Extending Bridge CS3 with Flash

Yes, it’s true. You can harness the power of Flash to extend Bridge CS3 to build your own features. I just uploaded an example of this to the Bridge section on the Adobe Exchange website.

Once loaded into the Bridge startup scripts folder, the BridgeExportToJPEG extension will demonstrate a Flash UI panel in Bridge that is functional in driving Bridge to create JPEGs and manipulate XMP metadata. All the thumbnails that are created in Bridge are JPEG based, so it is possible to export these thumbnails as JPEGs – for example if you want to create a JPEG catalog or quickly send JPEGs of your RAW files. I’ve also included the FLA file for tweaking. It’s all available under a BSD license.

It would be great to see more Flash and Javascript developers build on the Bridge platform to develop their own features. Bridge also includes an HTML browser and HTTP and FTP services – so linking up to a web service can be accomplished. How about displaying GPS data in my photo as a Google/Yahoo map in Bridge?

Get started with the Bridge and XMP SDKs, if you are thinking of connecting to an Asset Management system, check out the Version Cue SDK.

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