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need multiple windows & not quitting app

Explorer ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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after many months of not updating I installed the latest bridge v13.01 and EXTREMELY disappointed. It is no longer willing to open multiple folders in separate windows, command “W” no longer closes a window. Clicking the close window button will now quit the app requiring the app to relaunch EVERY time I open a new folder. I’ve been unable to find a preference setting to fix this. Am I missing something or is adobe this far out of touch with how people need the software to function? Please tell me there is a way to fix this, Thank you.

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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If you do a search in these forums, you'll find a number of folks who discovered the same thing you just did.

 

At this current moment, Bridge only has one window. If you close that Window, it will quit the application. This is no different from all of the Topaz software titles; even Apple's System Preferences will quit when you close the window.

 

There are two pieces of good news: One is that the Bridge team plans on bringing back multiple windows, BUT no one knows when that will be. So asking every day or every week "are we there yet?" will not speed up the process (LOL).

 

Also, there is now multiple Content Tabs. These provide a whole new workflow potential in addition to the new multiple windows that will come back (again, we just do not know when).

 

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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Explorer ,
Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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Thank you for your reply.
I did search the forum but failed to find anything which matched my experience. Perhaps my search terms should have been different.

 

I have no idea what Topaz is but comparing it to apple system preferences is apples to oranges. I never have a need to open multiple system prefs but often need to compare multiple photo collections.

 

I’m not trying to be funny by adding to an everyday ask, this was a shock to me and a huge impact on my ability to do work. If everyone is asking this, there should be a notice at the top of the forum to head off these questions. In all caps “v13 IS SCREWED UP - PLEASE READ”.

 

I appreciate your explanation of new workflows but I can not take this huge hit to daily productivity. Is there a way I can return to the previous version? I have zero interest in trying to deal with the problems of this version. Thank you.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 05, 2023 Aug 05, 2023

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Hi, 

 
The latest Beta build 14.0.0.57 brings back support for 'Multiple Windows' along with a few new features. 
For a complete list of features available in the Beta build, please refer to the community post :  
https://community.adobe.com/t5/bridge-discussions/adobe-bridge-beta-is-now-available-14-0-0-57/td-p/...
 

 

We would love for you to try it out and share feedback. 

  

Regards, 
Bridge Team

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 13, 2023 Sep 13, 2023

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Hi all,

We are happy to announce the release of Adobe Bridge 2024 (Version 14.0.0.102).
This release brings back support for ‘Multiple Windows’ along with a few new features.

For a complete list of features available in Bridge 2024 (v14.0), please refer to the community post :
https://community.adobe.com/t5/bridge-discussions/adobe-bridge-14-0-is-now-available/td-p/14081355

Regards,
Bridge Team

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