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Dec 13, 2013 09:45 |  #1

Hello. I just signed up for the $10 a month "photography" plan with Adobe. I see that Bridge is part of the plan. I was wondering if anybody here uses it and what they thought.

I have been eying Photo Mechanic. The programs look similar. Thoughts?

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Dec 13, 2013 18:39 |  #2

I only use it to do a quick rating and get the keepers into a folder for importing into LightRoom. It does do a good job of moving images where you want to and also to put keywords in for sorting. I use to shoot a lot of soccer, so I would put keywords for players and teams. If I need to pull a photo quick I would do a keyword search and be able to pull one player from 12 different games. Hope it helps.


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Dec 13, 2013 19:09 |  #3

I basically just use it for importing, previewing (often full screen) images for rating and deleting shots. I also use it for uploading to social sites(they left it out in CC ver so I'm sticking with old one until if/when they add it back) I really like how supports presets for flickr sets.

There's a bunch things it could be useful for with it's filters and collections that I haven't really bother with, but that's mostly because of How I've been organizing things for the past decade that has worked well for me.




  
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Dec 13, 2013 19:12 |  #4

I use Lightroom mostly for its database function and moving photos around. It's useful for minor editing too. For heavier edits I use Photoshop. The Bridge function of Photoshop hardly ever gets used by me. Its just not part of my workflow, but to each his own.


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Dec 13, 2013 22:37 |  #5

There is a reason that they include Bridge for free...


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Dec 14, 2013 01:14 |  #6

I use it to import and make minor adjustments




  
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Dec 14, 2013 08:12 |  #7

I've started taking photography classes at my school, mostly to learn how to print for exhibition and large format printing, and our school does not teach Lightroom at all; so the teachers require everything go through Bridge & Photoshop / ACR. I don't even bother using that combo because it's not part of my work-flow and I think it's a wasted extra step when Lightroom does everything that combo does for raw manipulation, rating, and sorting.


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Dec 15, 2013 16:03 |  #8

I use Bridge as my catalog and to do basic ACR edits. I prefer it over LightRoom but each to their own.


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Dec 15, 2013 16:18 |  #9
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Dec 15, 2013 16:53 |  #10

Adobe Bridge is bundled with Photoshop and it cannot be separated so I'm not sure why Adobe would market it as an additional feature. I've used Bridge ever since it was introduced in the first Creative Suite in 2003 and Lightroom since its first beta in 2006 so I have a very good understanding of how they both work.

The essential difference between Adobe Bridge and Lightroom is that Bridge is a file browser and image viewer while Lightroom is a database (under the hood the catalog is actually an SQLite database). What this means in practical terms is that Bridge does not allow you to manage files that are stored off-line like on a disconnected external hard drive while Lightroom will allow you to make edits to metadata (keyword tagging, etc), then sync that information to the files when the hard drive is reconnected.

The power of Bridge becomes apparent if you use the entire Creative Suite. Bridge allows you to view and manage any file created by Adobe software whereas in Lightroom you can only import and view JPEG, TIFF, PSD and movie clips. On a Windows PC you cannot preview any file types created by Adobe software in Windows Explorer without installing codecs. So if you want to see a quick preview of a PSD or an Illustrator file you must use Adobe Bridge (or buy and install third-party codecs).

A big advantage to Bridge is that it can be used to host the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in. When ACR is run from inside Photoshop you are hard-limited to open only 200 raw files; when ACR is run from inside Bridge there's no limit and you can open as many raw files as you want simultaneously. Also, running ACR from Bridge allows you separate activities; for example you could process and convert raw files in ACR/Bridge in the background while at the same time editing files in Photoshop.

Bridge is customizable; you can drag the panels around and create and save workspaces that suit the way you work while Lightroom is not customizable other than the ability to change the width of the panels.

In terms of processing, Bridge/ACR and Lightroom work exactly the same so I tend to use Bridge/ACR for "one off" edits or files that I don't want to import into my Lightroom catalog.

Photo Mechanic is an image browser just like Adobe Bridge so I don't see what appreciable benefit you can get from using it instead of Bridge.

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Hello. I just signed up for the $10 a month "photography" plan with Adobe. I see that Bridge is part of the plan. I was wondering if anybody here uses it and what they thought.

I have been eying Photo Mechanic. The programs look similar. Thoughts?

Thank you.


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Dec 15, 2013 18:12 |  #11

Thanks for the explanation, PixelMagic. I've just gone from LR4 to LR5/PS CC, and you've just confirmed for me that I can ignore Bridge, as everything that I would be using it for, I can do in Lightroom. Its benefits lie elsewhere.


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Dec 15, 2013 19:21 |  #12

I used to use Bridge before I moved to LR5. I have found LR5 to be much better for quick rating and culling. I only use Bridge now for photos I don't want/need in my LR library.


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Dec 15, 2013 21:33 |  #13

Everyone tells me LightRoom is so much better, and they are probably right, but I am 5x faster than anyone in my group when we sit around at a cafe after a shoot and I'm imported, sorted, post-processed, resized, renamed and uploading to the web while they are still "culling" (?) or whatever. I am the only one using Bridge, so I figure that is the reason for difference in speed. Bridge is quite powerful and works very well at what it does.


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Dec 16, 2013 11:45 |  #14

Correct.

Bridge is significantly faster than Lightroom because as a browser it uses the existing image previews built into the file. On the other hand, Lightroom has to generate new previews based on the underlying raw data rather than use the embedded preview. So you always have to wait while files are imported into Lightroom and previews are generated.

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Everyone tells me LightRoom is so much better, and they are probably right, but I am 5x faster than anyone in my group when we sit around at a cafe after a shoot and I'm imported, sorted, post-processed, resized, renamed and uploading to the web while they are still "culling" (?) or whatever. I am the only one using Bridge, so I figure that is the reason for difference in speed. Bridge is quite powerful and works very well at what it does.


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Dec 16, 2013 12:56 |  #15

I've used it extensively because I didn't have Lightroom before. Now that I do have Lightroom, I can see switching over and not bothering with Bridge.

I like the Photoshop menu under Tools. I've used that a lot to import several images into stacked layers in PS.


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