Leopard 10.5.3 Fixes Some Navigation Services Crashes
Some folks have reported repeated, horrible, frustrating crashes when using InDesign CS3 on Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) when using any of the “navigation services” features: Open, Save, Place, Relink, and other dialog boxes. What’s particularly crazy-making about this is that it doesn’t happen to everyone. Some folks say it happens more on Intel Macs and others say it’s a problem with Power PC Macs. In fact, my sense is that it must be a small minority of people who have this problem, as there are lots of folks (including me) who can use it under Leopard with no problem. However, if it happens to you, being in the minority is no solace.
Even worse, some folks blame Adobe and some folks blame Apple for the troubles, and it’s rather difficult to know where the issue really lies. That said, Tim Cole of Adobe posted on his blog today that the brand new 10.5.3 appears to fix some (but not all) of the Nav Svcs crashes people have been experiencing. He also mentions a partial workaround that works for some folks that involves opening the Place dialog box each time you start InDesign, and then canceling out of it.
Craig Swanson at CreativeTechs offered a different solution, involving opening the Print dialog box each time you launch. Others have suggested that the best thing to do is rebuild your preferences each time you launch the program.
Bob Levine, one of our newest contributors, added in an email to me: “Everything runs great on Vista 64.” Ah, everyone wants to be a comedian. ;)
If you have updated to 10.5.3 and rebuilt your preferences, what’s your experience? Fewer problems? More? Same? Any different tips you’ve found helpful?