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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Mark Fenwick

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This was an essential part of my work flow, how could you possibly think about removing it??? All other options LR and Image prosessor take twice as long. Bring it back and make it better! Dont remove it!!!
It is so important to me that I honestly dont see the point in continuing with CC. Your lose if you dont reistall the function.
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We want the EXPORT panel back!
@#%^@$^&*$
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Mark Fenwick

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Bump! Still zero feed back from anyone that can explain why this was removed... I wasnt perfect but when you work with hundreds of photos at a time it was essential.
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I think that from a Adobe perspective, Bridge is dead. Long life Lightroom!
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Dan Clements

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Think you are correct in that Bridge is being phased out. This is a shame, however, as Lightroom has several major issues, the major one being catalogues. With changes in all photos stored in a separate data base file (catalogue), all edits are lost if this file becomes corrupted or otherwise compromised. Happened to several folks in our are when they moved to Creative Cloud 2015. Two used the same catalogue name, rather than a new name, and we're royally hosed.
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Yupp, I am thinking Adobe has left Bridge for dead as well. There's been no updates for ages, except Camera RAW stuff. I am thinking they want us to switch to Lightroom as well... or maybe they have something else planed, it's anybodies guess. Would be nice with some information though ...
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I agree the signs, and lack of comment from Adobe are pointing to a phase out of Bridge in favor of Lightroom, BUT this is not what ALL users want. We seem to forget that not everyone who uses Bridge is a photographer. While Lightroom is the best tool for photography workflow, I don't see why a web designer or graphic designer would ever want to use it. It doesn't even support all of their file types. Bridge, by its name was meant to connect the gap between ALL Adobe products, right? The relevance arguement of Bridge aside, the point of this original thread was to ask why the Export panel had been removed. I still have not seen a good answer from Adobe. It was working fine and not hurting anything that I can imagine, so why strip it out? The export to "Hard drive" option of batch saving a group of files as images in a particular size and format was so simple and easy, and it ran in the background! All other alternative methods have been either proven to be more complicated, more disruptive to workflow, or limiting (e.g. Lightroom only handles image files). As long as Bridge IS still supported, PLEASE JUST PUT BACK THE EXPORT PANEL, so I can uninstall CS6 already. Ugh, why am I spending $50+/month to not be heard?
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Well stated. In addition LR workflow thigh highly touted requires files be maintained internal to the app. bridge does not. I use LR for printing and certain other functions. I doubt adobe reads these posts.
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Exactly! Surely they realize that it's not just photographers that is using Bridge, maybe that is why its still there and also to support Camera RAW probably. But they must have something else planned... one would think. But it's about time for them to give us some info.

I can't understand either why they had to remove it, they don't seem to have made any major changes to Bridge that necessitated the removal of Export. Wasn't it just running scripts? In that case it can't be that impossible to reinstate it! Of course; I am no coder, I might be wrong, but once again an explanation would be nice.

Adobe probably have a peek at these posts if enough people are posting in them, which I don't think is the case right now...
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People, I think we should start using social networks to draw attention to this issue. This system of Adobe isn't working. Maybe in citing Adobe in twitter, posting to our friends on facebook and forums, we could be stronger.
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Mats Blixt

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I have tried that, but my colleagues and friends don't seem to appreciate the Export panel unfortunately : (
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So come on Adobe.Let your customers know, what you gonna do with Bridge in the near future. We are waiting...
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Many of my collegues in professional photography use bridge instead of lightroom because it fits better to their workflow. After all those years Adobe should very well know the needs of their clients. But sometimes I get the impression they just don't know or don't care.

The other thing is that I guess that many people still use CS6 because they don't want to change to cloud-model yet and therefore don't know about the missing export-function on CC yet. As soon as CS6 will not be supported anymore on camera updates many people will change to CC and therfore be frustrated because of this missing function. So Adobe give us back the Export panel now and don't wait for that!

Does anyone know about other software tools with good and fast export function that could substitute Adobe?
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This might not be what you are looking for exactly, but I use Xnview (www.xnview.com) in combination with CC to batch process images ets. Kind of a Bridge replacement, it can't do everything Bridge can, but it works well for my needs. Its also faster than Bridge, in my opinion.

I also used to use ACDSee V4 and V5, was faster and way better than PS to resize images and compress JPGS. Maybe not so much these days, the later versions seems a bit bloated. Just some tips, as I said might not be what you are looking for, but worth a look. Oh yeah, there's also www.irfanview.com, haven't really used it much, but might be worth a look.
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Great, thanks a lot - I'll check them with my workflow.
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Mats Blixt

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No problem, your welcome! Let me know if it works out for you...
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We should really try felubras sugesstion and spread the word in social media, because this thread is obviously ignored or overseen by Adobe.

I just made my humble contribution by sharing this interest with my followers on Google Plus, which I mainly use for publishing my photos:
https://plus.google.com/+DavidSch%C3%...

