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Use Bridge, not the Finder. That's what Bridge is for,
Thank you for taking the time to respond Mr. Castaneda.
Using Bridge in this context, while obviously an effective work-around, only serves as an unnecessary resource hog.
The simple issue is this: What used to take half a second in keyboard taps now requires either the use of an additional program (Bridge) or several additional steps in Finder.
I can't help but to suspect that there is some way to configure my system to behave in the desired manner.
I do use Bridge regularly, but when all I want to do is process hundreds of RAW files in the largest batches possible, I don't see the need to waste resources on it. And it does slow things down noticeably.
I like to use Bridge for sorting, renaming, editing, labeling, etc. But to use it just to open up files seems a little inefficient.
Maybe I'm picking at nits here, but I'm just baffled that this system behaves differently than the one I used a few days ago (same OS, programs, and updates).
>I like to use Bridge for sorting, renaming, editing, labeling, etc. But to use it just to open up files seems a little inefficient.
Regarding the fact that you have xmp files with the RAW images you did make already some changes using Bridge or ACR?
I don't seem to understand your workflow. If you have the files already as thumbnails in Bridge, just select them all and with right mouse click you can choose between various options of opening or just use the desired shortcuts, they work also in Bridge.
If you have already used ACR in filmstrip why not use the save as command so the files will be saved in the background.
If you need batching that is easy done trough Bridge using tools - Photoshop - batch.
I'm looking for a solution too. In CS2 this worked without problems, so why change it in CS3? I found out that machines who have both CS2 and CS3 installed have no problems but machines with only CS3 mess things up. On a machine with both versions installed check a xml-file with cmd-I, and you'll see that it will open with CS2. It also has the xml icon instead of the TextEdit icon.
I don't want to be forced to use Bridge for this reason. That's lame. Working with the Finder is much quicker and I like to keep it that way.
I still advocate using Bridge (I would suggest to buy the new version Real World Camera RAW written by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe and you will learn the huge benefit of Bridge)
The change open with option in the info panel is indeed also not working on my machine (MacPro MacOSX 10.4.11) But I'm a fairly happy Bridge user and working with hundreds of RAW files each day.
I know this is an old thread but I'll take my chances. In CS2 when the xmp files were created they were automatically tagged as PS-related files and we didn't have this problem. Can we have that back with CS4 again?