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Mac OS X 10.5.6 fixes sync, graphics issues, more

updated 01:10 pm EST, Mon December 15, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.6 update

As anticipated last week, Apple has posted its latest update to Mac OS X, v10.5.6. Available through the Software Update service or direct download, the patch consists mostly of dozens of fixes and performance enhancements, for issues such as sync and graphics. Sync reliability has been improved for Address Book, portable home directories and most notably MobileMe, which should now propagate contact, calendar and bookmark changes within a minute of their being saved.

Graphics changes include "general improvements" for iChat, Aperture, Cover Flow and iTunes, and unspecified performance enhancements directed at gaming. More critically the update attempts to address problems with graphics distortion, triggered by some AMD/ATI video cards.

The size of the update may vary depending on processor platform and the currently installed OS; upgrading from an Intel Mac with v10.5.5 nets a 377MB download.

Other issues addressed by the update include problems with AirPort, iChat, Mail, networking and Time Machine. AirPort connections should now be more reliable when roaming in large Wi-Fi networks, for example, and iChat should no longer log a user out when changing status to invisible via AppleScript. Time Machine should be able to properly locate backup volumes, and among several Mail adjustments is a solution to junk messages being left in the inbox.

Networking changes incorporate stability and performance enhancements for TCP and AT&T 3G connections, as well as Apple File Service, namely when using a home directory located on an AFP server. The ssh Terminal command, lastly, should now be compatible with more ssh servers.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    It's snappier!

    Actually, I haven't installed it yet; Time Machine drive is at my other office. Hopefully this will fix the problems we're having printing Adobe files in the department.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    re: Hopefully

    Hmmmm. I don't see that "fixes the problem you're having printing Adobe files in the department" listed in the info provided above.


    I'm just sayin'.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Adobe Files...

    The problem printing Adobe files (I assume you mean PDF files, but whatever) is caused by Adobe and most likely you using Acrobat 8 -- which has a known flaw printing to certain postscript printers (the irony is obvious). Acrobat 9 allegedly fixes this problem, or simply open and print your PDF files with Apple's PREVIEW, which works better.

    Apple is under no obligation to fix Adobe's incompetences.

  1. VValdo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    PGPmail plugin...

    no longer works :(

    W

  1. VValdo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    PGPmail plugin...

    I take that back. There's already a fix at http://www.sente.ch/software/GPGMail/English.lproj/GPGMail.html wow!

    W

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    combo

    Combo update is 668MB- Yipes!http://support.apple.com/downloads/MacOSX10-5-6Combo_Update

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    worrying...

    It is a bit worrying that Apple mis-states the size of both the delta and the combo on their own tech support pages. Surely they should get something as simple as that right?

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    c***

    Well, install took a while to restart after installation, but all seems well on 3 machines so far. Except that the battery menu no longer allows you to set performance options. Who the *

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    c***

    Well, install took a while to restart after installation, but all seems well on 3 machines so far.
    Except that the battery menu no longer allows you to set performance options. Who the *&%^ came up with that one!? I switch from better battery life to better performance all the time when on battery power on my old 12" PowerBook. Looking through time machine backups now to restore functionality..:(

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    re: Feathers

    The size of the delta update is dependant on the computer an OS you're running. Its not a constant figure.

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