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๐Ÿ”Ž What is Adobe Bridge and who it is for now?

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Aug 26, 2020 Aug 26, 2020

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Centralize Your Creative Assets with Adobe Bridge | Adobe Creative Cloud

 

 

What is Adobe Bridge?

Adobe Bridge is a powerful and easy-to-use software that lets you view and organize the files by renaming a group of them at once or by assigning colored labels or star ratings to them.

Adobe Bridge is a part of Adobe Creative Cloud. It lets you organize the assets you use to create content for print, web, and video. Adobe Bridge keeps native Adobe files (such as PSD and PDF) and nonโ€‘Adobe files available for easy access. You can drag assets into your layouts, projects, and compositions as needed, preview files, and even add metadata (file information), making the files easier to locate.

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Who can use Adobe Bridge?

 

Bridge is ideal for creative professionals and designers who work with different types of creative assets like photos, vectors, video and 3D files. Bridge and Adobe Camera RAW offer an alternative approach to Lightroom users. With Bridge, photographers can browse images directly on their file system and edit them.

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What does Adobe Bridge do?

 

Adobe Bridge is a powerful software that lets you preview, edit, and publish creative assets quickly and easily thereby improving content velocity. You can preview most of the file formats supported by Adobe Creative Cloud applications including Dimension files. You can edit filename, metadata, keywords, and other parameters in bulk. You can publish assets in various formats, and PDF contact sheets.

 

Staying organized is as simple as viewing your project files with Adobe Bridge.

 

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Where can I get Adobe Bridge?


Bridge can be downloaded through the Creative Cloud desktop app. As long as youโ€™re signed in to the Creative Cloud desktop app you can download Adobe Bridge from the All Apps section:

 

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You can download Adobe Bridge from here: https://www.adobe.com/products/bridge.html

 

 

Are there any tutorials available for Adobe Bridge?

You can learn how to use Adobe Bridge by following this user guide: https://helpx.adobe.com/bridge/user-guide.html

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Please have a look at these related articles to learn more about Adobe Bridge:

Welcome to the Bridge User Guide

View and manage files in Adobe Bridge

Learn what's new in the latest release of Bridge

Organize content and assets using Adobe Bridge

 

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Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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Great information.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 09, 2022 Jun 09, 2022

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Hello Adobe!

I have used your products for over thirty years but have avoided Bridge primarily out of fear that I would loose too much of my personal media catagorization structure if I could no longer use (afford) Adobe.  Then in just the last year, I learned that it is a free stand-alone application and started using it.  I am AMAZED by the capability!!!

 

So from this standpoint, I suggest that Adobe do a LOT more to raise recognition of Bridge's free status and promote its features, including through tutorials both for it alone and with other Adobe products.  In short, with the overwhelming abundance of personal media being created today, Bridge is a welcome way to introduce and attract the general public to Adobe products in general. 

Thank you, Adobe!

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Sep 29, 2022 Sep 29, 2022

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True, it's a great product that Adobe has largely overlooked.

 

Now if Adobe would recognize that Bridge doens't scroll correctly, and address it, it would be a 5* program. Until then it looks amiture and is hard to work with if you use a magic mouse or track pad.

(this has been a problem since 2017... They actually know about it and actively avoid the topic now it seems).

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Oct 31, 2022 Oct 31, 2022

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Latest iteration of Bridge is utterly useless. The porogram crashes repeatedly whenever i try to navigate to a sub-folder. Numerous functions that were in 2022 are simply not available in 2023. Repeated requests for support on this all unanswered ... this is what we pay a subscription for?

 

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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One of the superpowers of Bridge was that you could open multiple windows. This made moving and organizing files a breeze. I can no longer open multiple windows. 

 

I see I can now pull out a content window and have the windows float. Little learning curve required for this new version.

 


Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Pluralsight Author | Fine Artist

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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Melissa, you can now, after 15 years of requests, open multiple Content Panels.

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.

 

Let me add that the engineers are aware of those who must have multiple windows and are examining if it can be returned.

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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thanks this is helpful.

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Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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Thanks for the info Gary - very helpful. I am making tutorials and Bridge is on my list - I need a little time to play with it to get used to all the new stuff and new workflows. 


Melissa Piccone | Adobe Trainer | Pluralsight Author | Fine Artist

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Adobe is proving itself deaf to its users. The new version of Bridge is a horrendous failure and if Adobe would read user comments would know that. You took away one of the key features that made Bridge the amazing digital asset management tool it was. Multiple windows. Period. That's it. Your new "improved" method doesn't work for what your users need. 

 

Is anyone listening or are you all so busy wrapped in your comfy cocoon of UX-blindness that you're unable to respond? 

Adobe user since 1991. Bridge user for as long as I can recall. College educator who teaches Bridge as part of digital workflow. 

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