Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Finder, AirPort Issues, More

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Apple released the highly anticipated 10.5.3 update for Mac OS X on Wednesday. The OS update addressed issues with Finder and AirPort performance along with other applications including iCal, Mail and Time Machine.

The long list of issues the update addressed includes:

General

  • Fixes a font issue that could result in Helvetica Narrow being used in applications instead of Helvetica.
  • Addresses an issue with stuttering video and audio playback in certain USB devices.
  • Resolves stability issues with Word of the Day, iTunes Artwork, and Slideshow screen savers.
  • Fixes an issue in which certain attached hard drives may not show up in the Finder.
  • Addresses an issue with .Mac syncing of Dashboard widgets over multiple Macs that use different screen resolutions.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several cameras.
  • Improves the accuracy of the Software Update progress bar indicator.
  • Addresses an issue in which Finder may not be available if the computer name is blank in Sharing preferences.
  • Improves Active Directory binding and login.
  • Eliminates a delay when logging in as an Active Directory user in a .local domain.
  • Improves Spotlight searches on a AFP file server volumes.
  • Clients can now change their password at the login window when bound to a Mac OS X 10.4 Open Directory server.
  • Improves Safari reliability when connecting to the Internet through a Microsoft ISA proxy.

Address Book

  • Addresses reliability issues when searching for contacts using built-in search.
  • Resolves issues with mapping addresses that contain an ampersand character (&).

AirPort

  • Improves 802.1X behavior and reliability.
  • Improves reliability when using Time Capsule.
  • Automator
  • Addresses an issue in which some actions may not work with the "Show When Run" option enabled.
  • Resolves an issue in which the "New iCal Event" action may not work.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents workflows from being saved in the Finderis contextual menu.
  • Fixes reliability issues for Automator scripts that search for files by date.
  • Resolves an issue that prevents workflows from being saved in the Finderis contextual menu.
  • Addresses an issue in which Automator workflows as Finder plugins do not work when the workflow begins with the "Get Selected Finder Items" action.
  • Fixes an issue in which the "Copy Files" action does not reliably work when added from Automatoris warning dialog.

iCal

  • Addresses potential privacy issues by allowing events to be marked as private.
  • Resolves an issue in which the inspector does not show capacity and availability info for conference rooms within a building.
  • Addresses an issue in which the current day could appear in the left-most column of the weekly view.
  • Addresses reliability issues with meeting alarms, invitations and attachments.
  • Resolves issues with reliability when restoring from iCal backups.
  • Fixes accuracy issues with auto-completion, availability data and location names.
  • Resolves an issue in which iCal may send cancellation notices for events in the past after a calendar is deleted.
  • Fixes reliability issues with iCal syncing.

iChat

  • Addresses reliability issues with screen sharing.
  • Resolves an issue in which saved chat transcripts may reported as "still in use" after opening and closing them in iChat.
  • Resolves an issue with group chats not being indexed in Spotlight.
  • Only the last 250 messages of an active chat are saved. Fixed to save unlimited number of lines.
  • Addresses issues with echo cancellation that may occur on portable Macs.

Mail

  • Resolves an issue in which Mail may prevent idle sleep when set to automatically check for new messages every minute.
  • Addresses stability issues that may be encountered when dragging large attachments into an email message.
  • Fixes an issue that could occur if two compose windows are open when dragging a file to the Mail icon in the Dock.
  • Addresses reliability issues when changes are made to a mailbox while offline.
  • Resolves wrapping issues that may be found with consecutive spaces in plain text.
  • Fixes issues with certain web pages appearing garbled when emailed from Safari.
  • Fixes an issue in which the Sent, Drafts, and Outbox mailboxes incorrectly list the "cc" recipients in the "To" column.
  • Addresses reliability issues with attachments added to plain text notes.
  • Fixes reliability issues with authenticated RSS feeds.
  • Resolves an issue in which attaching an alias to an email message may not send the actual file.

Parental Controls

  • Addresses reliability issues with application logging and time limits.
  • Resolves an issue in which Parental Controls may prevent forced sleep.?
  • Addresses performance issues with web content filters.
  • Fixes an issue with managed accounts in which iChat transcripts may not be created.
  • Addresses issues with 4-byte files and whitelist.

Spaces

  • Resolves an issue in which switching to a different space and returning back to the original space may reorder the application windows with a different active window.
  • 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.
  • Fixes an issue in which Command-Tab may incorrectly switch to a new space.
  • Addresses reliability issues with Spaces when syncing preferences over .Mac.

Time Machine

  • Includes fixes for Time Machine compatibility with Time Capsule.
  • Resolves certain issues when backing up a portable Mac that is on battery power.
  • Addresses compatibility issues with Aperture 2.
  • Addresses reliability issues when performing a full restore from a Time Machine backup.
  • Fixes an issue in which certain function keys may be disabled after using Time Machine.
  • Fixes a possible alert message that incorrectly states a backup volume does not have enough space.
  • Updates Time Machine to reliably restore attachments and messages in Mail.

VoiceOver

  • Includes Braille Update 1.0 which enables GW Micro, HandyTech, HIMS, Nippon, and Papenmeier Refreshable Braille displays.
  • Addresses an issue with Braille dot 7 and 8 underlining.
  • Fixes an issue in which HTML page anchors may be ignored by the VoiceOver cursor.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Hot Spots from being used in text areas.
  • Resolves an issue with spell checking in which VoiceOver may only announce the first misspelled word if there are multiple words spelled incorrectly.

Like any update, itis a good idea to back up important information before applying the Leopard update, and be sure to disconnect any peripheral devices -- including external hard drives -- ahead of time.

The Mac OS X 10.5.3 update is available via Appleis Software Update application and will eventually be available as a stand-alone installer at the Apple Support Web site.

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