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.
What version of Photoshop/Bridge are you running, Donald? From your description it would sound like you're on CS3.
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 ?
Here at work it says 22.214.171.124. 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.
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 126.96.36.199
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
thank you for your opinions.
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.
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Well, here's some good news...
Bridge CC is a 100% free product from Adobe:
Hope that makes some folks here happy.
Please ProDesignTools could you explain in more details what are the pro and cons to install Bridge CC for a CS user ?
Note : I have already read your link, but I don't find all my answers.
A few questions for exemple :
What is the impact on Camera Raw plugin inside PsCS6 ? Are we still stuck in the 9.1.1 version or do we have a new version (9.3) ?
If we are unhappy with the Bridge CC version, can we go back to the CS version ?
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Installing or using Bridge CC would not change or update the Camera Raw plug-in/version that is used by Photoshop CS... They are managed separately within each program.
Bridge does install and use the latest Camera Raw plug-in itself for its own functionality, but in a read-only way.
To answer your second question - yes, you can go back and use previous releases of Adobe tools at any time, and even have them installed together on the same system. There should be no conflict outside of occasionally the file associations not going to the app version that you want. However, you can easily set these back however you like, at any time.
Hope that helps!
One thing to check on (I'm not sure what will happen) is the interaction between Br CC and PsCS6. I don't believe the Tools will work to send files forward to older desktop apps.
And a slight clarifying point on Camera Raw behavior, the plug-in version is shared for similar major version milestones (eg. Ps CS6 and Br CS6 share a single ACR plug-in version). So, in this particular case, yes Br CC uses a different ACR than PsCS6. If you use newer features in ACR 9 (Dehaze, Upright, et.) they won't be available for further edit in PsCS6 hosted ACR.
I think Bridge CC used to work with CS6, Steve. I had CS6 through 2015 loaded on my computer, until I accidently reinstalled 2015 and forgot about unchecking that uninstall box. I think Bridge did work with CS6, as long as CS6 was open. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the startup file photoshop.jsx control the interaction with Bridge and CS6 for the tools? There is now two startup scripts: photoshop.jsx and photoshop_v2015. The photoshop.jsx has the targer #photoshop-70, which is CS6, but has reference in the script to Bridge CC.
Just tried running Image Processor from Bridge CC using CS6, and you're right, Steve, it didn't work.