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Illustrator cc 2019 not opening files

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I'm on a Macbook Pro

Just installed the newest version of Illustrator and one in every 4 files I try to open lags, or copies the current artboard I'm in and uses the filename for the file I tried to open. It's happening quite a bit, and sometimes if I wait long enough the document will actually populate with it's correct artwork. Most of the time I'm having to close and restart the program.

Is there anything I can do on my end to resolve this?

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My problem was solved by installing version 23.0.1.

Windows latest.

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Illustrator cc 2019 not opening files

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I'm on a Macbook Pro

Just installed the newest version of Illustrator and one in every 4 files I try to open lags, or copies the current artboard I'm in and uses the filename for the file I tried to open. It's happening quite a bit, and sometimes if I wait long enough the document will actually populate with it's correct artwork. Most of the time I'm having to close and restart the program.

Is there anything I can do on my end to resolve this?

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My problem was solved by installing version 23.0.1.

Windows latest.

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I have a similar problem. I also use Illustrator CC 2019 and everytime when I open a file (from the finder or the library-overview) it doesn't appear in Illustrator. But when I want to "reopen" the file it says, the file is already open.
The only way around I found for this moment is to go to window > arrange >  float all in windows – and then all the files appear.
It works – but it is annoying to do this all the time. And as soon as you want to “snap" the windows into the main-Illustrator-window, all the windows disappear again .

I hope we will find a proper solution.

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Engaged ,
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I have also the same problem! Please help Adobe!!

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Talk about counter-productive. It would be great if Adobe actually consulted with real designers and graphics professionals and had them preview new or "updated" versions of their CC software prior to unleashing their annoying "fixes" to non-existent User Experience issues... like opening an existing document. MacBook Pro and iMac both have issues with this.

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Oct 26, 2018 5
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Vielen Dank für Ihre Nachricht.

Ich bin am Dienstag, 27. November 2018 wieder in der Agentur. Ihre E-Mail wird nicht bearbeitet – bitte kontaktieren Sie in dringenden Fällen meine Komplizen via 041 260 55 82.

Beste Grüsse

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Nov 26, 2018 0
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I have this problem too - thank you for pointing out a way of working around it at least for now.

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Adobe Employee ,
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Hi John,

Have you tried the steps I shared above? Also, please try unchecking "Automatic graphics switching" from System Preferences > Energy Saver.

macos-sierra-mbp-system-preferences-energy-saver-automatic-graphic-switching.png

Regards,

Srishti

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Engaged ,
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@piusb60348394

your work around worked for me, but as you said, click on any of the toolbars and your artboard window goes behind that homepage. Extremely annoying.

Crickets from adobe?

Even though it's well documented:

Can't open files properly – Adobe Illustrator Feedback

Open File - Can't see document, window/tab missing

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New Here ,
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Thank you! I had the smae problem and this totally solved it! 

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Community Beginner ,
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Same problem, I notice that sometimes it helps to close other adobe programs to open an illustrator file.

MAJOR ISSUE ADOBE, help!!

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My problem was solved by installing version 23.0.1.

Windows latest.

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@ please help, my AI Version 23.0.1 (64-bit) stop working again.

The application starts and goes to the initial panel, after that it wont open any files,

For single files files don't open by clicking on their icons, it would launch the application but the files wont open.

The application freezes while trying to open files, it was working well before, I have an antivirus and everything seems to be fine.

System:

Graphics card:

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Same problem. Every 4th file or so will open a new document window, but will only show the previous document. Then all other open document widows will be stuck on whatever that last document was. It's not a issue of speed, since I have allowed time for the windows to open correctly. Running on a iMac 16GB High Sierra. I did install the most recent update, but it didn't fix this issue. I will have to go back to using the 2018 release until this is fixed because it is causing lost time on deadline orders.

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I have the same issue!! WTF. This is a terrible bug.

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Nov 12, 2018 1
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Same thing today. I had just quit Illustrator and then noticed something I had to fix in that file, so I tried to reopen the file just now by double-clicking it in the Finder. Illustrator started to open, then I got the Home Screen with "Let's design great graphics today" and some recent files down below. Nothing was open, so I tried clicking on the thumbnail of the file is was trying to open in the Recent list at the bottom of the screen. Nothing. Then I tried clicking the "Open..." button in the top left, navigated to and selected my file, but got a message telling me that the file was already open.

Quitting (again) and reopening seems to have worked this time (open Illustrator by itself, via the Dock icon, not double-clicking the .AI file icon; then click the Recent file thumbnail), but lots of issues throughout the CC apps since the upgrade.

