Bridge: Release as a Standalone application

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Dear Adobe,
You are missing the mark with Bridge. You prevent a mass install base by only including it on certain products, instead of a stand alone product. We have 5-6 people at our company (small company) that do not use, or need to use, any of your Adobe products but still need to have to access our image libraries that the creative team so through enjoys viewing with Bridge. They need to email the image to a customer or whatever, but since our budget doesn't allow us to install a major Adobe product on their computers, let alone the fact they won't use it, we have to look beyond Adobe for that capability.

We would pay $75 per install if you made it a stand alone product.
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Kevin Watson

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Bridge is just a file navigation program, like Windows Explorer or Macintosh Finder. It does not grant any special access to networks or other folder locations. Even with Bridge installed on your co-workers machines, you would still have to email the image to them.

Bridge does allow you to view a thumbnail of any file type supported by any Adobe product, regardless of whether that product is installed or not. Perhaps this is what you are referring to.

That being said, thank you for your support. This is a topic that has been discussed and with a greater show of support for the community at large, such a suggestion can be pushed forward.
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Bridge has ALWAYS been more then just a Finder or Windows Explorer. Thats a ridiculously comparison. Bridge's primary use is for managing Metadata of hundreds of images within asset libraries which is  a VERY important function for image managers that you have obviously overlooked. Titles, descriptions, keywords, authorship, copyright usage rights & contact info among others things. The batch file functions are also not to be overlooked as a commonly used tool for image asset mangers such as Photography & Illustrator reps and newspaper photo desk managers. It does utilize the small previews of formats such as multipage InDesign, illustrator & PDF files as well as larger previews of pixel based files in the preview window. I think your analysis of Bridge was based on your limited scope of usage of the aplication.

Try editing Metadata in the Finder... It doesn't need FTP ability... If the server is linked Bridge can access it. Yes I can write a script to run batch file naming in the Finder but I wouldn't ask a rep to do that.

Yes there are other tools available but Bridge is more widely available.
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@Brett N So your Windows Explorer / Mac Finder allows you to copy develop settings and paste them to other images, and add various metadata including custom XMP via a user-friendly GUI? And it also shows image previews with the develop settings applied?

Maybe you could share what add-ons you're using as I certainly wouldn't be averse to only using Windows Explorer to manage my images.
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WHY not sell the Bridge as a separate program with a extra price

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Bridge: Sell Bridge as a stand alone product.
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Brett,
Thank you for your reply. This is exactly what I was saying to you. Adobe doesn't see the product in its fullness. While Adobe may look at this program as a file browser, creative folks like myself see Bridge as a DAM (digital asset management) program.

At my last job, we were going the Canto Cumulus route. We wanted a visual browser with meta data capabilities that provides easy access and previews of the creative assets without opening the programs. So since Bridge did this, we did not spend the money on Cumulus.

But we have people that may need to view the files in order to upload them somewhere or drag and drop them into an email for a vendor/customer. Trust me... this is a legitimate need and I think Adobe underestimates the true value of Bridge.

If you add better capabilities closer to cumulus, like better HTML output for porting some assets online and such.... you guys would be making a killing.

At the least, sell it as a digital download only, if not bundled with an application or suite.
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I, too, think that Bridge has long been underestimated and underutilized. I think you bring up a good point and we'll see if others agree. But your idea is now on the radar.
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hi all

i too agree that ADOBE underestimates the usefulness and the popularity of a stand alone BRIDGE program.

i am a stock photographer ( both royalty free and licensed ) using INTEL MACS OSX 10.6.8 and i have on my computers 60,000 to 100,000 files.

these files collected over 30 years, are every format, some scanned slides, some NIKON (nefs) RAWS, and of course TIFFS and JPGS.

BRIDGE in the only useful and easily used program out there that lets me, for example, simultaneously select on my MAC hundreds of files types, duplicate them all at once, add keywords, titles, picture info, and then move them in a group to another folder or networked computers.

Many many users have similar stories --- Love the BRIDGE PROGRAM, but dont need the sophistication of PHOTOSHOP.

i have tried all the main program--- lightroom, aperture, organizer, etc.
but still come back to BRIDGE it is a gem.

david iushewitz
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I agree with the idea to have Bridge as a stand-alone app available, i.e. without having to purchase the full CS. For my workflow I use Lightroom 4 and I love it. LR already has very good library management functionality built in.

