When running "Compare and Deploy", or via a similar mechanism, allow the target to be a local zip
In rarer situations where I need to make some manual adjustments to the metadata XML for a deployment, I'd like to be able to download the metadata to adjust it. Today you need to go through a compare, and at the end, you can download the package, but this can be problematic, since you have to choose the target org, there need to be differences, etc.
Instead, it would be useful to just choose the source org, select the metadata items, and save the package, without a target org needed.
Jonathan Keener commented
Another possible solution for this would be to allow manual editing of the "Source" XML prior to deployment. In my specific case, I'm currently needing to fix two items. First, in deploying some Duplicate Rules, issues are thrown based on the "Sequence Order". Second issue is a poorly written AppExchange component (Home/Child Kanban) that is storing an Internal Id in the Metadata that doesn't exist in the target.