Scenario: Start with a named graphic style of say 2 pt black stroke/no fill called '2.0 pt'. Create an object using said style, copy and paste it, every time I do this I get '2.0 pt 1', '2.0 pt 2', '2.0 pt 3' etc. insanely populating my graphic styles panel. Anybody else experience this behaviour or is it just my set up and something I have to troubleshoot?
This is with CS6 (16.0.4) running on Mac OS X.6.8
Any help, much appreciated
So I'm taking it no one else is seeing this? Can someone/anyone confirm or deny?
Apply a named graphic style to an object - copy and paste that object on the artboard - does another instance of the graphic style appear in the graphic styles panel?
I just want to know whether it's just me seeing this behaviour or whether I need to log this as another bug that needs fixing.
Thanks Monika, not what I wanted to hear (as it's always easier to rail against the machine), and I read your linked post, but don't think it offers any solutions for my particular situation, sadly . Those seemed to be legacy docs whereas this happens for me on shiny, brand spankin' new docs! And I don't see the lag that those posters were experiencing.
Strange thing is it acts the same on the 2 machines I run (a MacPro and a 27" Imac) both running 10.6.8 (I'm taking it you run the same OS?)
But again, thanks for taking the time to respond
Sorry Kurt, sleep intervened! But after playing with this once more this morning, I think I've narrowed it down to it's being only associated to my set of default styles in my startup CMYK.ai file. I'll attach a couple of screen shots so you can see what I was seeeing. But if I build new styles from the ground up, I can't reproduce the behaviour. So will rebuild my startup file (relatively simple solution).
Unfortunately I don't have general access to any server that I can upload the file to, that is if you still would like to take a look? (if you know a free service where I can upload a file and paste the URL here please let me know and I'd be happy to do so).
Thanks again you guys for taking the time
Behaviour I was seeing:
Sleep will now get in the way of any effort over here ;-)
Seriously, the issue you're talking about reminds me of some odd behaviour in older versions of Illustrator. For example, symbol instances which contained raster images were duplicated as new Symbol definitions in the Symbols palette when doing a Copy and Paste. The same went for (some) brushes.
It still might be insightful to get one of your sample files. You could use Google Drive to provide the files. Or any other vendor.
Well this is getting frustrating now!!! I can copy & paste any of the canned graphic styles in any of the canned "New Document Profiles' to my hearts content without overpopulating the graphic styles panel, but as soon as I customise one of these profiles (I start with 'Print') with my prefered swatches & graphic styles and save it to the "New Document Profiles' folder and use that as my startup doc the bad behaviour returns! Arggggh!
So can I ask you Kurt, Monika or anybody else who may be tuned in, do you guys have your own customised graphic styles embedded in your variously used startup docs? If so can you generate the type of problem I'm describing with this new infomation?
Just tested. Works OK.
It shouldn't make a difference, actually, since document profiles are just normal AI files.
Have you created new graphic styles or are you copying them from older files?
Older files may be "infected" with the HUH error. It's a very serious error that works kind of like bird flu.
You might try the cleaning procedure mentioned in the other thread. It requires that you turn on the correction mechanism in Illustrator and clean your files by opening them.
Thanks for testing Monika, and glad it's working for you as expected.
Maybe I'll try this stuff from a new user account next to see if that will squash the gremlin! Although I don't hold out much hope as this problem exists on both computers I administer. And no, these styles are built from the ground up and not copied from old files.
And yes, I realise that they are just normal AI files, but the folder they reside in must have some special characteristics, no? Otherwise, how do these 'ordinary' files, only and ever, create copies of themselves when opened? Just trying to figure this out, as it's annoying the - insert appropriate expletive here - out of me at the moment!
Customisation is supposed to save us time!
When choosing from the new document profiles you could select the "Browse" menu item and navigate to any AI file you like, to use it as new document profile.
So it's not in the folder, but only in the dialog box. The folder just is the place where Illustrator looks to build the menu.
I'm looking into that Kurt. In the meanwhile I think I've discovered what's causing this for me and I'd be curious to know whether you can reproduce this. If you look at the screenshots I posted above you'll see that the stroke is above the fill in the appearence panel. If I reverse that and drag the stroke below the fill and then 'redefine graphic style' the nasty bug dissapears! Go figure.
Curiouser & Curiouser
Does not happen for me in CS6 10.8.2. Mac or in CS5.
You mentioned this does not happen with canned styles. Try creating a new style called "2 pt". The period may be setting off a mild case (since your CPU has not slowed down) of HUH error.
Also create a fresh new document and follow your steps, so we can rule out or confirm HUH.
OK I think I've managed to create a link to a file that exhibits the problem. Just copy and paste the rectangle on the page and let me know what happens in the graphic styles panel.