Photoshop: Smart Objects Live Preview

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I would like to be able to see a different window update live with some kind of a checkbox when I am working with a smart object that effects a different window when it is saved.

This way I don't have to save after ever single edit to see what happens to my other window. If there is an option for this I would like to know where it is and have a right click option or an option in the layer/history menus that says something like Preview changes that could be turned on an off as I did not see one that does something like this.
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James Lyngaas

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Chris Cox

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You need to save -- we need an explicit update point instead of live updates (because recalculating the smart object is expensive and can be super expensive depending on the document options and transforms applied).

The whole point of Smart Objects is that they are not layers or layer groups - but separate entities that get updated infrequently and have a very explicit update step.
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James Lyngaas

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Not sure what you mean by super expensive, unless you are running some cloud based version of Photoshop that charges for bandwidth, since I myself downloaded a copy from adobe.com I simply wanted to suggest a way to make it so that the CTRL+S function wasn't necessary when I made a change to a layer if I had a preview mode on or something...

I wouldn't like it if I couldn't turn the mode on or off.

It's just a suggestion, and I have no idea why you just clicked "not planned" on the feature.
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It's a suggestion, that we wouldn't do, because it doesn't make sense for smart objects. So "not planned".

Expensive because recompositing smart objects is a slow operation - you don't want to do it all the time, you really want an explicit update point (which is when you save in smart objects).
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Ludvig Aleman

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then maybe it's time for you guys to scrap smart objects and do something new?
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oscar losan

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James Lyngaas, I understand you

Smart object editing in real time. See live results when editing.

Other tools such as affinity designer already have this feature, so new.