Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.1

Apple on Monday issued an update to its recently released operating system, Mac OS X Tiger. Mac OS X 10.4.1 includes many improvements to applications, Dashboard, .Mac and syncing, iLife and other enhancements.

Changes to Apple’s Mail and Address Book applications include a fix that could lead attached Pages documents to bring up erroneous alert dialogs. When typing after clicking Reply in a Mail message, all characters typed before the Reply window appeared should now appear in the window.

The update also resolves a potential issue in which Mail could unexpectedly quit, stop responding or fail to import your previous emails if third-party software were installed in a ~/Library/Mail/Bundles or /Library/Mail/Bundles—this update prevents previously-installed plug-ins from loading.

Mac OS X 10.4.1 improves Dashboard compatibility with some third-party mice with scroll wheels, and also for PowerBook G4 computers that feature trackpad scrolling.

Several .Mac syncing issues have been addressed including alert "cannot login to the .Mac sync server" could unexpectedly appear when clicking the Sync tab in .Mac preferences. Compatibility with the Motorola V180 and V551 has been improved in iSync 2.0.

A problem affecting Safari and some PDF files would cause Safari to unexpectedly quit when Control-clicking, has been fixed in the update. iDVD no longer quits unexpectedly when hiding it while burning a DVD or saving a disc image and an issue where iPhoto could unexpectedly quit has also been fixed.

Several other general enhancements are also included in Mac OS X 10.4.1. The update improves security by disallowing files, applications and web pages from being opened at the password prompt that appears when waking from sleep or stopping a screen saver.

The update is available via the software update control panel or as a standalone download from Apple’s Web site.

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