Photoshop: Non-Linear History Improvements

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Two suggestions that would possibly make non-linear history more usable and less awkward.

1) Visually indicate inactive/skipped history states inside History panel.

Currently there is no way of knowing which states were undid and are not contributing to current result. For example if I create three brush strokes, then step backward third brush stroke and create fourth brush stroke -- looking at the History panel it shows four brush strokes without any indication that third brush stroke is not used in final image.

2) Step Backward command should skip inactive (undid) states. Inactive state should be restored only if I specifically click on it in History panel.

Example: If I create 5 brush strokes and then step backward three times History panel would look something like this:

- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool (current state)
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (inactive)

Then I create sixth brush stroke...

- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (current state)

I am not happy with sixth brush stroke and want to try it again, so I use step backward command.

This is what currently happens:
- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool (current state)
- Brush Tool (inactive)

What I think should happen:
- Brush Tool
- Brush Tool (current state)
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (inactive)
- Brush Tool (inactive)

Photoshop goes back to 5th brush stroke. That means I must remember how many steps backward did I use before. My last state before sixth brush stroke was at brush stroke #2. So it would be more intuitive to go back to brush stroke #2 than to brush stroke #5 as it currently happens. Imagine how cumbersome it becomes if you undo action with many steps and then do something you also want to undo.

Well, at least in my opinion, that two changes would make non-linear history in Photoshop much better. I hope you like these suggestions.
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