Photoshop: Want to search and sort swatches

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We deal with a lot of brand colors, and it would be great if we could convert the .ase format to an adobe color book, so that we can make these libraries searchable.
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Chris Cox

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The Color Book format is a bit more restrictive, but you can find the details in the Photoshop SDK. And you need to contact Adobe (well, me) for book id numbers.
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Oh, and color books need different organization - they are not simply lists of colors, but pages designed to relate to a physical book.
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Hi Chris-
Thanks for your response, it might also be nice to have the ability to change the way the swatch library is arranged. By name, hue, sat, etc.
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That would be a different feature request.
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I really just need something that's searchable, or easier to navigate. Several of our clients have libraries of hundreds of swatches, and I just want a faster way to find the one I want without scrolling through a huge list.
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OK, then you just need a better way to organize and search swatches.

Color books are for a small number of fixed data sets, corresponding to printed books (Pantone, DIC, HKS, etc.)

While there are requests for better preset organization, I don't think there are any specific to searching and sorting swatches.
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Chris, I agree with Matt, I often have the need to search for a color in the swatches from Pantone. I have loaded Pantone's textile library and each color has a unique identifying number (i.e. 17-1502 ) as the ink palettes do that are built into the software (i.e. 290c). A search tool (or even a sort tool) would be wonderful!
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Chris- I have been using Photoshop since '91- but am just learning Illustrator. In my Lynda.com class today I discovered that I can add a "find field" to my swatch library. This is exactly what I need in Photoshop! Please can we get this?