Photoshop: Slow to open PDF files.

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Every first time i try to open and rasterize a pdf file in photoshop, there are 4 phases :

- first, the open pdf dialog opens quite fast and shows the thumbnails
- then there's a huge lag, like photoshop is stuck for 10 seconds minimum (never took time to count), nothing happens
- then photoshop wakes up again and i can select wether pdf pages or images
- i rasterize normal speed.

If i do it again, then i have no more delay, which, to me relates to starting some routine for pdf opening in background (even when i restart photoshop, no more delay, only on a fresh computer/session start)

What's really bothering is the moment it takes place : after i see some of the pages/images and before i can select them.

Is there some possibility to make that process happen after, when i validate the pdf process, (before, just on opening, is not a good solution, sometimes, i'll open the wrong pdf). Or some way to have the process asynchronous, like, starting in the background, and when it's ready, then i have access to my conversion.
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Franck Payen

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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using? Have you installed all the updates?

Which OS version are you using?

How large are these PDF files? What do they contain?
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Franck Payen

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Hi Chris. This is Photoshop CS6 via Creative Cloud subscription, so i got all the required updates i guess (13.1.2)
Os is Mac Os X 10.7.5

PDF files, whatever the sizes, sometimes one page, sometimes multiple pages. Sometimes i want to raster the pages, sometimes i want to extract the visuals inside. Really different ways of using.

And, sorry, this problem annoys me from times to times (i dont raster pdfs on a daily basis...), and everytime i post-pone this question :)

I'll restart tomorrow and make a screen record so you can see the problem, and maybe a memory/activity sample
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Melissa Riback

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I have been having the same problem since upgarding to Photoshop CC - there is a stream of complaints on this same issue on the forum and no response over the last 3 years about it from Adobe. Please guys - there is a clear issue here ...
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Melissa Riback

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FYI - this is definitely NOT solved ....
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Ron Monteleone

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me too, every time i try and open a pdf in photoshop there is either a huge lag time or photoshop just crashes. been happening for years/
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Wandrille Hercule Leroy

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Same problem. I have to force Photoshop to crash so I can at least use another app without having the windows of Photoshop asking me the type of colour or size to rasterize I want which stills open like for ever.
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Blake Hardy

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"Solved"  More like IGNORED
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Richard Valentine

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Same issue! This is something I do daily and with virtually every design as I move to create digital versions of my Illustrator files in photoshop. This is costing me money and time.. this needs TO BE FIXED.
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Melissa Riback

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The only way i have found around this is to go edit - purge - all before opening the PDF - this works like 90% of the time. If purge is greyed out then i open a small PSD file, move something in the file and then purge all and close that file before opening the PDF. Only other fix is restarting photoshop before opening the PDF which is a pain.....
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Ron Monteleone

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Another solution... are you listing Adobe?
... is to fix the freakin' problem! Jeeze Louise!