Photoshop: Could not save ".." because of a program error

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Windows 7 X64 13.0.1x64

Been working on the same (large) file for many hours now, saving frequently. Just a minute ago I was stepping backward a bit (5 steps) and noticed that my display was no longer updating my changes correctly. Hiding and showing layers, or zooming in and out seemed to solve that particular display issue, but I knew it was time to save, shut down, reboot and keep going.

Unfortunately I cannot save and I'm stuck, knowing I'm about to lose some work (though, probably less than 10 minutes' worth since I have autosave on).

Anyway, can't give you much else to go on. I'm NOT working on a server (seriously, who works directly on files on the server anyway - bad workflow, people!) - it's a local file, nothing funky going on. Every so often I bounce out to email. That's about it.

Not looking for a bug fix since there won't be one in time to solve my immediate issue. But I would love someone to post a quick workaround - when the file in RAM appears to start getting corrupted what steps can you take to avoid losing your work?
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Hi Tom,

I'm not convinced the redraw issue and the "could not save" issue are related. If the image would redraw correctly by zooming in and out, that sounds like a video driver issue.

http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...

In terms of the saving problem, can you choose a different drive/location and save correctly? Or choose Save As... to save a new version of the file?
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So this morning I have been able to reproduce the condition.

I open up my file, show and hide a layer, Save, works.

Now I have a group with some layers inside, including a smart object.

I draw a vector path (a box), select the group in the layers palette, CTRL-click the add layer mask icon in the Layers palette to create a vector mask.

Save. Saves OK

Now, resize the smart object (it's a photo - JPEG - that was placed). The screen no longer redraws correctly, grabbing some other layer and moving it with the move tool no longer updates the screen, and trying to save the file gives me that error.

Looks like a bug to me.
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Is this a file that you could share with us so we can try and follow your steps to reproduce?
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After you download and unzip the file (above), Locate the layer group called "IMAGE", open it and transfer the vector mask from the smart object layer to the parent SLIDESHOW group. Now, try saving the file (file error), or grab the Move tool and try to move the Slideshow layer group (nothing moves). Interestingly, the file is not corrupted: go back in History until the vector mask is back on the Image layer and everything works again!
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PS: got the very latest video drivers.
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It may help if we can could see your Photoshop System Info. Directions for sharing your system info from Photoshop:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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I think I see the issue. Looks like you're probably starved for RAM. The program error is likely triggered by the OS being hamstrung for available RAM.

You have 3gb, tops depending on what other apps and processes you're running.

I'd throw 16gb in there and you'll be a lot more happy.
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I hear you about RAM, but that is not the issue here. If that were the issue, then once I hit the RAM headroom, the application would go into an error state and that would be that. If you had seen the original document that this excerpt is from you wouldn't be so quick to pawn this off as a RAM issue. The original document had about 200 more layers and was 5 times the file size. And it worked fine, other than the vector mask issue that I am describing.

Why are you not willing to consider that perhaps it is the BRANd NEW FEATURE that was introduced in Mystique that might be causing the problem in a situation where nested Smart Objects are concerned? This is potentially an edge case that might not have made it into the developer's test scripts.

Do me a favour and run this by some devs, before dismissing this as a system configuration issue.
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Nested smart objects behave the same as simple smart objects as far as the application is concerned.

And what is Mystique?

The display not updating could be due to low RAM (for the video driver buffers, especially with 2 displays), or just a bug in the video card drivers.

Not saving could be a symptom of the video drivers not working or being low on RAM.

Could you post the PSErrorLog.txt file from your preferences folder?
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I'm using Photoshop Elements 12, recently upgraded my RAM to 16GB (just because, not for this issue) and now, I'm getting these errors as well. We're doing simple adjustments and the program refuses to save (light, Quick edit, lighten the PNG and such.)