Photoshop: More uniform zoom and pan capabilities between Photoshop's main window and the various filter windows

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When editing Photoshop's pan and zoom settings, one expects them to apply throughout all Photoshop's windows, but that's far from the case.

To be more precise, I'm talking about all the different filter windows: Liquify, Camera Raw, Filter Gallery, Lens Corrections, Adaptive Wide Angle, Vanishing Point.

So here are the features that are affected differently in those windows, the first three being the most important ones. It would be incredibly helpful if they were all acting like they do in Photoshop's main window:

* Overscroll: An EXTREMELY useful option, it only affects the main window and none of the filter windows.

* Targeted zoom with the mouse wheel: In the main window, when you zoom in with ALT + Mouse Wheel, the view is centered on the cursor location. This is not the case in any of the filter windows, only CTRL+click or simply clicking with the zoom tool selected in those windows makes a targeted zoom.

* Shift + Mouse Wheel zooms to round percentage numbers, e.g. 100%, 200%, 300%, 400%, 500% etc., instead of the smaller steps like 110%, 121%, 133%, etc. Again, this is not available in any of the filter windows. CTRL + Mouse Wheel does invoke this kind of zoom (it actually just activates the zoom tool temporarily), though not in the Camera Raw window, but some consistency here would be appreciated.

* Scrubby Zoom: Again, only available in the main window and none of the filter windows.

* Animated Zoom: Does not work in any of the other filter windows. Can not be DISABLED in Camera Raw (that's bigger issue)!

* Vanishing Point: can not zoom with Alt + mouse wheel, or just the mouse wheel, if that option is enabled.
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I would assume these are semi-intentionally left "dumb" due to the nature of the filter windows and the need to render algorithmic changes on the spot. A dynamic zoom may not perform well...? That is my guess, but a response from Adobe would be great as it annoys me very much as well, it gives the software a very unpolished feel in every day usage.
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No, there is no reason to leave them "dumb". I wrote an Autohotkey script that implements scrubby zoom in the Liquify window. It works like a charm, no performance issues (extremely useful for pen tablet users who don't have the luxury of a mouse wheel). Overscroll just lets you pan the canvas outside of the window, targeted zoom just zooms to a different point - nothing that would require additional calculations, more load, need for optimization or anything like that. Shortcuts are just shortcuts, no performance difference. Being able to DISABLE animated zoom in Camera Raw would actually increase performance...

In other words, there is no performance reason for these not to be there.
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There we have it! 
Every time I interact with a filter window I feel like I'm using Photoshop 4's engine.
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Also, some windows don't allow cmd-opt-0 and some do. Took me ages to figure out that liquify only uses cmd/ctrl-1 to zoom 100%. And i never use that since cmd-opt-0 has been in my muscle memory for decades. 
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On Windows, in Liquify, CTRL+1 (100%) and CTRL+0 (fit) work as expected.