19 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2015 1:12 PM by Karffe RSS

    Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!

    SaraSira Community Member

      Hello everyone,

       

      Bridge is a great piece of software. But why is it so incredibly slow!? I have a huge database of graphic files and want to be able to browse them quickly. The cache size is already set to 500.000 items. Is there any other way to speed up Bridge?

       

      Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
          Yammer Community Member

          It's a bit of a vague question. Can you describe what you mean by "slow" more precisely? What exactly is slow, and what is not slow, and how slow is slow?

          • 2. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
            Curt Y Community Member

            A fast processor helps.  What is your OS and RAM?  It is slow to build cache, but are you talking about durning or after this process?

            • 3. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
              mogolter Community Member

              This is a known problem but it seems nobody seems to have a satisfactory answer, cleaning the cache helps a bit....the app sucks the memory for no apparent reason, everything else grinds to a halt, people's with huge macs and memory have the same problem. Adobe get your xxxx together!

              • 4. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                Yammer Community Member

                mogolter wrote:

                 

                Adobe get your xxxx together!

                Unfortunately, Adobe staff rarely visits here (or, if they do, they keep a very low profile).

                 

                It would be very helpful to all concerned if there was someone monitoring issues here, but I fear that Bridge is a very low priority for Adobe.

                • 5. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                  SaraSira Community Member

                  Yes, the question was a bit relative, sorry. I just want to be able to browse very quick through my files when I open Bridge. Open Bridge, set a Filter, preview images and so on... But the applications sometimes rebuilds the cache or is just slow displaying all files inside a folder. I also enable View Files in Subfolders which is also often very slow.

                   

                  I use Bridge mainly on OS X 10.8. I have 8 GB of RAM.

                   

                  Bridge is really great. But as I said: it has to be faster. I found an alternative program called Pixa (http://www.pixa-app.com) which is WAY faster for browsing but has limited functions.

                  • 6. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                    Yammer Community Member

                    Bridge isn't very good at browsing folders or selections with large numbers of images. As you noted, the cache building slows it down.

                     

                    There are several things you can do to speed things up.

                     

                    1. Build the cache as a separate task, before browsing.

                    Select the root folder of your images, then click Tools > Cache > Build and Export Cache (don't tick any of the boxes). This will generate thumbnail and preview jpegs in the cache.

                     

                    2. Make smaller selections.

                    Don't select more than a few hundred images at once. Keep images in a folder hierarchy by date, location, subject, etc. Make larger selections by using searches by filename, keyword, collections, etc.

                     

                    3. Keep Bridge and Camera Raw up to date.

                    There have been annoying bugs in recent versions of Bridge and Camera Raw, regarding layered TIFFs and thumbnail generation. Personally, I have ditched Camera Raw 7.3 and gone back to 7.0 because of performance problems.

                     

                    4. Prefer embedded thumbnails.

                    Theoretically, Bridge will use your cached thumbnails and previews (or it may just forget some of them again) if they are available, even if you select "Browse quickly by preferring embedded images" from the toolbar. Selecting this option seems to help with the constant desire to rebuild some of the *@#%$* cache, and should help get your system back to its idle state more quickly.

                     

                    You will find that browsing is faster/smoother if you wait for your computer to catch up with Bridge's demands. I have found that smaller thumbnails scroll faster while Bridge is working in the background.

                     

                    I've probably forgotten something, but that should help a bit.

                    • 7. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                      Curt Y Community Member

                      Building cache in CS6 is much slower than CS5.  Once the cache is built it works fine.  Not a fan of exporting cache to folders as now you have 2 caches to deal with.  But some think this speeds up browsing, but have never tested it myself.

                       

                      Personally, if I am browsing folders where I have not built cache I use CS5 Bridge and PS CS6.

                      • 8. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                        Mencilis Community Member

                        Well, I found something just today which may help your problem. I am using two PC's in my (wireless) home network, one desktop and one notebook. Notebook is in my photo studio and its some folders are shared to view and to make some post production using Bridge and Photoshop which are in my desktop PC. Here is the point I noticed; if my notebook is turned off, then my Bridge and Photoshop on the desktop slow down dramatically. I believe that they always want to 'see' the shared folders on the notebook because Bridge and PS remain connected to them in the previous session before I turned the notebook off. When I turned the notebook on and wait a few minutes allowing the network to refresh itself to see the shared folders on the desktop again, the Bridge and PS work as fast as they should be.

