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I installed Yosemite 10.10.1 about a week ago. Preview crashes all the time whenever I try to perform a search on certain documents. Unfortunately, I can't upload this document because of copyright infringement issues. I never experienced this before (in the many times I searched) with Mavericks but it has happened quite often with Yosemite.

  1. Is anyone else experiencing the same problem?
  2. What is a possible solution?

Kind regards,

polarise

I would happily securely send the actual document to an Apple employee to reproduce the fault.

  • When in doubt, reinstalling the OS is a classic troubleshooting measure. When still in doubt, maybe check Activity Monitor to see if, rather than it being an actual bug, you're just running low enough on CPU/RAM for invoking the search feature to push you over the edge? – user24601 Dec 8 '14 at 4:16
  • Reinstalling the OS because a search fails in one app seems like overkill to me. I also can't bring myself to believe that I'm pushing my Mac over the edge. – polarise Dec 8 '14 at 5:19
  • If there's a block of time when you'll be leaving your computer unattended for a while, you've got nothing to lose. Maybe you could let a reinstall run overnight. And you've also got nothing to lose just by cracking open Activity Monitor. Who knows, you may even be able to pinpoint the offending process. – user24601 Dec 8 '14 at 5:22
  • You could also see if Disk Utility has anything to say about the state of your disk or its permissions. – user24601 Dec 8 '14 at 5:24
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I'm glad that you hesitated to reinstall the OS because of problems with one app. I saw this on 10.10.1 and actually it has gotten worse on 10.10.2. It's not search per se, but just opening certain kinds of PDFs that have been cropped using a Java-based tool called "Briss" (which converts 2-up scans to 1-up).

I think that this is a Yosemite bug that hasn't been fixed yet. PDFPen from Smile Software does not crash when viewing these PDFs.

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