When you work in a collaborative environment, you can share a cache with other Bridge users and let them use the shared cache instead of creating a cache. The sharing of cache brings the following benefits:

  • Improves performance by faster browsing, searching, and filtering of cached items 
  • Prevents the need to build the cache again and saves the cache generation effort for other users

Any Adobe Bridge user can export a cache to a shared folder, and other users can import a copy of the shared cache to their local systems. Given that the systems are in synchronization, managing the cache at a centralized location lets you reuse the exported cache, without the need to rebuild the cache on different user machines.

Sharing of cache in a collaborative environment

For more information about how to set cache preferences, see Work with the Adobe Bridge Cache.

Build and manage a shared cache

To create and manage the cache for a folder that you want to share across multiple users, choose Tools Manage Cache. The Manage Cache dialog box is displayed. 

Manage Cache dialog

In the Manage Cache dialog box, do the following: 

  1. To create the cache for the selected folder and its subfolders, select Build and export cache for folder “selected folder name” and all enclosed folders. This option is selected by default.

    NoteThe access level of each folder is considered while creating the cache.

    • Select Build 100% Previews to create the full preview of images in the cache. This option is disabled by default.

    TipIf you need to frequently work on magnified and zoomed images, it is recommended that you select the Build 100% Previews option. However, note that it consumes more disk space and increases the initial processing time significantly.

    • Click OK.
  2. To import the cache from a specific shared folder, select Import Cache. Click Next and choose a shared folder from which you want to import the cache. 

    When you browse a folder that includes a shared cache, by default Bridge automatically downloads the cache on your computer. To disable this auto-import feature, deselect the Automatically import Cache From Folders When Possible option by choosing Edit Preferences Cache.

    Preference to import cache automatically
  3. To delete the cache, select Clean Up Cache. You can use this option if you suspect that the cache for a folder is old and must be regenerated (for example, thumbnails and metadata are not being updated).

    • To delete all the cache files on your computer, select Purge all local cache files. This option is selected by default. When you click Next, a warning message is displayed to confirm the action.
    Warning message
    • To selectively delete the cache files from a specific location, select Purge cache for a specific location. Click Next and choose a location from where you want to delete the files. If the location you choose for deleting cache files is a folder with exported cache, a warning dialog box is displayed. In this box, select one of the following options:
      • Only purge my cache: Deletes only the local copy of cache files. The shared cache files remain unaffected. 
      • Purge cache for all users: Deletes both the shared cache files and local copies of cache files.
    • Select Include subfolders to delete the cache for the subfolders.
    • Click Continue.
    Warning message
    • If the location you choose for deleting cache files does not have the exported cache, a warning dialog box is displayed.
      • Select Include subfolders to delete the cache for the subfolders.
      • Click Cancel to close this dialog box. 
      • Click Continue to delete the local cache.
    Warning message

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