                         

                        Hope this helps.

                        • 9. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                          SaraSira Community Member

                          Thanks for the hint. I currently use just one machine for all my media files.

                           

                          Yammer's tips helped me a bit. Storing the cache inside folders is a way to speed everything up a bit. But not the absolut solution.

                           

                          My last hope is that Bridge CC will be improved and way faster. Let's see this month.

                           

                          EDIT: Look at this folks.

                          • 10. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                            Yammer Community Member

                            SaraSira wrote:

                             

                            Yammer's tips helped me a bit. Storing the cache inside folders is a way to speed everything up a bit. But not the absolut solution.

                             

                            My last hope is that Bridge CC will be improved and way faster. Let's see this month.

                            I wouldn't (didn't) recommend storing the cache in folders. That's only really useful for portable files (for CDR or flash RAM). You're just as well to apply a bit of good old fashioned hard disk defrag on the cache volume. I think what I suggested was building the cache in one action from the menu, and clearing the 100% and export boxes.

                            • 11. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                              Yammer Community Member

                              SaraSira wrote:

                               

                              My last hope is that Bridge CC will be improved and way faster. Let's see this month.

                              Alas, I'm not hoping this, as I have no intention of playing ball with Adobe on this one. My copy of CS6 is only a year old, and I wanted cache handling to be sorted out a couple of years ago. I fail to see why customers should have to pay to get their software fixed. It was bad enough that people had to upgrade to CS6 to get the metadata error fixed.

                              • 12. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                Dibek Community Member

                                I quit Bridge and installed my very old (but extremely great) Ulead Photo Explorer 8.6 on my Win7 PC. Lightning fast folder browsing and much more useful features. Despite it was created before Win7, still much better than Bridge for my needs. Sad to say, neither the company nor program doesn't exist any longer.

                                • 13. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                  Omke Oudeman Community Member

                                  I'm not sure what you want to prove here

                                   

                                  Instead of trying to find a reason why your version of Bridge on your system is so much slower then for other users (which I could understand you want to solve) you advise us (I am a Mac user btw, this is a mixed system forum) to install an old application for Windows? Does it have the same options as Bridge?

                                   

                                  And what are in your eyes more useful features?

                                  • 14. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                    Karffe Community Member

                                    This is the same case for me!

                                    from some reason is my adobe bridge very very too slow sometime when is something happening...

                                    my os: MAC OSX MAVERICKS / 8GB RAMM

                                     

                                    i really like the adobe bridge but when is happening i want to crash my computer, what i can to do with my performance?

                                    • 15. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                      Curt Y Community Member

                                      Are you connected to network?  For some users this will reduce speed to crawl.

                                      • 16. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                        Karffe Community Member

                                        yes i am... nevermind? I have internet connection, this is not the reason....

                                        • 17. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                          poodlepop Community Member

                                          I'm not sure if this is helpful, but my Bridge slowed to a crawl recently. Even simple things like viewing the dropdown menus was very slow.

                                           

                                          I restarted Bridge with Ctrl held down (I'm Windows), reset the preferences and purged the cache.

                                           

                                          That seems to have done the job and everything is back to it's original speediness.

                                          • 18. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                            bbiman Community Member

                                            If you have created a Favorite that goes to a network drive, and then you remove that drive from the network, actions that used to take a few seconds can end up taking several minutes. Apparently, Bridge allocates a high percentage of it's resources to trying to find the missing Favorite, even if you are not currently trying to open the offline Favorite. I had this happen to me when I took a computer off my work network temporarily. I didn't remove the Favorite because I planned to put the computer back on the network soon. In the meantime, Bridge became completely unusable. As soon as I had the computer back on the network, full performance returned.

                                             

                                            I recommend cleaning up your Favorites regularly, and definitely deleting any Favorites pointing to network drives before taking the drive offline.

                                            • 19. Re: Adobe Bridge CS6 too slow!
                                              Karffe Community Member

                                              Hi! i haven't used faverite folders anymore... Right now i can say that it happened in iMac 2,7 ghz i5. Right now on 3.2 ghz i5 is nice better