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CS2 and Bridge

View Poll Results: If you use CS2, do you also use Bridge?
Always 57 28.93%
Regularly 41 20.81%
Sometimes 51 25.89%
Never 48 24.37%
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:39 PM
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Thumbs down I like it.

I use the bridge all the time. From an image perspective I use it for sorting, viewing, moving etc. From a photography perspective I use it for processing my raw files, batch processing jpegs for to correct my lighting mistakes, contact sheets and so on. On some occasions I will process my pictures through the bridge without needing Photoshop at all (meaning I had a really good day with my exposure setting..haha).
I have a gig of ram at work and 512mb at home, I dont seem to have any resource problems. The combination of Photoshop and the bridge will beat on my machine at home a little, so I close what I am not using. At work they run all day without any problems.

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Old 11-29-2005, 01:33 PM
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Hi there, Bill. Welcome to RetouchPRO

Seems like a pattern is emerging here.....
: 1GB+ RAM - use bridge by all means;
: 512MB - use, but take care;
: 256MB - don't even think about it.
That about right?

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Old 11-29-2005, 01:58 PM
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Hi and thanks. Yes that seems to sum it up, oh I do use a seperate hd for my scratch disk on both machines and it does have a positive impact. I am not running history and have 55% of my memory allocated to Photoshop.
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by byRo
Seems like a pattern is emerging here.....
: 1GB+ RAM - use bridge by all means;
: 512MB - use, but take care;
: 256MB - don't even think about it.
That about right?
I have 1GB of RAM too. I don't use a separate scratch disk, dedicate 75% of memory to Photoshop, and have History States set to 40 (and, no, iTunes is not running ). When I run Bridge with Photoshop, invariably rampant disk thrashing is the eventual result, bogging everything down. Bridge does seem to run fine by itself in 1GB, although it still seems to take a long time to start up.

: > 1GB RAM - go for it;
: 1GB RAM - not while doing serious image editing;
: 512MB - hmmm, maybe by itself;
: 256MB - don't even think about it.
Any closer?

- Kurt
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:51 PM
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CS2 is the biggest pile of crap to ever come out of adobes lil elves workshop.

I returned mine and went back to cs....it crashed all the time (mac and PC)...color setting were never as acurate, and all the "new" features that they added were a waste of money. Focus on stability within your own app and stop adding things that people never use.
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Old 11-30-2005, 04:57 AM
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OK, let's put it another way. Bridge is a good useful tool - if you have the capacity.
Today (30Nov2005) the poll results indicate to me that it's pretty much straddling the capacity limits. Some can run it without problems, others should never touch it.

However, every time we start talking about computer capacities we must consider the time frame. Given another couple of years, the idea of a computer running Photoshop with less the 1GB will be laughable (to some it already is). Then everybody will be happily running Bridge and thinking they could never have done without it.

But, also, by then Adobe will have released CS4 - which will need 5GB to run properly..............................

Moral: The "sweet spot" is usually 2 years after release.

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Old 11-30-2005, 08:15 AM
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Correction

When I said "I am not running history" I should have said "I am not running the History Log" my history states are at 100. I really shouldn't type unless properly caffinated.
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Old 11-30-2005, 08:24 AM
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Moral: The "sweet spot" is usually 2 years after release.
I think that nails it Rô. It's interesting that just over decade ago hardware capabilities far outstripped the software (incl. OS) available at the time, and was under utilized. Now the reverse is true.

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Old 12-02-2005, 02:53 PM
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I really prefer the File Browser for locating and viewing possible shots for a project, but Bridge does have some nice features. Batch rename is great and searching for stock photos was never easier.
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Old 12-02-2005, 03:58 PM
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Perhaps you should update your computer before updating Photoshop?


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CS2 is the biggest pile of crap to ever come out of adobes lil elves workshop.

I returned mine and went back to cs....it crashed all the time (mac and PC)...color setting were never as acurate, and all the "new" features that they added were a waste of money. Focus on stability within your own app and stop adding things that people never use.
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