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Thursday, June 05, 2008, 05:05 am PT (08:05 am ET)

Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update to address Adobe CS3 file corruption

As expected, Apple on Wednesday evening delivered to its developer community the first pre-release copies of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update, which repairs a critical flaw in saving files from Adobe's Creative Suite bundle.

The software, labeled Mac OS X 10.5.4 build 9E6, weighed in at 55 megabyte — just a fraction of the size of the recently released Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update's massive 420 megabyte package.

People familiar with the software say Apple has indicated to developers that there are presently no known issues with update, which address issues with iCal, digital camera decoding support, LEAP connections via AirPort, and sometimes missing HTTP headers.

More importantly, those same people say, is a fifth that will allow Creative Suite 3.0 users to once again properly work with files that reside on a remote server.

Immediately following Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update released last month, CS3 users flooded Apple and Adobe's support forums to report that they could no longer properly save files from InDesign, Photoshop, and other CS3 programs to a location on a remote server. The files would become corrupt, those users reported, rendering them useless.

In addition to evaluating the aforementioned fixes, Apple has also asked that its developers focus their testing efforts on a handful of system components once having installed build build 9E6. Among these are AirPort, iChat, print, ruby and samba.

On Tuesday, AppleInsider reported that Apple was preparing the first beta releases of Mac OS X 10.5.4 to arrive in developers' hands ahead of its annual developers conference which kicks off on Monday.