Bridge and ACR were boosting the contrast by about 4 stops from what Nikon ViewNX and Capture 1 Pro were doing. The thumbs and preview images loaded fine in ACR and CS3 Bridge but like everyone after a second the images turned to sh1t in the Adobe programs. I went through many of the trouble shooting tips in this thread and was able to fix the thumbnails but the previews still turned super contrasty and super saturated. It is NOT just a minor shift from one manufacturer's read of the RAW data to anothers. It is a major 4 stop shift each of highlights and shadows and 50% or so boost in saturation.
I have FIXED it!! During a series of lighting tests i created various presets for ACR. ACR uses the prvious or last used preset to render the preview images. SO, even with all the auto toning turned off if you have ever changed the preset in ACR the preview images will be processed differently than you and the manufacturer intended. Now Preferences are set to: quick thumbnails, auto tone and auto grayscal mix are turned off.
Any Manufacturer that sets defaults to automatically correct or tone should be shot, Adobe I'm talking about you. Hiding these auto corrections in a separate piece of software is downright evil. Not asking if we want these auto corrections and making us search the web for hours is evil(er).
In the attached screen ca you can see that the preview has far more contrast than the thumbnail. The thumbs look like they did in the camera, in C1Pro and in Nikon ViewNX and the way they should based on the actual lighting. If you look closely you can see that the thumb farthest to the left has already been converted to ultra contrast by Bridge. I had to purge then get the screen cap before Bridge did it's evil.