Bridge CS6 very slow displaying TIFF thumbnails if RAW support is enabled.

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Bridge CS6 is very slow to display tiff thumbnails unless I disable RAW support. Even with thumbnails and previews already extracted, displaying a folder containing thousands of TIFFs takes 10-15 minutes on my very fast multicore SSD workstation -- it wants to load every thumbnail in the folder sorted by filename before finally showing them sorted by Date Modified, all the while accessing the HD where the full-res files are, instead of just using the central cache. (And if the folder is full of layered TIFFs, Bridge gets stuck in an endless loop of caching.)

Also, disabling RAW support changes the appearance of grayscale TIFFs in Bridge -- they get lighter and look overexposed. It also makes Bridge start from scratch extracting thumbnails -- a process that will take days in our production environment. Our TIFFs were all generated from digital backs and flatbed scanners. Not sure why RAW support would even come into play, but it does.

Was ready to go back to CS5 until we figured out what was happening using Sysinternals Process Monitor. Disabling RAW support enables thumbnails to display normally (i.e. right away, sorted by Date Modified) but they look funny if they're grayscale. This needs a patch pronto, seeing as how RAW support is enabled by default.

Keywords: Adobe Bridge CS6 broken takes forever to display thumbnails. TIFF RAW slow

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