Lightroom: Add Scroll Bars to Dropdown Lists (export plugins/presets)

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Existing dropdown lists in export plugins and in "Presets" in the Library Panel have no hierarchy and don't include scroll bars which requires the user to arrow down through long lists of items.

I have hundreds of develop presets and it takes as long as a minute to arrow down through them when using presets from the Library Panel. A simple scroll bar that I could quickly drag from top to bottom would fix this.

This same problem happens in export plugins that read from external lists.
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Sean Phillips

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I think scroll bars are ineffective in general and nested scroll bars are really bad. I understand that the suggestion would lead to a scrollable panel list on the left which includes a nested scroll bar for the presets. Every time I'm using a webpage which requires me to scroll the whole page and scroll content within the page, it is a pretty annoying experience.

I think the "preset access" problem should be solved through hierarchical access and/or text input with completion. Typing in "B&W" into a field could bring up all presets that have a "B&W" prefix and one then either continues to type or clicks on one of the filtered presets.

I'm not disputing that there is a "preset access" problem but I don't think that a scroll bar would be the best means to address it.
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It's not that I disagree with you Sean but I think TK hits the mark. Hierarchical organization of presets would go a long way towards solving this issue.

However, TK, I think scrollbars would be useful if the expanded hierarchy node was long.

So I would vote first for hierarchies and then for scrollbars.

Great suggestions guys! Keep the conversations going.
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Sean Phillips

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Maybe I was too specific in this suggestion by tying it to presets in Library.

The thing is that almost every modern software program, including Lightroom, has dropdown menus. And eventually there are bound to be cases where the list is longer than the screen, even when hierarchical systems are in place. This would be true for any folder of presets containing more than about 40 items, and it happens all the time in Export Plugins for services (such as Flickr, Phososhelter, Smugmug, or Gallery2) that refer to lists of folders or galleries at the service provider.

In that case there needs to be an effective way to handle it, and the current arrow method in LR stinks. Every menu in Lightroom should have scroll bars available if required.

I totally agree that hierarchical menus should be available in every popossible location in Lightroom where there might be a long list, but scroll bars should also be available. It's both, not one or the other.
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Hierarchies too... - not mutually exclusive.