Author Archive: Gunar Penikis

Well that didn’t take long…

I didn’t realize there was a market for books about Beta software – I was proven wrong.  Looks like Peach Pit who publishes a lot great books on Adobe software is coming out with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta First Look with Bridge and Camera Raw.  You can sign up for a preorder, the book looks to be available on Jan 18th.


Did you know Adobe has a site for Bridge?  But not just for Bridge, but all Adobe related products and services. There are some great tutorial links in there.

If you see a great link you want to share, just add adobe to your network and add "for:adobe" as a tag.  That way it will bubble up into the system – the tags and links are being organized and managed by a team in our learning resources department.

 The Adobe Design Center has an article on how to use and tag for the creative community.


Early Xmas for Bridge feature requests…

Christmas came a little early for some of those customers requesting features or enhancements from Bridge. Below is a list of feature requests from the U2U forum that the Bridge team addressed in CS3.
We get a lot of feature requests, and we have limited resources – so we have to prioritize the best we can. Thanks to Arno for going back and following up on each of these requests.
1-click keyword image reveal option please
A “Move to Folder” command
A Nitpick – smaller selection tiles, please
Batch Rename should show progress
Best reason for a built-in downloader in Bridge
Cancel searches
Chance attribute of cache files to hidden
Do not reset filter when switching folders
Faster searching, and better criteria
Feature Request: Better dimensional meta data displayed
progress indicator in the status bar
RAW+JPEG pairing
search by height/width priority
Select Rated
Selection of landscape or portrait orientation?
Sort lists folders first
Stack photos
Star rating system improvement
Text size option

Bridge CS3 Beta now available

The Beta release of Photoshop CS3 also includes the Beta of Bridge CS3. More details on the release can be found at the Adobe press room.
The download will be available on Adobe Labs in the early hours Pacific Standard Time on December 15.
The Bridge team has been hard at work building new features. Here is a quick top 10 for Photoshop users:
1. Quick thumbnails for faster previews of image files
2. New Loupe tool for zooming in up to 800%
3. Smart image previews for multiple side by side comparisons
4. Image Stacks for visually grouping like files together
5. New Filter panel for fast navigation of rated and labeled files
6. Camera LCD display for quick overview of image settings
7. Download from camera and auto apply metadata templates, rename and convert to DNG
8. Enhanced slideshow for viewing, zooming, rating images
9. Easy to create metadata templates for quickly embedding key information in files
10. Enhanced workspace layouts and customization of presets
Matt Kloskowski over at NAPP has published 2 great videos on the new Loupe Tool and Stacks feature in Bridge.

Custom Metadata in Bridge

I’ve had a number of requests to descrbe how to display custom metadata fields in Bridge – there is a way. It is accomplished by extending the custom file info panel definition.
Below is a description I’ve borrowed from one of our engineers – thanks Akiko!
The File Info library allows users to create their own panel definitions, place the definition file in a specified location on the disk and display the specified data in the File Info dialog panels.
Custom File Info Panel documents
Now, you can display the File Info custom panel data in the Bridge metadata pane. To do that, just add the ‘fbname’ property in the panel definition file for any data field you would like to display in the Bridge.
For example, the following expression will be displayed in the File Info dialog
static_text(name: ‘$$$/AWS/FileInfoLib/Panels/Camera1/Make=Camera Make:’);
edit_text(locked: true, xmp_namespace: ‘’, xmp_path: ‘Make’);
Camera Make: (dynamic value)
where ‘Camera Make:’ is a static text field used as a label for the edit text field next to it to display the data defined in the ‘’ XMP namespace and ‘Make’ XMP path of an XMP packet being loaded.
To display the same data in the Bridge metadata pane, the same expression can be modified as:
static_text(name: ‘$$$/AWS/FileInfoLib/Panels/Camera1/Make=Camera Make:’);
edit_text(fbname: ‘$$$/AWS/FileInfoLib/Panels/Camera1/Make=Camera Make:’,
locked: true, xmp_namespace: ‘’, xmp_path: ‘Make’);
The zstring item under fbname will be used as a label in the Bridge metadata pane. This string should be identical to the label zstring used for File into panel display (in this case–>name: ‘$$$/AWS/FileInfoLib/Panels/Camera1/Make=Camera Make:’). Otherwise, the labeling will be displayed different between the File Info and the Bridge. fbname field will be ignored for the File Info panel display.
The panel title will be used as the topmost label in the Bridge metadata pane.
panel title=”$$$/AWS/FileInfoLib/Panels/test/PanelName=Custom Panel Data” version=”1″ type=”custom_panel”
Currently, the supported widget types to work in the Bridge are:
To display array items such ask Keywords, you can set ‘container_type’ property for the cat_container_edit_text(). The values for ‘container_type’ can be:
bag_struct for unordered array
seq_struct for ordered array
e.g. cat_container_edit_text(xmp_path: ‘Keywords’, container_type: bag_struct);
The cat_container_edit_text() will always be displayed as read only in the Bridge metadata pane regardless of the value you specify in the ‘locked’ property.
// both will be ready only in the Bridge
e.g. cat_container_edit_text(xmp_path: ‘Keywords’, container_type: bag_struct, locked: false);
e.g. cat_container_edit_text(xmp_path: ‘Keywords’, container_type: bag_struct, locked: true);