Apple on Monday released Mac OS X v10.3.3, the latest update to their "Panther" operating system. It can be downloaded using the Software Update system preference pane.

Apple on Monday released Mac OS X v10.3.3, the latest update to their "Panther" operating system. It can be downloaded using the Software Update system preference pane.

Specific changes in Mac OS X v10.3.3 include the ability to see network volumes both in the Finder sidebar and on the Desktop; improved file sharing and directory services for Mac (through AFP), Unix (through NFS) and PC (through SMB/CIFS) networks; improved PostScript and USB-based printing; updated Disk Utility, DVD Player, Image Capture, Mail and Safari applications; additional support for FireWire and USB devices; improved compatibility with third-party applications; and the incorporation of previous standalone security updates and Bluetooth Update 1.5, if you've not already updated your system.

Apple has outlined the myriad enhancements in place for Mac OS X v10.3.3 in an online document. Major highlights of the release include improved .Mac synchronization, better support for third-party wireless networking PC cards, improved DVD playback when "Digital Audio Output" is selected, the ability to recognize and play DVD+R media using DVD Player, a fix for an unexpected quit problem using Apple's Mail application, the addition of a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) panel in Energy Saver preferences, improved Fan Control system function for Power Mac G5s, and much more -- visit Apple's Web site for more details.

Apple indicated that the 10.3.3 update is available as a standalone installer from the Downloads Web site at http://www.apple.com/swupdates/, but the update was not yet available when this article was posted.