Thanks for the quick reply. yes I am viewing with "always high quality" . I think I am at 100% in the preview section. Basically I have been doing a simular set up since CS2. I expected awesome sharp photos with the 5K and when in photoshop and processing I am a happy camper but once back in bridge it is just not sharp. If I open one of my photos even as jpeg it is sharp in preview. So the photos elsewhere are fine but just not in bridge. If I had lightroom I would let you know if it was OK there but I stopped using lightroom on version 2. Probably TMI for you but I just can't figure this out.
The thing to determine is if Bridge is showing soft photos, or if the photos are actually soft and there is some artificial sharpening occurring in the other products. I know ACR has a Sharpen Previews Only setting vs Sharpen both previews and output. And when you compare sharpness you should always be checking at 100% as anything zoomed out would be subject to the resampling algorithm. You can also try turning on and off Graphics Acceleration support in the various products and see if things change. Is Bridge being used is some compatibility mode with pixel-doubling occurring so you can read the menus and that necessarily makes the pixels twice as big in each dimension.
From what I can tell bridge is showing them soft not when in photoshop or camera raw. ( 9.1.1) It is only when I view in bridge. Is bridge a preview? I went into preference but couldn't find any settings that seemed appropriate. Where would Graphics Acceleration be located?
High quality thumbnails should be recomputed using ACR if you have Always set.
What is your ACR Sharpening preference Previews or Always/Both?
GPU acceleration is in PS preferences and in ACR’s (Ctrl-K) at the bottom if CS6-hosted ACR has that preference. Maybe it doesn’t. I don’t think Bridge has such a preference.
Can you tell in Bridge if each pixel is actually 2x2 pixels that are all the same?
Not sure which of these 2 options did it but in ACR I checked these 2 boxes. "use software rendering" and "generate monitor size previews". One of these or both did it. Now bridge sharpness is back! Funny thing I don't remember ever changing these settings-something I just wouldn't have done.
Anyway-thanks for the help.