Hi, sorry to bother you, but I've looked through the Bridge search problems and haven't been able to fix the situation.
CS6 Bridge "search" function has stopped working .... it won't search for anything other than a folder that has recently been opened. For instance, I'm working on a project for a local immigrant program. When I searched for the Key Word "Chinese" no photos were selected (I was searching in the right folder, which I double-checked.) So I poked around in the photos and found those of Chinese immigrants and opened that folder in Bridge. Just for the heck of it, I closed the Chinese folder and did a Bridge search.....this time the folder opened. So I then searched for my granddaughter, Ellie. No photos showed up....and I'm certain you can imagine I have about million photos of her now that she's 7 years.
I'm using a Dell XPS 8700 with an i7 processor and 24gb of RAM. The OS is Windows 10 64bit, version 1903, which otherwise is working very well.
Hope you can help, because although I'm retired I still use a bank of 5gb of photos and not being able to search those is a problem I don't want to even consider.
Hi, this is Bruce B. Contrary to the way my profile reads, I have NOT solved this problem yet. Thanks for helpful suggestions. 🙂
This is a known issue, even with the current Bridge CC 2019. No idea when it will be addressed. I JUST had to update metadata for 900+ photos on two different drives and ran into the same issue as you- drive indexes are not being retained so files can't be found. Even using a custom-written Bridge search script, it was a major PITA.
As much as I like Bridge and don't like Lightroom, I catalog all the photos that I want to find using Lightroom. To keep Bridge running somewhat decently, it needs to purge its cache, so indexes are lost.
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Opening the folders should restore, but for how long? Like I said, I do use LR, just so I can find images quickly. I don't put all my images into it, but I've been digitizing tons of family photos, so I want to be able to find people quickly.
I hear you about the need to find your family photos, I have also been scanning in tons of family photos.
Perhaps the best way to get safe organization with Bridge is to have a very tightly organized Folder structure. Bridge has some wonderful strengths, but it is not a DAM (Digital Asset Management). Please excuse the analogy: a hammer is not the only tool you need in your workshop. There are some things that I use Bridge for and other things I use LR for.
I myself avoided LR for a number of years but finally bit the bullet several years ago and have found it does a wonderful job in many many ways and DAM of your family is definitely part of that. Be aware that it does do facial recognition. When you start, the results will probably be comically bad but as you teach it who's who, it does get better and better until you find that it will recognize people at different ages (it might not recognize your uncle who's since grown a beard).
If you have the Photography Plan, you can simply redownload Lightroom. Be sure the get Lightroom-Classic, not Lightroom.
Hey, Gary, you should see the mess that my file structure is with my family photos! I'll have to show you next time you're over. Trouble is I come across a new box or envelopes of slides or negs, and that messes me up.
Very sorry for highjacking your thread. as we mentioned, Bridge isn't the best tool for image search. They're been making some major changes to Bridge, and with that there have been some major hickups, especially with it's cache and working on external volumes. Frankly, I'm not sure how much Adobe is willing to put into ramping up Bridge search, when there is Lightroom. Have you tried using Bridge's collections?
Ah, forgot that you mentioned you were on CS6. The only way I can think of to re-establish the links is what you were doing, reopening the folders. But that didn't really work. Other than Lightroom, which I still think would be your best option, as you could just import the images, and it should read all your metadata, so you wouldn't have to do anything, I don't lknow of any other DAM out there. I'm sure there is. I used to use FileMaker as a database for my images, before I started using LR. It was nice in that I could create custom imput and search screens for my images. At that time I didn't put any metadata in my images, just the data base. So when I switched over, I had to write a script that took all the info and applied it to each image's metadata - a bit of a pain, but it could most like be done the other way too. A script could pull all the metadata from your images, then create a csv file that you could use to search in a spreadsheet, like Excel.
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The current version of LR, you just select the folders that you want to import and press a button. It catalogs all the metadata. It's that easy! I only use it for that, I still use Camera Raw and Bridge to sort and edit my images. It's worth doing a trial.
Unfortunately, current versions are only subscriptions, and are normally cheaper if you get the photo plan with PS and LR. CS6 is pretty old now. I do like entering keywords in LR better. As Gary mentioned the facial recognition really saves a lot of time entering keywords for people. It's not perfect, and some of the results are funny, but it does save a ton of time.
Yea, retirement can really pinch your lifestyle. Definately look for other options.