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Tue, Sep 9, 2014 9:59 AM

Photoshop: PDF smartobjects not opening in Illustrator (file associations)

Hey guys,

previous versions, before Adobe anounced the cloud, opend PDF files placed as smartobjects always in Illustrator. Since we jumped to CC our workflow was broken, because now PDF files are opened in Acrobat. I thougt maybe this will be fixed with CC2014, but no luck. This is really anoying! I found a workarround, because Photoshop now uses the file assosiation from the system and I changed PDF files to be openend with Illustrator. But if I would like to view the PDF file in Acrobat it is really annoying to always rightclick and choose open with ...

I have tried to assign Illustrator to open PDF files only in Bridge, so I thought Photoshop will notice that, but this does not work.

Is there a solution for this, or maybe is it possible to give the user an option in the preferences --> file handling?

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6 years ago

Photoshop asks the OS to launch the application associated with .ai files.
Your OS has .ai files assigned to open in Acrobat for some reason.
Change the OS association so that .ai files will open in Illustrator.

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Not from photoshop they wont.

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6 years ago

Hi Chris,

.ai files placed as smartobjects correctly launch in Illustrator if they ́re double clicked, but ".pdf does not"! PDF files placed as smartobjects always open in Acrobat, if the file assosiation in Windows is set to open .pdf in Acrobat as usual. But if I change the file assosiation to open .pdf with Illustrator, .pdf smartobjects open correctly in Illustrator. This is definitively something that have changed in Photoshop an not depending on my Windows installation.

I have had this problem on Win7 X64 and still have it on Win8.1 X64. This behavior persists since Photoshop CC.

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No, none of that changed in Photoshop. And Photoshop doesn't change the OS association for .ai or .pdf.
Photoshop just asks the OS to open the program associated with editing that file type.

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Thats correct, Photoshop does not change the file association in windows, I never wrote something like that. Maybe you do not really unterstand my problem, or didnt read attentive:

I would like to open .pdf files placed as smart objects in Photoshop with Illustrator, when I double click on them. In the past Photoshop opened the .pdf smartobjects in Illustrator, so I can edit the content an save them back to the smartobject in PS.

Since Photoshop CC the behavior has changed. Smartobjects with the fileformat .pdf now open up in Acrobat! But I would like to edit .pdf files in Illustrator.

Hopefully my problem will be much more clear, now :)

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No, the behavior in Photoshop has not changed - it still calls the OS to open the file with the application the OS has associated with that file type/extension.

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6 years ago

The problem is not solved!

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6 years ago

Our agency is still lost with this problem! We are really disappointed the topic is marked as solved, but the proplem is still persistent.

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The problem is with the file associations on your system.
There is no Photoshop problem involved. You need to fix the file format associations on your system.

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In our system .pdf-files open with Acrobat as usual. So Photoshop open .pdf-smartobjects with Acrobat, but this makes no sense for Editing vector based .pdf-files.

This filetype association has not changed in our systems, but before Photoshop CC the .pdf-smartobjects opend up in Illustrator.

Maybe you can try to place an embedded .pdf-smartobject in Photoshop CS6 and doubleclick to edit the content. When the filetype association in Windows is set to open .pdf-files in Acrobat, Photoshop will use Illustrator to edit the content of this smartobject.

Since CC something has changed, we are really confused. Now Photoshop uses the filetype assosiation of the system, but this makes no sense for us. In our system we would like to view .pdf-files with acrobat, but Photoshop to open .pdf-smartobjects with Illustrator like .ai-smartobjects.

Is it possible to implement the funcionality in the settings of photoshop to choose between the Application to open such smartobjects? Actually my systems file association is set to open .pdf-files with Illustrator, because I want Photoshop to open .pdf-smartobjects in Illustrator, but this is really annoying :(

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Photoshop hasn't changed anything - it still asks the OS to open the application associated with the file type/extension. I've tried editing all kinds of smart objects, and they open exactly where I expect them to - probably because the file type/extension associations are working on my systems.
And you can't associate the same file type/extension with multiple applications on Windows, or in recent versions of MacOS (which used to handle it more gracefully).

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So in your system Photoshop opens .pdf-smartobjects in Illustrator or Acrobat?
Are you on pc or mac?

