Adobe Bridge CC 6.2 release now available!

Easy-to-use visual gateway to all of your assets

If you’ve used Adobe’s creative products for a while, you’re familiar with Adobe Bridge. Bridge is a media browsing application used by designers, photographers, and creative professionals. Bridge CC gives you centralized access to all the images, artwork, videos, and design assets that you need for your creative projects. You can organize personal and team assets, batch-edit images with ease, add watermarks, and even set centralized color preferences. Bridge simplifies your workflow and keeps you organized.

The following resources will help you get acquainted with the basic of Bridge:

Videos: What is Bridge? | Adobe Bridge workspace

Help articles: About Adobe Bridge | Adobe Bridge workspace

Key updates in this release

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! announced the Adobe Bridge team in their post, Bridge Reloaded.

Automated cache management

With updates to the cache preferences in this release, it is now easier to manage the trade-off between cache size and application performance when you browse or search for files in Bridge CC.

Compact Cache and Purge Cache options in Cache preferences

Cache purging
Bridge now optimizes the cache by automatically purging stale cache items. By default, the purge duration is set as 30 days. However, you can customize the purge duration in cache preferences and set any value between 1 day and 180 days. This means that any cache item that is older than the specified purge duration is considered stale and therefore purged by Bridge.

And all of this purging happens when your application is idle.

For details, see Purge the cache.

Cache compaction option
In cache preferences, you can now set up the Compact Cache On Exit option to automatically clean up the cache when you exit Bridge, in case the database size increases beyond a certain threshold.

For details, see Compact the cache on exit.

On-demand thumbnail generation and faster metadata extraction

On-demand thumbnail generation in Bridge CC

Bridge is now even more responsive, especially when you browse through all those bulky folders. You can now search and filter assets even before all the thumbnails and previews are generated!

Thumbnails and previews are generated only for the on-screen assets or on-demand as you scroll up or scroll down while browsing through a large set of assets. Metadata extraction happens on priority for all the assets.

Photo downloader support on Mac OS X El Capitan

Import From Device option on Mac

Were you facing problems while importing photos from your devices on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)?

Using the new Import From Device option (Mac only), you can now seamlessly import your photos on Mac OS X El Capitan from iOS devices, Android mobile devices, and digital cameras connected in PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode.

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

Auto-Stack Panorama/HDR reinstated

AutoStack Panorama/HDR images

Professional and hobbyist photographers who use Adobe Bridge CC in their workflows will be pleased to know that the Auto-Stack Panorama/HDR feature is back!

Bridge recognizes a set of HDR or panoramic images based on an image’s capture time, exposure settings, and image alignment. In a single step, you can stack your images shot in a sequence either for an HDR or panoramic composite.

For more details, see Automatically stack HDR and panoramic images.

Special note for Adobe Output Module (Mac) users

Do you use the Adobe Output Module (AOM) plug-in with Bridge CC for generating web galleries and PDF presentations on your Mac?

If not, see Create web galleries and PDFs to learn how to do so.

If yes, you will observe an I/O error when you use the Save As PDF option after updating to Bridge CC version 6.2. The resolution is easy! Simply install the latest AOM build from Install Adobe Output Module. This step is required because your existing AOM (Mac) build is not compatible with the new Bridge version.

Note: The Adobe Output Module (AOM) is an optional plug-in and is not part of the Bridge update. You can install it separately. This is true for both Windows and Mac users.

Also, see Possible issues and solutions to troubleshoot any issues that you’re facing with AOM.

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