However, LR lacks of two very important features which Bridge brings along:
1) LR cannot simply view pictures without importing them. This is sometimes very useful if you just plugin an SD card and simply want to browse the images (including their meta data) on it without including them into your LR library.
2) LR still does not provide a real full screen view in its 4th generation.

While the second issue can easily be addressed by simply adding a real full screen preview to LR, the firstly named feature wouldn't make sense in LR. For this, Bridge would still be a valuable asset complementing LR.

Best regards,
Alex
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(I'm talking from the perspective of a CS4 user)

I also think, there is much more unused potential behind the Bridge concept. We see it as a DAM and more, not just as browser. We need it for all files on the computer, not only for those created with Adobe. It makes (should make) no sense to install a further file manager, when we already use Bridge. No one of the user I know does manage only Adobe files. Our workflows are more complex. We cannot allow to loose our time organizing some things in Bridge and some other somewhere else. This is absolutely counterproductive.

Think about increasing its power and scope. It should be a much more serious tool.
Just three samples: PDF as Adobe File, Word and Excel as foreign files.

PDF - we only can browse one page at a time. We aren't able to merge PDFs, we aren't able to select many pages within a PDF and create a new PDF and we aren't able to add or delete pages to/from a PDF. And this although PDF is an Adobe product.

Word and Excel - we aren't able to associate keywords to them. We also aren't able to browse and navigate within such files although they are so often needed. This is unacceptable!

In all three cases: we aren't able to search their contents! Poor.

Michael
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The main point for me is also not addressed above. I find the Organizer confusing, slow and at times totally unintelligible. I yearn for Bridge just as a viewer to do simple tasks with Elements at the side. And the message I get when I try to use Bridge with Elements 10 seems misleading,telling me that I need to buy an Adobe product to use it. I bought two (actually back to Elements 2.0) and it seems to me that the EULA should still apply.

I guess I'll keep using my Fuji browser or Graphic Converter for the Mac instead of the Adobe product I own but which is not integrated into Elements 10.
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Elements 10 does not come with Bridge. Elements 10 does not licence Bridge. Bridge must be licensed by whatever product was used to install it. That product must be launched first to license it (also called activation), then Bridge will share that license. Depending on the version of Bridge, it will require a specific version of another product to license it. For example, you can't license Bridge CS6 with Illustrator CS5. The same holds true for Photoshop Elements and Bridge. Only a couple versions of Elements came with Bridge (if memory serves, it was versions 6 and 8). Version 2 actually pre-dates Bridge entirely.

At no point did you ever pay for Bridge, it always comes free with certain products. Photoshop Elements 10 is not one of those products.
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I work with Photoshop Element 11 and use Bridge CS 3 to navigate and open my photos. In order to overcome the problem of Bridge not being able to "see" my RAW files I take a Raw and Jpg of every shot. I dont like and sont use Photoshop Organizer and would be very pleased if Bridge would again be made available with Photoshop Element!

Niels Rasmussen
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I have CS5.5 Master Collection. What is want right now is Adobe Bridge CS6. Does anyone have any ideas of how i can get a copy without having to pay for a full upgrade? Adobe offer a trial version with CS Cloud but i am not sure if the trial expires or is unlimited for Bridge?
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What is Bridge for me?
- 85% human error reduction;
- direct link to my team over our inner libraries;
- platform where I can study and test new ideas to help my team;
- the base where I collect team individual productivity data, having each individual access his history line-chart on his KPI's and team KPI's;
- error automatic duplicate product detection (connected with our own app);
- the sky is the limit;

Please Bridge, be even better. You must.

An image only to show what most people is somehow not used to see:



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Well, here's some good news...

Bridge CC is a 100% free product from Adobe:

It’s True – Adobe Bridge CC is Completely Free for Everyone, for Life

Hope that makes some folks here happy.
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I would prefer Bridge to be paid but finally debugged on some old scripting bugs.

Interesting is the fact that we do not find any info regarding the scripting extention capabilities of Bridge, the most important of all (at least for me).

But at least someone is talking about Bridge.

As we say 'The mountain laboured and brought forth a mouse'.
Why isn't it officially announced from Adobe?
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A Bridge update is in the works! Stay tuned.
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Pedro Marques

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You rock! Bring it to me! Can't wait. We are upgrading computers also :-)
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I am happy to know that this has come to fruition as a standalone app. Yay! Can we close this discussion, Jeffrey?