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I’ve tried to fill this class with screenshots from new and old versions of Bridge, on both PC and Mac, to try to cater a little for everyone. I’m sure you’ll notice the slightly different interfaces as you’re reading along, but they won’t make any difference to your learning experience. Bridge’s features are the same on both PCs and Macs, and the fundamentals haven’t changed across versions over the years.

If you, like me, have a slightly older version of Photoshop, you’ll also have the equivalent version of Bridge that came with it. The news that the very latest version of Bridge is freely available might have tempted you to upgrade, but unless there’s a specific feature you need, I don’t really advise this. It works okay for many people, but there are known instances of new Bridge not working seamlessly with older Photoshop. Old Bridge is awesome, and if yours is co-existing with Photoshop just fine, I suggest sticking with it and avoiding risk of hassles.

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I have CS6 and Bridge works fine, but I have to convert the raw files from my new camera to DNG before Bridge can read them. I'm thinking it might be worth downloading the new version. What do you think?

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3 minutes ago, FidoPhoto said:

I have CS6 and Bridge works fine, but I have to convert the raw files from my new camera to DNG before Bridge can read them. I'm thinking it might be worth downloading the new version. What do you think?

No, that has nothing to do with Bridge.  That relates to your Photoshop version.  Newer Bridge wouldn't solve that problem.

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I was going to ask the same question since I have CS6 as well.

On 3/7/2018 at 3:04 PM, Damien Symonds said:

No, that has nothing to do with Bridge.  That relates to your Photoshop version.  Newer Bridge wouldn't solve that problem.

I was going to ask the same question since I have CS6 as well.

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Trying to get started, but I am hitting roadblocks every step of the way.  I am running MacOS HighSierra 10.13.6.  Apparently, Bridge (and most of the Adobe CC suite) is not compatible with that.  So, I am now in the process of backing up my machine before upgrading to Monterey.  Any pro tips? I think I am clear on the steps of the upgrade.  Backup, download new OS, install, use backup if the whole plan goes to crap.

As a general rule, do you suggest keeping up with OS updates?  As you can see, I stuck with what my system came with in 2018.  Now, it is coming back to bite me.

I was of the thought, if it isn't broke...don't fix it.  Which I see your theory for Adobe updates is in line with that (turn off auto updates, etc). But do you think operating systems are different?

 

This is a big change...making the leap from LR catalogs to Bridge. From what I am reading, it will make my life easier, but change is scary and hard.

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2 hours ago, RebeccaWaldock said:

Trying to get started, but I am hitting roadblocks every step of the way.  I am running MacOS HighSierra 10.13.6.  Apparently, Bridge (and most of the Adobe CC suite) is not compatible with that.  So, I am now in the process of backing up my machine before upgrading to Monterey.  Any pro tips?

Sorry, this is well beyond my realm.  Post your question for Brian.

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