Have you tried Mini Bridge?
It's quite good for what you're looking to do.
And the CTRL+D is for placing a link and does so through an Explorer dialog box - it's never been the case the Bridge Opens.
Why doesn't the "Place" function (CMD+D, CTRL+D) open Bridge?.
Why should it? Bridge is not comfortable and slow on everything it does.
That may be your experience, but it is not typical. Bridge is a very
valuable part of my workflow and it's quite fast.
I agree with Bob. Bridge is quite snappy on my machine. Another option is to place from Bridge instead of within InDesign. If you select the frame of the image that you want to replace, you can switch to Bridge, select the image you want to place and choose File > Place > In InDesign.
I too have no issues with Bridge.
Basically this means it's down the User and what experience they have from the software.
Placing from Bridge is another option.
Reckon the MiniBridge would be the best way to accomplish the OPs request though.
Well, depends on what you call "quite fast" and what you compare it to. If everything else that runs on your machine is even slower, then Bridge might appear to be fast.
For example, opening a 12MP RAW file for preview in Bridge takes at least 3 seconds on my quad core machine at home. That's definitely slow!
Quite the same for Photoshop CS5/CS6. Opening a normal 1MB JPG file takes much more time than in previous versions, like goold old PS 7 or CS3/CS4.
A few years ago, images were instantly opened, now PS takes longer.
This is the closest to what I am looking for. It works fine, although it's still not as integrated as I would like because you have to switch apps/windows.
Some thoughts on repsonses:
Bridge does create a "link" this way, and also via drag and drop, so I don't see why it couldn't do it directly from within ID through CTRL+D. The fact that it has never done it before is no reason why it couldn't or shouldn't be able to do it. Seems obvious to me.
If Bridge is slow (not in my experience with the latest version) that wouldn't mean I don't want it to work seamlessly as my design file explorer, after all that's what it is. It would just mean that I wanted faster as well as etter intergrated software.
Anyway, thanks for the feedback.
One more thought: I think people are confusing "preview" with opening the file in its native application from Bridge. Bridge gives you a thumbnail preview of the content all native Abobe file formats. Explorer doesn't. That's why I want Bridge to be a fully intergrated design file explorer for all the CC apps.
... so I don't see why it couldn't do it directly from within ID through CTRL+D. The fact that it has never done it before is no reason why it couldn't or shouldn't be able to do it...
...... It would just mean that I wanted faster as well as etter intergrated software.
It has just never worked that way and I've never seen a request for it either.
In the Control Panel you have got a Bridge Icon
At the bottom of the document window you have the Browse in Bridge
The Default Shortcut for Bridge is CTRL+ALT+o (CMD+OPT+o)
In Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts under
Product area : Panel Menus
Layout Window Status: Reveal in Bridge --- [none defined]
Layout Window Status: Reveal in Mini Bridge --- [none defined]
to add your own shortcut to Reveal in Bridge command
But I just don't see a way to go "Place from Bridge"
In fact - in all the years I've been on the forums I have never seen the request.
However you can make feature requests here
And there's a feature request forum
And in the end - someone might be able to script an option to go to Bridge for File>Place
One more thought: I think people are confusing "preview" with opening the file in its native application from Bridge. Bridge gives you a thumbnail preview of the content all native Abobe file formats. Explorer doesn't. That's why I want Bridge to be a fully intergrated design file expllorer for all the CC apps.
Using MiniBridge you'd see all the thumnails in a Panel in InDesign.
It's very effective way of utilising Bridge.
Yes but you have to drag and drop between apps, or renavigate to the File - Place menu in bridge once you've chosen your file and all the while have a separate window open which impedes your screen view and creates a rupture in the work flow. Why have a built in "Place" function which only works with a non-native file explorer which does not give you a thumbnail preview of Adobe file fomats when you've got a supposedly native file exporer system of your own? Why not fully integrate them? At least there shoudl be an option of using Bridge as your "place" explorer as an alternative to the local computer/server system. It just seems obvious to me. If such a request has never been seen - it has now!
As per above.
If you make a Short Cut to have Mini Bridge open
I assigned CTRL D and took the File>Place shortcut off
Now pressing CTRL D makes Mini Bridge open
And it wil also close it.
You can position the window where you like - or dock it with other panels.
It will open and close with the same shortcut.
You can also setup your Bridge to remember your locatoin - and add Favourites to the Navigation Pod.
This is as close as I can recreate the File>Place scenario.
This is how my screen is setup - it's not everyone's liking, but I use Scripts and Mini Bridge.
And I have a 26 inch screen.
I can collapse the panels on the left if I need more room.
That's useful, thanks. It's as close as it seems to get just now. I stil don't know why Adobe haven't done the obvious and closed the loop so you can work inan Adobe environment throughout (I thought that was the point of Bridge). If it's possible to write a script, it should be easy for them to do. Does anyone have a script already written?
As above - try visiting the scripting forum - although some people very good at scripting do frequent this forum too.
As the name suggests - "Bridge" acts a crossing path between your files and InDesign.
Why they haven't closed the loop?
Your guess is as good as mine - they haven't updated Footnotes since they were introduced.
I guess it's not high on their priority list.
The way to get it on the list is to generate interest - submit it to the go wish form.
Submit it on the Feature Request Forum and get people talking about.
If someone does write a script - try to get it blogged about
Send emails to
InDesign User Groups
and many others!
The only way to get your voice heard is to shout about it.
Thanks for all the info.