Bridge: Bring back the "New Synchronized Window" in Bridge CC

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I am a long term user of Photshop and recently upgraded to PS CC. Bridge CC does not have the option "New Synchronized Window" under Windows tag. I have found this to be very helpful with my 2 monitor setup.
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Nazhiyath Vijayan

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Yes! Why would they take this feature away? It seems like Adobe hates Bridge. It has not improved in the last few versions. In fact, with the removal of the synchronized window feature, it has gotten worse this time around.
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Nazhiyath Vijayan

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Has anyone heard from Adobe regarding this?
I hope they listen and bring this (New Synchronized WIndow in Bridge) feature back.

N. Vijayan
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The solution to this problem seems to be to reinstall Bridge CS6. My hope is that they removed New Synchronized Window so that they could build in a better way to work with more than one monitor. Adobe hasn't said anything, so until then, I'll just work with CS6. Bridge CS6 works better anyway.
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Mark Fenwick

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Unfortunatly even using CS6 is now a problem. Features are disappering because of what seems like certificates expiring. Export no longer works as of 31st Oct
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Ann Shelbourne

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There has been no explanation from Adobe so far for yet another deplorable down-grading of essential tools and functionality in Bridge CC.
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John Ciciora

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This is ridiculous. I too upgraded to CC to find that the New Synchronized Window is gone. Does Adobe not realize how many of us use multiple monitor setups? I'm sure the justification was to push users towards LR. But just because LR comes with CC doesn't mean I want to use it for everything...it's not always the proper tool.

To take a way a key piece of functionality for multi-monitor users in Bridge for seemingly no reason is absurd.
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I was very disappointed to find out how crippled Bridge CC is with respect to dual monitor setups. There's not only this issue, but also the fact that the mouse scroll wheel doesn't work if Bridge CC is on the secondary monitor.

In order to get these basic functionalities back I had to re-install Photoshop CS6 to get Bridge CS6. My workflow is a mess now since Bridge CS6 does not integrate well with Photoshop CC, so I'm constantly jumping back and forth between PS versions.

Synchronized window has been broken for a while (doesn't remember settings when you quit), but at least it kind of worked. I don't know many pros who only use one monitor. Taking away this valuable feature without explaining what's happening is a real blunder. It does seem like Adobe is trying to push us all to Lightroom, but Lightroom just doesn't make sense for all of us. I find Bridge so much faster and more efficient for most of the things I do on a daily basis.

We'll never know the true reason for this unless Adobe deigns to bless us with an answer. I'm not holding my breath.
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By the way, one possible way to work is to stretch the Bridge CC window across two monitors. You can split the window and put the preview pane on one window and the content pane on the other. I might be able to use this "solution" except that mouse scrolling doesn't work, so you can't scroll through your images. It's just a huge pain to use Bridge CC until the simple functionality of mouse scrolling gets fixed.
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Another dual monitor user here, missing this essential tool. Bring it back, please, for now I HAVE to turn back to Bridge CS6.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Bring back Bridge's Synchronized Window.


I can't open Bridge CC with either the desktop icon or from Photoshop CC (File> Open Bridge). The only way I can get it is to open Mini Bridge in PS CC, then open Bridge in Mini Bridge. I also note that you did away with "Open a New Synchronized Window" in Bridge CC. I wish you would put that command back in. I have a dual monitor set-up (like many other users of PS) and found it very useful to use 2 Windows; one for Content and the other for Preview. I found this set-up much more useful than Mini-Bridge. Whoever told you that everybody was using laptops? Some of us still take our previews very seriously.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Synchronized new window in Bridge.


How come Bridge CC still does not have the "new synchronized window" feature? Is there a possibility that this will be included in the next upgrade?
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Marvin Burke

