This week Apple has released three new drivers to bring Snow Leopard users’ printing and scanning software up to date. Mac OS X v10.6 Snow leopard already includes software for many printer and scanner models, but updating is imperative as time passes, with new hardware emerging.
The original drivers for a multitude of printers and scanners can be installed from the Mac OS X 10.6 Install DVD. They can also be installed or updated by using the built-in Software Update mechanism in the Apple menu.
In fact, some models have drivers available only through Software Update. The latest such releases from Cupertino are listed below, complete with their respective file size, release date, and download links.
Xerox Printer Drivers v2.1 for Mac OS X v10.6
This download includes Xerox printing software that shipped with Mac OS X v10.6 (Snow Leopard).
February 23, 2011 - 32.62MB
HP Printer Drivers v.2.6 for Mac OS X v10.6
This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for Snow Leopard.
February 23, 2011 - 451.38 MB
Epson Printer Drivers v2.6 for Mac OS X v10.6
This update installs the latest software for your Epson printer or scanner.
February 23, 2011 - 845.67 MB
By default, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard installs software supporting the printers currently used by a user’s Mac, nearby printers on their network, and popular printer and scanner models.
Users can choose to install software only for printers currently used by their Mac, or install all of the printer and scanner software that is available from the Mac OS X Install DVD, by clicking the Customize button while installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
As noted above, those looking to get additional support for printers can choose Software Update from the Apple menu, and allow it to complete the process of checking for new software.
Once something like “Epson Printer Drivers v2.6” appears, users can select it from the list of available updates and hit install. Alternately, Mac users can download the standalone installer from Apple (links above), or from Softpedia (below).