Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.7 - Security, iCal, Mail, Printing Improvements

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Apple updated Mac OS X Leopard to version 10.5.7 Tuesday, a release that includes several general improvements, security fixes, and improvements to iCal, Mail, and printing.

Apple is offering a "Delta" that lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5.6 to 10.5.7, and is a 442MB download. The company also has a combo update that lets you update from Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, 10.5.5, or 10.5.6 to 10.5.7. The Combo download is 729MB.

The release notes from Apple's support page for the update (links provided by Apple):

General

  • Includes latest security fixes.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
  • Improves performance of video playback and cursor movements for recent Macs with NVIDIA graphics.
  • Resolves an issue with Dvorak keyboard layout in Mac OS X 10.5.6.
  • Improves the reliability and accuracy of Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather and Movies Dashboard widgets.
  • Addresses a situation that may cause issues when logging into Gmail.
  • Improves reliability when syncing contacts with Yahoo!.
  • Expansion Slot Utility for Mac Pro now reports the correct PCIe slot configuration.
  • Improves network performance when connected to certain Ethernet switches that have Flow Control enabled.
  • Improves stability for network home directories hosted by Mac OS X Server v10.4.
  • Improves Finder search results for network volumes that may not support Spotlight searching, such as Mac OS X Server v10.4, Time Capsule, and third-party AFP servers.
  • Includes several improvements to Directory Service and Client Management, which are described in the About Mac OS X Server 10.5.7 Update article. [Editor's note: That link was not working as of this writing. - Editor]

iCal

  • Improves overall reliability with CalDav.
  • Improves reliability when automatically syncing with MobileMe.

Mail

  • Addresses reliability and sync issues with Notes.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the BCC field to populate incorrectly when redirecting a message from the Sent mailbox.

Parental Controls

  • Improves consistency with Parental Controls and application restrictions.
  • Addresses an issue in which time limits may not work properly with full-screen games and Fast User Switching.

Printing

  • Resolves an issue that may cause certain third-party printers to print to the incorrect paper tray.
  • Non-admin user accounts can now be allowed to add and remove printers by enabling Parental Controls and selecting "Can administer printers".
  • Includes other printing reliability and stability improvements.

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Comments

MOSiX Man

Dang. No mention of added compatibility with 3rd party Bluetooth adapters. Some news/rumors blog had indicated that 10.5.7 would include such enhancements. Recently, I was careless enough to buy a RocketFish Bluetooth 2 dongle for my Mac Pro, without first checking to see if it listed Mac compatibility on the packaging. :(

I was hoping that this update would install the needed drivers for said Bluetooth dongle, which I need to be able to actually put the Motorola Bluetooth 2 stereo headphones I recently bought, to good any good use.

Well, I’ll install the update and hopefully it includes a super-secret Bluetooth driver update. In case it doesn’t, does anybody know where I can get Mac OS X compatible drivers for a Rocketfish RF-FLBTAD?

mjkphoto

I’m unable to install the update. It stalls at about 19% downloaded. I noticed in the Apple Discussions, folks are having some trouble with this update.

vince7

I had a problem after the d/l reboot.  The screen stuck on installing the script.  I left it alone for about 20 minutes before shutting the iMac down.  After the reboot I didn’t another screen about installing the update.  A quick peek in About this Mac shows 10.5.7.  I hope I got it all ... LOL

iJack

Download the Combined Update from the Apple web site, and save it.  When your Mac gets a little glitchy, you can use it to reinstall, and a whole bunch of problems go away.

http://support.apple.com/downloads/Mac_OS_X_10_5_7_Combo_Update

Tiger

Installed on a 7 year old G4, a 3 year old Mac Mini and a 2 month old Nehalem Quad Core.

Without a glitch. I hope people realize the installer does go to a blue screen when it’s running the Disk Utility in the background between the first and second reboots. DO NOT INTERRUPT IT.

Roger

I installed OS 10.5.7 on a desktop, Mac Pro.
The mail doesn’t work any longer.

Plenty of ram, plenty of storage space.

I use a pop mail account and the mail starts to load then hangs, and sometimes freezes the machine.  Safari hangs also.

Any suggestions?

thank you.
rdemuth@syr.edu

Kamcheung Sham

My Mail also not working anymore. I have 4 pop accounts setup. I tried moved the ~/Library/Mail to some place and let the system recreate that. It still has my 4 Pop account setup, all old message are gone, but still hangs the exact same way.

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