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Nov 14, 2018 0
Adobe Employee ,
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Hi All,

We are extremely sorry to hear about this. I would request if you can share a few more details:

  • Operating System( Exact version of Windows/MAC)
  • What happens if you restart Illustrator? Does it solve the issue?
  • Where the files are saved? (Network Drive/ System HDD/ Shared Folder on System /External HDD), Save them to Desktop and check what happens.
  • Try resetting preferences manually:

    For MAC

  1. Close all Adobe applications.
  2. Go to Locations
  3. ~/Library/Caches
  4. ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe
  5. ~/Library/Preferences
  6. Rename Adobe Illustrator, com.adobe.illustrator and Adobe Illustrator 23 Settings folders.
  7. Launch Illustrator from the Creative Cloud.

     For Windows

  1. Close all Adobe applications.
  2. Go to C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Adobe
  3. Rename Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Illustrator 23 Settings folders.
  4. Launch Illustrator from the Creative Cloud.

Regards,

Srishti

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Nov 14, 2018 1
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For Srishti:

  • Operating system: Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.6
  • Does restarting Illustrator solve the issue?: sometimes, but not always (sometimes requires a different method/procedure of opening)
  • Where are the files saved?: My laptop's internal SSD (I am using a late 2011 MacBook Pro that I upgraded a few years ago with a 1 TB Crucial SSD [originally came with a 250 or 500 GB HDD]). I have 581.2 GB of space available (of 1.02 TB).
  • I will try resetting preferences.

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Community Beginner ,
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I cannot find these locations on my iMac. Did a search etc found nothing -- your path was a dead-end.

I have Mac OS Mojave Version 10.14.

advice please.

Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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deemwhy  schrieb

I cannot find these locations on my iMac.

your User Library is hidden because Apple doesn't trust you to be able to handle it. You first need to show it.

How to Show the User Library Folder in OS X Mavericks

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Hi Deem,

Open Finder, Click Go > Go to Folder, it will open a Dialog Box where you can type this location:

Image result for go to folder mac user library

Regards,

Srishti

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Thank you for your message.

I'm back at the agency on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Your e-mail will not be processed - please contact my accomplices in urgent cases via [PRIVATE INFO REMOVED BY MODERATOR]

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Vielen Dank für Ihre Nachricht.

Ich bin am Dienstag, 27. November 2018 wieder in der Agentur. Ihre E-Mail wird nicht bearbeitet – bitte kontaktieren Sie in dringenden Fällen meine Komplizen

Beste Grüsse

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For Srishti:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) High Sierra 10.13.6

What do you rename the preference files to?

thanks, Peter

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Hi Peter,

Just rename it to Adobe Illustrator.old and Adobe Illustrator 23 Settings folders.old.

Regards,

Srishti

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Great, thankyou.

I have found that it works if I open it directly from the CC App, rather than from the Mac Apps…

Cheers, Peter

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After today's update I am having this issue.

There is no file in library that I can find entitle Application Support/Adobe. (library>caches/??)

I did uncheck that automatic graphics switching toggle. Still having issues.

~ restarted program. Works fine now.

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This is still an issue on Apple computers. The original post was from 17th October and it's now almost 3 months in and still happening.

I've done all the various workarounds (which to be frank I shouldn't have to), works for a while then goes back to the same glitch. So I have to quit everything and restart Illustrator, Again fine for a while, then reverts to type.

This version of illustrator has been seriously buggy and should never have been released until some of these kinks were ironed out. As a professional designer, I've got better things to do with my time than to have to constantly keep checking these forums for workarounds for issues I keep coming across. I'd rather wait another 6 months to have an actual working piece of software than to be updated every year for what, for a huge company like Adobe, is a pretty garbage product.

For all those in the same boat, I'd recommend using the older version of illustrator as a good solution until this version actually works as  it should.

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Hello Srishti

I have  iMac 27inch, late 2012. Running MacOs High Sierra 10.13.6.

I am also suffering the problem where I open a file, but I can't see it. If I open it again, it says it is already open. They sometimes appear if I put Illustrator into full screen mode, but they don't appear in standard viewing mode.

I have to rename the Library folders every time I restart my Mac. This is really inconvenient and time consuming. Please help me out with some idea of what I can do to rectify the situation.

Regards, Shaughn

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Hi Shaughn,

Does it help if you check "Application Frame" in Window menu?

Application frame MAC.png

Regards,

Srishti

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Hi Srishti,

Following this thread. I actually UNCHECKED Application Frame and the 5 windows that I opened finally appeared. Not sure if that will help with a fix.

-D

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Thanks to drizzydrake.  I UNCHECKED the Application Frame and just like magic all my windows appeared!  Thanks so much!!! 

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same problem here  i have been just opening a new empty document and then closing it ..and

most of the time my original window will appear

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