PHOTOSHOP: Text Variables in smart objects

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Photoshop 2014 is an amazing update, based solely on the layer comps integration into smart objects alone. It's an incredible addition to our workflow, and I cant tell you how much time it is already saving myself and others, and also the opportunities it is opening up! Thanks so much for listening.

Just raising a feature request for something I have needed for a long time, and following on from Stephane Baril's excellent suggestion from a few months ago:

"To enhance the graphic webdesign workflow, that also would be great to have the ability to have an option (in the Properties panel for example or in the Option Bar) allowing a Text layer, inside a Smart Object, to become a Variable.
So that, on each Instance of the Smart Object (in the main Photoshop file) we'll have the possibility to customize it in the Properties panel."

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Couldn't have put it better. This is currently the only thing holding us back from widely using linked smart objects in every workflow we do. For example in app interface design at the moment, if we were able to specify a text layer as a variable, we could use one single linked psb for pretty much all common elements in a project.

A good example would be a navigation bar. Using one single linked navbar psb, we could change the heading for each page in each individual mockup we do by simply editing it in the properties panel! Rather than having to copy the elements to each individual file.

It could also be used for titles, buttons, etc - the possibilities are endless and it would drastically increase our application design workflow!
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Daniel Haans Guusman

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Daniel Haans Guusman

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Hi there, any thoughts on this feature request? I find myself needing it pretty much every day.