Photoshop stops pasting from Clipboard

10 May 2011 - 2:21pm
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Maurice
2009

Hi all,

Anybody solved the mysterious Cut n' Paste abandonment issue with Photoshop CS4 and CS5?.

I heard it's actually a Windows problem...something about Photoshop keeps 'listening' for the clipboard, but Windows ignores the request after a while, something to the effect.

Anyway.
Here is the scenario:
When you have a freshly started version of Photoshop all works well, then all of a sudden (a few cut n' paste later), the "previous" object seem to stay in memory...whatever you do (close other programs, close design windows, clear preferences...whatever), nothing will happen until you "restart" Photoshop.
This becomes VERY ANOYING after a few times.

Has anybody found a fix or work around.
Even the Internet failed me on this one :)

Thanks in advanced.

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10 May 2011 - 3:20pm
Paul Pinkney
2009

I've had this problem many times when using Illustrator and Photoshop.  It appears as though the copy operation just needs time to complete in some cases.  For example, I'll have an illustration with many layers in Illustrator, do a Ctrl-A to select all, then do Ctrl-C to copy the whole thing, move over to Photoshop, and in some cases, if I do an immediate Ctrl-V to paste, the previously-buffered item will be pasted.  If I allow several seconds -- sometimes as many as 45 seconds or so -- then do a Ctrl-V, the paste works.  With CS5, Photoshop will, most often, have the busy cursor on while the buffer is filling from Illustrator.  Once the cursor returns to normal, then Ctrl-V will do the right thing.  Hope this helps.

10 May 2011 - 4:32pm
Brian Mclaughlin
2008

I believe what you folks are incountering is solved by more memory. We have a couple of machines that are maxed out with memory and what you are describing is now a non-issue.

10 May 2011 - 5:09pm
Paul Pinkney
2009

It doesn't happen all the time to me -- generally just Illustrator content with lots of layers.  I would hope 8 Gb would be sufficient.  If memory serves, earlier versions of Photoshop and/or Illustrator (CS3) had a problem in which *only* restarting them or even the computer would be sufficient.  It seemed as though Photoshop, in particular, simply would not free up the memory in some cases even after shutting it down, which doesn't like it could be possible, but that was the apparent behavior.  Yes, extremely frustrating. 

10 May 2011 - 9:05pm
Prof. AProfeta
2009

Hi Movibes,
Have you tried using the 'purge' command?
Choose Edit>Purge and then choose what you want to clear from the resulting menu.
Generally I choose 'all', presuming all is well with your file, although you could op for clipboard or history.
This command frees up internal ram used by large selections and files. Its an oldie but goodie trick since Ps 3 when layers were introduced.

tonyPRO
http://PDAMedia.net
Adobe User Group Manager
Photoshop:Philadelphia

11 May 2011 - 7:08am
Maurice
2009

Thank you all for your replies.

Here is what I found on the Adobe support site:
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From Adobe Employee:
"Yep, that's the Windows bug.  Photoshop is listening for the OS to tell it about new clipboard data, and the OS stops telling Photoshop that there is something new on the clipboard.  We've tried dozens of workarounds, and improved it, but never found a way to completely avoid the problem.
We've seen this in 32 bit, 64 bit, other apps, etc."

"We've seen the same problem reported on Photoshop CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 and CS5.
We've been working on it, and working with Microsoft to resolve the problem.
Now we're waiting on Microsoft."
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More reports, replies and feedback can be found here:
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/680075

I hope this helps others having the same issue, but still no solid fix.

Thanks again.
-mo-

 

16 May 2011 - 9:10am
Ann Cook
2010

I run CS4 on a Mac at work and CS5 on a Windows machine at home. I don't think this is just a Windows problem, it happens to me all the time at work on my Mac. I've never had it happen at home on my Windows box, which has a larger CPU and more memory than the Mac. As Brian mentioned, it may have something to do with the amount of memory you have.

27 May 2011 - 3:58pm
Prof. AProfeta
2009

Hi Movibes, Have you tried using the 'purge' command? Choose Edit>Purge and then choose what you want to clear from the resulting menu. Generally I choose 'all', presuming all is well with your file, although you could op for clipboard or history. This command frees up internal ram used by large selections and files. Its an oldie but goodie trick since Ps 3 when layers were introduced.

TonyPRO http://PDAMedia.net Adobe User Group Manager Photoshop:Philadelphia ------Original Message------ From: movibes Sender: ixdaor@host.ixda.org To: Tony Profeta ReplyTo: discuss@ixda.org Subject: [IxDA] Photoshop stops pasting from Clipboard Sent: May 10, 2011 3:29 PM

Hi all,

Anybody solved the mysterious Cut n' Paste abandonment issue with Photoshop
CS4 and CS5?.

I heard it's actually a Windows problem...something about Photoshop keeps
'listening' for the clipboard, but Windows ignores the request after a while,
something to the effect.

Anyway. Here is the scenario: When you have a freshly started version of Photoshop all works well, then all
of a sudden (a few cut n' paste later), the "previous" object seem to stay in
memory...whatever you do (close other programs, close design windows, clear
preferences...whatever), nothing will happen until you "restart" Photoshop. This becomes VERY ANOYING after a few times.

Has anybody found a fix or work around. Even the Internet failed me on this one :)

Thanks in advanced.

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