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February 8, 2016 /Apps & Services /

Bridge Reloaded

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Adobe Bridge CC version 6.2.

Bridge was brought back to be managed by Megan Donahue, Director, Creative Cloud and Arno Gourdol, Sr. Engineering Director, Creative Cloud and their awesome teams.  Arno is no stranger to Bridge since he has worked on several past releases.  Our team has been working on several new initiatives that enhance user experience around asset management used by Creative Cloud customers. Most recent initiatives launched by this team include collaboration features in Creative Cloud as well as Creative Cloud Assets, and Creative Cloud Libraries.

This latest release of Adobe Bridge CC includes updates to the following feature set:

Automated cache management

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The central cache of Adobe Bridge stores thumbnails, previews, and metadata information in a database. This database improves the performance when users browse or search files. However, the larger the cache, the more disk space it uses. Cache preferences help you manage the trade-off between performance and cache size. We have worked on improving purging cache capability, which is an existing feature in Bridge. In this update, automatic purging of stale cache items has been enabled when the application is idle.

We are also providing a cache compaction option to set up cache clean-up at exit in case the database size increases beyond a certain size. Both these options improve performance of the application and help keep the cache and database clean over extended periods.

For more information see, Work with the Adobe Bridge cache.

On-demand thumbnail generation

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To improve the responsiveness of Bridge when you are browsing through a large set of assets, we have made improvements to the way the thumbnails, previews, and metadata are extracted/generated. Now when you select a folder, the thumbnails/previews are extracted on priority for only the on-screen assets. The thumbnails for the remaining files are either generated on demand (when you scroll down/up) or when the application is idle. The metadata extraction happens on priority for all assets, thereby enabling the filter panel and search to become functional sooner.

This change enables you to work with bulky folders without any performance issues like hangs and not-responding states. With this change, you will now have a fully updated Filter panel even before all the thumbnails/previews are generated. This will also enable you to search for the files even before all the thumbnails/previews are generated.

Import from device option on Mac

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On Mac OS 10.11.x, Bridge CC did not recognize the following types of devices:

iOS mobile devices

Android mobile devices and digital cameras connected in PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode

In this update, an alternative to import media from these devices has been provided. You can now choose File > Import From Device to import media from the devices.

For more information, see Import from device on Mac OS 10.11.x.

Note: This is a Mac only feature and launches Apple Image Capture to bring files from devices into Bridge.

Other significant updates

We also reinstated Autostack Panorama/HDR feature. Given our focus was on stability and performance of Bridge, we have made significant updates to the core technology components. This will set the foundation for a technology platform to enable future development and modernization of Bridge.

Our team is very excited to bring this release as a stepping-stone for the work we have set out for 2016!

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  • By Mchl - 2:22 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Hi, nice to hear about updates for Bridge.
    just one question, why is it called Adobe Bridge CC and not Adobe Bridge CC 2015 like all other apps? it suggests this is an old version of Bridge, it`s a little bit confusing…

    • By Brett N - 4:49 PM on February 9, 2016  

      This is still Bridge CC, the old version. This is only a dot release, not a full product upgrade.

      • By Mchl - 2:16 AM on February 10, 2016  

        hi Brett, yes I get that, but is there a CC 2015 version of Bridge? this is what I mean with a little bit confusing, since all other apps have the number CC 2015

  • By Taco - 2:32 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Very happy to see some new life in Bridge! Keep it going please.

  • By Peter Villevoye - 5:17 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Great to see this old monument is being brought back into modern life. Now if it only were able to tap into the Adobe CC Libraries as well…

  • By Brian Vawter - 7:21 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Excited to see Bridge is back on the radar, I am currently working on a feature length documentary and am always looking for ways to manage not only still images but video assets in conjunction with Premiere. I hope you keep Premiere and video in mind as you continue to improve Bridge.
    thanks

  • By Madara - 7:22 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Does it support SVG thumbnails? It’s so frustrating not to be able to browse them in Bridge.

  • By ProDesignTools - 7:48 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Yes, it’s great to see Bridge on the rise again… Lightroom is wonderful for photos of course – but many of us these days need to work with many different types of assets and media, and Bridge is the solution we need for that.

  • By J Meredith - 9:50 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Glad Bridge is getting some love again… would love for SVG to be supported as well as things like PS brushes, patterns, styles, gradients, etc. I had to buy a 3rd party plug-in to help manage and view these items as the functionality is currently quite limited in PS and non-existent in Bridge.

