I think there would be great benefit to integrating Bridge and Lightroom. Lightroom is fantastic and I use it extensively in my workflow to import directly from my camera memory card, rate images, tweak if necessary, and export to jpeg (my images are raw). However, Lightroom is not so good at browsing images that are on a hard drive or network drive. If your hard drive has many raw images (or JPEG) you can nicely browse in Bridge and find the images you want. However, you now have to open Lightroom and import the images. Why not just have an open or import into Lightroom menu. Yes I know you can open them in Photoshop using Camera Raw but for most of my images I prefer to use Lightroom when I don't have to make any "creative" edit with Photoshop.
It has been suggested to just leave all my images in Lightroom and then search for them there. However I prefer to keep Lightroom clean (about 1 -2 years worth of images) and I also have many old images that were scanned and never came through Lightroom.
I think this would be a very useful tool and I would not think it would be that difficult to integrate.
It would seem you could get *some integration between the two, using startup scripts, if you could figure out the scripting for lightroom. Since I've seen no devkit for it myself (though I know there is one since people script plugins for it all the time--though mostly for exports), I couldn't be certain how to actually code the darn thing.
The process (from what you are describing) would go like this:
Browse for image(s) in BRIDGE, select image(s), get file locations of selected image(s) [this would be a list for a looping section to work each file], put up a text box for naming the new collection Lightroom will use, check if Lightroom Desktop open (Open it if not), check if collection exists (create new if not), import file(s) to collection.
If anybody knows how to code this in a script, you could probably use it in bridge to send data to a holding collection in Lightroom where you can then handle the camera-raw develop processes directly.
Again, I do not code, but I have begun some study in that direction.
In the meanwhile, those who wish to work this way can do the following:
-----Put in a memory chip and partition the disk in sizes that match DVDs with one called Canon, then other called LIGHTROOM, and any excess space called CACHE.
-----Inside the CANON partition Create a folder named with a number (eg 100)
This is important, as each numbered folder will represent something different in the camera, usually a lens change, so you can separate images this way as well, just remember to keep their folder structure when you import them
-------On the Lightroom partition create a folder called LIGHTROOM (this will make it easier to see in lightroom later.
Bridge can copy or move images to the CANON folder without losing anything, and you can separate them into numbered folders to differentiate them for processing
--------In Bridge, you should mark the files with keywords before you send them to the numbered folder on the CANON partition, usually something descriptive but short so it's easier to remember, no caps, and something easy to search; now just copy them over
--------Remember to have Lightroom save the xmp and metadata into the file, not into sidecar files
--------When you open lightroom, you can create a new catalog and save it to the LIGHTROOM folder on the disk
--------Import your files, do your work save the catalog
--------You can now copy your files back to their original location however you want; if they are in different folders, you will have to do them one at a time... ...total pain... ...Best to move things to a single folder then move them around later based on keywording in bridge. Keywords are a very big timesaver.
Partitions sized at about 3gb are good for DVD (single layer), 7gb for double layer, 18-23gb for standard bluray, 48 for double layer, and 98-120 for tripple layer bdxl.