I’m blessed & cursed by a long memory, especially for useless details.
Seeing Photoshop’s new Find feature, I think back to 10+ years ago, when I was pushing hard for Photoshop to offer a universal search feature for both commands and help content. Beyond basic search, I wanted the panel to enable running simple script-like commands for replicating objects, applying fills, etc. Inspired in part by InDesign’s Quick Apply panel, the vision was similar to Maya’s MEL language: show history steps as script, and let users copy/modify/run those to do awesome things.
Outside of search in the Layers panel, I failed* to get the feature shipped (partly because Mac OS’s then-new Help menu feature did a lot of the job). Illustrator, however, managed to ship the Knowhow panel:
Almost no one (knowone? #dadjokes) used it or, I’m sure, remembers it today (including inside Adobe)—but try, try again. Photoshop’s new Find command offers some slick integration with Adobe Stock. Take it away, Julieanne:
*Update: Wait, I did get it shipped—at least as a feature in Configurator (oh hai, Knowledge Panel!). Thanks to my collaborators on that, Amy Casillas & Victor Gavenda, for the reminder.