Info: Double-clicking open Photoshop files broken in Mac OSX 10.4

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Ever since I upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4 ("Tiger") a couple of months ago, I lost the ability to double-click open Photoshop files in the Finder. I'd double-click on the file, Photoshop would open (or switch to the front) but nothing would happen. I've been living with this bug for several months until I was irritated enough today to find out if it was just me.

As it turns out, it is a known bug and a relatively simple fix if you have your original Photoshop CS disks handy. There are two solutions. One is to reinstall Photoshop CS and the other is to copy a file called "Adobe Unit Types" to your "ScriptingAdditions" folder in your "/Library" folder. More details here in the Adobe Supporrt Knowledgebase:

I wish CS/CS2 would check for the presence of the file at startup and repair themselves (a'la Microsoft). Oh well.

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This post is inaccurate. Ever since installing Photoshop CS on our Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3 machines, the ability to double-click, drag-and-drop, etc. to open Photoshop files has been absent. We now have two machines running 10.4 "Tiger" and Photoshop's behavior is the same. This is an Adobe issue, not a Mac OS X issue. I'm researching a fix and if photoethnography.com acknowledges this post, I will follow up with the solution once I find it.

It's certainly Adobe's responsibility. After doing the "fix" though, my ability to double-click a file and have it open in PS-CS has been restored. Adobe needs to get with the Mac OS X ball and not require strange system extensions for basic functionality to work.

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