still enables printing.
    If your Fiery printer has this issue follow the short term workaround solution below.
    This workaround consists of adding a *cupsSNMPSupplies: False line to a ppd file in the /etc/cups/ppd
    folder. You’ll need administrative privileges to perform this workaround. Detailed steps are outlined
    For this example we will use ColorPrinter as the name of the printer affected by the 10.6.8 update.
    1. From the Finder menu choose Go, then Go to Folder…
    2. Enter /etc/cups/ppd in the Go to Folder dialog box and choose Go.
    3. Find the ppd named ColorPrinter.ppd. (This is the same name as the ColorPrinter in Print and Fax
    with a .ppd extension. )
    4. Drag the ColorPrinter.ppd to the Desktop.
    5. Open the ColorPrinter.ppd with TextEdit.
    6. At the end of the PPD add the following line exactly as written: *cupsSNMPSupplies: False
    7. Save the modified ColorPrinter.ppd to the Desktop.
    8. From the /etc/cups/ppd folder, move the original ColorPrinter.ppd to the trash. Authenticate when
    9. Drag the modified ColorPrinter.ppd from the Desktop to the /etc/cups/ppd folder. Authenticate
    when prompted.
    10. Printing should now work as expected. (You may have to start the print queue if it was previously

  13. I’m unable to read PDFs created in Microsoft PowerPoint under OS 10.6.8, even when I use Adobe Reader.  The file will open, but the text and images are not displayed.  Is there another application that I can use to view PDFs with this OS?