I have Web Premium CS 5.5, which I am quite happy with, but I also have a Cloud subscription so that I can use CS products on my laptop (my management decided it was easier to do that than dig up the physical media when my laptop was purchased).
Recently, I needed InDesign (not part of Web Premium) and installed it from my Cloud subscription. Now, when I select Browse folder with Adobe Bridge, it brings up the CS6 version, not the CS5.5 version. I wouldn't mind much, but the PhotoShop tools menu item doesn't appear (this is about 50% of what I do with Bridge). I can manually open the CS 5.5 version, but of course this is not as convenient as the right-click option, plus the CS 5.5 version is no longer stable (it crashes a lot).
How do I either get the PhotoShop Tools menu to work in Bridge? Alternatively, how can I get the right-click menu to point to my unstable version of 5.5? I can live with the instability if I can keep it open long enough to at least do what I need to do.
Of course I don't, because my Photoshop version is from Web Premium CS5.5. The only thing I wanted from CS6/Cloud was InDesign. The update to bridge was unexpected/unwanted, and that's what is causing the issue.
As I'm sure you're aware, PhotoShop CS6 is full of lose, so I am avoiding installing that as much as I can.
OK, now I am confused. Do you want to use CS5.5 for photoshop tools (which you said was unstable), or do you want to use CS6 photoshop tools which you said you did not want to install? If you do not have CS6 PS installed you can't use the tools.
I need to be able to use Photoshop Tools>Load to PhotoShop layers from a version of Bridge that launches when I right-click and select "Browse with Bridge". It doesn't matter even a little bit to me whether this is Bridge CS 5.1 (what installed with Web Premium) or CS6 (the version that installed itself unexpectiedly when I installed InDesign CS6).
This should launch the version of Photoshop that I have installed, CS 5.5, and load the images into PhotoShop Layers. Note that it will not launch Photoshop CS6, as I never installed this and never intended to install Bridge CS6 either--for some reason this installed when I installed InDesign CS6.
So, I either need to get the right-click menu back where it opens the older version of Bridge, or the newer version of Bridge needs to be able to add in the command to load to PhotoShop layers, as I stated in the original post.
I have restated this issue several times. I'm running out of more words to say the same thing, so hopefully this conveyed the situation appropriately.
Yes, I'm very much aware that most of the CS6 products are not as good as the older products. I didn't want to install Bridge CS6--it just happened when I installed InDesign. I doubt at this point that uninstalling it would resolve the issue, as I think the right-click menu option is created by the installer, and, as I said, I don't have access to the physical media to reinstall CS5.5 Bridge to get it back. However, if you know of a way to manually change the right-click menu option that would be a good solution to my problem.
Is there any way to flag a post here to bring it to the attention of the Adobe staff? I'm thinking this is beyond the scope of what user-to-user support can accomplish, because it seems to be caused by a bug in the InDesign installer.
As you know Adobe staff almost never visits this site, and it is extremely rare they address an issue, so you are stuck with us.
Bridge CS6 is probably a part of Indesign CS6 and as such does not have a seperate uninstaller.
Since you can only have one Bridge open at any time if you have CS5.5 running CS6 will not launch.
Do you have PS CS5.5 installed and working??
If so in CS5.5 if you go to edit/preferences/start up scripts you should have a line for Bridge CS5 and Photoshop CS5. Both should be checked. If not they can not communicate and in Tools photoshop with image processor, etc. will not be available.
I was an Authorware developer back in the day, so I remember it being a normal expectation that the team would monitor issues for things that were beyond the scope of users to help with. And I don't spend much time in the Flex forum, but I am pretty sure that team members still stick their heads in that one fairly often as well.
So it's not a given that Adobe staff can't help--it has to be a deliberate choice by individual teams.
My Bridge CS 5.1 works fine with Photoshop--the issue is that it is not the one that launches when I right-click on a folder. This is my most common workflow, and it kind of defeats the purpose to have to go open Bridge first to make sure the appropriate version opens.
No, almost never any Staff here. Adobe's policy is that you visit the Forums on your own time.
From the OP you said the Photoshop Tools Menu did not work. Now you say when you right click on a folder nothing happens. When I right click on a folder I get a drop down menu to Open, Cut, Copy, etc. What is it you are trying to do? Has nothing to do with Photoshop Tools. We are on post #11 and the issue is still not clear.
What OS are you using?
If you are on Windows are you talking about opening Bridge on a selected folder or file?
Then this will be a registry entry.
This is how I've set up the registry to open a selected document in Bridge CS6
1. Run regedit.exe
2. Navigate to "My Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell" and select "shell"
3. Edit > New > Key
4. Name it Show In Bridge
5. Make sure this new key is selected
6. Edit > New > Key (again)
7. Name it command
8. With this key selected, double-click on the (Default) value in the righthand pane.
9. enter: "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge CS6 (64 Bit)\Bridge.exe" "%L"
10. Exit regedit.
You can alter the path to the version of Bridge you want to invoke.
