Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to Pam Hesse)
Have you selected the file in the Finder and done a Get Info (command I) and checked the Sharing & Permissions on the file? Can you change them so our account has Read & Write permissions? It will probably ask for a admin password.
You could also use the Terminal command rm -rf (path to the file).
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 6:45 AM (in response to RoryMac)
Yes, I tried Get Info and it won't even open that. How do I do the Terminal Command?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 7:32 AM (in response to Pam Hesse)
Lion and some programs don't get along well when it comes to releasing a file so it can be deleted. I've found that they can be deleted after restarting in Safe Mode (restart, press & hold Shift as soon as the grey screen appears and let lose when the apple logo appears). After deleting the file(s) reboot to leave Safe Mode.
I was under the impression that CS3 Illustrator was unusable in Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 7:35 AM (in response to dwb)
In fact, I'm running the entire CS 3 Suite on Lion w/o issue. Not a power user but everything I do seems to run as expected. Also no files on Desktop.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 7:42 AM (in response to Pam Hesse)
What are the name of the files you are seeing? Illustrator creates temp files that are usually invisible. Also, if you can not do a get info on them then how do you know they are taking up a bunch of space?
Have you tried rebooting your computer? As dwb suggest, there are clean up routines run during the shutdown/restart process that clean up such files.
If they are still there after a reboot, launch the Terminal app in the Utilities folder and type
rm -rf (path to the file) (hit the return or enter key)
If you don't know how to get the path to the file just drag and drop the file onto the terminal window and it will added automatically. If you get an error about not having permissions or something like that then type
sudo rm -rf (path to file) (hit the return or enter key)
It will prompt you for an admin password.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 7:45 AM (in response to Pam Hesse)
I guess I should also say be very careful with the Terminal app, if you enter something wrong you can do a lot of damage...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to RoryMac)
I just now shut down and restarted. The temp files are gone. Should have tried that initially. RoryMac, the temp files were taking up space on my desktop. I have no idea how large the files actually were.
Thanks everyone for your help!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to Pam Hesse)
Pam, just to let you know, I have the same thing happen occasionally with CS5, so don't feel like it's because you are still using CS3 that this is happening. And like you, I found the only solution is a reboot.