Apple fixes 70 issues with Mac OS X 10.5.3 update

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Apple on Wednesday updated Mac OS X 10.5, fixing 70 issues with the operating system and its components.

Among the changes in Mac OS X 10.5.3 are several fixes for Apple’s Time Machine backup application. The update addresses compatibility issues with the Time Capsule backup device as well as compatibility issues with Aperture 2, Apple’s workflow application for photographers. The OS update aims to improve reliability when doing a full restore from a Time Machine backup, and an alert message incorrectly stating that a backup volume doesn’t have enough space has been fixed.

Apple’s virtual desktop application, Spaces, received some minor updates in 10.5.3. A problem that could cause the reordering of application windows when switching desktops and then switching back has been fixed. The update also tackled an issue where pressing Command-Tab may have incorrectly switched users to a new space. The update also bolsters reliability for .Mac syncing.

Mail receieved 10 updates in Mac OS X 10.5.3. Highlights include a fix for a stability issue when dragging large attachments to a mail message and reliability issues when changes are made to a mailbox while offline.

iChat fixes include improved reliability during screen-sharing sessions and an issue with group chats not being indexed in Spotlight.

Automator, AirPort, Address Book, Parental Controls and VoiceOver all received reliability enhancements with the update.

The 420MB Mac OS X 10.5.3 update is available for download via from the software Update control panel.

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