Here's the best solution: Be able to quickly select the custom objects and standard object custom fields AND only the related metadata items
Would like to be able to quickly select the custom objects and standard object custom fields AND only the related metadata items to make then function correctly (permissions, layouts, field level security, etc..)
Then we could go back and migrate all the process automation stuff - workflow rules, flows, trigger, etc..
It always starts with the data schema first. We need a quick way to see what is different between two orgs and get that synced first
Nghi Lam commented
We have thousands of email templates that slow down our comparison times when selected in our comparison filter, but they are needed in a deployment when new email templates are referenced by workflow email alerts. Being able to select which email templates to compare before running a comparison would save 45+minutes per comparison (we have to manually deploy 4 times to move a change to Production, so that is 3 hours saved).
Lachlan Wetherall commented
A common scenario for us is that a change is made to a custom object (e.g. adding a custom field) and the page layouts for that object.
We have an org with hundreds of custom objects, so rather than having to compare all objects (which is slow) to then deploy changes to just one object, it would be nice if I could select the objects that I know have changed *before* the compare, to make the compare and deploy operation faster.