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Apple Updates Mac OS X

10.2.4 adds functionality, application enhancements By Dave Nagel
Apple has released an update to Mac OS X. The new version, 10.2.4, addresses a number of performance issues and also enhances some applications, as well as Classic compatibility. It's available now through Software Update.

According to APple, Mac OS X 10.2.4 offers improved functionality for Address Book, Classic compatibility, Finder, FireWire, Graphics, OpenGL, Sherlock, Apple and Windows file sharing, audio, disc recording, graphics and printing. For audio, the new version improves the quality of audio captured from FireWire devices; fixes a bug in which some classic applications fail to sample audio; improves voice activation for Classic applications; and adds support for mLAN devices.

For printing, it now offers a submenu for custom paper sizes; includes Rendezvous support for Brother printers; addresses a security issue with CUPS printing; and includes a shared printers list by default in the Page Setup dialog.

Other enhancements are numerous and somewhat minor. A complete list of is available at

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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