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Adobe acquires Pixmantec

You may have seen that we’ve announced today the acquisition of Pixmantec.
Pixmantec was known for its RawShooter raw workflow app and raw processing engine. As the press release says:
“Adobe plans to integrate Pixmantec raw processing technologies into Lightroom™ and wherever customers will be working with raw files.”
Pixmantec has also posted a FAQ.
So, what does it mean for Bridge? Right now, we’re working on the next generation of Bridge. We have a bunch of cool features planned, but more importantly we’re spending a lot of time improving our performance. Tuning an app’s performance takes a very long time. In fact, you’re never really done with it. It can also require big changes to your code base, which is why we’ve been limited in the improvements we’ve been able to make to Bridge 1.0. We’re going to continue to focus on that for a while.
We can’t detail yet how Pixmantec will help out, but you should expect improvements that will be fairly transparent in how Bridge works. That is, we’re expecting it will mostly be work behind the covers. Also, although we want to bring out those improvements to you as quickly as possible, we don’t have a timeline yet (it takes a while to figure all this out).
So, stay tuned for now, but feel free to share with us how you envision the integration of the Pixmantec raw engine in our products.

Bridge icon

Here’s a step by step guide on how to reproduce the Bridge icon using Adobe Illustrator CS2. Er… In case you need to.
Thanks to John Nack for the link.

A few updates you want to know about…

If you have not already done so, you should update to Adobe Stock Photos 1.0.7. This is a very worthwhile release, even if you do not use Adobe Stock Photos. It addresses a problem with previous versions of Adobe Stock Photos that would cause Bridge to quit unexpectedly when trying to open a document. This could happen even if you never used Adobe Stock Photos.
To update, select Help > Updates in Bridge or almost any other Adobe applications. Select More Details >>>, then click on Adobe Stock Photos 1.0.7.
If you cannot acces this update for some reason, a workaround is to disable Adobe Stock Photos. To do so, launch Bridge, select Preferences > General > Reveal. In the window that opens, locate the file AdobeStockPhotos.jsx and move this file to your desktop. Quit and re-launch Bridge and Adobe Stock Photos is now disabled.
A couple of other worthwhile updates: Adobe Camera Raw 3.4 and Photoshop 9.0.1.
You can download the ACR 3.4 plug-in for Windows or for Mac OS X.
Follow the installation instructions carefully to make sure you have put the plug-in in the correct location. To verify that you have the plug-in installed correctly, launch Bridge, select the Camera Raw Preferences command (in the Bridge menu on Mac OS and in the Edit menu on Windows). The window title should indicate the correct version.
Photoshop 9.0.1 features enhanced stability and can be downloaded for Windows or for Mac OS.

Bridge and Adobe Production Studio

Last Tuesday Adobe launched the Adobe Production Studio which includes new versions of your favorite dynamic media applications: Adobe After Effects 7.0, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, Adobe Audition 2.0, Adobe Encore DVD 2.0 and Adobe Bridge. Wait a minute. Bridge? Yes, Bridge is now also the digital asset hub for dynamic media pros.
So, is there a new version of Bridge? And what does it mean if you have both the Creative Suite and Production Studio on your machine?
Well, no, it’s not a new version. The latest version of Bridge is still 1.0.3 (if you don’t have it already, you can download the free update for Mac OS or Windows).
However, there are some new features in Bridge when running with the Production Studio. How do we do it? With something we call “feature clipping”: based on the serial numbers and products you have activated on your machine, various features get enabled or not. For example, if you’ve purchased the Creative Suite, you’ll see the Color Settings synchronization dialog and Bridge Center. Only if you have Illustrator installed will you see commands related to Illustrator. That way, you get an app that’s relevant to you.
When designing Bridge we’ve given a lot of thought to keep things simple and avoiding putting in your face features that are not relevant to you. For example, only when you click on a PDF file will you see a controller that allows you to go through all its pages. If you never use PDF files (say it ain’t so!), that feature never gets in your way.
In addition, Bridge is extensible via a rich Javascript scripting API. This allows us to add new commands and features without making changes to the core application.
Having a single core application allows us to keep it simple for you and for us: you have a single app to kepp track off, not multiple “variants”, you can use the same app with any combination of products you want, and we can put all our resources on testing and improving an app that benefits all our customers.
So, what are the new features in Bridge with the Production Studio? If you invoke Bridge from Premiere, for example, double-click of files of any type and they will be imported in Premiere, instead of their usual application. This is a feature we call “Smart Import”. The code-name for that feature was “who’s your daddy?”, but for some reason someone thought “Smart Import” was better… :-)
You’ll also notice that the animation presets and templates have an animated preview: we’re using XMP to embed an animated-GIF preview, and play it back in Bridge.
When the Production Studio is installed, Bridge will also extract metadata from dynamic media files, such as Quicktime .mov.
So, give Bridge a go with the new Production Studio and let us know what you think and what you’d like to see in future versions.

Reveal in Bridge

When using Bridge, you can select a file or folder and use the File > Reveal in Finder/Explorer command to view the item using the Finder or Explorer. But sometimes, you’d like to be able to get access to Bridge from within the Finder or Explorer.
There’s a couple of ways to do this.
If Bridge is already running, you can drop an item (file or folder) onto the Preview pane in Bridge. Bridge will switch to that item’s location. On Mac OS X, you can also drop an item on the Bridge icon (whether Bridge is running or not) and this will also reveal that item in Bridge.
If you are using Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), you can install an Automator Plugin at the following path: ~/Library/Workflows/Applications/Finder/. This will add a “Reveal in Bridge” command to the Finder contextual menu.
If you are using Windows, download this .reg file and double-click it. It will modify the Windows registy to add a new “Reveal in Bridge” command to Windows Explorer’s contextual menu.
Arno Gourdol.
Adobe Bridge Engineering Manager.