Bridge and Photoshop sort files differently

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Bridge and Photoshop sort files differently.  For example, if folder has two files

a_180-237.psd
a_1082-417.psd

Bridge will show them in the order above and Photoshop -> Automate -> Batch will open them in the reverse order.

I want them to be the same as I sometimes build scripts assuming the correct file order is displayed.  Almost every other program I know of sorts them the way Photoshop does and not Bridge so I would vote Bridge should be fixed.

Since I suppose there are some Bridge users out there who actually like Bridge detecting some characters are a number and doing a clever numeric sort instead of alpha sort, I suppose a preference option is called for.

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Bridge in list view mode on both platforms and the Mac OS Finder show the following sort order or the standard upper arrow name^ (standard ascending numerical/alpha order low to high, a-z) sort:

1.png
2.png
a_180-237.png
a_1082-417.png
a.png
b.png

However Windows 10 sorts on the ascending upper arrow name^ sort:

1.png
2.png
a.png
a_180-237.png
a_1082-417.png
b.png

So Windows would appear to be “the odd one out” for general list display order.

Moving on...

Batch processing with an input folder and adding a sequence number resulted in the following order:

1_001.png
2_002.png
a_003.png
a_180-237_005.png
a_1082-417_004.png
b_006.png 

Going by the sequence number, it would appear that there is indeed a different processing order taking place... Repeating the test with the files selected in Bridge as the source for the Batch, the same order is output, breaking the Bridge sort which would appear to confirm that Photoshop’s Batch command uses a different sort order – regardless of the source being set to Folder or Bridge.

P.S. Bridge offers the ability to drag items to create a custom sort view, overriding the apparent standard view (which can be reset by clicking on the name column header, switching the arrow from ascending to descending and back to ascending). 

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