The July 2018 and October 2017 releases of Adobe Bridge CC roll out exciting new features for designers, digital photographers, and creative professionals. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.
For a summary of features introduced in earlier releases of Adobe Bridge CC, see Feature summary | Adobe Bridge CC | earlier releases.
Bridge CC now comes integrated with Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries help you organize, browse, and access creative assets. For example, you may want to create a Creative Cloud Library that contains all the components most frequently used in a specific project.
- Linked assets: Edit once - update everywhere.
Always use the latest iteration or version of your asset with linked assets. No matter where your asset is used, if you edit the library copy, all your projects are updated with the edited asset. Adobe CreativeSync ensures that you get the right and updated asset – each time you reuse assets across desktop and mobile projects.
Everywhere access. All the time.
Your libraries are available from within various Creative Cloud desktop apps like Bridge, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Creative Cloud Assets and Adobe mobile apps like Comp and Draw — even when you’re offline.
- Share and collaborate.
Share assets and components from your libraries with other users. Allow others to work with items in your shared libraries, or share them with more users. Ensure consistency across projects with common assets like graphics, colors, character styling, or style guides.
- Adobe Stock integration.
The new Adobe Stock service provides you with access to 50 million high-quality, royalty-free images, videos, and graphics. Using the Libraries panel, navigate to, license, and use images and graphics right from within Illustrator.
Categorize components into libraries that are meaningful to your workflows and creative projects.
- The right asset. Every time.
Reuse assets across desktop and mobile projects without worrying that you’ll grab the wrong versions or that you’ll delete or overwrite by mistake.
- Easily save to Creative Cloud Libraries.
Save assets directly to your libraries from File Explorer/Finder or from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Adobe mobile apps and services like Shape, Brush, Color, Comp, and Hue.
To access Creative Cloud Libraries from Bridge, do one of the following:
- Choose the Libraries workspace from the workspace list in the Application bar or choose Window > Workspace > Libraries.
- Open the Libraries panel in any other workspace by choosing Window > Libraries.
For more information, see Creative Cloud Libraries in Bridge.
Bridge CC now supports PNG and SVG files with transparency. It displays a checkered background to identify transparent areas of these files in the Content panel and the Preview panel. To view the checkered grid, do one of the following:
- Go to Edit > Preferences > Thumbnails (Windows) or Adobe Bridge CC > Preferences > Thumbnails (macOS), and select Show Transparency Grid.
- Click the Options For Thumbnail Quality And Preview Generation button () on the upper-right corner and select Show Transparency Grid from the drop-down menu.
A. Preview an image without transparency grid B. Preview an image with transparency grid
You can also preserve the transparency of PNG and SVG images in the Output workspace. Do one of the following:
- Go to Edit > Preferences > Output (Windows) or Adobe Bridge CC > Preferences > Output (macOS), and select the Preserve Transparency For Images option.
- In the Output workspace (Ctrl+F4/Command+F4), select Preserve Transparency For Images from the Output Settings panel menu.
Using the Publish panel, you can now create an Adobe Portfolio project from within Adobe Bridge and show your creative work to the world. You can upload RAW and JPEG images, audio, and video files as Portfolio project.
For more information, see Publish assets to Adobe Portfolio.
A new workspace named Output has been introduced in Adobe Bridge CC. You can now use Output workspace to create PDF contact sheet of your assets using predefined and custom templates.
To know more about the feature, see Create PDF contact sheet in the Output workspace.
Publishing to Adobe Stock Contributor is an existing feature in Bridge. The user interface for uploading your images to Adobe Stock Contributor has been improved in this release.
To know more, see Publish images to Adobe Stock.
In this release of Bridge CC, the following new filter criteria have been introduced in the Filter panel:
- Author Name: Show files based on the selected author name.
- Color Profile: Show files based on the selected color profile.
- Bit Depth: Show files based on the selected bit depth.
To know more, see Filter Files.
The improved File Info dialog (File > File Info) is now similar to the one available in Photoshop CC. When you edit metadata in the Metadata panel or assign keywords to a file, the same information is displayed in the File Info dialog, and vice-versa.
Bridge CC now supports Common Extensibility Platform (CEP). You can create and run HTML5\CSS based Extensions in Bridge CC 2018 version 8.0 and later. To access the Extensions in Bridge, from the menu bar choose Window > Extensions.
Developer who want to create their own CEP Extensions for Bridge can refer to the document CEP Extensions Cookbook for Bridge for detailed instructions. Visit https://github.com/Adobe-CEP to find Bridge CEP related resources.
In this release of Bridge CC, major improvements have been made in the scrolling performance when you browse through assets in the Content panel.