14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 19, 2014 6:22 PM by dulajun RSS

    Bridge: Release as a Standalone application

    david iushewitz Community Member

       

       

      Brett N, an employee of Photoshop Family, commented on a reply in Bridge: Release as a Standalone application, an idea about Photoshop Family.

      I, too, think that Bridge has long been underestimated and underutilized. I think you bring up a good point and we'll see if others agree. But your idea is now on the radar.

       

       

      hi all

       

      i too agree that ADOBE underestimates the usefulness and the popularity of a stand alone BRIDGE  program.

       

      i am a stock photographer ( both royalty free and licensed) using INTEL MAC OSX 10.6.8  and i have on my computers 60,000 to 100,000 files.  

       

      these files collected over 30 years, are every format, some scanned slides, some NIKON (nefs) RAWS, and of course TIFFS and JPGS. 

       

      BRIDGE in the only useful and easily used program out there that lets me, for example, simultaneously select on my MAC hundreds of files types, duplicate them all at once, add keywords, titles, picture info, and then move them in a group to another folder or networked computers.

       

       

      Many many users have similar stories --- Love the BRIDGE PROGRAM, but dont need the sophistication of PHOTOSHOP. 

       

      i have tried  all the main program--- light room, aperture, organizer, etc.

       

       

       

       


        • 1. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
          Donald Reese Community Member

          You have 100,000 images,but dont need photoshop? Personally i have never been that dazzled by bridge,but its what i use anyway because its free,so i would not buy it as an extra item. I have quite a few images on my computer as well, but bridge can still act quirky from time to time in my experience.On my work machine,bridge will randomly freeze while trying to move images to another folder,so i force quit it 3 or 4 times till it miraculously works as it should.

          • 2. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
            Community Member

            What version of Photoshop/Bridge are you running, Donald?  From your description it would sound like you're on CS3. 

            • 3. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
              david iushewitz Community Member

              Hi Tai

               

              due to a lot of similar comments about Bridge as a stand alone.  I was a

              contacted by an Adobe employee to see if  there was  other interest in a Bridge

              separate program or APP ?

               

              thanks

              david

              • 4. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                Donald Reese Community Member

                Here at work it says 4.0.4.2. the work one is the one that acts the strangest with bridge. At home i run into issues with simple drag and drop of folders,which i know is not related to this bridge question. I recently looked at the file info on my two external drives,and expected the file sizes to be identical to the source,but it was 30 gigs different,so i had to go folder by folder and many had half the files gone. Personally i think its 10.6.8 that has issues with copying,but at least i noticed it. I mention that because i saw the other thread asking about file verification programs.

                • 5. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                  Community Member

                  I always move files around in the Finder, not Bridge.  Any changes you make in the Finder are immediately reflected in Bridge (and vice versa, of course; but I trust the Finder a lot more).

                   

                   

                  Donald Reese wrote:

                   

                  Here at work it says 4.0.4.2

                   

                  ´That's CS5.

                  • 6. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                    Community Member

                    david iushewitz wrote:

                     

                    …see if  there was  other interest in a Bridge

                    separate program or APP ?…

                     

                    For me it's a moot point, David.  I practically live inside Photoshop.

                    • 7. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                      Community Member

                      David,

                       

                      BTW, It's Mac for Macintosh, not "MAC", which is an acronym that can stand for any one of several things, none of which has anything to do with Macintosh whatsoever. 

                      • 8. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                        david iushewitz Community Member

                        hi all

                         

                        thanks everyone for ur replies.  very helpful !!!!. 

                         

                        apparently ADOBE is getting requests from non-photoshop owners for the BRIDGE program alone.  because it is a useful data manager without the costs of the big programs( and much easier to learn. 

                         

                        as u surerly must know ( at least from my opinion, especially for MACs ) Organizer is a very bad program lots of bugs etc.

