Bridge: Spotlight search (macOS)

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Let's make the spotlight in Bridge like the Spotlight of Finder! Yeah? I say yeah why not?
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It would be HEAVENLY if Spotlight in Bridge worked like Finder's Spotlight. Right now, it is too literal to be much use when looking for multi named files, where there could be different options of what that name contents and in which order they are in. Note I'd be VERY happy to test spin any updates on this product for you of this matter! Seriously!!!
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I understand that a lotta people have moved to Lightroom. I get that.

BUT having tried Lightroom 3 times now with the help of Mark Fitzgerald, who wrote the book on it... (for real) I fail as a professional to find it capable of keeping up with my needs. Bridge however CAN!

This last tweak of Spotlight running more efficiently would sew up a huge search problem, making it the  PERFECT program I assumed you wanted it to be!

I know I am NOT the only Pro using Bridge CC...

Come on Adobe, give it a tweak. You know how, pleezzzzzzze "Just Do It"  :)
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Both Apple and Microsoft have APIs which allow apps to request disk catalog data, but AFAIK Adobe doesn't use those.
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Well they should!

Can you otherwise explain what an API is please...
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Oh and you work for? Adobe?
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The search field in the upper right has Spotlight and other options, which I am sure that you are aware of:



Otherwise there is the more capable Edit > Find command.

Can you please provide examples that clearly illustrate the differences between the OS results vs. Bridge results using Spotlight?
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Yes I understand this! The differences are described below;

What I need is for Bridge to search it's whole contents not just by folder - that said when it searches  the next checked down of Spotlight Search: Computer, if the words I put in aren't exact... (or only part of) it won't find a thing unlike Spotlight on the mainframe that can. (located in the upper right hand corner of my Mac)

Difference being that I need to pull up images as a whole into a Bridge style folder all together so I can pick & choose what I want to use and compare side by side, make a copy for another submission folder and have them be fully there with their keywords intact.

Doing a mainframe search, it finds named like files really well & shows me them all as either a thumbnail, which I tell what they are due to their small size, or shows them to me by scrolling them by with my having to go into, (could be in 30 places) several folders, (which it shows the hierarchy of where it's located) to gather a copy of the image I want to later see side by side and delete from there. Note - you can't copy from Spotlight because as soon as you create a copy... ALL the keywords go away!!! Which I find rather counter productive! Making this process - VERY time consuming!!!

You see the issue here?

Note I am like a small stock house of botanically named imagery, names change in this industry, or some plants have not had fully research yet, though I still need to find when I put in the likes of say a Canna. I need to see them all! And for some reason even with just that one word, Bridge Spotlight still can not bring them all up, which is confusing to me in general! 

The computer Spotlight works efficiently at finding them all... but is limited in it's further usefulness, (see above), where as Bridge is only semi efficient in finding a complete search, though it can allow me to view side by sides and make selections, copy them and still keep they're keywording! 

They are both halfway there... I'm asking why not all the way there on both counts! Or at least one of em'... I don't care which avenue I take, as long as the end result gets me the whole enchilada. Which as stated above I can jump into and out of several folders and get the job done!

Sooooo why not just get the job done while I'm being showed what I want??? 

OK back to whomever is listening...
HELP! please,
Doreen