It might not be Adobe’s most widely used program for photo management, but Adobe Bridge plays a vital role in many photographers’ workflow, mine included.
Today, Adobe has unveiled version 6.2 of Adobe Bridge CC, a substantial update that brings a plethora of new features to the table.
First up is the addition of an all new Automated Cache Management system. This new feature will remove unused data in the cache, such as previews, metadata, thumbnails and more. This saves disk space and, in turn, means Bridge should run faster and more efficiently.
Likewise, a new cache reduction feature will automatically compact your cache upon exiting the program. Until now, you needed to manually go into the settings and compact the cache file.
Going hand-in-hand with the new automated cache management feature, Adobe has included a new on-demand thumbnail/preview system. This means thumbnails, previews and metadata are created and pulled when you actually browse over the images within a folder.
The items not currently in view will have their metadata pulled, for search and filter options, but won’t have a thumbnail or preview generated to save precious computing power until it’s needed. This change means larger folders of images won’t get bogged down when browsing through them for the first time.
Another welcomed feature is a new ‘Import From Device’ feature. This new options means you will be able to import images directly from iOS and Android devices, as well as any digital camera that supports MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) or PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) modes.
Adobe has also restored the Autostack Panorama and HDR feature in Bridge CC. These features were seen in the application some time ago, but were pulled out due to instability. Adobe says they have not only fixed the issues with these features, but have laid a solid framework for other features to be introduced in the future.
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