A while back I had an idea for a plugin or feature for the Adobe Creative Suite that would give you a tab full of the most commonly used elements.
I happened to be working in InDesign when I thought of it, but I can imagine it working well in Photoshop and Illustrator. Now that I think about it, Dreamweaver has what they call “Snippets” that are commonly used blocks of code that you can insert where you want them.
As you can see in the mockup I made, “Stage” would give you a list of commonly used files, such as vector files, images, effects, sounds, etc. Anything you use commonly can be dragged and dropped onto “Stage”, or you can simply search for files like you do in Bridge. Now, one may think Bridge is similar, but it’s just not quite the same thing. Yes, it’s a file manager, but it’s a little too broad. I want to be able to drag and drop to and from the document elements that I know I will be working with a lot on a project. This will save tons of time.
Keep in mind, this is just a quick mockup, and if this were ever to be implemented, it could have multiple levels of organization, file synchronization, stage data could be saved with the file, and much much more…Does anyone know someone at Adobe or someone who makes plugins?