InDesign CS3 vs. Leopard Status Report
In the continuing soap opera revolving around whether InDesign CS3 is compatible with Apple’s latest operating system version, Leopard, a new chapter has been added, but the serial continues. On Monday, February 11, Apple released the latest update to Leopard—10.5.2. While it included a very large number of bug fixes and enhancements, it does not appear to have fixed some InDesign CS3 incompatibilities. We covered these issues in our last posting on the subject.
In brief, there are two issues which occur:
- Users are unable to hide InDesign either from the menu command or by using the Cmd+H keyboard shortcut
- Some users may experience unexpected quitting when using the Place, Save, Save As or Export commands intermittently using either the OS or Adobe dialog boxes. (This is referred to below as the “NavSvcs” problem.)
Our friend Tim Cole, InDesign evangelist extraordinaire, has been keeping us up-to-date on the situation. In his posting today (February 14) he reports:
Anyone having problems with InDesign on Leopard will have observed by now that the 10.5.2 update doesn’t fix the NavSvcs or Hide problems. From what I’ve been able to learn from our own technical people, the changes necessary on Apple’s end to fix the NavSvcs problem involves a re-write of the relevant portions of Leopard’s code, and as such it’s an involved process. That along with competing priorities accounts for the absence of that fix in 10.5.1 and 10.5.2. Unfortunately, no word yet on when Apple anticipates delivering this fix.
Personally, I’m testing InDesign CS3 in Mac OS X 10.5.2 on two computers—a G4 PowerBook and a G5 iMac, and, while I’ve experienced the problem of not being able to hide InDesign, I can work around that pretty easily. I have not had a problem of unexpected quits in InDesign CS3 on those computers.
For those who may be experiencing the quitting problem, Tim suggested in one of his earlier postings that uninstalling Version Cue may help the problem.
I’m considering installing Leopard on my primary computer, a MacBook Pro, but have held off for more testing. This would be a good place for others to share their experiences with Leopard.