8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2013 4:10 AM by cat litter girl RSS

    Iost files from bridge CS2

    cat litter girl Community Member

      I recently upgraded from CS2 to CS6. Foolishly I deleted CS2 Bridge before transferring my images into a safe folder.

       

      Are they hiding in a folder somewhere?

       

      I feel so dumb!

       

      Many thanks!

        • 1. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
          Omke Oudeman Community Member

          Are they hiding in a folder somewhere?

           

           

          Bridge does not hide files in folders but acts like a browser that reflects the contents of the folders on your system (e.g. pictures) So deleting the application Bridge should not delete the files on your system, only the reference cache files for previews and thumbs.

           

          I can't recall much about Bridge version 1 that came with CS2 anymore but Bridge CS6 has a different cache structure and a lot of other options compared to the CS2 edition.

           

          It is preferred that you also make some study on how to use Bridge. Try Adobe TV for a start (though this is about CS5 but there have been no dramatic changes to the option since CS4):

           

          http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-adobe-bridge-cs5/what-is-adobe-bridge-cs5-/

           

          And maybe you can also tell us what computer and operation system you are using

          • 2. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
            cat litter girl Community Member

            Hi Omke,

             

            Thanks for replying.I will have a look at Adobe TV shortly.

             

            i am using Mac OS X6.8.

             

            When I used to use Bridge CS2, I did notice that when puttingmy images into Bridge, they would disappear from my desktop or file.

             

            I wondered if there was a file somewhere in which Bridge stored them but when I do a search for any of these images, nothing come up.

            • 3. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
              Curt Y Community Member

              As I understand it iPhoto puts the images in a hidden folder, but Bridge puts them where you direct it to.  It reads the structure the OS sets up.  Can you find the photos in Finder?

               

              This is not right "When I used to use Bridge CS2, I did notice that when puttingmy images into Bridge, they would disappear from my desktop or file."  Should not do this.  Do you use iPhoto?

              • 4. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
                Yammer Community Member

                I just tested this in Windows 7:

                if you drag files from outside Bridge (e.g a Windows folder or Desktop) into a folder in the Content panel, it is treated just like any other Explorer file operation. In other words, files on the same volume will be moved to the new location, and files from a different volume will be copied.

                 

                So, the OP may have relocated their images to which ever folder was visible in the Content panel.

                • 5. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
                  cat litter girl Community Member

                  Hi,

                   

                  Curt - the lost files are photoshop illustrations so they've never been in iPhoto at any point. Just in a normal working folder of mine on the hard drive. When I used Bridge CS2, I did thik it was weird that it didn't put a copy into Bridge but took the original from my folder.

                   

                  Any ideas on where, my Mac may be hiding the files, if indeed they are still on my machine?

                  • 6. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
                    Curt Y Community Member

                    Unless deleted they will be there somewhere.

                     

                    Not a Mac guy but would think you can use Finder for a search.  Unless you know the exact name of the lost file make the parameters loose.  Once you find a file find out what folder it was file under.

                    • 7. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
                      Omke Oudeman Community Member

                      As Yammer P and Curt already stated that if you drag files in Bridge they move to the folder you have Bridge pointed at. If you did only uninstall Bridge (instead of deleting it which is usually a bad idea for most applications, always try an uninstall if possible) then there must be a folder on your system containing those files.

                       

                      It might not be restricted to your user account, if you had bridge pointed to another location on your system then the files will be there.

                       

                      You can try Spotlight for a first go using only the extension or if you no a file name try that.

                       

                      But you also might to try the freeware application Easy Find that is capable of doing a far better job in finding. As source select your computer instead of user account because then your whole system will be part of this file, including package content. But Bridge does not use a package content like iPhoto and Aperture do.

                       

                      Here is link for Easy Find:

                      http://www.devontechnologies.com/products/freeware.html

                       

                      But another question, your search means you don't have a back up of your important files?

                       

                      A Mac can act as a very safe machine but in general it is not a question if a hard disk fails but rather when. And while computers are acting also pretty straight forward, us people don't. So always have a proper back up system to avoid losing your important files.

                       

                      Might not help you now but most of us have also learned this the hard way...

                      • 8. Re: Iost files from bridge CS2
                        cat litter girl Community Member

                        Hi Omke,

                         

                        Thank you for giving me the Easy find download .It's great! I have found some of my files so now feel confident that I will eventually find the rest.

                         

                        Many thanks for all your help. That's to everyone!