  • By Ken - 10:10 AM on February 9, 2016  

    I downloaded the Adobe Bridge CC from the Cloud this morning. It will not start at all, I opened a chat help case #0187495321 and was left hanging when I was instructed to reboot in Safe mode. Help

  • By Jonathan - 10:40 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Thank you for continuing to support this great program – there is a cadre of users who love it!

  • By Pariah Burke - 11:06 AM on February 9, 2016  

    I’m also quite glad to see Bridge back in development. Three cheers!

    Like others, I’m surprised you didn’t tack the year onto the name to make the new version obvious (and consistent within Creative Cloud).

  • By jerz - 11:48 AM on February 9, 2016  

    Been using bridge for a white since it came out. good to hear improvements!

  • By Denni - 3:55 PM on February 9, 2016  

    Hi – love that there is something happening with Bridge, but WHY IS THERE STILL NO Windows HiDPi support? This is insane. It’s been ages. Adobe… Seriously, Adobe… Bridge is NOT USABLE with on any hidpi pc. Please, someone, anyone, finally fix this app killing oversight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • By Adam - 4:38 AM on February 10, 2016  

      There’s a trick with a minor registry edit and creating a manifest file in the program folder that will make it usable on HiDPI displays. See: http://pocketnow.com/2016/01/25/hidpi-scalling-in-windows-10

      • By Denni - 6:16 AM on February 11, 2016  

        Hi Adam. Thanks – that’s exactly what I’ve had to do. I’ve been using that ‘fix’ for ages now, and I’m concerned that Adobe is happy letting us go that route instead of solving the problem themselves. It just drive’s me nuts that Adobe has fixed the issue for Retina screens, but refuse to touch it for PCs. I know that there are a limited number of engineers on staff, and those seem to be focused more on mobile apps than anything else these days, so I’m glad to see that Adobe had people back on the Bridge team.

    • By SGTSOB - 7:58 PM on February 10, 2016  

      Adobe can’t get the basics right…….. just another reason I will be ending my subscription as soon as I can.

  • By Largo - 12:22 AM on February 10, 2016  

    I am using Photoshop since Version 1.0 and Bridge since it’s birth. I am still using Bridge daily and I am waiting for a proper upgrade since ages.
    There is a reason why in the cheapo CC version with Photoshop and Lightroom there is no Bridge included. Marketing rules everywhere but we, creative heads, want (and have to) create and we need proper tools to be able to survive time pressure of marketing guys. So, Adobe guys, PLEASE finally make Bridge as good as it could be instead in constantly pushing Lightroom.
    Danke schön!

  • By Adam - 4:37 AM on February 10, 2016  

    I hope the export panel comes back. I still install Bridge CS 6 before anything else because the export panel in that is still the fastest way to make low-resolution JPGs of anything I want (since it uses the auto-generated previews). All other methods are crazy slow.

    • By Denni - 6:48 AM on February 11, 2016  

      Hi Adam, do you ever use Camera Raw for that? It’ll do it from either RAWs or Jpegs (Right click > Open in Camera Raw). Then click the Save Image button (lower left). It lets you make the low res images with even more control than the old export panel. It’s super fast, too. If you make a preset you can have your images in a couple of clicks. It gives you more control than the Image Processor, too.

      • By Adam - 6:31 PM on February 17, 2016  

        Yes, I do sometimes do that from ACR, but it is still slower than the Export panel because it uses the full resolution image and has to open all of them into RAM. If I want to export a selection to 1024px JPGs, the Export panel on Bridge CS6 can do hundreds of those in seconds since it uses the screen-res preview. I can have low-res JPGs made from processed RAW files exported and uploaded in less time than it takes just to load an SD card’s worth of photos into Lightroom.

  • By zac - 6:41 AM on February 10, 2016  

    I would really like to see tollbar with tagging/labeling/flaging/rating btns; like the one in ligthroom

  • By Amr Toukhy - 11:05 AM on February 10, 2016  

    Any idea if bridge can preview AE project files.
    Even as thumbnails of unique frame that we choose!
    Thanks.
    Amr

  • By Dlimageworks - 5:40 PM on February 10, 2016  

    Updated and it is literally crashing every couple of minutes trying to view image heavy folders. It’s fast, but now unusable. Is there a bridge forum?

  • By Chuck B - 6:12 PM on February 10, 2016  

    I downloaded Bridge CC update and Bridge now locks up whenever I switch to another program and back – such as switch to Safari to check email and then switch back to Bridge – I must force quite Bridge and restart – Bridge is unusable now – bummer!!!