If you are on a Mac sorry can't help.
Yeah, the reason I was kicked out of the Adobe Community Expert program was that I was quite vocal about how I didn't think Adobe treated its community very well. Ironically, one thing I heard was that part of the reason Adobe bought Macromedia was to acquire the robust user community it had. Then it proceeded to kick the crap out of the most loyal ones.
I'm not sure where you are getting that I said that when I right-click, nothing happens. When I right-click the wrong thing happens (opens Bridge CS6 rather than CS 5.1). As I have said from the beginning, if PhotoShop tools can't be made to work properly from Bridge CS6, launching CS 5.1 from the right-click menu would be an alternate fix that would be acceptable. You may want to go back and reread all my posts--this has been quite consistent throughout.
I already tried editing the ones Bridge installed, but that didn't work (but I haven't rebooted). I need to reboot now, so I'll see what happens. If it didn't take, I'll try the above. Thanks .
Amy Blankenship wrote:
When I right-click the wrong thing happens (opens Bridge CS6 rather than CS 5.1).
This is set by preferences/file associaton. If you want CS5 to open specific extensions you will have to browse for photoshop CS5.exe if not already an option. Set as default.
As I have said from the beginning, if PhotoShop tools can't be made to work properly from Bridge CS6
Photoshop Tools (Tools/Photoshop) will only work if CS6 Photoshop is installed and the Startup Scirpts are checked for both Bridge CS6 and Photoshop CS6.
You have never said if Tools/Photoshop works in CS5.1. You use both 5.1 and 5.5 in your statements, assume that is same program, or do you have 5.1, 5.5, and 6? I have never figured out what 5.5 was.
You say CS5.5 is unstable. Does it crash, lock up, give error messages? Do you have version CS5? That is my favorite version. Never figured out what 5.1 was all about.
if PhotoShop tools can't be made to work properly from Bridge CS6, launching CS 5.1 from the right-click menu would be an alternate fix that would be acceptable.
Bridge works version specific, so CS6 is not easy to use with CS5.5 due to the start up scripts used for the menu Tools. Indesign, Illustrator and I believe also Premiere Pro are the other applications capable of working with Bridge and when only installing one of these apps from the Creative Cloud they also install Bridge CS6 form the Creative Cloud.
All settings for some reason auto select the newest version, on a Mac for example the finder always used to set itself to the latest installed Photoshop version as default application to pen with, I recall this was hard to avoid, maybe it is still the issue.
However you still have the CS5.5 installed that will offer the wished behavior.
You could try to start Bridge CS5.5 manual and the restart Photoshop holding down shiftoptionCommand (Mac, don't know the Windows equivalent) to reset its preferences and force them to the open CS5.5.
But personally I would not use the Browse in Bridge command in PS itself. I always have both Bridge and PS active and running from log in and never use the Browse in Bridge command.
Using this command does need to open Bridge or auto switches to the latest version, Having Bridge already up and running saves time in caching and with a work space customized with a folder panel in view is much easier to navigate
And of course, there is no objection to download also PSCS6 from the CC, I really don't agree with earlier versions being better. Only Bridge CS3 was a very bad version, yet it was in its way better then the first version of Bridge that appeared in CS2. CS3 had much more options but was very unstable (not unusable if you dumped the cache and prefs every few weeks).
The difference between Bridge CS5.5 and CS6 is a different Cache structure. It claims to be again faster and more stable but some Windows users on this forum sadly enough can't confirm this due to slow criteria building.
Personally I experience CS6 faster and better then CS5
Amy Blankenship wrote:
…Is there any way to flag a post here to bring it to the attention of the Adobe staff? I'm thinking this is beyond the scope of what user-to-user support can accomplish, because it seems to be caused by a bug in the InDesign installer.
Not only is it futile to attempt to use these forums to reach Adobe, but additionally, CS5.x is no longer supported by Adobe in any way, shape or form.
Finally, the Adobe installer team(s) are totally separate from the point-products engineering teams, and they are the bane of the existence of Adobe Photoshop engineers. Some Adobe managers have expressed frustration at not being able to say in public what they would like to to to the members of the installer teams and their necks.
As to your specific issue, the newest version of Photoshop installed on your computer will take precedence.
Inconsistency between or among applications in the artificial "suites" should come as no surprise.
The "suite" concept is a fabrication of Adobe marketing and bean-counting types. The engineering teams are totally independent of each other, they are not only in different buildings but in different cities and states of the American Union, even in different countries.
The fact that they have little if any communication among them is highlighted by requests occasionally made in these forums by top Adobe engineers to let the other teams know when there are problems in one application that impact our workflow in another one.
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Any idea where to get the correct command line parameters for CS 5.1 to make this work? %L doesn't work (with or without quotes) and the -v %1 I saw elsewhere in the registry for CS 5.1 seems to make it want to download photos from an SD card.