Feel free to copy/modify my text if you like, and please share this topic on your prefered platform (Facebook, Twitter, etc...). Posting the respective link in this thread could increase the impact.
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Check out the following Thread:

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/12370...
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Ive shared this on my facebook fanpage - seriously sick of it. We're paying for this and they've taken away one of the most useful features in Bridge. Sort it out nob'eds.

https://www.facebook.com/NBeddows/pho...

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Over 2 years with no response from Adobe. Well, that's really sad.
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I noticed that there was actually an update to Bridge CC recently, perhaps it's not dead yet? That said, please restore the export panel, or at least address the situation, Adobe.
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Cory: Yes, I noticed that too... Was quite surprised, IT LIVES!!! Well, a bit at least...  Common Adobe, give us some answers and breathe some life back into Bridge! I have heard that lightning-storms can help when resuscitating the dead!
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I complained so much, that they gave me a free copy of CS6 Bridge for free. I now use CS6 Bridge with Photoshop CC. Its not the solution I want but atleast my work flow doesnt suffer. Lightroom and Image processor are in no way a replacement fo Bridge for some of us.
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Mark,  Using CS6 bridge has been my only remedy also.  I use it every day and now use only bridge cs6.
Adobe please restore the Export Panel to Bridge CC.
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I have a feeling if the Export module had the panache of being content-aware, catered to mobile design, or was somehow more wow-inducing, this would have been dealt with a long time ago. 
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I've recently been successful moving Epsons Print Package plugin to CC even though its not officially supported by simply copying and pasting it into the correct folder in CC. Does anyone think it is possible to move the Export Module from CS6 Bridge to CC Bridge?
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I hope someone successfully creates the above solution.  It is really frustrating to work for hours in CC 2014.x  and then have to close out and open CS6 so I can use the Export Panel.  It is far and away the best way to prepare a group of photos for distribution.
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I've be taking a quick look, although my hacking skills are quite basic...

In the Bridge CS6 installation-folder  there is a subfolder named "PublishPanel". This probably implements the Export Panel, as temporarily deleting it removes the Export Panels content in Bridge CS6. However, copying this folder to Bridge CC does unfortunately NOT bring back the Export Panel.

Using the tools grep and bless I figured out, that the string "PublishPanel" only appears within files contained in the subfolder "PublishPanel", as well as 13 times in the CS6 "Bridge.exe" and 4 times in the CC "Bridge.exe".

This indicates, that getting back the Export Panel in CC would require hacking the "Bridge.exe" binary, which is most likely prohibited by Adobes EULA. Also the hack would need to be done again for every new version of Bridge CC.  So imho there is no user-made solution in sight. :-(
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Thanks for trying David! Pity it didn't seem to be feasible. I also toyed with the idea to look into this myself, but honestly I am rubbish at coding and it would probably have taken me a small eternity to come up with anything.  :)
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Just went back to v6 of @photoshop Bridge to use the Export panel. What bonehead decided this shouldn’t be in the CC version? Damn, just put it back!

If anyone at Adobe used Bridge in a production environment they would see what works and what is needed. Working on collages with many temporary files would show them right away Lightroom is not a viable option to replace Bridge. Which is what looks like Adobe wants, or they wouldn't have ceased adding new features to Bridge and taking out ones users wanted.

Maybe Bridge doesn't have the whiz bang attraction that makes the opening page feature of the Adobe site, but it helps get the work done that does. Unless Adobe contuses to cripple it.
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You have joined the long list of amazed customers.  If any ADOBE staff reads these consider this: Picassa just left the PC as a local tool. That leaves a void Adobe can step into.  Well? - Make it inexpensive (or free) replace powerful connectivity to other outputs including the export feature we miss, and perhaps rebrand the product.
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Please bring the Export Panel back!
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How shameless and ignorant is that!? 8-(
Thank you for the info, Mark.
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I've been following this thread for years now.

It's seriously so infuriating that Adobe want to strip such useful items out of Bridge and force users into Lightroom. This whole thing sucks so much because if you've ever shot a wedding and had to create 300+ jpegs from RAW you will know why removing the export function is just daft.

At this point in time I am just looking forward to the day that a free (or lower priced) open-source version of something-like-PS-and-Bridge emerges online...so I can just finally cancel my Adobe subscription and not give my money to a corporation that doesn't listen to the needs and wants of its own damn customers..!

I just hope 2018 will be that year. 
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It's seriously so infuriating that Adobe want to strip such useful items out of Bridge and force users into Lightroom.
I truly don't think there's  an understanding of how many users work, where putting images they're working on for a short time into a database is too clumsy and time consuming compared to a file browser like Bridge. I use LR for cataloging and Bridge for everyday projects. Having to go back into CS6 to use the Export model was hassle enough, but to have it taken away on a whim is so stupidly arrogant.
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Perhaps Luminar will have a tool like this.  The utility of processing images is so critical to work flow, ADOBE will lose market share over it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back the Bridge Export panel to post to FB etc.

Bring back the Bridge Export panel to post to FB etc. I am NOT a Lr user, but rather Br/ACR/Ps.