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New folder from selected items - in Adobe Bridge

Community Beginner ,
Sep 03, 2018 Sep 03, 2018

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Hi

Is there a way to create 'New folder from selected items' in Adobe Bridge (Similar to the Finder functionality on a Mac) ?

Thanks

Nige

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Sep 03, 2018 Sep 03, 2018

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The JS scripting reference shows NewFolder and MoveTo commands, so I am guessing that this would be a “simple” enough task for those that posses this arcane knowledge to create a one click script.

Otherwise it would be a manual 2 step process using built in methods:

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Sep 04, 2018 Sep 04, 2018

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Thanks Stephen , I haven't done any scripting with Bridge yet, but i'll investigate, I know Javascript. Thanks

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Sep 04, 2018 Sep 04, 2018

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Sep 10, 2018 Sep 10, 2018

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This would be fairly easy to do with a script. Four steps:

Get new folder location and create folder

Get list of files

Move files to new folder

Resolve naming conflicts

I don't have time to write a sample but you can look at the sample scripts from the SDK as a start.

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Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

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To use, select your documents then right mouse click "New folder from selected items"

Enter the name for the new folder.

#target bridge;

if( BridgeTalk.appName == "bridge" ) { 

selItems = MenuElement.create("command", "New folder from selected items", "at the end of Thumbnail");

}

selItems.onSelect = function () {

var thumbs = app.document.selections;

if(thumbs.length <1) return;

var win = new Window("palette","New Folder");

win.p1= win.add("panel", undefined, undefined, {borderStyle:"black"});

win.p1.alignChildren="fill";

win.g10 = win.p1.add('group');

win.g10.orientation = "row";

var txt = "New folder from selected items (" + thumbs.length + " items)";

win.g10.et1 = win.g10.add("edittext",undefined,txt);

win.g10.et1.preferredSize=[300,20];

win.g20 = win.p1.add('group');

win.g20.orientation = "row";

win.g20.alignChildren=["fill","fill"];

win.g20.bu1 = win.g20.add("button",undefined,"Create Folder");

win.g20.bu2 = win.g20.add("button",undefined,"Cancel");

win.g10.et1.active=true;

win.g20.bu1.onClick=function(){

var newFolder = Folder(app.document.presentationPath + "/" + win.g10.et1.text);

if(!newFolder.exists) newFolder.create();

win.close(0);

for(var a in thumbs){ thumbs.moveTo(newFolder);}

}

win.g20.bu2.onClick=function(){win.close(2);}

win.show();

};

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Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

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If you run this script from a search (and probably from a collection), it will NOT work right.

There are some bugs with presentationPath and it doesn't work with duplicate filenames. I'm afraid it needs some error checking and a way to resolve duplicates, and also a way to check for valid presentationPath.

I ran into a bunch of this with my JPEG multiexport script and had to manually account for edge cases and duplicates

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Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

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To elaborate, a collection's presentationPath is the collection file on disk. For special folders (on Windows at least) like Computer or the Libraries, its either a file or a temp folder. For searches and View->Show Items in Subfolders, there is no presentationPath returned.

Even having the user choose a folder won't work if there are duplicate filenames. In that case, the move just won't complete. You have to handle the conflict and rename the dupes or they won't be moved.

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Sep 11, 2018 Sep 11, 2018

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After banging on this a bit, try this. It lets you choose a folder and auto-resolves duplicates. It works from a search or collection.

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#target bridge

if(BridgeTalk.appName == 'bridge'){

    selItems = MenuElement.create('command', 'Move Items', 'at the end of Thumbnail');

    }

selItems.onSelect = function(){

    try{

        var thumbs = app.document.selections;

        if(thumbs.length < 1) return;

        var newFolder = Folder.selectDialog('Select Folder');

        if(newFolder == null) return;

        var foldT = new Thumbnail (newFolder);

        app.synchronousMode = true;

        for(var a in thumbs){

            if(thumbs.parent != foldT){

                var copyFile = File(newFolder.fsName + '/' + thumbs.name);

                if(!copyFile.exists){

                    thumbs.moveTo(newFolder);

                    }

                else{

                    var j = 1;

                    while(copyFile.exists){

                        var nSplit = thumbs.name.split('.');

                        ext = nSplit.pop();

                        thumbs.name = nSplit.join('.') +  ' (' + j + ')' + '.' + ext;

                        copyFile = File(newFolder.fsName + '/' + thumbs.name);

                        j = j + 1;

                        }

                    thumbs.moveTo(newFolder);

                    }

                }

            }

        app.synchronousMode = true;

        app.document.chooseMenuItem('Refresh');

        }

    catch(e){

        alert(e + e.line);

        }

    }

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 28, 2020 Jul 28, 2020

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Hey @Lumigraphics.
Thanks for the scripts, I was trying to find something like this. I wanted to ask if you could guide me on how to use this script once inside Bridge. I have installed it but I don't still know how to make it run.
I do see the "Move Items" command. As I click on it, rather than making a new folder, it opens a window to choose the location, and as I do that it says - "Reference Error: thumbs.moveTo is not a function33". Do let me know how to get resolve this.
Thanks!

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Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Try this one instead.

#target bridge

if(BridgeTalk.appName == 'bridge'){

selItems = MenuElement.create('command', 'Move Items', 'at the end of Thumbnail');

}

selItems.onSelect = function(){

try{

var thumbs = app.document.selections;
var a = 0;

if(thumbs.length < 1) return;

var newFolder = Folder.selectDialog('Select Folder');

if(newFolder == null) return;

var foldT = new Thumbnail (newFolder);

app.synchronousMode = true;

for(a = 0; a < thumbs.length; a++){

if(thumbs[a].parent != foldT){

var copyFile = File(newFolder.fsName + '/' + thumbs[a].name);

if(!copyFile.exists){

thumbs[a].moveTo(newFolder);

}

else{

var j = 1;

while(copyFile.exists){

var nSplit = thumbs[a].name.split('.');

ext = nSplit.pop();

thumbs[a].name = nSplit.join('.') + ' (' + j + ')' + '.' + ext;

copyFile = File(newFolder.fsName + '/' + thumbs[a].name);

j = j + 1;

}

thumbs[a].moveTo(newFolder);

}

}

}

app.synchronousMode = true;

app.document.chooseMenuItem('Refresh');

}

catch(e){

alert(e + e.line);

}

}

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Jul 30, 2020 Jul 30, 2020

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Got it! It works. Thanks for sharing this @Lumigraphics! I also wished to discuss an alternative with you.
Initially, what I had in mind was a little different.
1. I have a folder, say - "XX" with some 100 hundred images.
2. I select a set of images I wish to move within the same Folder - "XX" in Bridge. (I use Bridge in this step as it has color tags and other metadata filters)
3. Press a script
4. It creates a new subfolder (within XX), say - "New Folder", and moves the selected images inside the subfolder.
5. I select another set images and continue the process so it creates - "New Folder (2)", "New Folder (3)".... and so on.

With your script, I have to choose the destination folder every time I wish to move a particular set of images, through the folder dialogue box. That is the one step I wish to automate.

Do you this that this is possible?

Thanks and Regards.

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Jul 30, 2020 Jul 30, 2020

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Yes you could modify it to use hard coded folder names in the parent folder. Sounds like a good exercise for learning about Bridge scripting ☺️

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Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020

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Haha!
Sure does! Any recommendations on where to get started? For now, it all sounds greek to me..

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