Most of us is running CC, but our trainee is running Photoshop CS6 on win 7. Her system opens up .pdf-files with Acrobat. But Photoshop opens .pdf-smartobjects in Illustrator. This is the behavior we are used to :)

Here is a quote from an other source:"If the source content is a vector-based PDF, AI, or EPS file and was prepared in Illustrator, it opens in that program." (http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content...)

On all our machines, with the filetype association for .pdf-files to open with Acrobat, Photoshop CC2014 opens .pdf-smartobjects in Acrobat. This is not what we are expecting for vector based smartobjects!

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On all of my systems (Macintosh and Windows), AI smart objects open in Illustrator.

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6 years ago

Hi Adrian, have you adjusted your file associations at the OS level? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/li...

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Hi Jeffrey :)
We do not have problems with permissions on our systems. Maybe you will read this part from my reply above:

Behavior of Photoshop CS6:
- EPS smart objects --> Illustrator
- Ai smart objects --> Illustrator
- PDF smart objects --> Illustrator !!!!!

Behavior since CC:
- EPS smart objects --> Illustrator
- Ai smart objects --> Illustrator
- PDF smart objects --> Acrobat !!!! <-- This is what is making trouble and absolutely has changed since CC.

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Hello, same problem here on OS X.
Since "upgrading" to Photoshop CC, pdf-smartobjects no longer open in Illustrator as they have done before when double-clicking.
Really annoying. Please fix that, thanks.
But I guess nothing will happen, like nothing happened in the case of white lines appearing when rendering PDFs in Photoshop...

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Please read the previous posts in this topic. The file association is controlled by the OS, not by Photoshop. Also, updating Photoshop wouldn't change the OS association for the file type/extension.

And there is already a topic about the white lines and how the application that created the PDF file causes those, and that Photoshop can't solve the damage already done by the application that created the file.

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Of course, the same "blabla".
Photoshop is perfect, it's the user's fault, we know that already.

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Chris, the behavior has absolutely changed ... maybe you guys didn ́t changed the code in Photoshop that handles the request which program opens the "PDF"-smartobject, but we are having trouble with its actual behavior!

Why don ́t you guys implement a way to change the program that opens up PDF-smartobjects in the settings of Photoshop. So we can tell PS to open this type in Illustrator and not Acrobat. I need to tell my system to open PDF-files with Illustrator ... this is annoying!

Before CC my system opend up PDF-files with acrobat, but PS opend "PDF"-smartobject with Illustrator!!! Maybe you didnt changed this in the code, but this actual behavior is not useful.

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6 years ago

Of course it is easier to delete postings instead of listening to the users that PAID for that buggy piece of software.
But instead of helping, the only answer is "photoshop works perfect, it's your fault".
Crappy support.
Hopefully some alternative for Photoshop comes around soon.

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5 years ago

So, I've found a possible work-around (I'm on a mac, OSX Yosemite)
1) Right-click on a PDF in finder -> choose "Show Info"
2) Change "Open with" to Illustrator and press "Use always" (I'm not on English OS X, but it's the button directly below...) and close the window.
3) Right-click on a PDF in finder -> choose "Open With" -> Other
4) Find your Acrobat app (probably in your applications-folder) check the "Use always" checkmark (again, don't know what it says, but the checkbox directly under it) - Click ok
5) Enjoy opening PDF's in Acrobat and PDF-Smart objects in Illustrator...

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80 Points

3 years ago

I have the same problem (it started today).. normally i can double click a vector smart object & have it launch into illustrator; but this no longer works while illustrator is open.

If i close illustrator & double click my ''vector smart object'' layer, it will launch illustrator & open the vector layer object in illustrator .. But if i try to open another one, it won't work; (unless i quit illustrator; which is usless because I need to open multiple 'vector smart objects'')  

It's driving me nuts & i have a stack of work I have to get out ASAP.. Adobe please investigate & fix, because something is broken.. 

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60 Points

3 years ago

I had this same problem but with my mac and preview. 
I just managed to solve it for myself by changing what finder opens pdfs as to illustrator CC:
Get info on PDF in finder > open with "Adobe illustrator..." > change all..
As well as opening Adobe bridge:
preferences > File type associations > Changing PDFs to open with illustrator instead of preview
Neither of these things seemed to work alone, only together - I hope this might help someone!

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60 Points

3 years ago

This is a persistent recurring problem since CC release.  I usually fix it by closing both Photoshop and AI and restarting.