19 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2013 2:43 PM by Jim Kelowna RSS

    System file associations - cannot select Bridge.

    Onur Orhon Community Member

      Since I upgraded to CS6 last year, I can't seem to change my file type associations to point image files to open in Bridge, and it's driving me crazy. On a Windows computer, I right-click and select "open with", then browse and choose Bridge.exe, but for some reason the selection doesn't persist, and I'm back to whatever was originally assigned for that file type.

       

      This started happening when I uninstalled Adobe CS4 on my system. I have a feeling in the registry the path is still pointing to the old folders that are no longer there, (or something like that) but I don't know how to fix. I thought upgrading to CC would fix it, but it didn't.

       

      I would appreciate if anybody has any ideas.

       

      Thanks,

      -Onur

        • 1. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
          Curt Y Community Member

          Yes, uninstalling an older version can foul up file associations.

           

          Also, bridge is a brower, not a application to open image.  You need it to be CS6, not Bridge.

          • 2. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
            Omke Oudeman Community Member

            I would appreciate if anybody has any ideas.

             

             

            Not a windows user but  first try to reset the preferences for Bridge, hold down control key why restart Bridge and check 'reset preferences' then try again.

             

            If you are unsure about a correct uninstall you might consider to run the Adobe Cleaner Tool:

             

            You will find it here including instructions for how to use it, read carefully!:

             

            http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html

            • 3. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
              Onur Orhon Community Member

              I don't think this is so much a Bridge-related issue as it is a system/windows related one. I was hoping I didn't have to use the cleaner tool since it's going to take me too long to install all the stuff. Maybe as a last resort.

               

              Thanks,.

              • 4. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                Curt Y Community Member

                Did you try what I suggested?  What does jpeg, tiff, etc. try to open in?

                • 5. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                  Onur Orhon Community Member

                  Yes. Didn't help. All those formats open in whatever application I associate them with. I can just do "open with" and choose any app, and mark it as "default" and it works. Except for Bridge. If I choose Bridge nothing happens (the previous association stays unchanged). Make sense?

                   

                  Thanks,

                  -o

                  • 6. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                    Curt Y Community Member

                    Absolutely not, I do not understand what you are trying to do.  As I stated in my first post  "bridge is a browser, not a application to open image.  You need it to be CS6, not Bridge".

                     

                    So what are you trying to open in Bridge?  You already have it open to select an image, so how can you open it again?  Must be missing something here.

                     

                    If you want to open Bridge you just click on the icon.

                    • 7. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                      Onur Orhon Community Member

                      I guess I should've made it more clear. Even though I sound like a complete idiot, I am pretty savvy when it comes to Adobe applications, and I absolutely know how Bridge works, and what it is supposed to do. Again, my issue is not inside Bridge, it's related to how the OS is communicating with it.

                       

                      In windows, (or OSX, doesn't matter) you know how you can associate files with applications? So when you are in explorer (or finder), you double click a file and it opens in the app you associated it with?

                       

                      I used to be able to launch Bridge by double clicking any image file. Because I had all my image files associated with Bridge. It was really convenient being able to launch it from within a folder full of images, instead of starting it generically, then browsing to that folder. With me so far?

                       

                      Since I uninstalled CS4 about 15 months ago, I cannot associate any file type with Bridge. I already mentioned everything I tried in my posts above.

                       

                      Other than a complete wipe of my adobe apps + using the cleaner tool, are there any suggestions? I can't be the only person having this issue!

                      • 8. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                        Omke Oudeman Community Member

                        It was really convenient being able to launch it from within a folder full of images, instead of starting it generically, then browsing to that folder. With me so far?

                         

                         

                        I'm with you so far but don't agree about being convenient

                         

                        Never used Bridge this way because Bridge is the first application I start and it is the central place for my work as photographer. On a Mac I tried what you always did, in Finder choose info for a selected DNG file and set Bridge as application to open it in.

                         

                        It accepted this and double click on it did start Bridge. However my problem is that I always use stacks to organize my files in the content panel for a better oversight. The dng file I selected in Finder was part of such a stack and opening it the way your would like to use works but did unstack al my files in the content panel.

                         

                        There is a longstanding problem with stacks ungroup them selves every now and then so I don't know it was a coincidence but I'm not giving it an other try…

                         

                        As said many times before, so many users so many workflows.

                         

                        Using Bridge CC on a Mac with OSX10.8.4 I still have the ability to select Bridge as default application to open a file in. I have no reason to believe this should be exclusive for Mac so the problem is likely to be found on your side I'm afraid

                         

                        Don't know anything relevant about Windows, for a Mac you could try to repair permissions, try an other users etc but that is no help to you at this moment.

                        • 9. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                          Curt Y Community Member

                          Onur Orhon wrote:

                           

                           

                          In windows, (or OSX, doesn't matter) you know how you can associate files with applications? So when you are in explorer (or finder), you double click a file and it opens in the app you associated it with?

