Disappointed that PS CS6 still does not have a symbols palette like Fireworks. Its very helpful to be able to create symbols and have them all sitting there so you can drop them in your document. Smart objects are close but not the same. That said, a smart object palette would be good enough. Right now, there isnt even a way to see all your smart objects in one place.
Smart objects are files embedded into a single PSD, there is no centralized database for all files to pull Smart Objects because they are just layers within a given document. Thus the Layers panel stores all of this information. The closest thing that Photoshop has to Symbols is the Custom Shape Tool. This works from a database of preset symbols that can be quickly added to your image. ou can also define your own custom shapes to build something similar to a Symbols library.
Thanks but unfortunately custom shapes are not like symbols because the moment it is placed on the page, it is no longer linked to the master. The beauty of a symbol is that if I edit it, that change happens in the dozens of places I have used that symbol (great for icons for example). This wont happen with a custom shape. A smart object works this way, but again there is that weird file embedded in your PSD thing going that Fireworks does not suffer from. Actual symbols and a symbols palette would be a great feature.
Right, which is exactly my point. Photoshop doesn't have features based on dynamic content such as Fireworks or Flash. Smart Objects are another step toward non-destructive editing: having a layer that can be manipulated (have filters applied, be transformed) and those manipulations can be modified later without loosing quality or having to start over.
Basically, you'll want to file a feature request at the Feedback Site.
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