Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.9, which it is recommending to all users.

The company describes the release as: "Recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8."

The update includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes and compatibility updates.

The software update is available for Intel, PowerPC systems and also as a universal update for both systems. Updates for both client and server operating systems are available.

A host of improvements are described in the notes accompanying the new software, which is available both through Software Update and from the company's download website.

Apple has also released a security update and an iPhoto update, also available through Software Update and the downloads page.

The company describes the following improvements in this release:

- Application launch times
- RAW camera support
- Updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
- Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
- Image capture performance
- Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
- Font handling
- Dashboard stability
- Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
- USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
- Bluetooth devices
- Browsing AFP servers
- Apple USB Modem
- Windows-created digital certificates
- Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
- Sharing using AFP, SMB/CIFS, NFS and FTP file sharing protocols
- Login and authentication in a variety of network environments
- Connecting to Cisco VPN servers using IP/Sec and NAT
- AirPort including connectivity to EAP-FAST networks
- Searching iWork ‘06 and Microsoft Office documents using Spotlight
- Viewing of QuickTime streaming media behind a firewall
- Audio playback in QuickTime, iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack applications
- Determining the space required to burn folders
- Synchronizing contacts, bookmarks, and calendars to .Mac and mobile phones
- Mounting and unmounting iDisk volumes
- Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
- Security updates