Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update

Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.3 update, as of yesterday. This looks like it will be a big win for us Mac users, with stability improvements seemingly throughout the OS and included applications. Notable from my point of view are:

  • "Fixes reliability issues with iCal syncing." I use Spanning Sync (click this link to save $5) to sync iCal with Google and back, so I can keep my home and work Mac calendars in sync. This is a topic of conversation on the Spanning Sync blog.
  • "Fixes an issue that could occur if two compose windows are open when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock." Actually, I think I ran into this problem with just the main Mail window open.
  • "Resolves an issue in which activating an application from the Dock switches to a different space, even if there is a window for that application in the current space." This has been another annoyance for me, such as when I click on the Terminal icon to bring the command line window(s) in the current space to the front, and instead I get switched to another space.
  • There's a bunch of Time Machine fixes, which I hope may allow me to get backups over wifi to a disk image on a file server working (finally). I use rsync to mirror my home machine's files, but it would be nice to have incremental backups with rollback, etc.


  1. It seems like the Apple testing team is already on holiday ???

    Do NOT install the 10.5.3 update if you use photoshop and saving your work on a XServe !!!

    Apple support

  2. Yes, it also seems to cause problems with iCal, which apparently can be fixed by running iSync and resetting the sync database (under "iSync/Preferences..."). Then, if you've got an iPhone, be prepared for all the calendar items in it to appear in newly created calendars in iCal that have name identical to the existing calendars.