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When I try to type with/edit a text layer that uses Font Awesome in Photoshop CS5.1, it crashes straight away.

I am using a late 2015 retina 4k mac, running High Sierra. However, this problem was still happening when I was running Yosemite.

Does anyone know why this happens?

Is there a fix for it at all? As it is super frustrating having to use SVG icons all the time when I can just use an icon font. (Other icon fonts work and don't cause me this problem)

Thanks in advance.

EDIT

  • I have tried to install older versions, I have also uninstalled and reinstalled the font.

  • I have tried the same version I have installed on my Mac on a macbook air late 2012 model, running Yosemite, using the same version of Photoshop and on a pc using the same version of Photoshop and they didn't have the issue at all.

  • I used Font Awesome on an older Mac, think it was a 2011 model which was running Yosemite and I still had the same issue.

  • I have tried also tried all of Adobe's suggestions for fixing problems with fonts. I.e. using Font Book to validate all fonts and clearing font cache, disabling font preview and using the Font Test script.

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  • Do you have access to a newer version of Photoshop to test it? Maybe the free trial of 2017 Photoshop? It might be a compatibility issue. – LateralTerminal Nov 6 '17 at 15:25
  • I have tried the same version I have installed on my Mac on a macbook air using the same version and on a pc using the same version and they didn't have the issue at all. *I am using a late 2015 retina 4k mac – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 6 '17 at 15:26
  • So you're only having the issue on one specific machine you've installed it on? – LateralTerminal Nov 6 '17 at 15:26
  • Exactly that. However, I used it on an older Mac, think it was a 2011 model and I still had the same issue.. – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 6 '17 at 15:28
  • You should edit your question to reflect that because it's vital information to solving your issue. – LateralTerminal Nov 6 '17 at 15:31
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Photoshop CS5.1 is not compatible with Font Awesome.

There is a bug in it that causes it to crash that was patched in newer versions of PS. However, other CS5.1 apps do work find with Font Awesome.

This was tested cross platform across Mac and Windows.

There are no reported problems with current versions of PS CC.

A free trial of PS CC would allow you to test if there is problems. http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/free-trial-download.html

PS by itself is only $10 a month as of 2017. You don't have to purchase the whole suite.

  • Hi there, further to your comment on the other post. It did not work on any version pre or post Yosemite. – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 7 '17 at 9:15
  • No more discussion in comments. Lets continue this in chat chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/68329/… – LateralTerminal Nov 7 '17 at 14:42
  • I don't have enough rep -.- – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 8 '17 at 15:20
  • @KieranThompson-Oliver Well I do want to help you, I don't give up easily. Did this ever work at one point on a computer you've used? If so, what computer and what OS version? – LateralTerminal Nov 8 '17 at 16:48
  • Unfortunately, I have never had it working.. I have even tried to contact the people who make font awesome to see if they could help but they didn't get back to me. – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 9 '17 at 12:16
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Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator are all programs that come from different original sources but are available under one entity (Adobe) now. They are coded and act differently. They don't share resources very well and are "made" to play nicely with each other. Sometimes, what works with one application doesn't with another. That aside, fonts are notoriously problematic. If you have a problem that involves a font, most likely the problem lies with the font. If your original has become corrupted, it doesn't matter how many times you reload it, it won't make you happy. Download a new copy of it.

  • Hi Stan, I have tried to do this already. The problem still persists. – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 6 '17 at 16:42
  • I have tried also tried all of Adobe's suggestions for fixing problems with fonts. I.e. using Font Book to validate all fonts and clearing font cache, disabling font preview and using the Font Test script. – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 6 '17 at 16:44
  • @Kieran Thompson-Oliver If it's not the font itself it's your system configuration. You need to reinstall everything from scratch or start deleting things one by one. If you have creative cloud then the Adobe team can remote in and fix the problem sometimes they are actually really helpful sometimes. – LateralTerminal Nov 6 '17 at 16:52
  • @Kieran Thompson-Oliver even if you uninstall adobe products it doesn't really uninstall everything btw. That's why you need to reinstall osx if you can't get professional help. – LateralTerminal Nov 6 '17 at 16:53
  • I am confused as to why this would be the problem, as above I mentioned that I had the same issue on an older Mac I was using previously. – Kieran Thompson-Oliver Nov 6 '17 at 16:59

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