Photoshop v21.0.0: Slow to Save "Could not complete the Save for Web (Legacy) command because the document is currently being saved in the background. Please try the operation again after the save has been completed."

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I just updated Photoshop CC to version 21.0.0 on a Mac OS v10.14.6. I am constantly getting a dialog box with the message:

"Could not complete the Save for Web (Legacy) command because the document is currently being saved in the background. Please try the operation again after the save has been completed."

Of course, I understand why this message is showing. What I don't understand is why the app update would cause it to save files slower than before the update. Updates are supposed to improve the experience, right? Well, this is the opposite. Adobe - please fix the issue (and all issues) - preferably before releasing it as a consumer upgrade.
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Paul Zahorosky

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Andrew Sender, Employee

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Hi Paul,
Are you possibly saving to an external drive?

Andrew
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Paul Zahorosky

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Hello, Andrew. No, I am not saving to an external drive. I am saving locally on a fairly new MacBook with an SSD. Thanks.
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Yo Hansa

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Got the exact same problem. I am so used to constantly Ctrl+S and then immediately being able to safe for web or just continue working, but since this update I constantly have to wait for it to save. It's VERY annoying and slowing down my work progress immensely. I do save to an external drive, though why would it matter where you save it to, when the previous version was totally doing it's job with it?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Thanks. Engineering is looking into this. Please hit the Me Too button in the upper left. The issue isn't that the files are saving slower. There was a change to not allow exporting using Save for Web if a background save was in progress.
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Carla Bauer

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This is so annoying. Please advise if anyone finds a work around.

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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You can keep the prior version installed until the fix is available if this issue is affecting your workflow. https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/using/install-previous-version.html
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Michael Currie

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I bet if there was an issue paying for Photoshop (Creative Cloud), Adobe would patch this in hours... disgusting how people pay for software only to find developers break things when they say they are 'improving' apps. Then they do nothing for weeks/months to fix the issue they created!!
No wonder people are switching to other stable apps!!!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
This issue where you get an error "Could not complete the Save for Web (Legacy) command because the document is currently being saved in the background. Please try the operation again after the save has been completed." when trying to select File > Export > Save for Web... while a background save is in progress has been fixed in version 21.0.2. There is one case, where saving large/animated GIF in the background will prevent Photoshop from using Save for Web until the save is complete.
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