Integrating Lightroom and Bridge

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I think there would be great benefit to integrating Bridge and Lightroom.  Lightroom is fantastic and I use it extensively in my workflow to import directly from my camera memory card, rate images, tweak if necessary, and export to jpeg (my images are raw).  However, Lightroom is not so good at browsing images that are on a hard drive or network drive. If your hard drive has many raw images (or JPEG) you can nicely browse in Bridge and find the images you want.  However, you now have to open Lightroom and import the images.  Why not just have an open or import into Lightroom menu.  Yes I know you can open them in Photoshop using Camera Raw but for most of my images I prefer to use Lightroom when I don't have to make any "creative" edit with Photoshop.

 It has been suggested to just leave all my images in Lightroom and then search for them there.  However I prefer to keep Lightroom clean (about a years’ worth of images) and I also have many old images that were scanned and never came through Lightroom. 

 I think this would be a very useful tool and I would not think it would be that difficult to integrate.

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Pedro Marques

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Absolutely not.
Bridge has the ability to let you use and develop your own scripts to your specific needs. 

Here is an example of our team integration developed by us.

Our photographers use Lightroom, but our quality control team and photo editing team use Bridge. And that's crucial for a good productivity index.
Lightroom doesn't let us update scripting so easily and fast like bridge or photoshop. Lightroom uses extentions an LUA language and you depend on administrator login to update or change it. On bridge or photoshop, scripts can be easily and fast updated on a simple network even with non-administrator users.
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Rory Hill

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Hmmm.  Are you using Javascript?  The Bridge javascript UI has been broken for over 3 years now.  Works in Photoshop though ...
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Pedro Marques

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It has some bugs but a different library base. I use javascript.

ScriptUI has different classes on Bridge and Photoshop

Bridge CC v6.2.0.179 (636779)
ScriptUI.frameworkName: Mondo
ScriptUI.coreVersion: 6.1.9
ScriptUI.version: 4.0.1

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 v15.2.2
ScriptUI.frameworkName: Flex
ScriptUI.coreVersion: 6.2.2
ScriptUI.version: 6.3.2

For example, iconbuttons are very powerfull on both but the mouse events and key events are different. That I found only recently. Of course there are more limitation on the older version used on Bridge.

Anyway, Bridge v6.2.0.179 still has ScriptUI v4.0.1 and its natural limitations and should be updated for sure. It would be easy for Adobe to do it. Unfortunately, people that use bridge ScriptUI and javascript a only a few comparing to the large amount of clients non-script users. They should use scripts and they don't know what they are missing.
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Rory Hill

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Why would anyone use a scripting environment where Adobe don't care enough to keep it up-to-date and fix fundamental problems that were identified in a beta 3.5 years ago.  The ScriptUI works in Photoshop and the ESTK, but Adobe can't be bothered to fix Bridge - or even acknowledge there is a problem.  As a result anyone with a script using scroll, dropdown or tree controls is SOL.   I gave up on Adobe Bridge scripting a long time ago.  They will end up leaving you high and dry sooner or later.
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There is a reason the military doesn't try to develop a Fighter-Bomber-Cargo plane. That is because while such a thing might be able to do all three, it will don none of them well.  It would exist because it can do them at all, and that is no way to spend money wisely.

You touched on the issue lightly, but I don't get the idea that you fully understand what you mentioned.

Lightroom is a Database program.
Bridge is a file browser.

The software design for these two ideas are fundamentally different.  Trying to shoe-horn one idea into the other is an interesting idea.  However given the historic neglect of Bridge by Adobe management, I really don't see them entertaining such an idea any time soon.

I for one would love to see Adobe management finally spend some money on fixing the performance troubles with Bridge which have just grown greater over time.

Bridge is the only product of its kind on the market and I'm stunned that Adobe hasn't seen this and understand the staggering potential value of spending some of the subscription money it's now generating on improving Bridge performance and turn it into a marketing highlight of the integrated Adobe experience.