Photoshop: Ability to arrange & customize save-as file formats so popular formats are at the top

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Photoshop supports about 20 formats, but I only use 4 or 5 of them. It's bugged me since 5.5 to have to fish for jpeg somewhere in the middle of the list. Can the file formats get arranged by most commonly used? And maybe allow us to remove stuff like targa and large file format that nobody uses.
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Six years later I still get replies on this... it's still somewhere on the back burner, probably between "content-aware selfie warp" and "adobe air bridge music mkv codec explorer filetype manager browser"

Meanwhile, 10,000,000 working people make 50 extra clicks a day because we're still on a windows XP interface :/
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probably between "content-aware selfie warp" and "adobe air bridge music mkv codec explorer filetype manager browser"
lol.
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Seriously... ADOBE!! I don't even know what programs use .DCM .PXR .SCT formats.. Please assign some engineer that's got 1 week to spare, to fix this!

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Yup, it's irritating. TIF is way down at the bottom. PNG is in the middle. JPEG is a little higher up, but so easy to accidentally click on another version of JPEG than wanted. And PSD is right at the top. Pretty awful for the most common formats. I'd think it was a JDI to fix it since they let us hide unwanted menu items—but it may be terribly tricky for all I know and no one  wants to be the one assigned to work on it. <BG>
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OK: EARTH TO ADOBE. I opened this thread 1 year ago and still no response. I have been using Photoshop since it was in beta (our studio tested it before you launched the product). In nearly 25 years of using Photoshop, I have only saved files in 4 formats (jpeg, tiff, psd, png, gif). WHY DO I HAVE TO SCROLL THROUGH ARCHAIC FORMATS every time I save? This is such an obvious and easy improvement. Someone in a previous thread actually wrote a patch to fix this. Its a few lines of code. ALLOW US TO CHOOSE WHICH FORMATS SHOW OR LET US CUSTOM PULLDOWN ORDER SO OUR MOST USED FORMATS APPEAR ON TOP OF PULLDOWN. 

Your tech people contacted me and instead of thanking, said they can't make all the improvements people suggest. So, I guess you focus on making your UI and icons illegible for most people over 40 years old and other "improvements" that make your software increasingly complex and difficult to use. 

FIX IT! 
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Actually I was the one who opened this thread, and it was 7 years ago.

But we're on the same page, this is long overdue for a fix. I'm tired of scrolling past Dicom format or accidentally saving JPEG2000 files. This one fix would save me more time per year than anything else Adobe has thought of in the past decade.

They took the time to make a stupid new document dialogue that is slow and loaded with presets I won't use, but won't make this 15 minute fix for a better save dialogue that everyone uses.
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Right-- you did open this thread!
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Lala, persevere! I reported on a bug SIX YEARS ago, and it was only fixed with the CC 2019 update. Of course now something else I use daily is broken, so  ̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄
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I will never let this go. When I die, they will put on my tombstone
HE DIED MAKING EXTRA CLICKS 
EVERY TIME HE SAVED A FILE
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LOL.  Maybe that will turn this request into a JDI. . . maybe.
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I'm not the one who's sarcastic ;) btw what is JDI?
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From when John Nack ran PS. "Just Do It." They still just do it—several small fixes, upgrades to features that don't require all that much of an engineer's time and isn't too likely to break a lot of things along the way. He made PS users very happy because a lot of little things that bug you to death, but are almost too small to pay serious attention to, got fixed. That's a JDI. Some things we think are JDI's aren't, and it would be helpful if we were told so when our little Idea we think could be resolved tomorrow if anyone bothered, isn't so little.

But I think they still keep lists of these so if they have extra time, engineers can take these on. At least, I've noticed with new releases it pays to look at the what's new on their site, since a bunch of very little things get mentioned — like being able to simply click on the lock icon on a Background layer to convert it to a Layer 0—things like that.
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I just found your other profile: Cristen Gillespie. Why don't you use it anymore?
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Just a matter of curing schizophrenia<G> I finally learned what I was signing in with so stopped being split in two.
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"CompuServe GIF"? Really. Here is how I want my menu to look. 
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Want to see something truly AWFUL. I've recently switched over to Windows after waiting 9 years for Apple to release a real Pro machine... this is what Save As looks like in win10:


Yes, you're seeing that right. The dropdown for Save As scales to the width of the Save window.

Want to see worse? Here's what it looks like behind the dropdown:


I miss osx so much.
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You can resize the window, you know - but that still doesn't get past the original complaint of too much rubbish in the dialog box.
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A constant request to hide some formats for years now, just as constantly ignored.  '-}
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I know i can resize, but for some reason, that's usually the width that my Save As is, so that i can see my Folder Tree, Filename and then the columns for format, size, date, etc.
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How is this not a thing after 7 years of requests? I'm a dev (not a PS dev), and I can tell you, it does NOT take long to customize this even as an indie dev. Why am I paying monthly again...?
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I scripted many things easily in no time they should be part of Photoshop so I agree with you. Moreover I can say they don't do it not because that is complex, but don't want to do it for no reason. If they wanted it would be done few releases ago.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Mr. Photoshop - Can you please make it possible to disable all these outdated Fil....

