Photoshop: Actions ignoring modal control for layer renaming, Photoshop CS6

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I often run actions that have modal control for certain steps turned on, in particular, when I want to give a layer a custom name. Prior to CS6, I'd run my action, the window would open allowing me to rename my layer, and then it finishes my action. However, in CS6, it seems to ignore the modal control button selected, puts in whatever the default info is and continues on. This hoses quite a few of my actions that I've been using for years. Submit a bug report?

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Bruce
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What is the actual command you're recording to name/rename layers that isn't resection the dialog toggle? Is it Layer>Layer Properties?
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The action that I take as it's recorded is as follows: I double-click on the name of the layer that I want to change, then it highlights blue so I can name it whatever I want. I write something in there. This step shows up in the Actions palette as "Set current layer." I stop recording the action and then click the "Toggle dialog on/off" to the left of the recorded action, which normally brings up the dialog box when the action is run.

As I mentioned before, tons of my Actions from CS5 and before handled this as expected but seems to ignore the dialog box (or modal control, whatever nomenclature you'd prefer!)

Hope that helps.
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Hey, Jeff! I was wondering what the next step is here. I'm still having this problem and so I often have to open up CS5 to run my Actions. Let me know if you require further documentation in order for this to become an official bug.
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Hey, Jeff! Any word on a fix for this issue? I've been having to open up CS5 for some of my jobs so I can use my actions and it's embarrassing.
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I can send you a recorded action that displays the problem if you like. You can load it in CS5 and when it's run you'll get a box to rename the layer. Do the same in CS6 and it does not, even though the modal control box is activated in the action.
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BRUCE JAMIESON

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CC 2015 and this still doesn't work. I am very sad. This seems like a simple fix, too.
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Jeff just record an action one step where you double click on the current layer name in the layers palette and changes its name. Stop recording. Turn on the steps dialog in this one step action. Run it in Prior version of Photoshop you will be presented with the rename dialog with the recorded name filled in. You will be able to interactivity change that name. With CS6 will rename the layer without giving you the rename dialog.
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BRUCE JAMIESON

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That's right, John! I guess you can confirm this problem?