Bridge: share collections with other users

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(Is this how I make a feature request to Adobe?)
Right now the only way I know to share a collection with another user is to navigate to an obscure and potentially hidden directory and find a little file to send (and possibly replace / with \ if going between Mac and Windows) to another user and have them place that little file inside an obscure and potentially hidden directory. Totally lame. How can there not be a "share collection" function in Bridge? How do art directors use this to share reference collections with their teams?
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> How do art directors use this to share reference collections with their teams? >

Um, well, some of us would like Bridge to work well with servers. But so far, Bridge is a standalone app. I can access it from another computer, but it's very, very slow. The Collection is just a  plain text file, so unless others have access to the same location, it won't work, and if they access to the same location, you're all on a server, and we're back to square one—Bridge wasn't meant to be used with servers so it's pathetically slow. So your FR probably should be "Make Bridge work well with servers so collections can be easily shared at the touch of a button."

You could use the Cloud in PS with a CC Library. That's intended for sharing with team members. Or you could ask for Bridge to have a CC Library feature that allowed you to share directly. Drag and drop from Bridge right into a CC Library would be rather nifty. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I think that's a good location for having a CC Library. Accessible now in most Adobe apps.

Although having both a Bridge that makes a decent server for some groups, and a CC Library for others to use, would be best.
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Thanks for replying! I guess I don't know the shortcomings of using Bridge across a network.  My quick tests of tagging in Bridge on my Mac and then walking across the studio and browsing in Bridge on a PC worked fine, but we've only got about 1100 images so it's not really bulky yet.  Regardless, I would like to easily be able to say to a teammate, "Here, check out this collection of 10 reference images" and just export/import the collection. Seems so obvious. 
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So, to follow up, how do I make an official Feature Request for Bridge?  Sorry, noob here, thanks for any info!
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> "Here, check out this collection of 10 reference images" and just export/import the collection. Seems so obvious. >

And you don't want to use the Creative Cloud as the intermediary? To post as a feature request, you start a new Conversation. Give it a title that says what you're asking Bridge to do, such as "Bridge could make it easy to share Collections over a server." Better if shorter, but you get the idea. Then choose Idea on the next screen. That's what makes it a feature request.

But CC Libraries has been designed specifically for what you say you want to do. You create the library with the 10 reference images. You open the panel menu and click Collaborate (at the top of the menu). It will go to the Cloud and open a dialog where you can invite people to view and edit the library, or view only, no editing. Just follow the prompts and your colleagues can engage with your library. The Cloud is the "server." There's also a menu item for sharing a link.

You should read this. Bridge is currently in the process of being modernized ground up, and then we can expect/hope for new features, but it will be awhile before we get the Bridge we're all begging for, and I suspect this FR is going to sit on the back burner for an indefinite period of time. The CC Library may not be your first choice, but for now, I think it's your best choice. You ought to at least give it a whirl and see, unless you're without the Creative Cloud. If you are, you can't expect Bridge CS6 and earlier to ever have the new features.

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/libraries.html
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Great, I will check this out; thanks so much!
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Can I add photos to a CC Library from within Bridge?  I see it in Photoshop but haven't found it in Bridge.
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Dang, it looks like no.  I am so baffled.  CC Libraries looks like it could be totally cool.  But how am I supposed to browse through our thousands of images to make my selects, and then add them to a Library, if not via Bridge??
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I mean, right now, I'm browsing and selecting via Bridge, then "Open With Photoshop, " then creating and manually dragging to add to a Library.  It works but that is way too cumbersome.  Hopefully I'm just being a bonehead and missing the obvious cool way to do this...
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Cristen Gillespie, do you mean that we should add our entire multi-thousands image library to CC Libraries?  And then browse and create collections there?  Can we tag metadata and keywords and do searches with CC Libraries like Bridge?  Just trying to grok this.
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CC Libraries won't replace Bridge. Do all your file management in Bridge, metadata, labels, whatever. 

