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Why does Photoshop CS6 "Recover" large files that were properly closed in previous sessions?

Nov 23, 2012 12:32 PM

Tags: #memory #ps #cs6 #ram #usage

I'm always fighting memory problems with Photoshop CS6, which I work in for 5 to 8 hours every day.  I have a 27" iMac with a 3.4GHz i7 processor, 32GB of RAM,

AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB Ram and over 1.5TB of available scratch disk space.  After working thru a couple of large images I have to start monitoring RAM use via Activity Monitor and reclaiming RAM via Terminal very often in order to continue working.

I believe something strange is happening in the background because very often, when I start a new session, PS "recovers" a "large format document"... one that was properly closed in a previous session, and one that I have not asked PS to open.  I can't help but feel like my whole memory usage issue is tied to the system somehow holding onto those "large format documents".  Am I crazy?  Is there any kind of troubleshooting anyone can suggest?



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    Nov 23, 2012 1:58 PM   in reply to davesansom49

    Do you mean the orphaned recovery file problem as in thread ?. If so, nobody from Adobe ever comments on that problem, as far as I'm aware.

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    Nov 23, 2012 9:09 PM   in reply to conroy

    [ barely disguised profanity and unwarranted attack on admins removed by ccox ]

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    Nov 23, 2012 11:09 PM   in reply to davesansom49

    What version of O SX are you using?


    If your using lion or mountain lion you might see what the restore windows from previous sessions in the General>Preferences is set to:




    1. Click System Preferences

    2. Select General

    3. Uncheck Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps




    mountain lion


    1. Click System Preferences

    2. Select General

    3. Check Close windows when quitting an application




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