Out of interest, if people don't use Adobe Bridge for preliminary vetting of a shoot, how do you usually check image sharpness? In ACR itself?
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In ACR itself.
I would use Bridge first to make a few cuts based on content. The screen-sized previews are fine for that. This leaves me with a small fraction of my original images. I then check the remaining ones for sharpness/focus in ACR. The bad ones there also get the axe and never make it out of the ACR dialog.
I tried zooming a strip of portrait photos in ACR to 25%, but it didn't stick. They all reverted to Fit in View, which is 24.7% and not as sharp. Funnily enough 33% worked.
Similarly, a bunch of landscape photos fitting at 33.5% wouldn't stay zoomed at 33.3%, but would stick at any other preset. Is that by design?
I've noted that ACR's preview is usually sharper in one of the pre-defined zoom settings on my system—which I would have sort of expected. I just need how to work out how to zoom the entire filmstrip to ANY zoom preset.
(my images are 4288x2848 pixels or vice-versa)
If I recall, when I save my .NEF as a .DNG in ACR, then the sharpening can cleary be seen when viewed @ 100% in Bridge.
If I go back and forth between my .NEF (with raw changes, including sharrpening) and my .DNG (with the same changes applied), you can notice the sharpening difference when viewed in Bridge. Obviously, Bridge leverages the previewd 'burned' into the .DNG as opposed to the one it cached when redering the .NEF.
I do agree with you that Bridge should be able to show the applied ACR sharpening without the extra step of saving to .DNG.
I'm on CS5 with ACR at 6.6.