Posts tagged with Bridge

A brand new DAM

It was no secret that it was on the way, but my friend Peter Krogh’s The DAM Book has now been listed on Amazon US and Amazon UK. The original book was immediately unusual in its cover not being emblazoned with “Photoshop CS2” or focussing on the image processing side of the pixel mountain. Peter rightly saw that the management and safeguarding of digital photos was digital photography’s dangerously-neglected aspect, and this understanding of the real needs meant the book’s shelf life extended across software release cycles and remained applicable after entirely new programs were introduced. But even long-lasting underlying principles eventually need dusting off, and this new version of the book is a complete rewrite. Thanks Peter for asking me to tech edit a couple of chapters – I look forward to my signed copy!

And now for some of my own reflections… (or alternatively). When you look back at the the original book, it offered a solution containing four main strands – Bridge, iView, Photoshop, and DNG tying it all together and letting you see the adjusted raw . . .

Customizing Bridge CS4's Metadata panel

A week or two ago I posted an example here of a custom panel for Bridge CS4’s File Info dialog (in fact I just updated that post after finding an Adobe error relating to where to install custom panels on Mac). But it’s worth saying that as well as using the much-improved Bridge, if you want to display custom metadata in the File Info dialog it means… displaying the File Info dialog – And that’s a touch tedious when you just want to check one custom field’s value and when Bridge’s main window already has a perfectly good Metadata panel.

So in that post’s only comment I wasn’t too surprised when “some guy” asked if it was possible to make it show custom metadata. While I answered no, I was pretty sure that wasn’t the case, and it turned out to be as easy as copying the properties.xml file from my existing File Info panel, and dropping it in a new folder called “custom”:
– on PC: “C:Document and SettingsUSERNAMEApplication DataAdobeXMPCustom File Info Panels2.0custom”
-on Mac: “/Users/USERNAME/ApplicationData/Adobe/XMP/Custom File Info Panels/2.0/custom”

The nice thing . . .