Yesterday when I was talking about clearing up space on my hard drive I mentioned the bloated cache files from using the Adobe Bridge. That brought about the question, “Why do you still use the Bridge?” I know, it’s slow and bulky and obviously creates large cache files but even with all that going against it, there are still a few reasons why I keep finding myself going back to it again and again.
♦ – My number 1 reason is just for browsing purposes. I’m not always the most organized person when it comes to my image files. I use Lightroom to upload my camera images but I have a lot of images that didn’t necessarily originate from my camera. I know that I should someday sit down and load these into Lightroom but by browsing with the Bridge, I can find them quickly and get on with my day.
♦ – Number 2, I like the way I can interact with Photomatix directly from the Bridge. Lightroom 2 has started to address some of the HDR creation issues by allowing images to be loaded directly into the Photoshop HDR process but this is just to create HDR files. When I am using the Bridge, I can go directly from HDR file to Photomatix with a simple CTRL click.
♦ – Number 3 is the freedom to search alternate image locations. I have a lot of images on DVD and external drives. I could load these into Lightroom but then I would just be increasing the size of my catalog for images that I might only want to look at once or twice a year. The Bridge allows me to browse these offline storage locations as needed, find the files I want, and then be done with them.
♦ – Number 4 and probably the saddest reason of all, old habits are hard to break. When you get comfortable with something, it’s hard to let go and I guess Adobe feels this way too since they are continually updating the program. I have been using the newest version of the Bridge (CS4) in its beta format and Adobe has made some great improvements, not just to the layout but also to the speed and usability. I can’t really talk about any of it quite yet but it really is a better program than it used to be.
So there you have it. My name is Jeff, and I’m a Bridge user.