Bridge: Support HiDPI for Windows

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After fixing the issue with my new Samsung monitor (3846x2160) in Photoshop CC2014 by setting the preferences in Experimental Features to Scale UI 200%,

I have the same problems with Bridge. Only that Bridge doesn't give me any choice in preferences.

Lightroom, Dreamweaver and Illustrator are o.k.

Hope Adobe will address the HD screen issue soon, since I read that many users have similar problems.
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For those of you with Canons, I just tried using its Digital Photo Professional software (ver 4.0 is the latest). They have apparently solved the font-scaling problem, and it does everything I used Bridge for. It might work for you, too. 

Fortunately it is free, since we are already paying Adobe for Bridge.  Here is the link, select the 
"Software" tab and it is the top one in the list.

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/details/cameras/dslr/eos-70d?tab=drivers#Z...
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I really like Bridge, but since I got a 4K monitor it became near impossible to use.  Please prioritize adding support for HiDPI!  Thank you!
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David

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If it's a full size monitor, change to 2k and don't hold your breath for them to fix it.
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Paul Lawrence

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Adobe seem non-committal on this and seem to blame MS. The reality is they could fix it if they wanted to (a manifest file with vector based components would be a great start!). My experience of this type of prevarication with other vendors is that it normally precedes the product being dropped.
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Carol Salmanson

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Chris Cox, do you think we could get a discount for the inability of Adobe to give us what we've been paying for?
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scott campbell

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Paul, I totally agree with you. I worked in software for 15 year, Microsoft, Visio, ESRI... At all companies, when we stopped fixing major critical product errors we were phasing out the products. Like you, I've mentioned that based on history and experience, I think Bridge is on it's way out. And you're right, a temporary fix is easy and Adobe won't even do that, instead leaving it up to the use to try and figure out the manifest file solution, and then to blame MS or say they are working closely with MS. I have to agree with you that I think Bridge and then probably ACR are on their way out. It would be really sad if they relied on LR as the replacement, however, about a year ago I read somewhere that a major change was coming for Bridge. So who knows. It's just a bummer they won't support Bridge at this level in the interim.  
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This makes sense.  LR is a good product, but time-consuming to use.  A lot of people really like it.  I appreciate its good features, but work a lot faster with Bridge, Adobe Raw and PS.
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About a year ago I read somewhere that a major change was coming for Bridge.
That "Major Change" could just as easily be a major new Upgrade to Bridge and not its discontinuation.

Also, ACR is the major engine on which Lr runs; and it is also available from inside other major Adobe programs (including Photoshop); so I feel that it is extremely unlikely to be discontinued
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Ann, you're right. I shouldn't say ACR would be discontinued. I meant the Bridge interface and the current ACR interface would likely change significantly.  Since neither of them are being supported for this major usage issue are likely to be phased out/changed/evolved.  As you probably know, in software dev, when something is too hard to fix, it's often left as is and fixed in the next major release or the next evolution. This is just my on personal opinion based on my own personal experience.  I was also chiming in on what Paul Lawrence stated. 
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The Bridge team is working on HiDPI support. We'll update this thread once this thread once we have more info.
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Please hurry!  I use Bridge in front of my clients and am embarrassed by the way I fumble around because of the tiny UI.
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This can be resolved in the interim via a manifest sidecar file workaround.
http://www.danantonielli.com/adobe-ap...
I just tested this on my Dell XPS 13 and it seems to do the job.
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Thanks, worth trying though a bit complex.  A lot of people are afraid to tinker with the registry.
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Ah. Well, give it a shot and post back how it goes :)
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I will try on my high res laptop.  On my desktop with a 27 inch monitor, I just gave up and lowered resolution.  On a 13 inch laptop, there is nothing you can do with screen res to make Bridge useful.  I do have to be careful because I am running a VPN and a remote desktop on that macine.  The thought of re-installing everything gives me the chills, but I have done some registry alterations in the past without incident.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bridge UI size.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bridge Display problem... Files & file names too small.

Adobe Bridge Display problem... 64 bit Bridge... Dell XPS 15 ... 4k Touch display..... Menu Bar and Page title (text size) displays correctly but the files folders and file names below show up very very small (unreadable).....even after adusting the slider in the lower right hand part of the screen all the way up....... the folder get a little bigger but the text is super small and does not enlarge... All other Adobe Programs run correctly...

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Photoshop: Support scalable user interface UI for high resolution monitors.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why is Bridge still unusable with 4k resolution monitor? The problem is solved in....
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ui scaling for all new cc products.

I find it completely unbelievable that adobe has graphics, and photography software for customers, with no ui scaling support for 4k monitors. What kind of monitors do you think graphics, and photography professionals use. The latest and greatest of course. So why don't you have support for this. You really dropped the ball on this.
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I agree.... I have problems with several Adobe programs. Does anyone know if a fix is in the works.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled High resolution monitor of no use...Font, toolbars ect all too small to read..

I have a high resolution screen and cannot read anything within either my Lightroom or Elements. Support advised me that your programs are not designed for the higher resolution monitors. I now have 2 software programs that are of no use to me. Where do I go from here? I already tried to reduce my resolution without luck. I purchased a higher resolution monitor to help in editing photos so I am not sure why your software will not support it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bridge UI scaling on 4K display.

Just the Adobe CC suite on my new Dell XPS 15 with 4k display. All seems fine, except for Bridge. Text is so ver small, I can only just read it with a loupe!

From what I've been reading this has been a known issue since at least 2013.

What's up Adobe?! How could this be overseen/neglected? I'm paying a premium price and expect basic stuff like this to work by... two years ago!
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Update!!

