Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator and LOTS of "Open With" Options

polycat33

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A week or two ago I installed Photoshop and Illustrator on my computer. With those two installations, I now have a TON of "Open With" options for images. It's a crazy long list of stuff I'll never use. I've attached a picture of what it looks like. Any way to remove those from that menu? And why are they all .exe? I thought that was a Windows program install file?

I noticed that they are available under applications in my AppCleaner program, and I could uninstall them. However, since I don't know what they do, I don't want to uninstall them until I'm sure I have no use for them. Are they used by Photoshop or Illustrator?

Note: These are older Photoshop/Illustrator programs, so it may not apply to the current versions. It's Photoshop 7 and Illustrator 10.
 

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decksnap

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Mine has always done that on any system I've the Adobe Suite installed on.
 

KD7IWP

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Is there a way to modify that "open with" list? I have many programs listed in there twice and there is no need for the redundancy. I imagine it should be a plist somewhere, but not sure.
 

WildCowboy

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To get rid of the Photoshop "open with" items, go to /Applications/Adobe Photoshop/Samples. Right click on the "Droplets" folder, and select "Create Archive of Droplets". You'll get a Droplets.zip folder there in the Sample folder. Then delete the Droplets folder. That should get rid of the extra "Open with" items, and if you ever decide you want them back, you can simply double-click the zip file and they'll all come back. You may need to rebuild LaunchServices for these changes in the menu to take effect.

KD7IWP, simply rebuilding your LaunchServices database should get rid of duplicate entries and entries for deleted apps in that menu.
 

Shotgun OS

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I have a related question. Why is it that when I open 'Aged Photo.exe' it actually..uh..opens..and works? I've never bene able to open an .exe on a Mac. Is this because it is integrated into the software?
 

WildCowboy

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Yeah, Adobe has just chosen to use the .exe extension for plugins on all platforms. Executables can be compiled for any platform, and these are just cross-platform droplets that require the proper Photoshop app to function.
 

devman

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To get rid of the Photoshop "open with" items, go to /Applications/Adobe Photoshop/Samples. Right click on the "Droplets" folder, and select "Create Archive of Droplets".
Interesting - I never knew that. It must be an optional install or something. I don't have droplets in samples on CS3 and I didn't have it on CS2 or CS either.
 

MorzillA

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Interesting - I never knew that. It must be an optional install or something. I don't have droplets in samples on CS3 and I didn't have it on CS1 or CS either.
hmmmm yes I agree with you on that one, I have not seen this on the CS that I'm running. Yeah polycat33 i did noticed that you are running an older ver. of PS but I could not figure which one...

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BoyBach

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To get rid of the Photoshop "open with" items, go to /Applications/Adobe Photoshop/Samples. Right click on the "Droplets" folder, and select "Create Archive of Droplets". You'll get a Droplets.zip folder there in the Sample folder. Then delete the Droplets folder. That should get rid of the extra "Open with" items, and if you ever decide you want them back, you can simply double-click the zip file and they'll all come back. You may need to rebuild LaunchServices for these changes in the menu to take effect.

That long list of options that I would never use has been annoying me for over a year. And now they're gone.

Thank you, WildCowboy!

:)
 

decksnap

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Thanks WildCowboy. But how do I add something to the list? For instance, Preview is not listed when I right-click on a tif, even though it opens it just fine.
 

Macky-Mac

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..... simply rebuilding your LaunchServices database should get rid of duplicate entries and entries for deleted apps in that menu.
any way for the terminally terminal averse user to rebuild the LaunchServices database?
 

pqwo

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thank you WildCowboy!!!!!
i've been dealing with the long list of useless crap for so long, it was annoying me. simple little steps have saved me from become insane! :)