Bridge: Restore Export Panel In Bridge

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Why was the Export Panel dropped from Bridge CC? The Export to Disk is an incredible time saving routine, especially for those of us who find the Light Room catalog structure underwhelming, and instead use Photoshop and Bridge.

The Bridge CC Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor is a work around, but is now where near as clean, flexible, and fast.

Why was it dropped from Bridge CC?

Here is a screen shot from Bridge CS6:
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Dan Clements

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Posted 6 years ago

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Mats Blixt

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I somehow doubt Adobe will bring back the export panel, unless we can garner some more interest for this idea. Spread it among your colleagues and cross your fingers!
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Josh Mayes

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Have faith, Mats! (Hard, I know) :)
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Mats Blixt

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Yeah, it's pretty hard :). But one can always hope, just keep spreading the word about this and maybe... just maybe we can have our Export panel back!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Timeline for Export Panel restoration to Bridge CC.


The Export Panel is missing in Adobe Bridge CC.

This is surely a programming error, as removing such a useful feature could not possibly be a design decision. Lightroom and Image Processor are not equivalent solutions.

Please advise as to when a corrected version of Bridge will be available with the restored functionality.
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André Schimschal

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Hey Adobe.. why has the export-panel been removed in the first place? ... It's so damn handy and one can re-install it ... but why removing it? ... it should be back! would make our lives so much easier! thank you, Adobe!
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benr

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One can only re-install the "Output Panel", not the "Export Panel". If there was simply a download of the "Export Panel" available, we wouldn't need to be talking about this.

How about it Adobe?
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Ayal Shapira

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Hey, guys!

I Just Remembered, in the past I had a problem with the export panel, and the only thing that fixed the issue was to update Java, if anybody has it still installed (on CS6) maybe you can extract the javascript file and place it in the right directory in CC?, I tried but didn't manage to locate the file (unless its embedded in the main application code).
anyway I tried in this main folder (mac):
/Users/admin/Library/Application Support/Adobe
and if it will help someone the export presets sit in this directory (again on a mac):
/Users/admin/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Bridge CS6/Export Presets

I Believe we are eater to small of a group or adobe ran in to some copyright issues so the cant formally fix the issue, its up to us to fix the problem...

another option i see is if someone can involve a java programer perhaps they can help us.
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Łukasz Gruszczyński

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where is my favourite "EXPORT TO HARD DRIVE"???
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John Marsh

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Adobe, if you don't replace the "EXPORT Panel" (not the output module) in Bridge CC and not explain to your customers why it cant be done, you will be following the footsteps of the following two once successful software giants. NETSCAPE NOVELL
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John Marsh

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I have been getting notifications of others attempting to get this question resolved with no reply from Adobe. Why?
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m mcpeak

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Please bring export back to Bridge CC
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David Schäfer

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Before I found out about the the missing export panel, I considered upgrading from CS6 to CC. But this is a serious dealbreaker for me!

Refering to Lightroom as replacement of this feature is a joke. Imho this is alarming, because it indicates that Adobe knows and/or cares little about the actual workflow of their customers.
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John Marsh

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Please Please restore the Export Panel in Bridge. Over and over again I must close CC and open CS6 so that I can use it. The Official response above is NOT the solution.
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Peter Blacksberg

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Version CS6 output to HD is faster than the " save photo" from camera raw. The functionality for output to hard drive is embedded in CC but awkward. Perhaps a third party will create s solution.

This omission OF EXPORT is a serious "DEPROVEMENT"
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John Weber

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So was this taken out In favor of the kludge called the Output Panel? You know the panel that hasn't been updated in how many releases? The panel that can't even be scrolled with a scroll wheel?

I get the impression from the lack of updates for the last couple of years that Bridge is a forsaken program that will be dropped all together by Adobe in some future CC "update" without telling users.

Lightroom is not an effective replacement for Bridge. It just doesn't function the same way with an everyday workflow. A file browser is so different than a database. I use both but for very different purposes.

Instead of making a one of a kind worthwhile program better they've decided to make it less effective.
So sad.
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This seems to be a strategy to force us to use Lightroom. The media and the "gurus" say ill things about Bridge, but it simply works (or worked...).
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Peter Blacksberg

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How about this approach?

Dear Adobe,
We are loyal customers with expert knowledge. Most of use use a combination of Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Acrobat and other Adobe brand tools. Our workflow is impeded by the removal of the Export tools.

Bridge CC does have a 'save as' function. However it runs much slower than the previous 'EXPORT TO HD'. (in addition to the missing functionality of EXPORT TO FB, FLICKR and et cetera).

ADOBE's ROI is a function of customer loyalty and willingness to buy new products. Rather than 'bringing us along' you are leaving us behind.

We urge you to reinstate this function as it makes our job as professionals more efficient and effective - and helps maintain the customer base which has propelled you to the position you now hold.
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Anyone have a solution to export thumbnail photos to HD ???
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Mauricio Campos

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People found this solution in another list. Hope that helps.

