I'm wondering if it's possible to export the Bridge workspace I have setup on my laptop. I've used collections to group my files in Bridge on my laptop, but when I open Bridge on my imac it's not synced. It's the same account for both computers - does anyone know if this is possible?
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Yes it is possible*, however, I believe that it is going to be a manual process for the workspace, collections and other assets.
Is your laptop a Mac or Windows OS? What version of Bridge of the laptop?
What version of Bridge on the iMac?
Apart from the workspace and collections, what else? Smart collections? Keywords? Batch rename tool presets etc?
* Some of these files will be need to be updated as computer specific locations are referenced
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The workspace you can move to a new computer, but collections are machine-specific and can't be moved.
The .filelist can be moved. And updated. Adobe offer a GUI to help update the links by browsing to the same asset/s at a new location.
Even without the GUI, it is possible to edit the XML data and update the paths.
Same for smart collections, the .collection XML file can have each URI updated.
I have done this from Mac to Windows and vice versa.
A simple find and replace to batch update the assets paths to the same file on the new system. It is better than rebuilding the collection or smart collection (unless that is the easier answer). There is of course no sync, it has to be performed manually each time there is a change.
Assuming you wish to move the .filelist or .collection files from Mac to Windows in the same version of Bridge (or vice versa):
Windows (the AppData directory may be hidden):
/Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Bridge 2021/Collections/
Once you have moved the filelist .collection files, you would need to edit the collection using the GUI in Bridge to relink missing assets, or manually update the file paths in a text editor with find/replace.
For .collection smart collection files, there is no GUI to relink so you have to use the text editor approach to update the URI info.
Been a while since you posted this but thanks for the tip, @Stephen_A_Marsh - your solution worked!! I simply corrected the filepath after moving the .filelist files to the 'Collections' folder on my new Mac. What's interesting is that in theory, the filepath shouldn't have been affected because I keep all of my photos on an external drive and was simply moving from one Macbook to another. What I found is that the name of my external drive had a few extra characters (the percent sign and a few random numbers) added to it that needed to be deleted in order for Bridge to be able to find the files in each of my collections. That was the only part of the filepath I needed to update; as soon as I did that and restarted Bridge, all of my collections were back again saving me hours of time and headache. 😅 🙌🏼
Assuming that files are all organized exactly the same. Its not something that is supported in any way.
However, it does not invalidate the suggestion for collections/smart collections that do meet the appropriate criteria. :]
If I had to move between machines and maintain collections, I'd look into a file syncing program (Free File Sync for example.)
You can also assign keywords to help keep track of things.