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Is it possible to open more than one instance of Bridge?

Enthusiast ,
Mar 04, 2018 Mar 04, 2018

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I know that I can choose View > Items in Subfolders, but that isn't what I want.

Sometimes I want to look at separate folders at the same time, and was wondering if I could open more than one instance of the Bridge application.

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Adobe Employee , Mar 04, 2018 Mar 04, 2018

Hi,

Bridge allows us to open multiple instances by selecting File-> New Window.

All windows work independently.

Regards,

Abhishek Seth.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 04, 2018 Mar 04, 2018

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Hi,

Bridge allows us to open multiple instances by selecting File-> New Window.

All windows work independently.

Regards,

Abhishek Seth.

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 04, 2018 Mar 04, 2018

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That's great news. Thank you!

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Explorer ,
Jun 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021

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Bridge really needs the option to just open in a new window  when double clicking a file from finder/explorer. The "new window" is nice - but not enough...


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Community Beginner ,
Oct 19, 2022 Oct 19, 2022

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Is it just me or Adobe removed the Bridge's hability to open a second instance window?

I just installed it and I'm appaled that I can't do this any longer, I use this function all the time. I need this.

WTF Adobe?

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New Here ,
Oct 20, 2022 Oct 20, 2022

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One of the best option... second instance window... please bring it back

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 21, 2022

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I miss this too!
This is probably the worst Adobe update I remember (i.e. since 1998)

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Yes! PLZ adobe... PLZ bring multiple windows back.

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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I'm so disappointed that this feature has been removed, why???? please bring it back. 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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I wrote this for a different thread, if you didn't see it there, here it is over here:

 

New Workflows

 

If you look at the Content Panel, note the hamburger menu on the right-hand side (three horizontal lines). To the left of the Hamburger menu, you'll see a plus (+) (red arrow). If you click on that, you'll get a new Content Panel. If you click on the option in the Hamburger menu for a new Content Panel (green arrow), you'll also get a new Content Panel.


The primary disadvantage of these two options currently is that either will default to a "home" position and are not likely to provide access to the folder you want. Fortunately, for any Content Panel that is active (note the blue square and blue line circling the Panel), if you go to the Recent icon in the icons on top, if you select a folder from there, it will open up in that Content Panel.

 

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Likewise, if you select a folder from the Folders Panel. In addition, if you take an image or a folder and drag it to the Bridge icon in the Dock, THAT folder will open in the active Content Panel. Hopefully, soon they will provide both "Open" and "Recent" options in the Hamburger menu.

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If you have a folder with other sub-folders, you can always right-click on one of the subfolders, and it can be opened in a new Content Panel

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Once you have two or more Content Panels, you can drag from one to the other by simply mouse-down on an image (or all selected images), then move the mouse up to the title area of the other Content Panel to make it the active Panel and release. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE before you do anything, then Comand/Control-z and you'll be good.

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Note also that extra Content Panels can be placed and/or moved to any other location in the Bridge window.

 

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I hope this explains some of the new workflows available to you.

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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I understand this and maybe I will get used to the new way of doing it but I like using bridge as my primary file browser. That being said it's important to have the files central and navigation easily accessible (which this retains) my biggest complaint is I often browse multiple locations at once jumping back and forth between them and changing navigation quickly in each window all of which is easily possible with keyboard shortcuts and multiple windows being key. This has completely reworked that but I don't see any advantages in the new that couldn't have been accomplished while retaining the old multiple windows.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Imagine if Mac OS or Windows would only allow you to open a single file explorer window under the pretext that now you can get multiple folder tabs. That would just be dumb right? Well, here we are with the bridge. 

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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This is exactly what I wrote, maybe on a differnt trhread. how terriable...

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Yes, I got all of this, super fun features. I applaud the new features and will gradually integrate them to my current workflow over time. BUT I still need multiple bridge instances. 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 04, 2022 Nov 04, 2022

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I agree with the suggested activity to open more than one window at a time, please.

 

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New Here ,
Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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Please bring back multiple instances. Tabs can probably provide some of the needs (and even there in an inferior way), but not the ability to quickly switch between folders for comparison (I use Bridge as my main browser). I've been requesting multiple instances in Lightroom for ages because it so useful in Bridge!

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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I frequently need to go back & forth between two window files in my work flow. This capricious eliminating of that ability does not appear to be a well researched update of the current bridge/Camer Raw utilization. Is thee a work around to this?

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Community Expert ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Hi Garry,

 

No one knows what might happen or what could happen.

 

I know they completed a very thorough rewrite of Bridge. The first time there was a major rewrite. That is supposed to give them more flexibility to do other and newer "things." 

 

Whether the capability to have multiple windows was completely removed or is simple to re-add is unknown outside of Adobe. Also, Adobe is VERY good at keeping tight any news of future things. 

 

In short, the only thing you can do is revert back to the previous version of Bridge if you absolutely need multiple windows. The only other alternative is to see how the current capabilities are capable of being adapted to your needs. Sorry, I wish I could tell you more but you know as much as I do now.

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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Thank you for your feedback.

Garry

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2022 Nov 25, 2022

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I just did the most current update to Bridge and that first thing I noticed was a lack of response to COMMAND N.  Wow.  This is really going to change my workflow.  While I realize I can have multiple content panels open, I really need to have access to view the larger preview and metadata for each panel....which has been taken away apparently. So disappointing.  Looks like I will have to start using a different program since the whole reason I updated Bridge was because it kept crashing.

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