Photoshop: Externally Linked Smart Objects: Please consider a "References" tool to create links to layers or folder groups

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I'm a UI designer and some of my PSD's become very complex over time which makes it extremely hard for our developers to find what they are looking for.
A search-tool in the layers palette would be helpful as well but what would be at least as welcome is a "reference" tool where i can add URLs (to Jira tickets for example) but more importantly add reference links to actual layer groups or layers. (After effects' way of linking layers would be perfect for that)

An example: if a developer is looking for a certain design they just need to click a link I provided for let's say "Login UI - final step - updated" and they simply go there in the layers panel by clicking a reference link.

This way others can use my complex ui psd's without problems.
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David v.B.

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi David,

Check out this Links Panel that let's you create Linked Smart Objects to external files.

Here's an article with tutorials from Viget Inspire: Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop
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Please check out the new 14.2 update for Photoshop CC:

Julieanne Kost gives a really nice walk thru of the Linked Smart Object feature here: