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370 Points

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 11:24 PM

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Bridge: Bring back the "New Synchronized Window" in Bridge CC

I am a long term user of Photshop and recently upgraded to PS CC. Bridge CC does not have the option "New Synchronized Window" under Windows tag. I have found this to be very helpful with my 2 monitor setup.

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634 Points

7 years ago

Yes! Why would they take this feature away? It seems like Adobe hates Bridge. It has not improved in the last few versions. In fact, with the removal of the synchronized window feature, it has gotten worse this time around.

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370 Points

7 years ago

Has anyone heard from Adobe regarding this?
I hope they listen and bring this (New Synchronized WIndow in Bridge) feature back.

N. Vijayan

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634 Points

7 years ago

The solution to this problem seems to be to reinstall Bridge CS6. My hope is that they removed New Synchronized Window so that they could build in a better way to work with more than one monitor. Adobe hasn't said anything, so until then, I'll just work with CS6. Bridge CS6 works better anyway.

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440 Points

Unfortunatly even using CS6 is now a problem. Features are disappering because of what seems like certificates expiring. Export no longer works as of 31st Oct

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4.3K Points

7 years ago

There has been no explanation from Adobe so far for yet another deplorable down-grading of essential tools and functionality in Bridge CC.

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112 Points

7 years ago

This is ridiculous. I too upgraded to CC to find that the New Synchronized Window is gone. Does Adobe not realize how many of us use multiple monitor setups? I'm sure the justification was to push users towards LR. But just because LR comes with CC doesn't mean I want to use it for everything...it's not always the proper tool.

To take a way a key piece of functionality for multi-monitor users in Bridge for seemingly no reason is absurd.

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112 Points

Well, 6 years later, I have to say Adobe won on this one. I migrated my workflow completely to LR and PS (and don't touch Bridge anymore). 

LR is ultimately the better tool, but it was a frustrating transition from Bridge to it. 

What I don't get is why Adobe supports Bridge at all anymore? What's the point if its going to be a crippled piece of software?

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16.8K Points

Bridge does a lot of things that Lightroom does not. My day job is product photography and I cannot use Lightroom in my workflow, but Bridge (warts and all, and with help from numerous scripts I've written) does the job.

I also have a freelance photo business and there, Lightroom is much better than Bridge.

Bridge is also for more than photographers; designers and illustrators can use it where Lightroom can't handle InDesign and Illustrator files.

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440 Points

I believe Lightroom is the better stand-alone program but its designed for individuals not companies. As far as I'm aware, and correct me if I'm wrong but the catalogue cant be shared with other PC's. In my business, we need to edit live and view on different PC's. I'd be constantly covering to JPeg if we didn't use Bridge. There has obviously been a route change at adobe. Bridge is being worked on again and that hope is the only thing making me stick with photoshop for the foreseeable future.

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112 Points

Those are great observations David. I own a freelance photography business, and then also lead a full-service creative team of eight professionals. You're totally right, Bridge supports Ai and ID, and if you don't have another way to organize them, Bridge is probably the best.

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112 Points

Regarding your question Mark, yes, you can sync your catalog across multiple computers, but you have to use a workaround, like Dropbox, to synchronize. Works better for one person working at a time compared to a whole team, but does the trick. 

Other options (but not ideal): use XMP sidecar files for all your RAW images. Or even more integrated, convert everything to DNG, which includes the XMP data all in one file.

In practice, our team keeps their own separate LR local catalog, and then like you mentioned, exports to JPEG for use by the rest of the team. 

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634 Points

7 years ago

I was very disappointed to find out how crippled Bridge CC is with respect to dual monitor setups. There's not only this issue, but also the fact that the mouse scroll wheel doesn't work if Bridge CC is on the secondary monitor.

In order to get these basic functionalities back I had to re-install Photoshop CS6 to get Bridge CS6. My workflow is a mess now since Bridge CS6 does not integrate well with Photoshop CC, so I'm constantly jumping back and forth between PS versions.

