Photoshop: Make actions lockable

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Here's my action nightmare. I got stuck in a weird loop yesterday. I edited one photo, closed it, opened another and spent a couple hours working on it. The final step was to run an action that I created long ago and use frequently to reduce the saturation. When I clicked the play button. The photo window changed to a version of the file from near the beginning of my edits. I tried to return to the proper place, but the History states panel only showed the first half dozen steps, not the 100 states that I expected. I'd saved the file along the way, so I closed it and reopened it, but it also showed only the early stages of editing. I restored an earlier version from Time Machine, recreated the steps up to the place where I tried to run the action and saved the file. When I clicked the action play button again, Photoshop threw away my edits and saved the file in the condition after the first few edits from hours ago. 

What had happened was that during the edits for the first photo, I ran my desaturation action and accidentally clicked the record button. I didn't notice that it was highlighted until I was well under way editing the second photo. At that point another action was selected. I looked at the steps for that action, and they hadn't changed, so I assumed that no harm had been done. Instead, the modified action saved the open file, closed it, opened the RAW file for the second photo, did a few edits and saved the file in that state. When I was cleaning up temporary files from the folder, I noticed that the modification time for the first photo was wrong. The action had saved the open file under the first photo's name before closing it. Another trip to Time Machine restored the first photo to the proper state. I deleted the extra steps from my action, and it works normally now. 

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Tim Lyons

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