Photoshop 21.1.0: Black previews of PSDs in finder on Catalina/Mac

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iMac Pro, Mac OSX 10.15.3, Photoshop 21.1.0 - Bugs!

Thursday, Feb 2, I updated to Photoshop 21.1.0. After reboot and beginning to work, I found several bugs: Black previews of some PSDs in Finder; inability to cut and paste vector paths in the paths palette using the paths tool; paths tool unable to recognize and switch to "Add point tool" when hovering over path. When I attempted to adjust the path weight in preferences the one-pixel width setting made the line literally 1-pixel on my Retina display (which is practically invisible). 2-pixel width worked as expected but is too huge to use. Maybe bad code in the GPU supported redraw? My setting is Normal. 

Only solution was to revert to Photoshop 21.0.3 - All described functions resumed working correctly - I have deadlines!
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Erik Ela

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Erik, 

We already have reports on Paths that we're tracking:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/issue-with-paths-in-latest-update
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/path-looks-jaggy-after-upgrade-to-21-1

For the issue with switch to Add Point tool, are you using a mouse or wacom/pen?

For you black thumbnails in the finder issue, what are you Preferences > File Handling... ?

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Erik Ela

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I was using a Wacom Pen with up-to-date drivers and an Apple Magic Mouse - same issue with either with the "Add Point". To put it in emotional language, it seemed like the cursor couldn't sense the presence of the path and activate the "Add Point Tool"...

The Cut and Paste problem with vectors was copying and pasting something, in my case the pixel contents of a layer, but not vectors - even though I was in the Paths palette using the Paths Pen Tool. The points were highlighting when selected but they weren't ending up on the clipboard. I could highlight vector control points and move them around, even Cut them, but not Paste.

As far as File Saving, mine match your screenshot except I have "Save As to Original Folder" unchecked.

I noticed that opening and resaving PSDs solved the black preview issue. The ones with black previews in Finder were client files originating on a client's Pre-Catalina Mac system.