8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 18, 2013 7:27 AM by DonJohnston RSS

    Lost workspaces.

    DonJohnston Community Member

      Hello

      I am using CS6 Bridge. I had to force quit the app (Mac OS 6.8) and upon restart I see I have lost all my custom worksapces. I see their names still present in a workspace folder, but they all have a '.workspace' file extension. Wondering how to restore the worksapces without re-building them from scratch. Pref re-set no help.

       

      Thanks, Don

        • 1. Re: Lost workspaces.
          Omke Oudeman Community Member

          I see their names still present in a workspace folder, but they all have a '.workspace' file extension.

           

           

          That is expected behavior. When having a Bridge window open top right next to Search field there should be a list of the workspaces, 2 vertical dotted lines on the left and a triangle on the right.

           

          You can extend the list by dragging the 2 lines to the left. You can rearrange the order by dragging the names and under the triangle is the option to choose the workspace you want and to reset the workspace which should do the trick for you.

           

          Also right click on the workspace name gives the reset option in a small drop down menu.

          • 2. Re: Lost workspaces.
            DonJohnston Community Member

            Hi Omke

             

            Thanks for that tip. But, my custom workspaces have all disappeared from that window beside the search box. When I go to Library>application support>adobe>bridge>workspaces I see my files are present, with the names I assigned and saved,  but nothing with my file names is visible in the workspace window. Most frustrating.

             

            Don

            • 3. Re: Lost workspaces.
              Omke Oudeman Community Member

              Strange

               

              First run a disk check and check and repair permissions with Apple Disk Utility or third party like Cocktail.

               

              Then with Bridge quitted make sure you have the correct CS6 Bridge folder from user library app support showing the workspaces (for security make a back up of the App support Bridge folder0

               

              Then go to user library/ preferences and find and delete the Com.Adobe.Bridge5.plist file and delete this to the trash.

               

              Restart again holding down option key and choose again reset prefs and try again.

              • 4. Re: Lost workspaces.
                DonJohnston Community Member

                Hi Omke

                 

                I have Bridge CS5 saved on my computer and it has a number of my custom workspaces, with the same names. I tried dragging and dropping two with identical names (and same custom appearance) from the Bridge CS5 Workspace folder to the Bridge CS6 folder and these are now visible in CS6! So I might be able to re-create my custom workspaces from earlier versions and I have learned that I need to save a back-up of this folder should this happen again. This is the second time for me. I find Bridge to be rather 'flaky'- i.e. unstable, especially when I have multiple windows open on two monitors.

                 

                Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions.

                 

                Don

                • 5. Re: Lost workspaces.
                  Curt Y Community Member

                  DonJohnston wrote:

                   

                  I find Bridge to be rather 'flaky'- i.e. unstable, especially when I have multiple windows open on two monitors.

                  This would more likely be the computer resources causing problems.  You probably need more ram as each program open takes resources.  Once exceeded the computer will crash.

                  • 6. Re: Lost workspaces.
                    Omke Oudeman Community Member

                    I find Bridge to be rather 'flaky'- i.e. unstable, especially when I have multiple windows open on two monitors.

                     

                     

                    Nice to hear you got some custom settings back, and yes, Back up is vital (don't you have Time machine activated??)

                     

                    Personal I don't make a big deal of recreating custom workspaces, it often gives you new insight and even better result then before, but it needs a bit time

                     

                    And working on a two monitor setup with Bridge often is tricky. Don't have it myself (currently a 30" but next will be 27 ", large enough for my needs and set up), never could get used to switching focus for different monitors (and I tried it a few times…)

                     

                    Synchronized windows seems to do a lot of good for dual monitor set up but be aware this feature has gone in Bridge CC !!

                     

                    But with my single monitor set up I have almost no problems or instability and often have 4 or 5 open Bridge windows active.

                    • 7. Re: Lost workspaces.
                      DonJohnston Community Member

                      Thanks for the reminder re Time Machine. That might help. Since I last wrote, I am sorry to say, that the rest of my custom spaces did not show up, so....I might not be out of the woods yet. It's just a PITA re-doing the workspaces. I do find custom workspaces to be very useful to my photography work.

                       

                      Thanks

                       

                      Don

                      • 8. Re: Lost workspaces.
                        DonJohnston Community Member

                        Omke

                         

                        I used the Time Machine and restored the workspaces. Looks like I am back in business. Thanks again for the reminder to use that resource!

                         

                        All the best

                         

                        Don