Back in March 2016, I wrote to Popular Photography concerning this issue. They just agreed to publish my letter. See thread below (read from bottom up):

To: <personal information removed by admin>

Thank
you for responding. I am located in Syosset, NY.

I
sincerely appreciate your inclusion of my letter in your magazine. I hope it
puts some pressure on Adobe to address this issue.

Again,
thanks.

Richard



<Personal information removed by Admin>
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2016 1:07 PM
To: Richard E. Nussbaum
Subject: Re: Article on Adobe Bridge

Thank you for your letter, <personal information removed by admin>.

Although you wrote to us quite a while ago, we have space to
run your letter in the magazine now and I think our readers will find your
information helpful. 

We like to include our correnspondents' city and state with
letters to the editor—may I have yours?

<personal information removed by admin>


www.PopPhoto.com

www.AmericanPhotoMag.com



On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:51 PM, Richard E. Nussbaum <rnussbau@optonline.net>
wrote:

Thank you for your article on Adobe Bridge in the April 2016
issue of Popular Photography. Your article, however, was based on a Mac and
didn't address a critical default in the program. When using Bridge on a
Windows based computer with a HiDPI monitor, the menus are so small they are
unreadable. Photoshop (and other programs) permit you to scale the menus, but
not Bridge thus rendering Bridge virtually unusable on a newer Windows laptop
or desktop. This problem has existed for a while without being fixed by Adobe.
See the link below to an Adobe forum for the history and frustration. 

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/bridge-menu-too-small-to-read

Richard E. Nussbaum 



 

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Richard, per the official answer, the Bridge team is working on a solution for Bridge HiDPI on Windows. Also, please don't post others personal email addresses and phone #s on a public website without their consent. Thanks.
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Jeff it is a huge relief to hear that Bridge support is on going, as it is all too easy to suspect that we are going to be funneled into using Lightroom.  An awful lot of the regular posters on the Adobe Photoshop forum don't use Lightroom.  I have tried it on multiple occasions even committing heard earned dollars to purchasing LR before Creative Cloud, but Bridge remains king, and us power users want to keep it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I find it diffucult to understand why there is no way to increase font size in Br....

I find it diffucult to understand why there is no way to increase font size in Bridge. Therefore, I am deleting bridge even though I would like to use it
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My BRIDGE is super small font on my 27 inch screen. Adobe could not correct.. W....

My BRIDGE is super small font on my 27 inch screen.  However, Photoshop is fine. I am told by adobe there is no way to correct font size in BRIDGE and was ask to post question to find resolution HERE.
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There's already been a workaround on Windows for a few years now. Just read my earlier post. https://feedback.photoshop.com/photos...
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does not work, plus this does not fix the lack of touch ui in bridge for tablet use. And no update whatsoever with the latest releases...
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Evan, judging by your picture, maybe PS is too advanced for you, <grin>.  Seriously, have you tried the magnifier, it can work in a pinch but is clunky.  If you have a serious need for software of this type, you may have to use Lightroom.  I prefer Bridge to keep it simple.  My workaround has been to switch to 1920x1080 screen res, then Bridge is fine.  I hardly notice the difference and it makes life easier, even if I paid a lot for the monitor and am not using its full capabilities.
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Carol Salmanson

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If you have a Canon, its Digital Photo Professional software is a good replacement, and it's free.
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Evan G

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David, clunky workarounds are not what we' re looking for here, but a proper officially supported solution.
I can understand the lack of touch ui when Bridge was released, but not today.
Even heavy desktop apps like PR got some sort of touch functionality, for Bridge its totally unacceptable. 
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I agree
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Jörg

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Yes, me too!
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Mike Abbott

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It's completely unacceptable that in June 2016 this is still not fixed.
What are we paying a subscription for?
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Carol Salmanson

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Jeffrey Tranberry, it's been two months since your last post, and for me it's 8 months of paying for unusable software. Any news?
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Please add Scaling option of 150%  to latest Bridge release.
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Mary Jo Allen

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THANK YOU!!!  Thank you.  Thank you.  I wish it had come 3 days earlier in time for a huge project I had last week.  It is running just fine on my Surface Pro 3.  So much easier and better.
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I find it difficult to say thank you for a fix that should have been done a year ago! 'Bout time is what I say.
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Kim Badley

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Delightful! I just reinstalled and it works the way we would expect software from Adobe. Great work gentlemen. 
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Steve Morse

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Again. I find it difficult to say thank you for a fix that should have been done a year ago! 'Bout time is what I say.
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Evan G

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Is Adobe  suggesting I use Windows scaling for Bridge  instead of Adobe UI scaling as in PS?
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Ric Selbie

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Well it is about time for the fix.  It works really well on my screen.  Enough emails and letters to editors does seem to work.  Thanks Adobe.
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Official Response
Support for 200% was added to Bridge CC 2015. https://helpx.adobe.com/bridge/using/whats-new.html#HiDPIsupportanduserinterfacescalingpreferencefor...

Continuous scalable UI (e.g.150%, 250%, etc) is something the team is investigation, along with Photoshop.
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well, update wont work and the "interface" option is not in prefrances
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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What do you mean the "Update won't work"? Do you get a specific error?
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Warwick Biggs

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Going help - updates and nothing would happen. I believe adobe creative cloud was chucking a fit and not working. Re downloaded creative cloud, installed it and updates happening.
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David

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It definitely works.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled 4k screen scaling!.

bridge unusable with a 4k screen text is microscopic
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The font is now legible if I stick y face close to the screen, but not great. Light-years ahead of what it was, though.