Among the main changes in this update is Stacks, the Mac OS X Dock feature that allows quick access to items contained in folders. In Mac OS X 10.5.2, users can view any folder in the Dock as a standard folder or as a Stack, as well as view the contents in any of the display modes: fan, grid, or list. Pre-Leopard versions only allowed list viewing, while previous Leopard versions only allowed Grid or fan modes based on the number of items contained in the Stack.
Another widely criticized feature of Leopard was the addition of a translucent menu bar. The 10.5.2 update adds an option in the Desktop and Screensaver Preferences panel that allows disabling the translucent state of said menu bar. Additionally, menu items are now less translucent (regardless of the setting made in the indicated preferences panel), making them more readable.
An addition to the Time Machine backup feature, introduced with Leopard, provides an option in the menu bar that allows access to Time Machine features. Additionally, the update resolves a bug that could prevent the use of some external hard drives by Time Machine.
Users of any of the recent digital cameras will be happy to learn that this update expands RAW support for various cameras, which have been added to the full list of RAW formats supported by Leopard.
This update also improves several programs that ship with Mac OS X. iCal, Apple’s calendar program, now more accurately reflects responses to recurring meetings and addresses an issue where a meeting could linger after being canceled. Apple’s instant messaging client, iChat, will no longer be affected by Time Machine’s remaining time calculation, as well as offering AIM 6 video support and eliminating a number of bugs. The Mail application update also fixes several bugs, improves the accuracy of the Data Detectors feature, and fixes an issue related to RSS feeds managed with Mail. Mail also automatically disables version 1.1.2 and earlier of the GrowlMail plug-in (not supported) which Apple said was causing compatibility issues.
According to Apple’s full note, this update also resolves “connection stability and reliability” issues over AirPort networks, improves performance of some Apple Dashboard widgets, and addresses poor interaction between Dashboard and Parental Controls, while simultaneously Expands support for the Back to My Mac feature with more third-party routers, iSync support for two Samsung phones is added, Parental Controls stability is improved, and various bugs are fixed. Scrolling PDFs in Preview is also improved, various printing issues are fixed, precision in grammar checker is improved, and overall stability when running third-party applications is improved.
Mac OS X 10.5.2 also incorporates the CD / DVD Sharing feature that came as a separate installation on the installation disc that came with the MacBook Air. When users turn on CD / DVD Sharing in Sharing preferences, MacBook Air users with Mac OS X 10.5.2 can use the Mac’s optical drive to copy files or install software.
This update is available through the Software Update feature of Mac OS X and from the support area of the Apple website.
Once the computer has been installed and restarted, you will verify that another update is available. Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 “improves Mac stability and compatibility,” according to information accompanying the update. This update requires Mac OS X 10.5.2.