New problem with Actions: Can no longer "Delete path 'Path 1'" in one step

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When recording actions in the past, I can click, drag and delete a Path and the action is recorded in a single step. For example, the action would read "Delete path 'Path 1'."

I've recently noticed that now when I try to record the same process, two steps are recorded: "Select 'Path 1'" and then "Delete current path." Seems minor, right?

This can lead to a problem if you have no 'Path 1' in your document. If you already have any other path selected, this two-step process will delete the other path you have selected!

This affects me when I want to clean up a bunch unneeded paths in a series of documents before I send finals to the client. My files usually have paths named a certain way, but not every file has every path. When select-and-delete a path was in one step and the target path is not present in a document, Photoshop produces an error, but no other paths are affected. With it in two steps there is the potential that a path I want to keep would get deleted. I have to remember to add in another step to 'Deselect current path,' which is a work-around, but is not as an elegant solution.

Additionally, my old actions that were recorded with the one-step process still work, but any new ones record the two-step process.


Using Photoshop CC 2015.5.1 on an iMac, OS 10.11.6.
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Bruce Jamieson

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Eric Ching, Employee

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Official Response
Hi Bruce, 

It appears this changed between CS6 and CC.  I've opened an issue for this so an engineer can review.

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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This issue should be fixed in CC 2017 or later.