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Adobe Bridge is a digital asset management tool developed by Adobe. It is freely included as part of Adobe Creative Cloud and was first made available with Creative Suite 2. Its primary purpose is to link the parts of the Creative Suite together using a format similar to the file browser found in previous versions of Adobe Photoshop. It is accessible from all other components of the Creative Suite (except for the standalone version of Adobe Acrobat 8).[1]

Bridge is also included with the stand-alone Photoshop application, and can perform certain Photoshop processing functions separately (and simultaneously) with Photoshop itself.[2]


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Adobe Bridge allows for access to Adobe Stock Photos, an online collection of stock photography images drawn from well-known stock photo houses.[3] The service was discontinued by Adobe in February 2008.[4]

Bridge has many functions such as batch rename and other utilities to help with organization, and supports editing of digital images in Camera Raw format. Organizational features include assigning colored labels or star ratings to images, the ability to edit the XMP and IPTC metadata embedded within an image file, and the ability to work with different versions and alternates of a file that is part of an Adobe Version Cue project.

Image files can be shown in different sized thumbnails, slide shows or lists. Each folder, which can be bookmarked, has a cache file for speeding up rendering time of images when viewing a thumbnail. The cache can be in one central location or in individual folders.[5]

Adobe Bridge is extensively customizable using JavaScript.[6] The Adobe Stock Photos service is implemented as a Bridge Extension. The Bridge scripting guide is available online as well as in paperback.


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