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Archived - About the Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update

The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, and 10.5.2 Leopard. It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. For detailed information about security updates, please visit this website. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is packed with over 300 new features, installs easily, and works with the software and accessories you already have.

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Important: Read before installing

  • It is recommended that you back up your system prior to installing any updates.
  • The installation process should not be interrupted, even if the progress bar remains unchanged for several minutes. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Support Downloads to update.
  • You may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modifications installed, or if you've modified the operating system through other means. (This does not apply to normal application software installation.)
  • If issues occur during installation--for example, if Software Update quits unexpectedly--please see this article.

Installing the update

To update to Mac OS X 10.5.3, use Software Update or the standalone installer. You only need to use one of these methods to update your computer.

Software Update

Choose Software Update from the Apple menu to automatically check for the latest Apple software using the Internet, including this update. (Software Update might have linked you to this article to learn more about the update.) If your computer is not up-to-date, other software updates available for your computer may appear which you should install. Note that an update's size may vary from computer to computer when installed using Software Update. Also, some updates must be installed prior to others, so you should run Software Update more than once to make sure you have all available updates.

Standalone installer

Download the update installer and run it manually. This is a useful option when you need to update multiple computers but only want to download the update once. These versions of the standalone installers are available from Apple Downloads.

The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update is recommended for all versions of Mac OS X 10.5 through 10.5.2.

  • The delta update lets you update from  Mac OS X 10.5.2 to 10.5.3
  • The combo update lets you update from  Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, or 10.5.2 to 10.5.3


What's included?

The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X 10.5 and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  

General

  • Includes recent Apple security updates.
  • 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 Finder's 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 Finder's 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 Automator’s 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. 
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