Photoshop: Show the "effective" or resulting resolution of resized linked smart objects (like in InDesign's Links panel).

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Showing the "effective" or resulting resolution of resized linked smart objects (like in InDesign's Links panel) would be a huge workflow addition and major time-saver, especially when there are hundreds of linked images to resize. I could use this feature right now. Thank you.
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It might help if you can explain in detail the workflow you're using and at what point (and with what tools) you would like to see the resulting resolution (in., cm.)?
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It's the exact same feature as in the InDesign Links pane (see attached ) in case you're not familiar with that. It shows the "actual" (original) dpi (ppi in this case) and what it becomes as the image is enalrged or reduced. It's a quick way of making sure an image doesn't become too lo-res for a specific need. 
Regarding workflow: I have to bring hundreds of photos (as linked smart objects) into one, main Photoshop document. The original image files are all different sizes and resolutions that need to be resized and the final sizes will differ. I want to be able to see the dpi/resolution transformation for each as they are resized in the main document. Currently, each one has to be opened individually and then I have to mathematically figure out how the resolution will be affected. If it were just a few, no problem, but for hundreds, it's way too time-consuming.  And, it's just a handy and good feature to have anyway. Thanks.
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Unfortunately, this problem is much worse than you think. What's happening in the current versions of Ps is that you can't actually tell that a linked SO has been resized when placing mixed resolutions. Someone at Adobe thought it'd be a great idea to honor relative physical sizes rather than absolute pixel ones... and there's no option to even change this behavior. 

For example, if you place a 100dpi image into a 300 dpi canvas, Ps will place that image at 300% with no indication that it has done so. This is an absolute nightmare.

The Resize Image During Place preference has no effect on this behavior and transform shows the placed SO at 100% even though it's been enlarged to 300%.

I flagged this as a bug when they first released linked SO's and was informed that it's working as intended!
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Interesting. I was concerned about that myself so experimented and did test print comparisons before I got too far into it:  resized an image in its original file (did a "save as" of course), and resized linked image in a new document (linked, not embedded). Both printed sharp and exactly the same.
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One workaround is to make sure all placed image files are set to the same resolution as the target document (300 dpi, or whatever). That way all images will be placed at 100% and the Transform W & H values will be correct when resizing the image. Determine the minimum "effective resolution" you can tolerate and then use the calculated percentage when resizing. For example a 150dpi minimum acceptable resolution with 300dpi placed images would be 300/150 = 200% in the Transform panel. 

That said it would be helpful to have an option in PS Preferences to change the behavior so placed images are automatically inserted at 100% regardless of the resolution value. It also shouldn't be difficult for Adobe to add the ability to display the "effective resolution" in the Layers view or a separate panel similar to InDesign's 'Links.' I like it!