Apple has released Mac OS X 10.5.3, fixing a wide variety of problems and addressing numerous security vulnerabilities. Figuring out exactly what has changed is nearly impossible, but Adam looks at what Apple claims (along with a report of a troubling Photoshop problem under 10.5.3), and Glenn focuses in on a notable improvement to Back to My Mac. Moving from news to rumor, we announce the release of the second edition of “Take Control of .Mac,” after which author Joe Kissell contemplates the rumors that Apple will be renaming the online service shortly. Adam also shares a useful tip for seeing dictionary definitions for words in documents as you point at them, and looks in detail at the TomTom Go 720 car navigation GPS. In the TidBITS Watchlist this week, we cover the releases of Delicious Library 2.0, Logic Express Update 8.0.2, the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.1, and Keyboard Maestro 3.1.
If you've been suffering from wonky issues in Mac OS X 10.5.2, check out the just-released 10.5.3, which resolves all sorts of problems. Be prepared for a big download!
Mac OS X 10.5.3 fixes numerous security vulnerabilities in Leopard, and Security Update 2008-003 addresses those and more for Tiger.
Although Apple doesn't mention anything about it in Mac OS X 10.5.3's release notes, Back to My Mac has been enhanced with the addition of troubleshooting messages that give hints to why the remote access service might not be working.
By pressing a couple of keys, you can run your mouse pointer around the screen and see dictionary definitions of each word you point at. Try it, or watch Adam's screencast demoing the feature.
For $100 per year, you should take advantage of all that Apple's .Mac online service has to offer. With the release of the second edition of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of .Mac," you can learn how to use all of .Mac's powerful features, ranging from Groups to .Mac Sync.
Rumor has it that Apple may be planning to rename the .Mac service in the near future. Great, just what we wanted to hear the day after releasing the second edition of "Take Control of .Mac"!
Looking for a heavily customizable car navigation GPS that you can connect to your Mac? Adam was too, so he reviewed the TomTom Go 720, and while it performed admirably as a GPS, the Mac connectivity was less satisfactory.
Notable software releases for this week include Delicious Library 2.0, Logic Express Update 8.0.2, the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.1, and Keyboard Maestro 3.1.
Readers tackle a number of subjects this week, starting with reordering photos in iPhone albums and ending with Back to My Mac issues.