More likely a wacom driver or mouse drive problem than PS. Check there first. Latest updates?
Thanks for your answer.
Yep, everythings up to date...
But I just heard from a friend that he has the same problem (with PS CS5 and now with PS CS6) since he updated to MacOSX Lion, so maybe a conflict there with the wacom and Lion(?)... but still, it only happens with Photoshop and not with InDesign or other softwares.
I don't use a Mac but on a PC you can Map the pen for applications. For Photoshop I map the Pen to my primary display only and force proportion to the whole tablet so when Photoshop is the active program on my PC the pen only works on that display. Like you pen seems to be working when Photoshop has focus on your Mac.
On the four, the button imediatly above the Touch ring is 'Display Toggle' and that toggles between both, left, right and back to both screens. It would be all too easy to hit that button by accident, (although I can'r say I've ever done so.
Thank you for your answers.
On a Mac also you can set the pen and the tablet differently by Applications depending on the needs, but I don't think that my problem is related to that...
In Photoshop, I use a second monitor only to see many palettes fully open (like Layers, Channels, Info, History, etc) and leaving my main monitor to work the images. But when I go to the second monitor with my pen (say to select a layer) sometimes the black arrow just disapears... and I can't select anything. So when happening, I quickly switch application and come back to Photoshop again (to do a kind of "refresh"...). Really frustrating.
I searched for other discussions about that on the web earlier and it looks it's happening to other people simply working with a regular mouse and in other softwares (for me it's just in PS but for others it's in MS Word or else...) and also with different types of screens.
So my guess is this is a Mac OSX Lion system problem.
I completely relate to this issue and it happens to me while using both my mouse and pen and notice it the most while working in CS5 apps. The ones I use most often are inDesign, Ai and PS. At times I also loose the cursor on the desktop trying to go from one window on the left screen to another window on the right screen. I would LOVE to find the cause. Right now, the only way I get my cursor back is by clicking on the desktop and clicking back into the application.
OS X 10.7.4 - up to date
CS5 - up to date
Wacom intuous 4 (mouse and pen) updated with Driver 6.3.2-4 for Mac OS X v. 10.7, 10.6 & 10.5 released July 2012
I have an Apple HD Cinema Display (older) as well as a Samsung screen at home.
MacBook Pro 17" and happened as well on my previous 15" 2009 model.
I experience a similar problem with my cursor in PSCS6. I use Mountain Lion and a Wacom tablet (driver 6.3.2-4). Incredibly annoying, not sure who can solve this issue but it would be nice if I it stops.
Any solutions would be appreciated.
Looks like the common factors are MacOS, and a Wacom tablet driver.
I'd try disabling the Wacom driver and see what happens.
And make sure you talk to Wacom about this.
Yes, good idea... I was going to unplug my Wacom and use a regular mouse for a day or two. Don't kill me, but I have an old Microsoft mouse I can use tomorrow and report back once I see if it had an effect.
Also asking some of my fellow co-workers, one only uses the magic mouse and he reports that it happens to him occasionally... And I've ready other posts about it being a problem with that mouse as well... My other co-worker uses the Wacom Bamboo CTE-650 tablet with accompanying mouse and is more on par with what I experience on a daily basis.
Update: Contacted both Wacom and Apple. Haven't spoken to anyone at Wacom yet, but was very impressed with Apple's response. The tech called seconds after I hit the send button on the website. Apprerently they haven't heard of the issue and had him Google the problem. Luckily my cursor disappeared as I was speaking with him. Had me zap Pram (reboot holding Command-Option PR) and then rebooted in safe mode (holding shift) played around for a while but couldn't get the cursor to disappear. Then booted normal and stayed on the line for a good while to see if it would happen again. We ended up disconnecting and calling back if or when it reoccurs and go from there...
We'll see what Wacom says...
Really good thing that you have told Apple about this. I have a strong feeling it's a MacOS problem more than Wacom since it happens both with the mouse, the Intuos, the bamboo, etc...
It seems to be happening to lots of people. Only at the studio here where I work, we are 4 persons experiencing this at different levels of anoyingness... some with Photoshop CS5, others with CS6. The main common factor between us is that we're all on Lion (OS 10.7...)
Thanks for your investigations, can't wait to here more! Since I work with Photoshop 9 to 5 all week long, it really does happen to me A LOT! The cursor disappears in the secondary screen and the only effective and fast solution I have is to do a quick Command+Tab twice to switch out of Photoshop and back in again... So bugging!! not really because it's time consuming, but mostly because I keep loosing the focus on what I'm doing.
After emailing with Wacom, they've also never heard of the issue... but I sent them a bunch of links so they can read up on it. I also found this thread where apparently the issue is fixed with the 10.8 Mountain Lion... Anyone know if anyone is still having this prob on ML?
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Myissue with the disappearring cursor started after installing Mountain Lion :( I wish I would have kept Lion or even Snow Leopard.
BTW, my disappearing cursor is on my main screen. I use only one, a 30" Eizo. Dropping the Wacom is not an option, I do not use a mouse.
i will definitely contact Wacom about this as well. The Apple support forum truly sucks. I cannot post over there. I have an account but after login in it asks for my screen name (which I allready have) and it refuses to either have me post from my appleID nor does it allow me to generate another screenname. otherwise I would have posted on that thread that ML does not solve the problem.
I was unsuccessful yesterday in creating an account to post there as well so I gave up. If I have some time today, I might give it another shot.
I upgraded to Mountain Lion (10.8) and all of a sudden the cursor of my Wacom Bamboo in CS6 disappears. I work only on one