Synchronized window has been broken for a while (doesn't remember settings when you quit), but at least it kind of worked. I don't know many pros who only use one monitor. Taking away this valuable feature without explaining what's happening is a real blunder. It does seem like Adobe is trying to push us all to Lightroom, but Lightroom just doesn't make sense for all of us. I find Bridge so much faster and more efficient for most of the things I do on a daily basis.

We'll never know the true reason for this unless Adobe deigns to bless us with an answer. I'm not holding my breath.

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634 Points

7 years ago

By the way, one possible way to work is to stretch the Bridge CC window across two monitors. You can split the window and put the preview pane on one window and the content pane on the other. I might be able to use this "solution" except that mouse scrolling doesn't work, so you can't scroll through your images. It's just a huge pain to use Bridge CC until the simple functionality of mouse scrolling gets fixed.

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82 Points

7 years ago

Another dual monitor user here, missing this essential tool. Bring it back, please, for now I HAVE to turn back to Bridge CS6.

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202 Points

7 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Bring back Bridge's Synchronized Window.


I can't open Bridge CC with either the desktop icon or from Photoshop CC (File> Open Bridge). The only way I can get it is to open Mini Bridge in PS CC, then open Bridge in Mini Bridge. I also note that you did away with "Open a New Synchronized Window" in Bridge CC. I wish you would put that command back in. I have a dual monitor set-up (like many other users of PS) and found it very useful to use 2 Windows; one for Content and the other for Preview. I found this set-up much more useful than Mini-Bridge. Whoever told you that everybody was using laptops? Some of us still take our previews very seriously.

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370 Points

7 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Synchronized new window in Bridge.


How come Bridge CC still does not have the "new synchronized window" feature? Is there a possibility that this will be included in the next upgrade?

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202 Points

7 years ago

Originally I complained about this and another problem 8 months ago (not the 12 minutes listed above). My other problem with PS CC was simple and answered the same day by a Senior Adobe Staff member. This issue was ignored. Now I find there are at least 8 of us and probably many many more who are pissed off about the lack of the Synchronized Window in Bridge. (In the meantime, I note Adobe thinks Mini Bridge is a great innovation. I NEVER use Mini Bridge. It's totally useless unless you're using a laptop and no serious PS Pro uses a laptop.) I think it's about time an Adobe staffer gives us an answer. ARE YOU LISTENING ADOBE??

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112 Points

7 years ago

One more voter in the crowd. Theycan get rid of Mini Bridge and bring back the Synchronized Window in Bridge, at least if they are listening.

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19.2K Points

7 years ago

It seems that Mini-Bridge might be gone for a while: http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotco...

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60 Points

6 years ago

I really don`t get why one gets active to make something worse. What is the point in taking away features? I`d really appreciate an answer from adobe - and the return of the Synchronized Window.

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70 Points

6 years ago

Obviously Adobe is not listening to the rants here. I guess they assume that reading this blog is going to cost them money. (i.e. paying to develop improvements that their loyal customers want). It is always about the profit margin. If a company really made products that included customer satisfaction first and profit later would be swallowed up in financial losses that would put them out of business. I think that is a misnomer. campbell soups only makes a couple pennies profit on a can of soup. They constantly make good soup (I feel and enjoy) and surprising improve and come out with some creative soups. They are doing well according to their stocks and quarterly reports. How do they do this... by selling a lot of cans. If adobe lowered their prices, got creative (well just listen to what their customers want) and gave what the consumer wants, I am sure they would sell a lot of cans too and make probably more money than they do now. Well having said this and seeing Adobe doesn't listen leads me to the question I wanted to ask. Is there a way or a blog that anyone knows where they do listen? If not is there any other company making software that is giving Adobe a run for their business? I'd love to know. Thanks. (oh ya, I too miss the new synchronized window feature as well!)