What exactly is the Inspector Panel?

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Searching for "Inspector" in the Bridge CC 6.2 Help manual results in "No Results Found". I have no idea what this panel is used for.

I've not found anything related in the Preferences.
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Paul Riggott

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An Inspector panel can be used for displaying information that is gathered by a script.
There are examples in the Adobe Bridge SDK.
Here is a script that I wrote to display the number of keywords for selected files.

#target bridge
function KeyDetails(){
    var pp = new InspectorPanel("With Compliments");
    this.panelRef = pp;
    var zzz = [["Number Of Keys","[[javascript:getDetails()]]"]];
    var tp = new TextPanelette("File and Keyword Details", "", "[[this]]", zzz);
    app.document.displayInspectorView = true;
function getDetails(){
    var retval = "";
    for(var i=0; i < app.document.selections.length; i++) {
        var thumb = app.document.selections[i];
        var selectedFile = thumb.spec;
        md = new Thumbnail(selectedFile).synchronousMetadata;
        md.namespace = "http://ns.adobe.com/photoshop/1.0/";
        var keys = md.Keywords;
        retval +=decodeURI(thumb.spec.name)+" Keywords = "+keys.length+"\n";
    return retval;
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Another example here (again from Paul) for the display of Focal Distance:

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Had no idea this was around. Thank you guys for this info.

Do you mind me asking exactly how you learned of this? I couldn't find anything, anywhere about it.

Thanks again.
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Paul Riggott

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All the information can be found here.

As Steve has said unless you want to find out about scripting you would never know.
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The first reply says there are examples in the Adobe Bridge SDK.   If you're not writing scripts for Bridge you probably wouldn't need to know about it.
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There is a need, for the end user, to have a repository of scripts that work with that panel. (and other scripts too!)