Photoshop’s ‘Save As’ Function Has Changed on Mac. Here’s Why

As part of its May 2021 release of Photoshop on Desktop for Mac — version 22.4 — Adobe made a significant change to how the “Save As” command works. Rather than continuing to act as it has across applications on all computers for decades, Adobe altered the basic functionality and has left users baffled. In […]

Photoshop’s ‘Save As’ Function Has Changed on Mac. Here’s Why

As part of its May 2021 release of Photoshop on Desktop for Mac — version 22.4 — Adobe made a significant change to how the “Save As” command works. Rather than continuing to act as it has across applications on all computers for decades, Adobe altered the basic functionality and has left users baffled.

In an update that was pushed out last week, Adobe notes that it has added a new save feature called “Save a Copy” to the traditional “Save” and “Save As” commands that have existed in applications for nearly as long as software has existed.

“You now have the option to save a copy of your work using the new Save a Copy option in the File dropdown menu,” Adobe writes in a language that frames the change as a new feature. “Save a Copy automatically creates a copy of your work and allows you to export and share in your desired file format like JPEG, EPS, and so on, without overwriting the original file and protecting your data in the process.”

Adobe’s change basically redefines “Save As” to what “Save” has historically done, which makes the commands at least overlap in functionality, if not outright redundant.

“With this new option, only supported files that maintain your work will be supported in the Save As command. If the file type you’d like to save isn’t an option, simply go to Save a Copy and create another version in your desired file type.”

On the surface, it appears as though Adobe added a third save option that only serves to break decades of muscle memory and frustrate its users. However, this change wasn’t something Adobe necessarily wanted to make.

Photoshop’s Product Manager Stephen Nielson noted the reason for the change actually lies specifically with a decision made by Apple in its most recent operating system update. According to Nielson, Apple removed the API that Adobe used for Save As, which forced the company to make an entirely new menu item in order to circumvent it.

In a statement to PetaPixel, an Adobe representative echoes this sentiment.

“The new Save a Copy option in the File dropdown menu of Photoshop addresses a change in macOS 10.15.x and later, which eliminated the ability to manipulate aspects of the Save As dialog.”

Adobe says the “manipulation” refers to specific file naming.

“Photoshop, like most applications, relies on the operating system for the main operation of the open and save dialogs. Therefore, we have very little control over how they operate. Before the release of Catalina, we were able to control the filename text in the save dialog while the dialog was open. But starting with Catalina, we are no longer able to do that,” Adobe elaborates.

“Being able to edit the filename in the save dialog allowed Photoshop to safely combine the “Save As” and “Save a Copy” operations into one, enabling people to choose which way to go while the dialog was open. We could do this safely because we were able to selectively append ‘copy’ to the filename in situations that might otherwise lead to work being lost.

“This update is a work-around for macOS functionality that is no longer available. It has required us to separate the ‘Save As’ and ‘Save a Copy’ operations, because we must now finalize the base filename before we present the save dialog. The ‘Save As’ command still does the same thing as it did before, only you no longer have the option to ‘Save a Copy’ or save to a format that would not fully preserve the document’s contents. The newly saved file becomes the new file associated with the document for future saves.”

This change is referenced in Apple’s Developer notes, which states that the company adjusted the API that allowed applications to prompt users for information about where to save a file.

“In macOS 10.15, the system always displays the Save dialog in a separate process, regardless of whether the app is sandboxed,” Apple states. “When the user saves the document, macOS adds the saved file to the app’s sandbox (if necessary) so that the app can write to the file.

“Prior to macOS 10.15, the system used a separate process only for sandboxed apps.”

As this change is only noted for macOS users and PC users thus far do not see any changes to the save commands, Adobe appears to not have wanted to make this wholesale adjustment across all of its applications. Unfortunately, the change appears to be something Adobe did since Apple’s developer notes are not nearly as public-facing as Adobe applications that are used by millions of people.

And users aren’t happy.

Clearly, this issue has not gone unnoticed and Adobe is now bearing the brunt of user’s displeasure. Unfortunately, not only is this anger misplaced, it’s also not something Adobe can “fix,” at least not now.

A workaround is possible though, as explained by PC Magazine’s Jim Fisher. For those who just wanted to make JPEGS faster, Fisher recommends remapping the “Command + e” as a quick JPEG export.

While this method is a great workaround, it will still require re-learning a new command. For now though, it’s probably the best that can be hoped for.

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Xiaomi Patents a Modular Smartphone with Interchangeable Cameras

Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital In a play on smartphone design that would make them much more like traditional cameras, Xiaomi has patented a modular smartphone that would accept interchangeable nodes, each one with different functions. Xiaomi is no stranger to unusual smartphone designs. Just a few days ago, PetaPixel reported on […]

Xiaomi Patents a Modular Smartphone with Interchangeable Cameras
Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital

In a play on smartphone design that would make them much more like traditional cameras, Xiaomi has patented a modular smartphone that would accept interchangeable nodes, each one with different functions.

Xiaomi is no stranger to unusual smartphone designs. Just a few days ago, PetaPixel reported on the recently resurfaced Xiaomi patent for a rotating under-display camera, and the company continues its work on innovative designs for future smartphone models like a modular smartphone patent that has been rendered by

Modular smartphones are not a completely new concept, but they have yet to gain widespread appeal. For example, the Dutch company Fairphone already sells modular smartphones, with a heavy focus on the environmental aspect. The available interchangeable parts, like the camera, speaker, or the top, middle, or bottom modules are meant to make smartphone electronics last longer and become easier to repair, while also using recycled materials to manufacture them.

Xiaomi’s own modular smartphone idea revolves around three modules, which have been mocked up by the Dutch graphic designer Jermaine Smith from Concept Creator, to help visualize what the patented idea might look like.

Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital

The first module in the upper part of the device contains the motherboard and the camera system, while the second module, which is the middle part, houses the battery. The bottom of the phone carries the third module, although it is unclear what functions this module would have.

Let’s Go Digital reports that at least two modules contain a screen, and according to the official documentation, they can be connected together to form a large panel with no visible separation in-between, giving users access to a full-screen design. The said modules are attached using a rail system.

Let’s Go Digital

In the patent, two types of rear camera modules are mentioned: a square-shaped one with three cameras and a flash and a single vertical column that has four cameras. Let’s Go Digital suggests that it’s likely the square-design camera has a periscopic zoom.

In regards to the selfie camera, it is currently unclear what type of camera would be implemented for this design, with both a punch-hole camera and an under-screen one as possible choices.

Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital

The innovative brand’s motivation to pursue modular smartphones is similar to the aforementioned Fairphone: it makes replacing parts more cost-effective, in addition to reducing unnecessary waste, which has been a concern for many brands who have stopped supplying new purchases with chargers, for example. It is yet to be seen if Xiaomi will implement the patent in its future smartphone models and what functions each interchangeable module will have but it does bring additional user customization to the table.

Unfortunately, modular tech devices have not had a particularly successful history. Ricoh tried it with the GXR interchangeable sensor system — which has since been discontinued — and while a new startup is attempting a similar strategy with laptops, previous attempts from Intel, Compute Card’s Ghost Canyon NUC, and Alienware all failed. Specifically in smartphones, Motorola tried a modular back system called Moto Mods, which also did not last long.

Xiaomi’s patent can be read in full here.

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