Photoshop CS4 & Leopard Spaces do not get along

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I have problems specially moving Photoshop from one space to another, but also if I open a photoshop file and then change to another space... and other difficult to remember situations.
Did Adobe forget completely about testing CS4 with the latest Mac OS X? and with such a "popular" - let's say - feature?

This is totally annoying - frustrating.
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Same with Fireworks, Illustrator et al
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I'm having the same annoying issue too! Does anybody know of a fix for this? CS4 is not behaving properly when I'm using spaces, or is it vice-versa? Anybody have a patch for this?
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I tried turning off the OpenGL rendering, to no effect.

You'd think after spending quite literally thousands of dollars Adobe would have the good sense to get their **** together.
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Same issue here. Drives me absolutely nutz.
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Actually I see lots of bugs on Photoshop, it feels like it wasn't made for Mac, just PORTED to Mac...
Nice to see I'm not alone... WE are alone =P
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photoshop cs4 is buggy as hell on leopard for me too. From the spaces issue (which is incredibly annoying), to weird magenta pixels showing up in full screen mode outside of the image area, to documents just plain not displaying at all... wtf, this software was not cheap. All of the "improvements" made to the UI seem completely aesthetic to me. Not one truly useful new feature have I encountered yet. Seems like Adobe rushed this one out the door to make a quick buck... I'm a little pissed. This totally f's up my work flow on a daily basis.
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Also, even when I can get photoshop to not jump from space to space, when I come back to the space where photoshop resides the image or file I am working on does not show up. It is just a grey window. I have to wiggle the window for the real image to show up. This is very frustrating when trying to compare a photoshop comp with a website rendered in a browser I am working on in a different space. The point of spaces is to give us that kind of flexibility, and Adobe can't get it right? I'm bored Adobe, do you hear me? Bored.
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You've just reminded me: Yeah, even if I manage to keep everything in place, when I come back from a space to the one Ps is, the screen is not refreshed on the changes I apply on the document, only when moving items around... Quite annoying working while moving an object 1 pixel up and down to see changes. It forces you to close all opened files and open them again AND REMEMBER NO TO SWITCH SPACES NEITHER BY ACCIDENT.

Adobe with Photoshop and Flash (specially) really screwed it up this time.
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I have this problem always when switching with command + arrow. Dont have it when switching with spaces expose. This drives me nuts sometimes...
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Has ANYONE received any feedback from Apple or Adobe about this? I spoke to representatives from both several months ago, and they BOTH basically just passed the buck on it, saying that the OTHER company needed to do something about it. Lame and idiotic, especially from TWO companies with reputations of excellence. Perhaps we need to start getting LOUD about this ineptitude...
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Adobe, a "company with a reputation of excellence"? Definitely not the Adobe I've come to know. The way that many of Adobe's Mac UIs are written is SO non-standard that I doubt spaces would play nicely with them unless they're changed substantially with that in mind.
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Brad's right, if Adobe and Apple are pointing fingers back and forth, it's not difficult to see who's at fault here. Clearly Adobe needs to learn to use the windowing display APIs correctly, since no other software company seems to have a problem (at least nobody who charges hundreds of dollars for each product).

Adobe has no competition and is basically a natural monopoly, and should be regulated just like a public utility.
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I undersatnd what adobe say, that is apple spaces problem, but if thats the case, then Adobe should work along with apple to solve this, not the final user...
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Why is Apple's fault that Photoshop does not support Spaces? That can't be an official answer, it's just idiotic.

They have released terrible products and won't face it. Photoshop CS4 with spaces, Flash CS4 with... medium / large projects...

You can't blame the OS if your app sucks and crashes, neither =P Photoshop crashed to me a few times already but the Mac stays stable as always.

It's just frustrating there's no response after so many months, they really don't care...
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I dont know, and anyone of us can really know where comes the bug. We can not look neither adobe or apple codes.
Maybe is both fault, maybe apple, maybe adobe... But in any case, the bug needs to be fix within the both companys. And yes, adobe should response to this, they just wash their hands...
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"A half way workaround"

Turns out without the Application frame, it does work fine... but it's a bit tricky. We can activate / deactivate the Application frame at the Window menu. Once we do, we'll have the classic view of Photoshop on Mac, but thing is no matter where our documents are on spaces, if we click the Photoshop icon on the dock, all the toolbars are gonna appear on the active space. We'd have to go back to the space where our documents are, and then click the Ps icon.
Call it a feature or a bug, whatever, i'd guess it's a "feature" so you can have docs on separated screens.