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Originally I complained about this and another problem 8 months ago (not the 12 minutes listed above). My other problem with PS CC was simple and answered the same day by a Senior Adobe Staff member. This issue was ignored. Now I find there are at least 8 of us and probably many many more who are pissed off about the lack of the Synchronized Window in Bridge. (In the meantime, I note Adobe thinks Mini Bridge is a great innovation. I NEVER use Mini Bridge. It's totally useless unless you're using a laptop and no serious PS Pro uses a laptop.) I think it's about time an Adobe staffer gives us an answer. ARE YOU LISTENING ADOBE??
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One more voter in the crowd. Theycan get rid of Mini Bridge and bring back the Synchronized Window in Bridge, at least if they are listening.
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It seems that Mini-Bridge might be gone for a while: http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotco...
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I really don`t get why one gets active to make something worse. What is the point in taking away features? I`d really appreciate an answer from adobe - and the return of the Synchronized Window.
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Obviously Adobe is not listening to the rants here. I guess they assume that reading this blog is going to cost them money. (i.e. paying to develop improvements that their loyal customers want). It is always about the profit margin. If a company really made products that included customer satisfaction first and profit later would be swallowed up in financial losses that would put them out of business. I think that is a misnomer. campbell soups only makes a couple pennies profit on a can of soup. They constantly make good soup (I feel and enjoy) and surprising improve and come out with some creative soups. They are doing well according to their stocks and quarterly reports. How do they do this... by selling a lot of cans. If adobe lowered their prices, got creative (well just listen to what their customers want) and gave what the consumer wants, I am sure they would sell a lot of cans too and make probably more money than they do now. Well having said this and seeing Adobe doesn't listen leads me to the question I wanted to ask. Is there a way or a blog that anyone knows where they do listen? If not is there any other company making software that is giving Adobe a run for their business? I'd love to know. Thanks. (oh ya, I too miss the new synchronized window feature as well!)
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Hi Brian, we do listen. We prioritize changes/requests based on customer usage. Unfortunately, this feature wasn't used by many customers and was also expensive to maintain. There's always a possibility of enabling functionality like this again, so your feedback is important.
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a huge surprise and very political comment bridge has had this feature in it since beginning of bridge so no it not expensive to maintain as why no when monitors are cheap to buy and everyone is using dual monitors do you drop it additionally the growing market in video production dual monitor is an essential part of this with out this feature this makes bridge pointless and a very expensive bit of software for very little gain with other programmes out there some free doing the same and with dual monitor capabilities a lot more i would like the truth from adobe not a political bit of puff i think its fair being a paying customer i have a right to that!
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Dear Jeffery, I also love to work with bridge (with synchronised window) to do my key wording & captioning, organising, then ACR & Photoshop, compared to LR. Why? Because I am used to it, and my assistant is too, and we work with film and digital, on the road and at office.. so its nice to know the metadata is locked into the files, simply, even when we know its possible in LR, but all that catalog syncing over several raids & hds could be a nightmare. I recently started using CC and found it disappointing to use the new bridge without the synchronised window. So I am using CS5 again to tidy metadata up before I import to LR CC. But.. since the new ACR is already great, I am a bit reluctant to use LR :-) .. its getting confusing with so many different ways to get my work done.
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This is SO useful in our lives.  SO many professionals use it.  Please bring it back and don't be so certain that most people don't use it.  Obviously you are out of touch with our needs and demands!!!
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While this thread is old. Everyday I wish this feature would come back. I wonder how you gauge your usage because I've been silent on this topic and wonder how many have also been silent but figured we are voiceless to corporate decisions. Every feature is expensive to maintain because every feature must be check when a new version comes out so it is cheaper to drop features that you deem low priority. 

However, I would hope that CC is about improving features and not strippig them because tehy are not popular enough. If so, maybe it needed more attention, not less.
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Jeffrey, thanks for your response. It's nice to know that these threads are being read. However, I wonder why it's expensive to maintain this feature? It was working perfectly. It seems more expensive to remove it.

Sure, only people who have multiple monitors would use this feature, but I would argue that a large majority of professional content creators use more than one monitor. Don't these pros make up the most important part of your demographic?
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I wasn't in on all the specifics of the decision, and don't have the specific data in front of me, but I know the team weighed the decision heavily.

I hoping Bridge will get some love for an upcoming release. I do know that features like HiDPI support would come something like this.
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If you have any connection with the team at all, please at least let them know that New Synchronized Window was a critical feature for multi-monitor professionals. HiDPI would also be highly appreciated. 4K and 5K monitors are about to proliferate and pros like me want to jump on board. I don't want to feel like Adobe is what's holding me back!
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Will do.
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Yes, I am not a professional. I am a student.

And yet I am using a dual monitor.

Quite surprised to find this function is gone.

Can I beg Adobe to put this function back the CC version ?

Thank you
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IMO Bridge CC is a major downgrade:
no more synchronized window
no export panel by default
no more 3D file animation in preview window
no more Mini Bridge
not sure, what else I forgot
Even the name "CC" is a joke in this context, because Bridge cannot talk in any way to the CreativeCloud. No way to upload or download files from the CreativeCloud.
I cannot find a single new feature since Bridge CS4, just some missing features.
Add to this that Bridge is extremely slow, even if you go to a folder that you had opened just a moment ago.
Bridge is so an important software, but doesn`t get ANY progress. That ́s very sad!
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I'll add my support to this feature request.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled BRIDGE Bring Back New Synced Window.

bring back the New synced window for bridge immediately i use two monitors to sort through picture one has content on and filters and folders the other preview why was this removed its just added hundreds of hours of work to me infuriated i am now
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I'd like to add my support for this and Mini-Bridge.

As for Adobe's comment about the expense to maintain it...... It's a LOT less expensive to maintain than it is to loose customers ;-)
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Adobe receive subscription money from all of their Subscribers.

Would it not be reasonable therefore to expect Adobe to allocate that income more fairly than they have been doing and to understand that Bridge also needs its share of Adobe's revenue?

While Adobe Marketing may view Bridge as merely an unglamorous "Utility" (and not useful for their Sales-generating Marketing-hype?!), Bridge is the glue which holds the whole Creative Cloud together and which makes the smooth integration between the various Apps. possible.

Effective and efficient integration between a whole range of different Applications is the chief reason why people subscribe to the Creative Cloud instead of buying individual programs from a plethora of different software companies.
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I also love to work with bridge with synchronised window to do my key wording & captioning, organising, then ACR & Photoshop, compared to LR. Why? Because I am used to it, and my assistant is too, and we work with film and digital, on the road and at office.. so its nice to know the metadata is locked into the files, simply, even when we know its possible in LR, but all that catalog syncing over several raids & hds could be a nightmare. I recently started using CC and found it disappointing to use the new bridge without the synchronised window. So I am using CS5 again to tidy metadata up before I import to LR CC. But.. since the new ACR is already great, I am a bit reluctant to use LR :-) .. its getting confusing with so many different ways to get my work done.
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It has been almost one and a half year since representative of Adobe replied to this thread. I do believe that there are more than the ~20 people who have commented in this thread that have used synchronized windows prior to Bridce CC. Can't Adobe make a customer survey, a petition or something like that to see how many users would benefit from bringing the feature back?