Thanks for you answer.
With a lot of components, states, and annotations on a given design, it can become very cluttered and hard to find what you are looking for. By separating the content, you will be able to find specific content a lot quicker without having to scroll through a large list.
I understand and agree with that. Still, there's not only one process of work in PS, and though the use case you're talking is very real, changing the UI having only that one case in mind could disadvantage others. Besides, the Expand/Collapse
buttons are already a mean to solve the scrolling content you talk about, in an efficient if not always perfect way.
Furthermore, the user now has another thing to keep in mind and adapt to: the active Sidebar tab is memorized on a "global" tab (layout tab) basis, which means e.g. States
stays active in my page tab even when I switch to Components outline
in my Master tab.
While this choice is understandable, the user environment is still disrupted from on layout tab to another (changing the displayed "tool"), and you have to slightly adapt each time you switch page tabs.
So I'm kinda juggling with tabs all day long since the new sidebar.
I'm not a developer, I have no idea how difficult it would be to make the Sidebar fully customizable (e.g. the user being able to group, ungroup, and/or stack the Sidebar palettes) — I guess pretty much.
But maybe it's easier to make the tabs detachable, so one could "pop-out" and display States
as a floating palette, while keeping Component outline
tabbed in the Sidebar?