Could not save... because the file name is not valid when running an action

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Photoshop has just updated to  21.1.0. I am on Windows 10, also just updated to latest version.  I can save files as any extension anywhere using file / save as but when I try to run an action which saves files as jpegs at full quality into a folder on my computer using a programmed finction key I get the following error:

I can save the files to the folder by using the save as function but not by running the action on open files in Photoshop.
It works fine using Batch / Automate on a folder but not on open files in Photoshop. 
I have deleted and recreated the action but the problem persists.
This action saves me a lot of time in my workflow.
Thank you.
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HSB

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Posted 4 months ago

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RVDA

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same here, my 'action' is to: flatten image, convert to 8bit, resize to a smaller file and save it as a jpeg. this has worked for 15 years.. now in ps pro 2020 it gives the 'file name was not valid' comment, and I have to save the file manually (which works without changing anything?). this is killing my workflow.. so I'll read this thread with interest!
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ps; deleted the action and wrote it again. still no good.
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I am having a similar problem although the error is slightly different. "Could not save as "..." because file not found" when running save actions. I have also used this action for years and suddenly with the new update I am having this problem.

I ultimately reverted to version 20.0.8 and everything works again. Still hoping for a solution so I can update again. 2 out of 3 editors in my department are having this issue. I posted this problem in the adobe forum:
https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/photoshop-save-actions-error-quot-could-not-save-as-quot-qu...

One other person has expressed their office is also having this problem. Someone suggested I search on this forum for similar issues.

Are you saving to a server? or working locally?

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Thankfully it looks like this issue has been fixed with the last update.

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