Apple has released three International English software updates - ASIP Agent, AppleScript, and FireWire.

The ASIP Agent update provides compatibility with Macintosh computers running Mac OS 9.0.4 with Mac OS ROM 4.6 and later. It’s only required for customers running AppleShare IP server software on iMacs, Power Mac G4s, or Server G4s with Mac OS 9.0.4 and Mac OS ROM 4.6 or later.

The AppleScript update corrects some problems in the previous versions of the software, and offers some enhancements. It repairs AppleScripts interaction with Carbon Lib 1.0.2, and stops the application crashing when attempting to compile more than one script at a time.

FireWire 2.4 improves support for FireWire hard-drives and software, adds hardware specific support for certain FireWire interfaces, and supports Newer’s FireWire 2 Go CardBus interface for PowerBook users. It also extends PowerBook battery life when no FireWire devices are connected, and fixes some performance issues - for instance, unplugging a DV camera while running iMovie in "certain situations" no longer causes a crash.

Apple sources said that development of an International English version of Open GL continues to be "an issue" for the company, but refused to discuss why. Open GL is used by many top-selling Mac games. Readers report that the US English version works, but Apple UK representatives warn that installing non-International English system software can cause a slow degradation in machine performance.

For more Apple updates see our Updates page.