I just upgraded from CS3 ti CS5.1 last month and since then Bridge will display a few of the .nef files I am working on twice. It seems to be completely at random, a folder with a few hundered .nef files will have 5-10 files that are showing twice. The file names are exactly the same and when you do something to one it does the same thing to the other one. So, I can't delete one of them without deleting both of them. It pulls them into Camera Raw as two seperate files also, still with the same name. It is not duplicating the file on my hard drive when I look at in explorer, just showing up twice in Bridge. Once I have saved them all to jpg to a different folder, I have to go in and delete the jpg duplicates it made. When I first load my .nef files into Bridge everything is good but as I am working on them in Camera Raw these duplicates start apearing and I can't seem to understand why. Running Windows. I have googled the heck out of this and can't seem to find others with this issue.
When I first load my .nef files into Bridge everything is good but as I am working on them in Camera Raw these duplicates start apearing and I can't seem to understand why
Can you specify what you do in Camera Raw?
What are your settings for files, do you just open them or do you save them.
Are both files .nef or is one of them jpeg?
Have you tried to use the refresh button (menu view/ refresh or F5 function key) and also tried to purge the cache for the folder they start showing (menu tools/cache/purge cache for folder)
They are all .nef files when the issue is happening. I open them in Camera Raw, do a little adjustment of color, exposure... then go back to bridge and generate high quality thumbnails then move on to another folder of images before going back and saving them all to jpg. I will have to pay a bit more attention to when exactly the files are showing up because I am not exactly sure if it is happening right away or if it is happening after I generate high quality thumbnails or when I go to a different folder and then come back. It is hapening to just a few of them not all of them.
I did not think about it being a cache issue, but that did the trick. Thank you! I purged the cache for the folder (menu tools/cache/purge cache for folder) and the duplicates went away. Next time I will just try to refresh with F5 and see if that works.
I wonder why it is doing that in the first place. I've been using CS3 for years, working through a few thousand files a week and never had the issue. It's just been since I upgraded to CS5
I wonder why it is doing that in the first place. I've been using CS3 for years, working through a few thousand files a week and never had the issue.
You must have been very lucky with that, I had many issues with CS3 and needed to delete the complete cache and prefs every once in about 6 weeks to start again from scratch...
However, Bridge is my favorite file manager but I have to admit it can be very mysterious also. Sometimes no problems for a long time, sometimes many troubles after each other.
First aid for your issue with strange thumbs is always purge cache, first option cache for folder, second purge complete cache (preferences) and last option delete the whole cache file manually and start rebuilding cache from scratch.
And other strange behavior out of the blue is often solved by restarting Bridge holding down option (Mac) or control (Win) and choose reset preferences.
It sometimes can be a PITA but besides that it is a very useful application
Yes, with CS3 every month or so Bridge would start slowing down and I knew it was time to purge the cache and I just got in the habit of manually deleting the whole cache file regularly. Setting the cache preferences to "Automatically export cache to folders when possible" helped a lot but I would still go in and clear cache regularly to keep things running smooth and speedy.
I've just never had the issue of seeing those duplicate files before.
Thank you for your help!!
When you choose export cache to folders you have two caches. THe central cache and the one in the folders.
The only was to purge the folder cache is to go to Tools/chache/purge cache for xxxx folder. This will clear both caches.