Photoshop: Ability to save as .zip to save all the fonts, brushes, etc with the PSD

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How about the ability to save as .zip instead of .psd so that it can save all the fonts, brushes, etc with the project so that you can open it and work on it from any of your other devices and systems?
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How do I make Photoshop automatically create a folder containing native file, image links and fonts within a .psd document?

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How do I make Photoshop create a folder containing native file, image links and fonts within a .psd document?.
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So far there are no image links.
If you mean Smart Objects those are embedded in the file.
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Well, there may be sense in fonts-embedding but brushes?
Do you really want to attach all of Photoshop’s loaded brushes to the image (and thus unnecessarily bloat the file depending on the number and kind of brushes)?
Because there is, as far as I can tell, no realistic way for Photoshop to keep track of which Brush Presets are used in the creation of an image as Photoshop is not a Vector application primarily.
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Well not necessarily just fonts and brushes but all the problems that would arise when opening up a psd file on another system or device...
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What »Problems« are you talking about?

The brushes for example are not a problem – every painted pixel is just a pixel with no link to an external abr-file.

And if the receiving party has an older version of Photoshop some features may not be editable anymore (for example a Puppet Warped Smart Object would lose the Puppet Warp on updating), the new Blend Modes would probably also malfunction, etc.
But that is a Photoshop version issue and can not realistically be expected to be addressed file-wise.

Do you usually save with »Maximize PSD and PDB File Compatibility« set to »Always« in the Preferences?
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Well I think if the idea went into development there would probably be some lists that would be made...

Personally I've had problems with text layers and fonts...
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Fonts (or maintaining editable text) can certainly be an issue, especially when switching between platforms.

But can you state anything else you think should be on those »lists« definitively?
Photoshop is not a page-layout application, so there are actually few external resources that could cause issues with a file provided all concerned parties work with the same version of Photoshop and ICC-profiles are always attached.