                           

                          If you want to associate a file to Bridge outside of Bridge, then as you surmise, you have to use the OS File Associations.  THat is is control panel/programs/default programs/set associations

                          • 10. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                            Onur Orhon Community Member

                            Doing it that way gives me the exact results I was complaining about in the original post. Just to repeat; I can associate any file type with any program, except for Bridge. If I choose Bridge in the Change Program dialog box, nothing happens. As if Bridge doesn't even exist. I'm back at whatever program was associated previously.

                             

                            Thanks,

                            -o

                            • 11. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                              Onur Orhon Community Member

                              I think I fixed it!

                               

                              It was indeed a problem with the registry. For some reason the key below was set to Photoshop CS 5.1 when it should have been set to Photoshop CC.

                               

                              HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Photoshop.exe\shell\op en\command

                               

                              I just changed it to: "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge CC (64 Bit)\Bridge.exe" "%1"

                               

                              And now I can finally assign Bridge CC to file types. I hope I can remember all this when CC2 comes out (I know, I know, that's a joke)

                               

                              Feeling good!

                              -Onur

                              • 12. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                CameraAnn Community Member

                                HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Photoshop.exe\shell\op en\command

                                 

                                I just changed it to: "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge CC (64 Bit)\Bridge.exe" "%1"

                                 

                                Does anyone know what the equivalent Path and File in OSX 10.8.4 might be?

                                • 13. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                  Curt Y Community Member

                                  If you are having the problem might try the Apple permission and disk check utility first.

                                  • 14. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                    CameraAnn Community Member

                                    I have done ALL of that  — several times over! And to no avail.

                                     

                                    There must be a Mac OSX equivalent to the Windows file ( there are several possibilities  — but I would like to know which file is actually the culprit.

                                     

                                    It's not life-treatening (because I changed all Associations manually in Bridge CC to point to Ps CC and I almost never open files from the Finder) but I would like to squash this bug once and for all.

                                    • 15. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                      CameraAnn Community Member

                                      Update on this issue:

                                       

                                      Concerning Ps CS6 seizing Dominance:

                                       

                                      I did try UNinstalling and then re-installing Ps CC 14.00 but Ps CS6 still retained "Dominance" (meaning that it was impossible to change System Permissions to recognise that all PSDs should always be opened from the Finder in Ps CC).

                                       

                                      Finally I uninstalled Ps CS6 from this HD and now CC has established "Dominance".

                                       

                                      Bridge CS6 was NOT removed from my HD when I uninstalled Ps CS6. (You need to keep Bridge CS6 until Adobe replaces the the AOM Panel in Bridge CC.)

                                       

                                      Also, choosing the Default File Associations in Bridge CC, now correctly sets all Photoshop-related Associations to Ps CC instead of Ps CS6.

                                      • 16. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                        Curt Y Community Member

                                        You should not have to uninstall CS6 to fix file association problems, in fact that can cause file association problems.  For some users a registry fix is needed.

                                         

                                        You may have been working in CS6.  Remember, if you stop subscribing to CC you have nothing.  Make sure you keep installation disks of CS6 with s/n.

                                         

                                        A better option is to deactivate CS6. 

                                        • 17. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                          Omke Oudeman Community Member

                                          Finally I uninstalled Ps CS6 from this HD and now CC has established "Dominance".

                                           

                                           

                                          Ann,

                                           

                                          Come to think of it, the difference between your set up and mine about upgrading was that I had already the Creative Cloud subscription version of CS6 installed, hence my upgrade to CC went smoothly??

                                           

                                          Then that would mean that somehow perpetual CS6 and Creative Cloud CS6 are getting a different treatment using the ACC for upgrading the Cloud versions??

                                          • 18. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                            CameraAnn Community Member

                                            There seems to be a problem in the way in which Creative Cloud handles Systems which are using multiple licences.

                                             

                                            It would be so quick and easy to re-install Ps CS6 should I ever have a need for it that it just makes more sense to simply eliminate it at this time.

                                             

                                            My other apps. from the CS6 Suite seem to be able to co-exist successfully with their CC counterparts but most of them will probably be heading to the trash in the next few days anyway.

                                            • 19. Re: System file associations - cannot select Bridge.
                                              Jim Kelowna

                                              I also had a similar problem, which also required a Registry Modification to fix. Once again, Backup the Registry (Export - All) before making changes.

                                               

                                              My fix allows Adobe Bridge CC to open instead of Adobe Bridge CS5.

                                               

                                              In my case, Bridge already was the default program to open JPG and TIFF, just as I have been doing since CS4. I upgraded to CS5 and it still worked. When I upgraded to Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge CS5 was still opening. I could go to the system file associations, browse to the Adobe - 64 bit Bridge CC - Bridge.exe and select it - but it would still show as Bridge CS5 and would only open CS5.

                                               

                                              So, I modified the registry as follows:

                                              HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Bridge.exe\shell\open\command

                                              - this key was pointing to Bridge CS5 exe.

                                              - changed the (Default) to : "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Bridge CC (64 Bit)\Bridge.exe" "%1"

                                               

                                              Now right click on any file in Windows Explorer and some other places, opens Adobe Bridge CC at this folder, as desired.