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10/03/2008 12:26:05 PM · #1
Other than organizing my photos into logical folder trees, I have never used any 3rd party programs to keep my folders organized. I'd like to start using Bridge to organize my pictures. The feature I want to take advantage of most is the keyword feature. Being able to add keywords to all of my photos would be great.

Here are my questions though:

1. If I add keywords to a particular photo, using Bridge, will those keywords be permanently embedded into that picture's metadata? So if I were to transfer all of my pictures to a different computer and even use a different program (something other than Bridge), the new program would recognize the keywords??? I don't want to put a ton of work int giving my pictures keywords if the keywords won't stick with that picture regardless of what I ultimately do with it.

2. If I add keywords to a photo and then duplicate that file, do the keywords/metadata transfer over to the duplicated file? Or do image copies erase metadata (keywords, etc.)?

3. Does anyone know of any new features in Bridge CS4?

Thanks for your help.
10/03/2008 12:34:01 PM · #2
Are you shooting raw or jpeg?

Keywords are stored in sidecar files (.xmp) for raw files and embedded in jpegs.

I'm not nearly experienced enough with bridge to answer #2. However, I would assume that the answers are similar to Lightroom. In which case the answer is yes.


10/03/2008 12:42:49 PM · #3
Well, I do shoot RAW images, however my end product is almost always a JPEG. And my tagging does not take place (typically) until after I have processed the RAW file. So if keywords are embedded into JPEGs, I should be able to transfer files to other file management programs and they will immediately recognize any associated keywords?
10/03/2008 05:38:01 PM · #4
I used to love Bridge, until I tried Lightroom. Give the demo a shot, you won't be disappointed.
10/03/2008 05:40:46 PM · #5
I agree with Jac when he says that Bridge is a wart covered pig. Lightroom is much better for organization.
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