Copying bitmaps issue after updates

StephenRappStephenRapp Posts: 57
edited December 2019 in Font Technology
I had been working with an older non-cloud version of Photoshop CS5 and Fontlab Studio 5.1.2 on an iMac with El Capitan for the last few years. Just this week I updated to Fontlab 5.1.6 and updated my OS to Sierra OS 10.12.6. I just discovered that I can no longer copy and paste between Photoshop and Fontlab or from Fontlab to Photoshop. 

Any ideas what is causing this issue?


  • Found a temporary workaround. While I cannot copy and paste an individual letter from Photoshop to Fontlab, I can do an import and bring the whole document in. Slows my work process down a lot though.
  • You mean bitmaps to use as a background layer (i.e. letter sketches, etc.)?
  • Yes. Anything I copy and try to paste from either PS or AI into Fontlab to the background layer will no longer work. Vector shapes won't paste from them either. I wonder if I lost something in terms of compatibility when I upgraded from El Capitan to Sierra. I know my versions of Photoshop CS5 and Fontlab Studio 5 are all outdated.
  • I think Sierra introduced some substantial changes, I am still under El Capitan as my hardware does not allow me to upgrade to Sierra, and I can confirm CS5 does not run so smoothly.
    About Fontlab I can’t be much of help as I never used bitmaps for this purpose, I think you’d get better feedback by posting your question in the Fontlab Forums, in the appropriate section for Studio 5:
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