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Apple updates Aperture, printer drivers

Apple has released a new version of Aperture, which fixes a few stability bugs with the program. In addition, new sets of HP and Epson printer drivers are available for OS X.

In the last couple of days Apple has released updates for EFI firmware to address Thunderbolt compatibility issues, as well as iPhoto to fix a crash with third-party video codecs. Today Apple continues its latest round of updates with updates for both Aperture and its support for the latest printers from HP and Epson.

As with iPhoto, the Aperture update is just a point release (Version 3.2.1) that resolves a few issues with the program, including the following:

  • Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly at launch on Macs with Core Duo processors

  • Addresses problems that could cause the Crop tool to switch to the incorrect orientation or resize incorrectly

  • Resolves rendering issues when cropping images with Onscreen Proofing enabled

  • Location menus are now displayed correctly on the map in the Places view when "Photos" is selected in the Library Inspector

Printer update in Software Update
If you have a relevant printer device installed, Software Update will pick the specific driver you need to update. This results in a much smaller download instead of requiring you to download and apply all the drivers in the full update package. Screenshot by Topher Kessler

The update is a fairly substantial 635.76MB download from the Aperture update Web page, but may be sized differently if you download it through Apple's Software Update utility. The update requires either OS X 10.6.8 or OS X 10.7.2, so be sure you update your system to the latest release of Snow Leopard or Lion to run this update.

In addition to Aperture, Apple has issued updates for its HP and Epson printer drivers, which contain the software needed to run the latest printers from these two companies. Unless you have a printer from either HP or Epson that is not working properly or for which you cannot locate a driver, then you will not need to install these updates. Apple should provide relevant specific driver packages through Software Update, which is the preferred method of updating printer driver software instead of applying these full packages. The packages are hefty downloads at 515MB and 972MB because they contain hundreds of drivers, of which you will likely only be using a few at most.

The printer drivers require OS X 10.6 or later (including Lion), and can be downloaded from Apple's Epson driver update Web site, or from the HP driver update Web site, but it is preferable to use Apple's Software Update utility to install these updates.

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