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Leopard 10.5.4 Fixes InDesign Nav Services Glitches

Apple released a new Leopard update, 10.5.4, to its Mac OS X users today, an update of special interest to InDesign users.

According to Tim Cole (Adobe’s InDesign/InCopy Evangelist), Adobe’s engineers have put it through its paces, and it appears to have fixed the Nav Services problems that some 10.5.x users were reporting with InDesign, as reported by Steve Werner on our blog here and here.

In a post today to his InDesign BackChannel blog, Tim wrote:

The 10.5.4 update appears to repair all of the Nav Services crashes that Adobe had been able to reproduce in its testing labs. In our internal testing with 10.5.4 we have yet to be able to reproduce the Nav Services crashes that we were able to reproduce with 10.5.3, so we believe that this update should eliminate the most commonly occurring crash problems associated with Leopard.

He added that 10.5.4 doesn’t fix the “can’t Hide InDesign” issue, but posted a workaround, and of course mentioned that there might still be other related but as yet unidentified issues. (Read Tim’s full post on the subject.)

If you’re running Leopard, you should be able to get the 10.5.4 update by just choosing Software Update from the Apple menu. You can also download it directly from the 10.5.4 Update page on Apple’s site:

Another fix of interest to Creative Suite users is that according to Apple, 10.5.4 fixes the problem of users not being able to save Photoshop files over the network without corrupting the image file … a bug which put a big crimp in the workflow of many users.

We’re really glad to see Adobe and Apple working together to get things ironed out for its core customers. And, thanks for the quick testing and reporting, Tim!

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción is the co-founder (with David Blatner) and CEO of Creative Publishing Network, which produces InDesignSecrets, InDesign Magazine, and other resources for creative professionals. Through her cross-media design studio, Seneca Design & Training, Anne-Marie develops ebooks and trains and consults with companies who want to master the tools and workflows of digital publishing. She has authored over 20 courses on on these topics and others. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at or on Twitter @amarie
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4 Comments on “Leopard 10.5.4 Fixes InDesign Nav Services Glitches

  1. Congratulations to Apple and Adobe for solving these problems. I’ve had Leopard installed on two computers (one PPC, one Intel), and have had the Hide InDesign problem, but haven’t had the crashing problem.

    I found a workaround for the Hide InDesign problem that seems to work for me on both computers. After rebooting the computer, I launch InDesign. When it comes up, I immediately quit, then launch it a second time. Now, I’m able to reliably hide the application.

  2. Steve, although that work around never worked for me when I was running 5.0.2 on 10.5.3, it seems to work just fine now with 5.0.3 and 10.5.4.
    Thanks for the reminder! I’m glad I gave it another try – it was the only real bugbear I had with IDCS3.

  3. I’m on 10.5.4 and reinstalled CS3…the hiding issue still persists and I never had the crash problem with saving until now. I might switch back to Quark. Of course I’m kidding. It’s just kind of lame that such a simple feature can be so important and no one seems to be able to do anything about it.

  4. From what I am reading here and elsewhere on the Web, I will wait as late as possible to switch from Apple System 10.4.11 to Leopard, because I don’t have any time to loose with instability or serious problems. The System 10.4.11 is perfectly stable for me. So I will need very serious reasons to switch to Leopard.

    When somebody will say OK, the integration is perfect with Adobe CS3 Suite! Then I will make the switch.

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