Photoshop: Save As on Macintosh. click file name to renames extention... not Format

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I used to be a PC user, and when I was saving a file I would click on a file to copy it's name (maybe to save over or make a similar name)

I also use this to bypass choosing formats.

Currently on a MAC, if i click on a file that is a .jpg the name changes to xxx.jpg. but the format stays a .psd. or visa versa.

if you can't make it change the format like on a PC, then can you have it not change the extension name?

I would MUCH rather have the Format change along with it, but the later would suffice.

thanks so much... im sure everyone will appreciate this fix.

cheers
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It works the same way on both platforms: changing the filename does not change the format.
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Am I to understand the preferred method is to be able to arbitrarily name extensions what ever you want?

Here is a workflow process that I am talking about.

Save as working_file_name.psd

Save as review_file_name.pdf to send for review.

Save as final_file_name.psd, but with the extension .pdf

why would someone do that on purpose?

Is this difficult programing?

I'm so confused.
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Many file formats have multiple allowed extensions (i.e.: .jpeg, .jpg, .jpe) and some third party applications require specific or custom extensions.

There are also cases where multiple logical file formats (EPS image, EPS vector, DCS, etc.) all use the same file extension.

So yes, the user should be able to change the file extension to whatever they need, and that should not change the file format already specified by the user.
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I am aware of these possibilities.

This is a work flow thing.

It is faster to rename a file by clicking a current file in the finder.
in the off chance that the person would want to change the format to something else they would have to have done so anyway.

working with a PSD file one might save out a handful of images from it. Not a handful of psd files. Rather than click 3 times every time they save, clicking once on a name would do all that for them.

do you follow?
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Yes, and do you understand that changing the file name and extension without wanting to change the file format is much more common in real world workflows?

Your idea has been seen. And we have some other complaints about it. But unfortunately some OS behaviors are difficult to reconcile with actual customer workflows. While a few users might want a certain behavior, many others may depend on the current behavior, or there may be serious ambiguities or sources for error without the current behavior.
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Sorry Chris, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one then.
I can't think of a workflow that would benefit from the current method over option 2 or 3.

But I am very happy to hear that my suggestion has been seen and noted.
Perhaps a preference one day can be setup to make all parties happy.

Thank you for your responses and your patience with me.
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I just too a look at Windows 7... seems it has changed since last i used it. Save As window only shows files of the same type you wish to save it as now.

on the mac, i can still see all my files in the folder, which is great.

I guess the problem on the PC is negated by the fact that you have to choose the file type before finding the file name you wish to click copy.

On the Mac however, in the save as dialog window, if the format is set as .spd, and I click on a file in the preview pain, "image_1.jpg"
it renames the file "image_1.jpg" yet it is still a photoshop file. The same apply visa versa.

so if i save the file as is, it would have the wrong extension.

it's unfortunate to see that windows users lost this visual option, but it would be nice if mac users can still take advantage of this opportunity.

makes naming and formatting much faster.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Save window - renaming files by clicking on other file names doesn't c....

When in the Save Dialog window, like in windows, you can click on a file that is already in a folder which will copy the file name to your current document.

This is great for complicated files or repetitious file names.

problem is, it does this incorrectly. There are 3 ways this can be done.

Option #1 (Current method)
Copy the Full name - "FileName1.jpg"
Keep the file extension as is

Result - Photoshop file named FileName1.jpg
Clearly the wrong way

option #2
Copy the file name but NOT the extension

bandaid option that simply prevents naming/format errors.

option 3
Copy the Full name AND change the format to what file was selected.

The right way. No errors and faster.
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Chris Cox

do you just move things around now so they get hidden or do you still reply with any insight or comments that can be useful to the community?

is there a quota thats required for some actual attention?

Rather than hiding this and calling it NOT A PROBLEM perhaps it could be considered a suggestion or an idea.

It is frustrating the amount of times a file gets named improperly in photoshop.

this seriously can't be hard to 'fix'

I am Not the only one that will do this.
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I organized the threads. So far there are two votes for this. Both are from you.
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Sorry Jeffrey, I didn't realize i had 2 accounts. don't know why that happened.

thanks for keeping it organized. too bad this idea will not get seen or cared for.