Enable/Disable Auto-Sourcing (Updating Files in the Shelf Live to Painter)
It looks like this was mentioned in a more specific sense detailing automatically refreshing bitmaps when they are modified instead of having to drag and drop them back in, but a feature like this would be extremely useful for every tab in Painter (Alphas, Procedurals, Brushes, Materials, Smart Materials, etc.) so that we don't have to relaunch painter anytime we put files inside of our shelf folder. For example, if I make several custom alphas and put them in the alphas folder within my shelf folder for Painter WHILE Painter is up and running, I have to relaunch painter for the new alphas to load in. To my knowledge there is no "refresh all (x-category)" option. I can't right click on the Alphas Tab in Painter and refresh all of my alphas, effectively resourcing everything and loading in new files. Another feature that comes to mind based on this concept is saving files that you drag and drop into Painter, whether it be Alphas, Textures, etc. into their respective folders in your shelf. For example, if I drag and drop an alpha into painter directly, it won't automatically save to my shelf, so if I restart painter that alpha will disappear and I'll have to drag and drop it in again. I imagine a feature like this applied globally across all categories (alphas, procedurals, generators, textures, etc.) would be particularly troublesome in some cases. Let's say for instance that you drag and drop a few textures in the textures tab, but you only wanted to use those textures for one piece you're currently working on, and didn't want it clogging up that folder, but because this feature automatically saves those files to the respected shelf folder, they will be there anytime Painter launches. An effective fix to this would simply be to implement this feature as a tick box in the Preferences. Let's say something like "Enable Automatic File Backups" or "Enable Auto Sourcing", then have a description of what exactly that feature does below, or on mouse hover.
Totally agree. Thanks Brandon