Apple updates HP, Epson drivers for Snow Leopard
Apple has released updated sets of Snow Leopard drivers for Hewlett-Packard and Epson printers and scanners.
First on the line is version 2.4 of the Epson drivers, which comes in a package listed on Apple’s download page at a whopping 737MB; Epson Printer Drivers 2.4 provides updated compatibility between Mac OS X 10.6 or later and dozens of scanners and printers made by the manufacturer.
On the HP side, the update, dubbed version number 2.4.1, is listed at a significantly smaller 388MB. (Note that actual update sizes vary, depending on the specific drivers you need.) HP Printer Drivers 2.4.1 requires OS X 10.6.1 or higher in order to function and provides support for both printers and scanners made by Hewlett-Packard.
Both updates can be installed through Software Update, or obtained directly from Apple's Website for Support Downloads.
MSRP: $29 (single-user upgrade from Leopard); $49 (five-user upgrade from Leopard); $169 (Tiger upgrade as part of Mac Box Set with iLife ’09 and iWork ’09)
- Generally faster than Leopard
- Most applications run in 64-bit mode
- Rudimentary malware checking
- Supports Exchange
- Improvements to Exposé and Dock
- Many features won’t truly be exploited until Mac hardware evolves
- Lackluster QuickTime Player update