OS: macOS Catalina 10.15.4 on a MacBook Pro, 16-inch, 2019
Illustrator 2020 24.1.3. I should mention that it often quits unexpectedly, sometimes when I am away from the keyboard. I usually send the crash report to Adobe and Apple. Happened again today around 5:00 p.m. PST yesterday.
Apparently there may be a problem with the file. It began life as a generic PDF created by scanning a document on an HP OfficeJet Pro 6978. Brought it into Photoshop 2020 (21.1.3), overwrote some extraneous text with the brush, and saved it as a Photoshop PDF. Brought that into Illustrator, created a second layer for the text. When I position the text tool on the layer I get a black horizontal rectangle about 2 inches long, and as soon as I type the first letter the rectangle disappears, and the cursor moves to the right, but no character appears.
When I create a new blank file and place the Photoshop PDF, same problem. Also when I bring the .psd into Illustrator.
When I create a new blank file in Illustrator I can type text, but I want to annotate the scanned doc file using Illustrator's text and graphic capabilities.
I could swear that I had done this before successfully, but now I can't say for certain that I used the procedure as described above.
(Lots of fiddling...)
Uh, okay, when I just bring the scan PDF directly into Illustrator, I can do text, and remove the extraneous text with a rectangle and white fill.
So, sorry to drag you through all this, but if you hadn't brought up the question about the file I'd not have thought of it on my own. Again, I thought I had moved things back and forth between Illustrator and PS in the past, but that's a question for another day.
If you have any remarks on this I'd be happy to see them, but otherwise you can close the ticket.