  • By Denni - 6:41 AM on February 11, 2016  

    I teach both photography and graphic design at a few colleges and universities. At the start of the semester, my students have usually never even heard of Bridge. But after I’ve forced them to use it they generally realize how helpful it can be. Like someone else mentioned earlier, Lightroom is the obvious choice for a strictly photo based workflow, but when integrating other file types and workflows, Bridge is the best option I know of. It’s painful to watch people opening dozens of Preview windows to view their images when Bridge is right there for them.

    Too many profs tell students not to bother with Bridge because the last time they used it (often CS4, it seems), it crashed all the time and was slow even when it was working. They haven’t given it another chance.

    Bridge is a needed app. I would be lost without it. But it does certainly need modern love!

    Features Wish List:

    – I’d love to have the ability to create parent folders for Collections. The way they’re organized now is just plain silly. LR’s approach is the way to go.

    – A beefed up Get Photos workflow would be great. Even adding keyword and apply develop options would be nice. For those who don’t use Lightroom this would save a couple of steps further down the workflow ladder. Again, LR is the proper choice for photo management (and one I use every day), but for a lot of people it’s one program too many.

    – The Camera Raw workflow resizing and output options are great (for a limited number of photos), but it would be nice to have the Publish Services in Bridge. My graphic design students output images for use in particular web services all the time, and giving them the option to do that from Bridge would really help their workflow. Again, LR is just another step a lot of them don’t want to have to take.

    – Like other’s have mentioned, CC Library access would be great. The whole point of the app is that it’s a ‘bridge’ between apps, right? CC Libraries would play right into its wheel house, so to speak.

  • By Jerry Silverman - 7:12 AM on February 11, 2016  

    Thanks for the update Hina! So this is what you do over there 🙂

  • By Pedro Marques - 7:41 AM on February 11, 2016  

    Hi

    Time ago, I was told to fill in a survey regarding Bridge and later on, someone from adobe told me a new version of Bridge was about to be released.

    I use a lot of scripting in Bridge and since CS5, there are some odd bugs, special in ScriptUI integration that have never been solved.
    This upgrade is still a very soft uplift and Adobe hasn’t even touch on script bugs. They are still there.

    Is there a really new Bridge CC2016 release planned or it will get the same bugs as the last CS6, CC, etc.?
    Why can’t you hear our complaints, over and over again along all these years, since 2012?
    What are you trying to solve? A new re-architecture on Bridge cache? And the rest? This is only a very small part.

  • By Jim Block - 8:35 AM on February 11, 2016  

    I installed Bridge V6.2 and have had nothing but problems. It keeps freezing and I have to restart it. I’m working on my web site with Chrome at the same time, but that has never mattered before. Is there an easy way to revert back to the previous version? This one is far more trouble than it is worth.

    • By Jim Block - 10:27 AM on February 11, 2016  

      I did a system restore and got V6.1 back. Life is good again. Maybe I’ll get a notice when Adobe fixes the 6.2 problems, but until then I’ll happily keep using the “unimproved” old version.

  • By Dave Anderson - 10:24 AM on February 11, 2016  

    Haven’t upgraded to this version yet, as I’m always afraid that features I like (and NEED) will have disappeared. One such feature is the OUTPUT module. It used to be included in Bridge, but not anymore. I went through all the crap and have installed it and working on my Bridge CC version, but I also get errors every time I open the app. So disappointing.

  • By Stephen - 11:33 AM on February 11, 2016  

    Please bring back or update a contact sheet that works for photographers.. eg a contact sheet that one can write a header and footer. PS contact sheet 2 is fine but cannot write a title nor page number. What was wrong with web output?. Regards Stephen

  • By Mario - 1:28 PM on February 13, 2016  

    Great news. SVG preview, please!

  • By Elle - 12:37 AM on February 22, 2016  

    Good you’re still breathing. But where is the OUTPUT module? I need it badly !!

  • By ilene - 11:28 AM on March 4, 2016  

    With what versions of the Mac OS is this version of Bridge compatible? I most often use Mac OS X 10.8.5 because of the way color labels work. I have 10.11 installed, I just don’t like the new labels display.

  • By Silversee - 12:48 AM on March 9, 2016  

    It is very gratifying to see more effort being put towards this essential tool. But PLEASE, PLEASE add high DPI support for Windows as soon as possible. Without unsavory workarounds and hacks, Bridge is unusable on modern Windows devices like my Surface Book. Thank you.