5 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2013 10:36 AM by Birck RSS

    Illustrator prefs v. com.adobe.illustrator.plist?

    Birck Community Member

      In the past, when AI started acting up I would just trash the prefs to solve the problem, meaning that I would throw out TWO prefs files: Adobe Illustrator Prefs, in the "settings" folder in the preferences folder, plus com.adobe.illustrator.plist, further down the list. Now, with CS6, if I do that, I throw out my workspace settings with the bathwater (and probably a lot more settings I'm not aware of ), which I don't want to do. This is something new. Why? What is in each of thsoe preference files, and why are there two of them, and why have  the contents been changed to include the workspace settings? In terms of priority, this is an annoyance rather than an emergency, but one that will take me some time to repair.

        • 1. Re: Illustrator prefs v. com.adobe.illustrator.plist?
          Mike Gondek2 CommunityMVP

          The ilustrator prefs holds the settings you configure in your preferences accesed by CMD K.

           

          The .plist file stores other settings often related to plug ins and tracks some info on files opened in the past. You can open either file in a text editor for more info. 

           

          Some rumors claim that information on each and every file you ever opened is stored in the .plist, which I find untrue (see below), thought there are some old references whcih probably need not be there. The .plist file on a few occasions gets out of control , especially "com.adobe.mediabrowser.plist". So if you see these files into the mb, is a good signal to look into that. My Illustrator .plist file is below for your comparison

           

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          • 2. Re: Illustrator prefs v. com.adobe.illustrator.plist?
            [scott] Community Member

            .plist is an OS file to inform the OS what is new or changed int he App. This is entirely different than the preference items for Illustrator.

             

            .plist tells the system what to read and look for (associated plug ins, fonts, etc). Illustrator Settings tells Illustrator how to configure the application environment when it's running (colors, window size, etc).

            • 3. Re: Illustrator prefs v. com.adobe.illustrator.plist?
              Birck Community Member

              Thank you, Mike and Scott, for the clarification. Now I know that my configuration of AI is maintained in the "settings" prefs file. The problem I am having is that for some reason now if I trash the "settings" prefs(Adobe Illustrator Prefs), I lose the link to my workspace configuration, which is not stored there, but elsewhere in the settings folder. I checked and they are still there, in the settings, but since trashing AIP they don't appear under Window/Workspace, they are useless, since Window/Workspace is the only way I know of to select and deploy the arrangement of palettes.  In previous versions of AI, I could trash Adobe Illusrator Prefs in "settings", and that wouldn't happen. Now it does. I'm stuck with it. Is there a workaround, other than spending half an hour to rebuild each Workspace? Note-what made it necessary to trash the prefs was that I lost the selection tool (black arrow) bounding box. It happens from time to time. Is there a way to restore that other than trashing the prefs?

              • 4. Re: Illustrator prefs v. com.adobe.illustrator.plist?
                Larry G. Schneider CommunityMVP

                You might try the toggle Cmd(Ctrl)-B for Show/Hide Bounding Box.

                • 5. Re: Illustrator prefs v. com.adobe.illustrator.plist?
                  Birck Community Member

                  Larry, that is probably the source of the trouble. I've learned to hit Command-H when I lose the highlighted path; Command-B I hadn't heard of. It's embarassing, but thanks for the tip. You have probably solved the problem.