To be honest, I never saw the benefit of the export panel in its current state. It had far to less options for me. Remember that for a simple task as saving as jpeg you always had the option to use the Image Processor. (menu tools / Photoshop / Image Processor). But it seems you never used a batch command in Photoshop? This can be extremely helpful and very productional, yo can create an action by recording your steps in the action panel and use batch to play the action on a bunch of files selected in Bridge ( menu Tools / Photoshop / Batch). With the current option to insert a conditional in an action (If-Then-Else) you can create a complicated action in PS for both landscape and portrait and then create a new action that gives you the option to assign both action (if landscape then play 'action landscape' (your action name), else play 'portrait'It needs a tiny bit of study but it is not that difficult and as said, very productional. For instance, I have several action for resizing. I also combined these with different sizes and using a conditional action. I select a bunch of files and with the batch command in Bridge (via tools) the selected images are saved in different sizes and stored in different folders (per size). A few important rules when creating a save action, don't change the filename, not even touch this field, otherwise all files will end up with the same name and overwrite each other, and when you want to keep the original be sure to not save the changes when closing the document. Try to discover yourself the enormous amount of options you already have with Image Processor and PS Batch using actions. Recording an action is simple, create a new action and start playing around, most of your movements (not all) in PS will be recorded and when finished the action one push on the button plays it again and again. Before you start experimenting, be sure to first back up your originals so you can play freely with them without the risk of loosing

Follow original link
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1237095
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Matthew Cline

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Mauricio, thank you for your input. That may very well be a solution to your problem, but if you had fully read the original post and the above comments you would be aware that this is a far cry from the solution that most of the people here are looking for.

Image Processor is amazing if you need very specific export functionality, but as I said before and will say again (since this was now NINE months ago):

Image Processor (or any process or action set that uses Photoshop) cannot replace the previous Export feature in Bridge as it is slow and ties up Photoshop so that editing and design in Photoshop must be put on hold until exporting is complete.

This is a serious issue for professionals who rely on a speedy workflow and many of us have had to find other less-than-ideal exporting solutions because Adobe took this basic functionality away from us.

We are NOT requesting a solution for creating JPEGs or batch processing our images, we are very specifically requesting the Export Panel that was previously in Bridge (or at least a simple way to quickly export images from Bridge alone, without the need to tie up Photoshop).
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Amen!
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felubra

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Hi guys, I think we should use other plataforms to create noise about this negligence of Adobe. I've tried to communicate with Jeffrey Tranberry via twitter with no success, maybe we all should try this.
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Hi Felubra, Sorry I missed your tweet. Do you have a link? Sorry, Bridge is outside my purview at the moment and I don't have any info with regards to returning this feature to Bridge.

You do have access to Bridge CS6 from your CC account as a workaround to using Bridge CC when you need to export files: http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud...
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Hello Jeffrey,
you have delete my post, ok! just make some noise that we are here and frustrated about adobe / I understand that bridge is not you part in the moment but please give this post to someone how is responsible for bridge.

Thank You
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Jeffrey, here is the link: https://twitter.com/felubra/status/51...
I think we need the export panel implemented in the current version of Bridge, not the older one.
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I started this topic about a year ago, and Adobe has been totally unresponsive as to what is going on with Bridge. My guess is that it will be replaced with some type of Cloud engine.

My solution has been to keep using Bridge CS6 for as long as I can. Image Processor or LightRoom just do not work as well as Bridge's Export Panel.
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Felubra, You are correct. If Mr. Chris Cox leaves my reply to you longer than 5 minutes it will surprise me.
Check: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/12370...
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For now I just started searching for Bridge's cache files and I copy those jpgs from there. A messy workaround but still better than keeping photoshop ocupied with doing bloody actions.
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I can imagine that the flickr/facebook/etc integration in the Export panel would have been difficult to maintain in two places (Bridge and Lightroom) and I can imagine that that was why the feature was removed. However, it was a mistake to remove the hard drive export functionality too. ...unless it was a deliberate move to push users towards Lightroom. Either way it makes me sad.

And Jeffrey Tranberry's "official" and unhelpful brush-offs leave a pretty unsavory impression of the Adobe staff. I worry that the presence of an "official" response prevents this thread from getting the attention it deserves. If any employee sees this, please respond!

For the record, here's a different workaround which doesn't tie up Photoshop (it ties up Bridge/Camera Raw instead) and which, on my machine, is extra sad because it consistently runs out of memory:
1. open all photos in Camera Raw (select them all, ctrl+r)
2. select all photos again
3. use the "Save Images..." button in the lower-left.
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While you speak the truth, it's still a pain that one cannot use this suggested work around to process .psd files, (unless I just don't know how to open a photoshop doc in camera raw.) I very often used the export panel to quickly process conglomerations of psd, jpg, and raw files all at the same time, without tying up camera raw or photoshop.

Using lightroom for this is absurd, I'm not going to build a LR catalog just to export stuff if i don't need to as part of the workflow involved in the job at hand. (That is, until they build a way for LR to work without catalogs, that is as a browser... that, would be something, for sure.)
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I just like to support this ticket! Export function was the power-tool of bridge!
I don't know how to replace the speed and functionality of the export-panel. Even when you had files in different folders you could have started several export-jobs that work parallel in the !background!. How shall I do that now???
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+1 to support this ticket! Export in Bridge is a very useful tool. I don't like PS scripts. So please, restore exoprt panel in Bridge.
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Stephan Michel

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Please add the function export to the bridge again. That was a nice feature to produce quickly JPG files you do not need in LR.