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Have to rebuild all Smart Collections after upgrade to Bridge 14

Explorer ,
Sep 21, 2023 Sep 21, 2023

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I have just updated from Bridge 13 to Bridge 14 (Win 10) and my Smart Colletions have been purged - The  Collection titles are there but there are NO parameters (Source, criteria etc.). I am able to recreate a Collection by re-entering the Source and Criteria but I'm pretty sure I shouldn't have to. If Bridge failed to import the Collections, I suspect I will find a lot of other settings that have not been imported.

 

I had considered uninstalling and reinstalling Bridge 14, but if I do, what should I answer when asked whether or not to keep or remove notifications, alerts, settings, plugins ......etc.? I do not want to lose all the settings I have in Bridge 13. If the Install is defective, I fear the Uninstall will be just as bad.

 

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Sep 22, 2023 Sep 22, 2023

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Take a look at the files in your old and new Bridge folders:

 

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Bridge X\Collections

 

Obviously, change "username" to your Windows user account name and "Bridge X" as required.

 

You will be looking for files with extensions ending with .collection which you can view in a plain text editor such as NotePad to check if the file has (correct) content.

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Sep 22, 2023 Sep 22, 2023

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Thanks Stephen. As expected, the collection files are there but the  tags are empty. I suppose the quickest fix is to just copy the collection files from a previous installation.

 

I was curious to discover if this is a common problem but, so far, it doesn't sound like it is. So I'll try uninstalling and reinstalling. I suppose that if I uninstall 2024 and tell it to remove the settings, it shouldn't touch the 2023 settings, but I'll back them up first 'cos if the installation was screwed up, the uninstallation could be too.

 

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