What CC Libraries will do is allow you to easily share small sets of images. So for a Bridge to PS workflow, I'd select the set I wanted to share for a project. You said you'd be selecting some images anyway to share as Collections. So I'd probably create a Collection if the images were coming from different folders.   I'd work in small batches if the files are very large— but I'd then choose Tools > Photoshop > Load Files into Photoshop Layers. That will preserve the name of the file, which in a moment will be helpful.

Create a Library named for the project or something else that works for you. You now have to drag one layer at a time into your new library, but you can do it quite quickly. Then just use the menu to collaborate or share a link. When you're done with a project, you'll have already packaged the assets, and can delete the Library from the Cloud, freeing up space again. You can, of course, buy additional storage if you need it.

If you are trying to work with a hundred + large files, then no, this won't be an ideal way to share. But if you're working with projects, where the number or size is small enough the internet won't drag you down any more than working across a network, then you can use CC Libraries until Bridge gets around to adding Libraries in Bridge, working with a server, and all the other cool things we want it to do.

I find working with Libraries pretty quick, apart from those times when suddenly there is no connection. That's been rare for me. My Libraries are available in all my Adobe apps, including my mobile apps. I hear from others who collaborate more often than I do that it works very well for them. You can search within your libraries, btw. There is a search field.

Here's the link for what you can do with CC libraries inside PS. There are some other aspects that might or might not suit your workflow.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/cc-libraries-in-photoshop.html
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Thanks for all the help!
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No sharing sh*t integrated into apps, please. Enough already. If you want to share everything you own then set up a meeting or stick a clone of your hard drive in the mail.
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Goodness, those are strong feelings against colleagues collaborating. I can remember when we had to collaborate through FedEx. It was expensive, inconvenient, and caused more delay than we wanted, certainly. Whyever do you want us to return to those bad old days?

As for Bridge working better in a networked environment, it's been one of the most requested features I can recall being made. Mainly because a whole lot of people work in networked environments and have to deal with servers every day all day. It's not a choice, and I suspect their IT department would have a lot to say about sticking clones of hard drives in the mail to share with each other.

I'm sure you'll still be allowed to use Bridge without collaborating with anyone, or sharing anything at all. So you can safely ignore any menu items that may, someday, in the not-forseeable future, allow a colleague to set up a collection to share through a company server, assuming they don't decide to develop a completely separate "Server Edition" of Bridge. At this point, hard to tell what they'll do with Bridge.
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I was being facetious. Please, nobody stick your hard drives in the mail, ok?

I'm so burnt out, bewildered, and irritated by all of the non-stop, in-your-face sharing everywhere. It's implemented everywhere by everyone now as a mandatory "feature. It's done in a way that leaves background processes running continually wether you use it or not. They're implemented so poorly or inconsiderately by developers that turning these features "Off" doesn't do anything, it only removes direct access through the UI. They're all still running. OS X is already over-burdened by Apple's obsessive sharing fetish. Now every software maker is adding it in on top of Apple's 50+ processes all dedicated to nothing but SHARING. AAARGH, so sick of it.
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It occurred to me after I'd replied that maybe you were thinking of the "share what you ate for lunch today" kind of sharing, preferably with a selfie of you eating it. I know that is rather popular these days, and companies are trying to cash in on it.

I didn't think you were serious about cloning hard drives and sticking them in the mail. My reply wasn't all that serious, either. <g> You sounded pretty fed up, but I thought you were afraid of "feature bloat." Some people do feel that Adobe should stop adding features to an app as soon as their own needs are met. Not that I don't sometimes feel that way myself—when it's something I'd never use.  '-}
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...but I thought you were afraid of "feature bloat."
Precisely.

Again, OS X is alread over-burdened by this and to have applications doing this (all the time) on top of the OS is just madness. You can't turn this sh*t off, they make you think you can but you just remove any visual UI cues, thank you developers. This is such an awful era of software.