                         

                        thanks again

                         

                        david :>

                        • 9. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                          Donald Reese Community Member

                          Ramon, Just to be clear,I am on CS5 on both machines.I usually copy and move from the finder as well, so this missing file thing is baffling. Occasionally i am copying a set of images and it seems like doing random other tasks interupts the copy procedure for some reason. This 10.6.8 has a variety of wierd glitches, like my mail not alerting me for days and then it will work for a bit and then revert to being quiet. Apple has many people complaining about the same things i see.

                          • 10. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                            Community Member

                            David,

                             

                            It seems that you are searching for a DAM (digital assets management) application, which Bridge is NOT.

                             

                            Bridge is nothing more than an evolution of the Photoshop Browser, which is exactly what Bridge was in its early iterations, nothing more than an image browser.

                             

                            It was then adopted on an ad hoc basis as a tool to link files among the artificially lumped together applications sold as "creative suites", a sheer marketing tool.  In reality, the point applications are developed independently and separately by Adobe teams that are not in the same building, not even in the same city, state or country, and with little communication among them.  Adobe has never dedicated enough resources to the further development of Bridge.  The result is a rather hobbled utility that is far, very far from being a robust asset management program.

                             

                            For a truly capable, robust digital asset management application you have to look for something like Canto Cumulus, Portfolio, etc.

                             

                            No, I would not pay even $1 for Bridge if it wasn't bundled for free with the suite applications.  It is definitely not worth it.

                             

                            Now that Adobe is moving to a subscription paradigm, I see even less of a future for Bridge sold as a separate application.

                             

                            I understand your preferring Bridge over Organizer, but that's not really a compliment to Bridge.  Ps Elements is an overpriced application by at least $80 or so.  That's how little I think of Elements.  So saying that Bridge is better than Elements is not saying much about Bridge.

                             

                             

                            Now two suggestions aimed at you personally, David:

                             

                            1.— Please don't use "texting" abbreviations like u for 'you' or ur for 'you are' in these forums.  It makes your posts a little harder to understand.  Bear in mind that these are international forums which are read by professionals from many countries, many of which are not native English speakers, including yours truly.

                             

                            2.– Quit typing "MAC" for Mac.  As noted above, it's Mac for Macintosh, not "MAC", which is an acronym that can stand for any one of several things, none of which has anything to do with Macintosh whatsoever. 

                             

                            Message was edited by: Tai Lao

                            • 11. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                              Community Member

                              Donald,

                               

                              I understand your reservations about Bridge.  For file management I wouldn't trust it at all.  As for Snow Leopard, OS 10.6.x, it won't even run on my machine, and I've stayed with Tiger 10.4.11—even though I also have a a separate Leopard boot volume, because Tiger is much, much snappier than Leopard on my machine.

                              • 12. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                                david iushewitz Community Member

                                hi all

                                thank you for your opinions.

                                 

                                david

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                                • 13. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                                  gepkes Community Member

                                  Bridge is a digital asset manger - DAM. Bridge's primary use is for managing Metadata of hundreds of images within asset libraries which is  a VERY important function for image managers that you have obviously overlooked. Titles, descriptions, keywords, authorship, copyright usage rights & contact info among others things. The batch file functions are also not to be overlooked as a commonly used tool for image asset mangers such as Photography & Illustrator reps and newspaper photo desk managers. It does utilize the small previews of formats such as multipage InDesign, illustrator & PDF files as well as larger previews of pixel based files in the preview window. I think your analysis of Bridge was based on your limited scope of usage of the aplication.

                                   

                                  Try editing Metadata in the Finder... Yes I can write a script to run batch file naming in the Finder but I wouldn't ask a rep to do that.

                                   

                                  Yes there are other tools available but Bridge is more widely available.

                                  • 14. Re: Bridge: Release as a Standalone application
                                    dulajun Community Member

                                    I have developed a Javascript plugin works for Bridge and InDesign for managing and fixing links, providing a versioning system and synchronising a huge tree of files among users connected to a cloud service like a Dropbox. It works on Mac. Try it and help me with your opinion.

                                     

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