Drag and drop from Mozilla to PS doesn’t work with Vista

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emil_emil
Aug 9, 2008
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On XP I can drag an image directly from Mozilla to Photoshop and it opens it in a new document. In Vista that doesn’t work anymore.
Any ideas if this can be fixed

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Bob Levine
Aug 9, 2008
Create a new graphic and drag to that.

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John Joslin
Aug 9, 2008
I always save the image to the desktop. That way it’s scanned before it’s opened.
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Phosphor
Aug 9, 2008
When you say you "drag it to Photoshop" what does that mean?

Do you drag it onto Photoshop’s icon?

Run us step-by-step through the process you’re trying, making sure you do it the same way under each OS version.
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Phosphor
Aug 9, 2008
When you say you "directly from Mozilla to Photoshop" what does that mean?

Do you drag the image onto Photoshop’s icon—on your desktop, or in the system tray? Which version of Photoshop?

Run us step-by-step through the process you’re trying, making sure you do it the same way under each OS version.
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emil_emil
Aug 11, 2008
I’m using PS CS3 and the latest version of Mozilla.
Step by step description:
1. Open Photoshop.
2. Using Mozilla open a page with an image.
3. In Mozilla, click and drag the image and drop it on the empty space of the Photoshop application window, not in existing document window. If Photoshop window or part of it is not visible on the screen, first drag without dropping the image over the Photoshop button on the Task bar to bring Photoshop window in front, and then drop in the Photoshop window.

On XP this will create a new document window with the size and color mode of the dropped image. On Vista this doesn’t work anymore. I can drop it in an open window but this takes a lot of additional steps and the image may be smaller or larger than the window.
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Phosphor
Aug 11, 2008
Could be Vista’s UAC getting in your way. Dunno if there’s any way to work around that.

Besides that, you might want to think about updating by downloading and installing the latest version of Firefox and Thunderbird. The Mozilla Suite is a bit outdated.
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emil_emil
Aug 11, 2008
Well, I’m using Vista with the UAC turned off.
And when I said Mozilla I actually meant that I have the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, I forgot that Mozilla encompasses more products. I have to check Thunderbird. What is it? A different web browser?
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Phosphor
Aug 11, 2008
"I use Vista with the UAC turned off."

Don’t know what to tell you, then. The only thing I can think of is to hope for a response from someone here who is using a similar set-up. If they can do what you’re after, then you’ll have to figure out where the differences are between their set-up and yours.

"when I said Mozilla I actually meant that I have the latest version of Mozilla Firefox…"

The devil is in the details, and the details are important when asking for help. That would be like referring to Photoshop, but calling it merely "Adobe", as in this commonly joked about thread title:"HELLLPPPP!!! MY ADOBE IS BROKE!!!!"
Thunderbird is Mozilla.org’s free email application. If you’ve ever actually used the full Mozilla suite, you’ll understand it right away, because that’s where it came from, (and before that, it came from the Netscape application).
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emil_emil
Aug 11, 2008
Thanks for trying to help dots, actually I also posted in the Mozilla forums and someone replied that it is a known issue with the Firefox on Vista. I guess they will try to fix it in the next update/upgrade.
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John Joslin
Aug 11, 2008
Well, although I don’t use that method it worked for me by dragging the file on to the PS button in the task bar first and in the same motion moving the cursor over the Photoshop workspace.
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emil_emil
Aug 11, 2008
John, are saying that you can do on your computer what I can’t on mine? I’m using Vista Ultimate Service Pack1, Photoshop CS3 Extended 10.0.1, and Firefox 3.0.1. and I just check for the latest updates available and it reported that my system and programs are up to date.
Is your set up different than mine?
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John Joslin
Aug 12, 2008
The only difference is that I didn’t fall for that "Extended" sales gimmick (but the basic programs are identical anyway). Otherwise the same.

Straight drag and drop to PS produced a warning message so, when I then tried to drag on to the PS task bar button, I got the Ø cursor but on moving into the PS window and releasing the mouse button there, the file opened.

As I said before, I advocate right-click and "Save Image as…".
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george_dingwall
Aug 12, 2008
I don’t use FireFox much, but the same thing happens on my system. Photoshop CS3, Vista Ultimate – no SP1, FireFox 3.0.

I did notice that you can drag an image from FireFox onto an existing image and you can copy and paste the image into photoshop.
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Freeagent
Aug 12, 2008
What is it with all this dragging and dropping? Listen to what John says!

Nobody’s trying to tell people how to work, but it needs to be pointed out that this is a really bad habit that will smack you in the face one day…
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emil_emil
Aug 12, 2008
Straight drag and drop to PS produced a warning message so, when I then tried to drag on to the PS task bar button, I got the Ø cursor but on moving into the PS window and releasing the mouse button there, the file opened.

That’s the strangest behavior that I would imagine. Are you using the default vista aero theme or you have turned down or using custom theme and visual effects?

it needs to be pointed out that this is a really bad habit that will smack you in the face one day…

I don’t understand what you mean. If you are concerned about viruses, in my understanding copying and opening a file from the internet which is what "Save image as" does, is less safe than coping and pasting pixels. Copying and pasting pixels is the same as coping and pasting text from your web browser, it can’t execute hidden code. If that was possible everybody will get viruses at the moment text or pixels are displayed on your browser.
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John Joslin
Aug 12, 2008
Are you using the default vista aero theme?

Yes.
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Freeagent
Aug 12, 2008
I was thinking of having a saved copy to fall back on, among other things.

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