I know this is not the most pressing thing but over all the years that I have opened the "Save As..." dialog and had to scroll down the long list of ridiculously outdated file formats, I have actually wasted a considerable amount of time on it.

Come on, there is "Compuserve GIF" in the list. COMPUSERVE! That is so last millennium.

It would be a much appreciated feature.

I'm a professional retoucher and still don't even know what half of these were EVER used for. And I am not planning on finding out - ever.

Thanks, Mr. Photoshop
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HI All-- a reminder that someone two years ago wrote a simple script (I think it's in this thread or an older one) that makes this change in Photoshop. If someone can hack it, why can't Adobe friggin' code this in? I just saved a file yet again as JPEG 2000 by accident this morning. I suggest EVERYONE on this thread open a new topic conversation on the site, and maybe if enough people make it an issue they will actually read this thread? This thread is now two years old.

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Two years? LOL. This thread is EIGHT years old and the request goes way, way back beyond that. We've been asking since the last century! Seriously.
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I am still here, after making the thread 8 years ago.

I was a different man then. I weighed 40 pounds less. I was still in my early 30's. I had a different job. One of my best friends moved. I also moved. It feels like I was only recently married and divorced. I've had 3 cats die since then. I had one car get stolen, another totalled, and I've bought a new car. Which now has 80,000 miles on it.

The one constant in my life, the one thing that I can count on to never change, is that Adobe will not fix this f*cking UI problem.
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LOL. Lordy, I don't even want to catalog all the changes since people started asking for this. They did remove Targa, as I recall. That's progress, I guess?
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This is starting to feel like a yearly event where someone posts a new comment in this thread and we complain about how bad Adobe is a bit more. Maybe it will evolve into a formalised meet-up or conference at first with people originally on this thread and later with dissatisfied customers the world over.
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I don't get how it doesn't have more traction after so many years. Looking through the ideas I see stuff like "custom colors for guides" and "saveable grid sizes" and I totally get there are a few people who use those features every day. But literally 100% of photoshop users use the save dialogue.

Are they ALL really ok with saving .png's by clicking off the filename to the filetype dropdown, tapping P, tapping down-down-down-down, clicking back on the filename, typing the name, pressing enter, pressing enter again to confirm the same old save options that they never change?
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Well ... 33 votes seems far from overwhelming support for the request. 

Saving to particular formats can be streamlined with Actions and, considerably better, Scripts as it is. 
Have you looked into those options exhaustively yet? 
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To put that into context, the highest rated idea for PS hast 232 votes, and it is to do with organisation of presets. The second highest rated is 175. So it's not like 33 is a small number. But the reason everyone keeps coming back to this tread is because it's a good illustration of how clunky and out of touch Adobe is. This is indeed not the sort of problem that breaks the app or makes your life miserable, but at the same time, there are just two possibilities:

1. is that they can't change this because of how old the software is and how little control they have over it, in which case, it makes no sense to keep hoping they will ever get better.
2. is that they are simply too out of touch, which leads to a similar conclusion.
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Well, the number is still not quite »up there« with the »most popular« requests. 

And while naturally everybody who supports it (and possibly many, many more Photoshop users) would benefit from an implementation for many other users it is effectively irrelevant. 
Photoshop offers options for customisation and automatisation that make it possible to pretty much circumvent the Save-dialog for saving copies off of the layered files one works on. 
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Sure, this is not one of the big problems with PS, but it's also not as hard to fix as the awful performance even on the latest machines either. And having to write a script (I did do that actually and posted my script here) to circumvent something as simple as saving your files is not a good way to design user friendly software, right?
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Has Adobe exhaustively researched the options for implementing this change?
They can't find time to do it, in 8 years

Why do I need to learn to coding/scripting, when Adobe has people who do it for a living, who can knock it out in 1/100th of the time I could, and fix the problem for everyone, not just one guy?

And let's not act like Adobe strictly prioritizes based on popularity/"me-toos" - many ideas with fewer upvotes than this one have been implemented.

The ability to auto-save was proposed 8 years ago, and only got 23 upvotes. Various "Champions" (including you, Chris), argued about how it was impractical, ineffecient, it should be the user's responsibility, etc.

Less than a year later, it was implemented, it works fine, the handwringing about it was completely overwrought. It was an obvious, common sense change, and they just did it.

Now we are faced with another obvious idea, and it's so frustrating seeing people perversely argue AGAINST it. I guess some people just have that kind of mentality.

Microsoft word has had the ability to set a default save format (along with a logically ordered save-as dropdown) FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS.

https://i.imgur.com/M75eX2i.png
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Methinks Adobe know they have us by the short and curlies with this dumb subscription model, and they really don't give a flying fwhatever about the people who pay their wages. And no good pointing at Chris, he went ages ago.