Bridge: How do I optimize the performance of Bridge?

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Hello

Could you please give me some advice on speeding up Bridge on my machine?

I suspect a faster disk would help, but are there any settings I could try first?

Thanks
Fred
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Fred,

Many of the same hardware principles outlined in this document will also help Bridge:

http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...
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Bridge performance is improved as your file system is traversed.
Meaning as Bridge finds things, it caches them.
The more things your searches find that have been cached, the better the speed will be overall.

This means, things really slow when you first get started, but improve over time.

Make sure 100% Preview is enabled in the Cache Prefs in Bridge.

In down time, (say overnights)...
if you have a parent folder with lots of media and sub folders in your file system....you can select it, and choose show items from sub folders. this will force bridge to find all those items and start drawing thumbnails and caching previews and indexing for those items.

this can take a while.

but subsequent searches after this process completes should be snappier.

Other notes....

XMP tags are written into the media files themselves (when it can). this includes things like star ratings and keywords.

Caches are written to your local file system and optionally to the folder where the media resides. So if it is written to the folder where the media resides it can be helpful when other uses are also traversing a network share, because if their copy of Bridge finds the cache data in the folder, it will attempt to use the written data iin creating their own caches locally to their machines. (at least as I understand it)...

hope this helps....

Alex
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I feel that on the first boot of Bridge, there should be a prompt explaining to do the overnight caching, and explaining the main settings.
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Fred,

It sort of depends on what you're asking Bridge to do. What operations in particular do you want to speed up?

If what you want to do is speed up just browsing files you haven't browsed before, one thing you can try is turning on "Prefer Embedded Previews." In the Bridge path bar there are two little "checkerboard icons" (for lack of a better term). Clicking the lower-resolution one on the left turns this on. This setting tells bridge to just grab and use for a thumbnail an image preview embedded in the file, if there is one, and skip generating a high-quality preview. The embedded preview probably won't be an accurate preview of what you'll see when you open the photo in Photoshop or Camera Raw, but if you're just browsing around to find a specific photo it may work faster for you, especially if the photos are on a slower drive.

-David
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PECourtejoie, Champion

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Yes, David, but this is not self explanatory, and should be showcased in a small video, similar to the what's new videos for AI. It would help Bridge adoption, if it was faster for the user.
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I could not agree more.
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Fred Barrington

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THank you all for your help it is much appreciated.

I find the Prefer embedded previews to work best.

I tried selecting all so that everything is indexed, but it still seems to index again sometimes, so I dont know if it loses the indexes or something.

Fred
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alex udell

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Make sure to enable prefs>cache "Keep 100% Previews in Cache"
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Pedro Marques

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Hi

I have to deal of a team (20 people using Bridge) and one way of speeding most of the cache built speed was 3 things:

1. hardware (faster processor and good graphic card)
2. allocate the cache to a SSD disk will speed up (it shoulddn't use network, but must be integrated on computer;
3. using scripts to create a working panel inside Bridge to improve all the needs of your workflow;
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Fred Barrington

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Thank you pedro. I am not sure about scripts but you have confirmed my suspicions that I need a faster processor and better graphics card.

Do you by any chance have any ideas of how fast should be the minimum or how I can find out.

Fred
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Pedro Marques

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Hi Fred
It depend on the amount images/movies cache to be built/rebuilt.

For example, in our case we have people that is always receiving new raw images and movs in bridge. Every single day, a single element of the team must preview 5000 images and 400 videos.
If there is someone that pushes Bridge and the PCs to its limits, we are one of them.

So for us productivity is a must.

For now we several PCs (all windows7) i5 and i7 processors 64bits 3.3GHz | NVIDIA Quadro 2000

The SSD disk should be any but the major impact depends on the speed of saving/loading data.
We use SSD with speed that equals e normal rotation disk of 7200rpm

Finally, you should reset the cache time to time to free disk space and improve even more Bridge performance (but this is valid to people that are always using new files. If you are managing a library of store images that you need to consult from time to time, don't do it. In this case you will need more disk space.)
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Fred Barrington

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Thanks pedro. I don't do movies and do many new images a month but nowhere near your scale.

The trouble is i am sure a better machine would help but it seems like a shot in the dark as to what kind of spec would be good. I do not want to spend over the odds on a spec that i don't need.
It should be possible to monitor things and then get a recommendation but i guess Adobe don't offer such a thing.

i greatly appreciate you r comments.

Fred