Photoshop: Contactsheet function in bridge CS6

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The contactsheet function in photoshop cs6 is not as good as the one in cs3.
in cs3 (or 2?) it was possible to see how many pages your contactsheet would be. very usefull. Put it back in again please.
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Gregor
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Which Contact Sheet are you using in CS6? There is one in Bridge, and we've added Contact Sheet II back in Photoshop CS6 under File>Automate>Contact Sheet II...
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply.
I use Photoshop CS4 and am trying CS6 beta now.
If i remember correctly Cs4 dint have the old contactsheet function anymore but with some trickery it was possible to import the old cs3 (or2?) contactsheetfunction.

I use it a lot in bridge to sent my clients an overview.

In photoshop cs 6 bridge has again the contactsheet function. In my opinion it looks as if we are going way back in time with the cs6 contactsheet function.
Not only it has a more old fashioned look to the screen. it also lacks a for example the neat function of showing how many sheets you will end up with when choosing for example 6 rows, 5 collumns and 31 pictures.

have a look at my picture.

Thanks,
Gregor
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Gregor Servais

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The old one looks way better doesn't it?
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Michael Dean

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Yes the old is much better! In the old you could basically design what a customer wanted. If they wanted a 5 x 7 and some wallets of their son/daughter for example you could take care of that. However those days are gone.
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The old way show you a generated page layout thumbnail and calculated how many sheets would be generated and what size the images would be. The preview thumbnail and the image sizes are not always calculated correctly. It did not give you a thumbnail for the last page layout so you could see if the last page would be filled.

The new way does not show a generated page layout thumbnail or calculate how many pages will be generated and what size the images will be. However the new way has additional features You can now save and load preset and restore setting to the default settings. Additionally you can set the font appearance like normal bold italic etc. You can also group images by folder.

So if you want more function use CS6 if you want a thumbnail preview with fewer options use an older version. You may even be a able to hack the old script thumbnail preview into the newer script if you feel you need it because to can not do the math in you head. Its a bit tricky to calculate what size the images will be exactly because of the spacing used. I'll admit I ignore the spacing and just divide the paper width by the number of columns and the paper height by the number of rows to calculate image cell size. The script I wrote for roll paper uses has no spacing option and does not generate space between images why waste paper. It like using contact sheet II with spacing set to 0 inches.

If you hack the feature back into the script maybe you will do a better job the removed feature had bugs. Like the image size calculated were not correct looked like it use the same simple calculation I do in my head and not use spacing in the calculation.