Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.6

Apple on Monday released an update for Mac OS X, bringing the current version of the operating system to 10.4.6. The update addresses several issues with the Finder and networking, as well as fixing problems with some Apple and third-party applications.

Among the changes in Mac OS X 10.4.6, Apple fixed an issue where the operating system might stop responding when a user tries to login to a FileVault image that has been damaged. Users will now see an alert message that reads, “You are unable to log in to the user account (name) at this time.”

Shutdown times in the Energy Saver System Preferences will now work as expected when the user is at the login window. With 10.4.6, if you change your login password at the Login window, you will now be given an opportunity to apply the same change to your default keychain.

Several issues with Apple’s applications have been fixed in the newest update including an issue in which Mail could unexpectedly quit when lowering the quote level within a reply message. An issue where iChat, on an Intel-based Mac with a built-in iSight camera, could sometimes stop displaying video from the iSight camera until the computer was shut down and started up again has also been fixed.

A problem was addressed that caused some of the iMovie window to turn black when dragging a movie clip into iMovie 6 on an Intel-based Mac. IF you use Disk Utility to repair permissions, you will no longer see the “We are using special permissions for…” messages.

Aperture received a couple of fixes, as well. EXIF data is now exported with TIFF images in Aperture and Aperture will no longer unexpectedly quit when exporting a file with keywords that contain twelve or more Cyrillic characters.

The update also includes iSync 2.2, which provides support for additional mobile phones.

Third-party application fixes include an issue in which Blizzard World of Warcraft character graphics could be distorted on an Intel-based Mac with a built-in graphics processor when vertex shaders are enabled. The update also fixed a problem for Aspyr Media’s True Crime: The Streets of LA game in which game movies are very dim on Intel-based Macs.

Mac OS X 10.4.6 also improves character graphics appearance for Aspyr Media’s The Sims House Party when running with Rosetta on an Intel-based Mac.

Users of Microsoft Word will no longer receive an error message, “Word cannot complete the operation because too many files are open” when autosaving a document to a network-based home directory.

A full list of changes and links to the Mac OS X 10.4.6 download is available from Apple’s Web site or via the Software Update mechanism in Mac OS X.

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