Photoshop: Ability to access swatches directly from the color picker

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I often change the color of text and vector shapes, and imagine many many users also do.

Please, please, please let us access current swatches directly from the picker. In CS4 I could at least scroll the panel in the background but not in CS5

Adding an additional button like "Current Swatches" and pulling in the current set of colors seems like an easy win! Would work just the same as "Color Libraries" defaulting to this if chosen.

As a bonus a modifier key + clicking on a swatch in the panel should apply it to any text or shape - no need for the picker at all.

Would buy CS6 just for this feature!
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Color Libraries are not as flexible as swatches (libraries have a defined order, layout, etc. to match physical color books), and should not get mixed up with swatches.

You can pick colors from the swatches palette, even while the color picker dialog is open.

But yes, scrolling while in a modal dialog changed because of UI code changes made in moving to the Cocoa API on Macintosh. We'll have to see what we can do there.

Clicking on a swatch while you have text selected does change the text color.

Vector shapes are a bit more complicated, because there is ambiguity about which color you want to change. But you can select a color and then use the shortcuts for fill with foreground (option/alt-delete), and the vector fill color will be changed (and the same works for entire text layers, as well).