Seed Notes Arrive for Mac OS X 10.6.3 Build 10D538

The latest Snow Leopard beta contains just one known issue

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Last week, Apple reportedly seeded a new test build of the upcoming incremental update to Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.3. Labeled 10D538, the update was said to include significant enhancements to QuickTime X, while also improving printing and Logic performance, according to a report by AppleInsider. In the meantime, World of Apple was able to get its hands on the seed notes, further shedding light on the matter.

On Friday, January 22, AppleInsider cited people familiar with the 10D538 beta as saying that, “[Mac OS X 10.6.3 Build 10D538] includes an update to QuickTime X that, when finalized, will improve security and compatibility while simultaneously enhancing overall reliability. The release will also include tweaks that aim to enhance the performance of Apple's 64-bit Logic pro audio suite. Other planned improvements include better compatibility with third-party printers and OpenGL-grounded applications, those same people say.”

In usual manner, shortly after the build had reached Apple’s developer community, World of Apple posted the actual seed notes known to always be bundled with the software. Lacking the changes applied in previous 10.6.3 builds, the seed notes are entirely reproduced below, according to the Apple-focused website.

Included in this update

- Performance improvements for 64-bit Logic;
- Addresses compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications;
- Includes changes to QuickTime X that increase reliability, improve compatibility and enhance security;
- Improves printing reliability and compatibility with 3rd party printers;
- Respects the DNS server ordering as specified in Network Preferences;
- Addresses an issue that causes background message colors to display incorrectly in Mail when scrolling;
- Resolves an issue that prevented files with the # or & in their names from opening in Rosetta;
- Resolves an issue that prevented files from copying to Windows shares;
- Resolves an issue that caused machines using BTMM and the Bonjour Sleep Proxy to wake unexpectedly.

Known Issues

- Viewing shared photo albums in Front Row may cause Front Row to crash.

Focus Areas

- AirPort;
- GraphicsDrivers;
- QuickTime;
- VoiceOver.


The current build is roughly 660MB in size, according to beta testers. These people also say that a public release may occur around three weeks from now. Listings of few known issues, in this case just one, generally indicate that development is coming along. It is very reasonable to assume that Mac OS X 10.6.3 will appear in our Software Updaters by mid February.

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