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Bridge workflows not working on files containing question marks in file name or folder structure

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Aug 09, 2023 Aug 09, 2023

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I use Bridge workflows to do some simple batch processing of image files, basically just renaming the files and resizing them to various dimensions. I have noticed that if the filename contains a question mark, or if it is inside a folder whose name contains a question mark, then the workflow fails, giving the error "Destination Cannot Write". I haven't tested this extensively to see if any other characters cause this, but I did try replacing the "?" with an exclamation point and the workflow completed as expected. 

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Aug 09, 2023 Aug 09, 2023

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This is because most operating systems consider the Question Mark an illegal character. This includes the "/." 

 

For the full list, see https://www.mtu.edu/umc/services/websites/writing/characters-avoid/

 

Hope that helps

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Aug 09, 2023 Aug 09, 2023

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Then why can all the other Adobe software I use on my mac (Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign) handle questions marks just fine? Not to mention, every other single piece non-Adobe software running on my mac.

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A question mark is allowed on Mac but not on Windows. Should Bridge allow it, I guess so, if you are a Mac user.

You may never intend to share a file containing a question mark with a Windows user, but if you do, it will be a problem.

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