Photoshop CC: Ability to use the Navigator panel while a filter/dialog is open

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The navigator in Photoshop CC (windows x64) cannot be used when a dialog is open.
I used to use this a lot in CS, to see what the preview of a filter looks like on my image.
steps to reproduce:
open image,
enable Navigator: Window->navigator
click on filter->sharpen->smart sharpen...
try to change zoomlevel or view position using the Navigator
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Cristen Gillespie

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> enable Navigator: Window->navigator
click on filter->sharpen->smart sharpen...
try to change zoomlevel or view position using the Navigator >

For some, such as Smart Sharpen, you have a live preview in the document window, and the preview panel itself is a very large preview. I wish they all had that. The filters are indeed modal. Those that have a Preview checkbox  do let you use Ctrl/Cmd + ("-" or "+" keys) to zoom in and out of the preview, and the navigator will normally reflect that. You can also pan in the dialog's preview window, and often can click outside in the document to center that in the dialog's preview window.

Some, like Spherize, don't appear to be hooked up such that you can change the viewing percentage anywhere except in that tiny dialog, and others, like Extrude, don't have any preview whatsoever. That's annoying.  They've chosen not to update those ancient filters for now.

I understand that you prefer using the Navigator's sliders, so you might consider making a feature request (idea) to bring that function back, but I wouldn't expect them to do it very soon unless an awful lot of people vote for your request, simply because there are workarounds.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Bart, what version of Photoshop did you think this worked in? I'm not able to find a version where the Navigator panel is accessible with modal filter dialog box up.
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It seems you are right...it doesn't. I must be going crazy then...
it was the first thing I noticed when trying out CC, I was applying a filter and couldn't use the navigator. And the first thing I thought was, this used to work before....

My mistake then, still though, it would really be nice to navigate large images when applying a filter.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Note you can just click and drag on the image behind the filter to navigate it with the filter dialog up. You can also using cmd + and Cmd - to zoom in and out with a filter dialog up.