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"The command “Play” is not currently available." - an action within an action

Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2018 May 14, 2018

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I'm creating an action (which plays 4 different actions) to batch my sessions.

I can play all 4 of these individual actions separately, but when I record the "batchable" action with all 4 of these, I get the error message "The command 'Play' is not currently available."

-I'm starting on a background layer.

-The action that won't "play" is coming from a Set of actions that hasn't been removed or renamed.

 

Again, I can play this action and it works on it's own, but once loaded in with the other 3, the action will not play.

 

The strange part is I've created this action on my other computer and it works just fine. I've even tried to transport the action from the other computer to this one.
HELP!!


Thanks!!

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LEGEND ,
May 14, 2018 May 14, 2018

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post your actions the Batch action and the four other actions.

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Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2018 May 15, 2018

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At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot, where do I go to do that?

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LEGEND ,
May 16, 2018 May 16, 2018

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Save the Action sets upload the *.atn files to a file sharinf site post a link to the Action set or sets .atn  and identify the four action by name that yout havibng problems with.

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Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2018 May 17, 2018

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Here is the link to a Dropbox folder of my action file:  PS Action Question

 

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LEGEND ,
May 17, 2018 May 17, 2018

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The answer is quite basic.  Actions have dependencies.  Often image content related.  If a document fails to meet some dependence a step will fail and other steps that depend on the result of the step that did not succeed will not currently be available for a requirement for using the command does not exists. Something like there is no selection and the command requites a selection. A missing layer so it could not be selected by name or a wrong layer was selected for there  are layers with duplicate names you may have played an action twice and created layers with a names that exists and  has different content.   It is best when recording  actions to select layer relative to other layers like top or bottom layer you select the correct layer on add a layer in the stack one its proper spot..  You actions are selecting layer by name all over the place

It is very easy to make your action fail.   Add a layer to your document play your action. It will quickly fail when that new layer is Photoshop target.   You need to be careful what is targeted when you play your action and when you action fails you need to determine why the step current in the action failed to work.

Your Actions are creating layers and naming layers and  selection layers by name all over the place.  There  can be problems when you do that.  Play you action twice targeting the bottom layer.   How many duplicate layer names do you see.  Target any layer not the bottom does your action play then.

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Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2018 May 23, 2018

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Thank you, JJMack​ ...  I stripped it down and ran the 4 actions without the creating layers, naming layers and selecting by name... it still doesn't work.  I'm just so confused because I have another Mac with the same actions, same Photoshop version, and I was able to create this action to batch with.  ???  I'm so frustrated with it.

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LEGEND ,
May 23, 2018 May 23, 2018

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When the Action fails, it should be stopped in the failing step; you should be able to see the steps in the action before the failing step, and the current state of the document, what is targeted, if there is a selection or path active, and analyze why the action step failed.

You can also Single step through actions.

Playing other actions in an action may throw a wrinkle stepping through an action.

I do not know if you step on a Play action step if the action to be played will be stepped through.

I have not stepped through action that plays another action, I normally debug the other actions, then create an action that plays known working actions.

Action depends on things. Most actions will fail if some document has some structure or state the action will not work on.

May be because of document mode in index mode or cmyk, 32bit color depth etc.

Operations have requirements.

It is hard to craft an action that will work on every document possible.

Photoshop is also not without its share of bugs; I have found bugs in Photoshop.

If you are adding adjustment layers the problem may be Adobe's.

In CS4 Adobe Added the Adjustment Panel and it has a fly-out menu that has two options that work more like preferences.

If you change these option from Adobe's default setting, actions that add adjustment layers may fail to work correctly the way you intended when you recorded them.   Adobe acknowledged these bugs but does not seem to care to fix them.

I skipped CS4 so I did not report the bugs till CS5.

The bugs are in all version of Photoshop after CS3.

The have been other bugs in Adobe's action feature that have been fixed.

Photoshop behavior has changed over and actions that use to work on most documents fail to work on simple jpeg files.

The Background layer behavior changed and a layer that was created is no longer created because of the behavior change.

Still as far as I know Adobe distributes a couple of them.

I have stopped tracking actions that Adobe installs I do no use them. It was easy to fix them in any case.

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Community Expert ,
May 16, 2018 May 16, 2018

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Hello, on a pc, hit the print screen button, then open a document in Ps, then Paste the image, save it a medium sized jpeg. Go to this discussion on forums.adobe.com, and look at the buttons as you reply to this discussion, there is one to attach an image.

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May 15, 2018 May 15, 2018

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Hello, yes, could you also simply post a screenshot of the action panel with the meta-action?

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May 25, 2018 May 25, 2018

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Hi, another user reported an issue when he had the Scripts Events Manager active/open, are you currently using it?

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 10, 2022

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4 years too late, but you probably renamed the folder, the one in photoshop itself, the actions were stored in

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