Not seeing HDR merge in Bridge cc

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I just updated my Bridge cc after I received notice that it will be able to merge HDR files within Bridge. I can't find that functionality in Bridge - it still merges inside Photoshop. Where is that HDR merge with Bridge hidden?
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Bridge has never had an HDR merge in Bridge, it just has scripts to call Photoshop to do the merge. Are you saying that the Photoshop scripts for Bridge are missing? If so, you may need to reinstall Photoshop.
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I know, but I saw a notice this morning that Bridge cc now has that ability. I downloaded and installed the newest Bridge cc and can't find the new feature. It still only has the scripts that run Photoshop.
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Could you be thinking about the ACR 9.0/Lightroom CC feature?
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I guess it's possible. I should probably switch to Lightroom as it seems better suited for photography.
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Lightroom works for some workflows, but not all.
I end up using Bridge most of the time.
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OK thanks. I'll do a careful comparison.
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I think maybe you are referring to a new feature in Camera Raw 9.0 which now includes HDR and Panaromic merge. Here's a couple of Adobe videos that shows these features:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwsB6...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzVVq...
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By the way - thanks for the prompt reply.
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I wish I could find where I read that!
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To give a more direct and complete answer for anyone reading this, the way you do Merge to HDR starting in Bridge CC is, have ACR 9.0+ installed, then select the images in Bridge, right-click and choose Open in Camera Raw, then click on the little three-dots-lines icon at the top left where it says Filmstrip and choose Select All, then click that again, and choose Merge to HDR.
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Aha - I was right! Adobe did change the way you do HDR and Panorama merges in Bridge. It now automatically saves a merged dng file - similar to Lightroom. Cool and thanks a million Steve! After this exchange I must express my disappointment with Adobe for not documenting any of this.
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Actually it's more "added a way to do this in ACR instead of just Photoshop".
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You can still do the old version the way you always have, in PS; however, unlike Photoshop's HDR Pro, if you merge raw files using LR6/ACR9, the resulting DNG is still raw-ish, a linear-DNG, where you can change the camera profile and white-balance the same as raws.
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As far as Adobe giving zero information, did you click on the What's New link before installing the CR update for Photoshop? I am not sure what it said, because I have Lightroom, and most of the documentation is about that, since it was a new program release, and not just a plug-in, but the same new HDR and Pano functions are in each. Here is one bit of documentation about ACR9 from Adobe:

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjourn...

And there are other places as well - watch the video, here:
http://petapixel.com/2015/04/22/adobe...
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Thanks Steve
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Hello Steve, I use Bridge CC and Photoshop CC. I followed the steps exactly as you've outlined, but I don't get the 3-dots lines icon, nor do I get the 'filmstrip'. I just see Camera Raw 9.0 for Canon 50D (in the heading); on the left pane, I just get a 'Select All' button and a 'Sync' button plus of course the selected thumbnails.

The only way I can get from Bridge to Photoshop is to use the Tools & click on 'Photoshop' entry and select 'Merge to HDR Pro'. This hands the 'images' to Photoshop and the combined image is re-presented in Camera Raw.

I then make the various changes, such as Exposure, Highlight, etc.

After all my edits, when I try to save, almost always, Photoshop is unable to save - usually stopping at around 97%. I end up having to delete the Photoshop process (in Windows 7). I am using a Lenovo T510 laptop: Intel core i5 with 4GB RAM, 32-bit W7.

Also in Photoshop CC, I can't save to DNG format; only PSD , Photoshop Raw, etc. are presented. Please could you explain how to save the combined raw images in a DNG file format either in Bridge or Photoshop?

Hope you can help.
Ashe
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It sounds like you're using PS-CS6 not PS-CC when you're opening raw files in ACR 9 and not seeing the HDR option.

Try selecting one image and choose Open Image and then do Help / About Photoshop and see what version you are opening from Bridge.