Bridge - Collection Sets

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Bridge is a photo management tool, so why do we have to scroll through our 30 collections every time we are saving new photos? Lightroom has had nested collections for 10 years, yet the Adobe product marketed as strictly as a "Photo management tool" does not have a similar feature. I use Bridge to organize art and graphic design elements, and have no need for the editing features of Lightroom. There is no way to justify the subscription fee simply to get a feature that should already be there, so anyone in a similar situation is stuck with endless collections and a scroll bar that you can not use while dragging an image.

I would love to see this issue resolved in the next update, but as the years of forums posts begging for this simple feature lead me to believe, Adobe cares more forcing users to spend money than they do about making the best possible product.
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Unlike LR, Bridge was basically a "free" product. Many of us asked them (pre subscription days) to place a modest price on it in the hopes we'd get what we paid for— an up-to-date browser-style management tool. Instead, they basically gave up on it for several years and nearly allowed it to die. It's lingered in a vicious cycle of not enough heavy users to make them feel the app is worth their investment in it, and not enough features and performance to generate more users. (sigh)

The fact that it is being worked on at all, improved a little, is good news for those of us who want a tool to manage more than our image files and don't like using our OS system for all our needs—Finder and Explorer are inadequate, too. But I totally agree with you that currently there's more lacking than present in the design. Sadly, a LOT more. It's the only browser (apart from LR, which I don't and won't use for asset management) that understands Stacks. It invented them before there was a LR. But it's the weakest feature in all of Bridge. Bridge also can preview many files that other browsers can barely acknowledge exist—and display included assets and links for many file types. The Finder/Explorer doesn't know there are linked files, included swatches, etc.

Now Bridge can preview some transparency, which others can't. But it can't preview our preset files nor can it preview our file formats that our Finder/Explorer can—those basic formats outside the Adobesphere. I can't view a TXT file large and see even the opening lines, or see a thumbnail of a RIF file, for example, but the Finder can—it's not rocket science to preview these files. So even the features that makes it stand out compared to other browsers were neglected so long, they're completely inefficient by today's standards.

I would go so far as to say that scrolling, as annoying as it is (and it is very annoying), is probably the least of our problems with the current state of Bridge and all the features that are lacking or, if present, desperately inadequate. I just hope they don't give up, since I've given up on the hope that Adobe will throw enough resources into Bridge to make it the real "bridge" to all their apps and a crowning jewel in its own right.

I don't think many of the stockholders ever use Adobe products, and certainly not as much as we do, so of course short-term profit is what drives most decisions in most corporations these days. But they haven't abandoned Bridge yet. . .