Apple updates HP, Epson drivers for Snow Leopard

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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.

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Generally faster than Leopard
    • Most applications run in 64-bit mode
    • Rudimentary malware checking
    • Supports Exchange
    • Improvements to Exposé and Dock

    Cons

    • Many features won’t truly be exploited until Mac hardware evolves
    • Lackluster QuickTime Player update
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