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10.4: Avoid an Illustrator copy/paste crash Apps
Tiger only hintIf you copy an object from Adobe Illustrator 10.0.3 and try to paste it into Photoshop 7.0.1 in Mac OS X 10.4, then Adobe Illustrator will crash and Photoshop will be unable to get the contents of the clipboard.

Illustrator will announce "Acrobat PDF File Format is having difficulties. There was a Macintosh system error (-37)." Photoshop will announce "Could not import the clipboard because the specified format is not in the edition," and then Illustrator will announce "Acrobat PDF File Format is having difficulties. The file may be damaged." Then Illustrator will crash out, but Photoshop won't.

By default, Illustrator copies PDF data to the clipboard. This feature came about when PDF became apart of the Illustrator native file format. You can get around this bug by turning this feature off. Follow these steps in Illustrator:
  1. Click on the Illustrator application menu
  2. Select "Files & Clipboard" from the Preferences menu
  3. Uncheck "Copy As: PDF" in the Clipboard section of the dialog box
  4. Click OK.
You'll loose transparency in the process, but at least Illustrator won't crash.

[robg adds:I can't test nor confirm this one ... anyone who can, please comment...]
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10.4: Avoid an Illustrator copy/paste crash
Authored by: bitman on May 22, '05 09:07:40PM

Doesen't seem to be a problem with Illustrator 11.0, Photoshop CS (8.0) and MacOSX 10.4.1

bit



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10.4: Avoid an Illustrator copy/paste crash
Authored by: olivermomo on May 22, '05 10:21:49PM

This is not limited to Mac OS X 10.4 - it was a common problem in 10.3.x as well. Turning off 'Copy as pdf' was always a good workaround for my users. Of course, Illustrator will revert back to its original setting if/when the user trashes Illustrator's prefs.



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10.4 [not]: Avoid an Illustrator copy/paste crash
Authored by: kyngchaos on May 22, '05 10:27:36PM

This is not just a Tiger problem. This happens in OS 10.3 as well, and possibly 10.2. And it's not consistent either, at least between different computers - on many different Macs I've setup with 10.3.8, some have this problem and some not. I haven't seen a pattern yet.

On a related note, I find the AICB clipboard more useful, it's needed if you want to paste paths or shapes into Photoshop, otherwise all you get is as pixels.

And, it may or may not be obvious, but you must make sure the AICB clipboard format is selected. With no clipboard formats selected, it defaults to PDF.



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AICB format & After Effects
Authored by: jvr on May 23, '05 10:19:01AM

The AICB format with "preserve paths" selected is also useful in conjunction with After Effects. The paths can be used to create masks or even motion paths. This trick can very handy:

1) Draw a path in Illustrator.
2) copy it.
3) Select any position-based parameter of a layer by clicking on the word "position" for the target layer on the After Effects timeline (either of the layer itself or for any filter that uses position coordinates).
4) Select paste, and After Effects will automatically create keyframes to form a motion path that matches the path you drew in Illlustrator. (Various methods may then be used to edit the path or adjust the timing.)

Possible uses include:
- easily create a "write-on" title
- create a spiral motion path, or star-shaped, or whatever shape you want
- create a motion path that outlines some element of a background image

If you haven't used this method before, try it out. Have fun!



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10.4: Avoid an Illustrator copy/paste crash
Authored by: gearon on Nov 03, '05 09:10:43AM

Am running OS X 10.4.1 with Photoshop and Illustrator CS1.
Have been using sucessfully for some time now and this problem just appeared now. Tried the work around and works fine now.

cheers

gearon



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