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🔎 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 non‑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 you’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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Explorer , Jun 08, 2023 Jun 08, 2023

Hi,
You can sort by lenght in Bridge by choosing Sort by Dimensions. This sorting is using the pixels on the x-axis (lenght).Screenshot 2023-06-08 at 15.15.57.png

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Jul 18, 2023 Jul 18, 2023

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This is NOT the correct answer.

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Jul 19, 2023 Jul 19, 2023

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I'm not speaking for Brian here, but for myself, I assumed the number of pixels as well. And yes, there is an issue with words being used for multiple "things." (Just try using "size" in regards to an image: is that linear measurement or storage size, or what?

 

I cannot give you the answer you want, BUT I can say that you're asking for features in the wrong place. Please try asking for this here: https://adobebridge.uservoice.com/

 

But I do have several questions for you: assuming that you have a bunch of videos and they are all of the same kind and size (pixels), wouldn't larger storage-sized videos be longer than smaller storage-sized videos? Thus, a video that is 1 MB would be shorter in time than 2 MB. I know this is not what you want, but would this work as a backup?

 

But, more importantly, for Bridge, or any piece of software, such information, for example, "minutes of the video," would need to be stored somewhere. Information that software uses to store data is in the Metadata. I just took at the metadata storage options in both Bridge and Lightroom Classic (screenshots below), and in either one, I cannot find ANY option that could store how many minutes the video takes to run at normal speed (or any speed). Admittedly, I do not do much of anything with video, so I may not know where to look. If you have more information on this, I'd be curious to see that. 

 

Here's Bridge

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and here's Lightroom Classic. [Note the checkbox after each field. I've none checked because I do not need to search for any video metadata. If I did, I would check the data that I wished to see.]

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Jul 19, 2023 Jul 19, 2023

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Length has been the measure of time in computer filing systems since their inception. Literally every computer broswer or filing system on an OS level offers Length as a sorting option. Since Bridge is used among other things to link and place files within After Effects and Premiere Pro , two software packages where Length is EXTREMELY relevant, it is logical to include it.

There seems to be a perception here that Bridge is only used for pictures or documents.

 

File size does not indicate clip length, a 30s Pro Res clip is much larger in file size then a 60s H264 clip.
Besides, my comment stands, the answer given was NOT corrrect in relation to my inquiry . The statement is specifically wrong.

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Jun 25, 2023 Jun 25, 2023

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It is for someone with a load of patience. I have updated and had to revert back to 12.0.4.286 so many times that I am dizzy. The newest version spends all of it's time locked up, crashed or unresponsive during culling photos, labelling, rating, assinging keywords etc.. It will not rename files without locking my computer up to the point that I have to do a hard reboot, this is unacceptable for a program that has been around as long as Bridge has. It is not good for our computers to have to keep doing these hard reboots, not to mention that it just makes your customers angry.

Version 12.0.4.286 is frequently flashing the thumnails when trying to view images in any space, Essentials, Filmstrip etc. but at least it doesn't lock my machine up like the "newest" version does. I can get 1 photo edited and saved into PSD, then I have to shut Bridge down and restart it. Adobe must think that we have nothing but time on our hands to deal with these issues, we apparently do not have deadlines or customers waiting for us to edit and get their images to them.

It is not like I don't have machine enough to run it and Photoshop

2021 iMac on Ventura with I7 processor, 16 gigs ram graphics card, 96 gigs of ram, 1 tb ssd harddrive

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Jun 25, 2023 Jun 25, 2023

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HI, @louised43358484; I'm both surprised and sorry to hear about your issues. I had a 2015 iMac, w/ 36 GB of ram and (I think it was) 4 GB of video ram (which was max at the time). When I started using Bridge 2023, it ran like a charm. Yes, there were some issues, but none of the issues you are describing. I never had to stop and restart Bridge to continue or reboot my computer. Now I'm on a Mac Studio, and other than it being a lot faster than my 2015 iMac, there is no difference in the performance of Bridge — just sailing along.

 

Meanwhile, you have a sweet machine. There's no reason for what you're experiencing.

 

Just out of curiosity, what maintenance operations have you done to Bridge (other than restarting and stuff like that)?

 

Are you experiencing ANY weird, stupid computer stuff in any other application, or is it just Bridge?

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Jun 25, 2023 Jun 25, 2023

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I have cleared cache, compacted numerous times, reset preferences so many times that I don't bother setting them back unless it affects how files open in ACR or anything like that.

Bridge is the only thing that I am having issues with. Photoshop runs like a charm, I took Lightroom off a few months ago and swore that I would not go back to it but it looks like that's what I might have to do. 
We did a full switch to Bridge because my daughter's laptop is new but definitely not specced out like my Mac, so it would save her having to have Lightroom running at the same time as PS. Bridge normally takes a lot less resources to run than LR but I have just about given up on keeping Bridge running long enough to get any work done.

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Jun 25, 2023 Jun 25, 2023

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OK, you've done all the standard things, thank you. 

 

If you're willing to try one more thing, I'd like to suggest you try Ventura Cache Cleaner*. I've been using this for maybe 10 years (?) I was having a really bad issue with Acrobat. I tried this, and the problem went away. Recently, I was unable to type an "n" dash (used to place a slightly longer hyphen in between a range, such as I take "110 – 15 steps each hour.") I could type hyphens and "m" dashes (—), just not "n" dashes. Apple wanted me to do a whole reinstall of Ventura, something that I really didn't want to do.

 

So, I stared up VCC, ran it, and my "n" dashes came back. The good news is that VCC can be used for ten days before you have to pay for it, so if it doesn't work or you just do not want it. Nothing harmed but a tad of time. Personally, I do not run it all that often, maybe 2–3 times per year. I tend to run it when my computer is acting dumb and needs a dope slap.

 

*The name changes as the system changes so it was once Big Sur Cache Cleaner, etc. 

 

Here's where to download it: (https://www.northernsoftworks.com/venturacachecleaner.html)

 

There are two, maybe two, tabs I typically use: Maintenance, Cache Cleaning, and sometimes I also do the Optimize.
 
Click on the Maintenance tab:
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I check everything there is (clicking on “All” in the upper right corner does the same thing) and click Run. You may or may not have to restart depending on what it finds and what it does.
 
Then, if things are acting a bit “off” I might do the Cache Cleaning thing. This is what sold it for me.
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I’ve done a Medium Cleaning and clicked all three options. There have been times I did a deep cleaning. I'd do the Medium before the Deep and see if that solves the problem. Depending on what it finds, it may or may not require a restart of the computer. 
 
Lastly is the Optimize. I can’t say I’ve seen that much difference with this, but it doesn’t seem to hurt. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.
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There is a manual if you want to get a more knowledgeable background on what to click on.
 

If this helps, please let me know. 

 

I neither work for Adobe nor Northern Software. I do support both because they help me get my work done. 

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Jun 25, 2023 Jun 25, 2023

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Thank you! I will look into it when I get this job set of images done. I am not installing and causing more issues until I have a bit of time to deal with any issues that might come up LOL

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Absolutely correct.

 

There's always this issue about "Do you want to get the job done the way you think it should be done, or do you want to get the job done?"

 

Then you can experiment.

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Hey Gary

An update after using Ventura Cache Cleaner, unfortunately no difference in how Bridge is acting. I am going to downgrade my iMac back to Monterey and see if that helps any. I am not a fan of Ventura so it won't break my heart to take that step backward. Ventura does not play nice with Intel so I may as well take it off and go back to a known stable base then see what I have after in regards to Bridge.

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