Camera Raw: User interface that uses scrolling or docking panels instead of tab navigation

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Please, Please, Please.....change the layout of the settings. Going back and forth from tabs is extremely annoying. It would be so much better with a scroll or even a docking panel setup.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Although I would like to see an interface that was less "clunky," I'm finding it difficult to envision a better one for Camera Raw. The LR model with scrolling was the most miserable I've ever dealt with, all the way down only to have to come all the way back up. Until a friend told me about solo mode, I hated the LR model. Solo Mode, however, is still click to open. It closes when you click another section, but the only real difference between CR and Solo mode in LR that I can see is one operates vertically, while the other operates horizontally. They're otherwise the same thing.

Then we can talk about docking panels. There's really no room to dock without docking them tabbed, since many of the do, or can, take up the full height of a monitor. In PS, I have docking, but I click from tab to tab. I also can still have to scroll, and I don't think anyone likes scrolling if they can avoid it.

Tear off panels might help in that the interface remains the same, but if you need to work back and forth between two panels, you can, even though one or more now floats on top of your document window. But other than being able to tear off a panel so I can see two at a time, unless someone has an even better idea, I can't say I support the effort to change CR to be more like either LR or PS.

That's not to say they couldn't come up with something more efficient. But I haven't seen the layout I can point to and say — do this. Part of the problem is the need to reserve most of the space for the image itself, and second to that, the Synchronize panel that gives us a reasonable thumbnail view when we're batch processing. Again, LR tends to place everything top to bottom, which CR places everything left to right. I don't know that one is truly more efficient than the other.