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I needed to edit some of the metadata that gets saved with images.The images in question were pulled from a camera and are 2576x1932 @ 230dpi, and saved as PSDs. In Photoshop CS4, if I open the PSDs and go to File > File Info, it takes approximately 2-3 minutes before it displays the dialog window. In the meantime, photoshop freezes and jumps to 25% CPU utilization. That seems like an excessively long time, considering my hardware specs are decent (Win XP 32-bit, Q9550, 4GB RAM seen as 3.25GB). Any other actions, such as opening, saving and editing take under a second.

Is there a faster way to do this?

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Have you tried it in Bridge? –  Daniel A. White Nov 4 '10 at 1:43
    
Could you please post one such image so I could have a look. Include @harrymc in a comment when it is available. –  harrymc Nov 4 '10 at 7:10
    
@Daniel I don't use bridge, but I gave it a whirl and that function seemed to operate quickly (loading bridge, however, took quite a while). @harrymc here's an example file: forceflow.50webs.com/100_0916.zip –  Force Flow Nov 5 '10 at 19:01
    
Some thing is wrong with your link, the file seems to be truncated to 129 bytes. –  harrymc Nov 5 '10 at 19:49
    
As it turns out, that hosting service now has a file size limit where it didn't before. I uploaded elsewhere: mediafire.com/?ebdwsuezl0dy5v0 –  Force Flow Nov 5 '10 at 23:04
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After rebooting, clearing out all my temp files, running windows updates, and running adobe updates, it looks like the problem fixed itself. Opening the file info dialog now takes about 1 second to open.

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