BUT!!!... you have to give away Application frame, which is pretty neat.

Also, if we press F once to go to "Full screen mode with menu bar" we'll have something SIMILAR to what we had on Application frame, and we are sent to the document's space when clicking Photoshop's icon.

This is not a solution, but a workaround. Adobe still needs to take care of Application frame for Leopard's Spaces.

Cheers!
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I've had this annoying problem too, but I've found a workaround that works for me. If I go to the Exposé and Spaces pane in System Preferences, and assign Adobe Photoshop to "Every Space" then I don't get the problems. Of course, this means Photoshop shows on every space, but this is the best set-up I've found for the way I work.
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All you have to do is click twice on the Photoshop icon in the dock to bring the active window and app frame in the correctly assigned space. Don't double click. Just click once to make the frame appear and click again to bring up the doc window and jump to the space.
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twentyonexnine's suggestion didn't work for me. Clicking once would bring up the frame but not the application. However if I click the dock icon once, then hit TAB (which makes the Ps toolbars disappear) the correct space opens with Ps loaded. TAB again to make the toolbars reappear.
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This seems to be completely fixed in Snow Leopard.
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Not on my machine (OSX 10.6, PS CS4 Extended). I can't even move PS to another space.
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Spaces + PS4 seems to be working in Snow Leopard but now there are new problems that have risen. The app switcher works, spaces jumps to the space with PS4, but when I use my keyboard shortcut to close a PSD file (command + W) or switch between a PSD file (command + ~) Photoshop acts sporadically. I've accidentally closed many PSDs that weren't the files I was looking at. VERY frustrating, a problem that I don't think Adobe will fix being that I've seen ONE update for the software in the past 2 years I've had the CS4 suite...
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I've had the same problem w/ Adobe Lightroom 2.5. Since I can live without SPACES, I just deleted it. Hopefully this will solve the problem.
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Yeah I'm switching to Aperture. Too much Adobe fail going on here.
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Apparently none of the Adobe apps get along with Spaces. Illustrator and Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard are constantly putting their windows in the wrong space.
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I got it to work by:

-closing all open files
-move to space
-tab to PSD
-open a file

a little silly but it's what works for now.
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I have a different problem. The application Photoshop CS4 disappears from my mac. I am running snow leopard on a brand new laptop and 2007 imac. The whole photoshop program disappeared from the imac and just the camera raw portion from the laptop. Weird.
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This is my work-around...

  1. Save your workspace

  2. Assign a keyboard shortcut (say F2) to the workspace

  3. When you switch space to photoshop press F2


It's a one key solution. Not that you should have to press one key. Photoshop has always been terrible with resizing your palettes anyway, so this will restore their sizes too.

If you're not sure how to save a workspace it's under...

Window » Workspace » Save workspace

If you're not sure how to set a shortcut key to a workspace...

  1. Edit » Keyboard Shortcuts

  2. Select the 'application menus' in the drop-down

  3. Expand the 'Window' list

  4. Find the workspace, and click beside it, in the shortcut column to enter a shortcut.


Note, there is a bug here, if you open up the keyboard shortcuts again, it will appear that there is no shortcut assigned to the workspace, however the shortcut you assigned, will still work.

Way to go Adobe, really impressed!
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I'm curious... it sounds like some of you are describing the problem I'm having, but I want to be clear... First of all I have my mac set up for Spaces and normally love it. I need that function. When I select files in lightroom 2 and choose to "edit files in photoshop CS4" the import begins. That's fine and if I wanted to stay in photoshop for the arduous process of loading all my files, it wouldn't be a big deal other than a waste of time. However, I'd rather work on something else- check email or another space. When I try to change spaces, it will let me for a split second then switch back to the photoshop screen as another file loads. This continues with a power struggle- me trying everything I can to hang on to my space, but photoshop wins every time... Anyway, the two solutions that I saw on here didn't help me. And I'm not sure if it's a photoshop thing or a spaces problem... I've searched continuously online, and this is the ONLY thing that seemed partially similar to my problem.

Any suggestions? You know how you can keep a sticky afloat? can you do that with another window? On a PC it just did it's thing in the background, it didn't make me watch it. I love a Mac but this is making me INSANE! I'm fighting with my computer...