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.

2 comments:

  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

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  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.

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