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What Is Adobe Bridge?

In response to our How to Join Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Free post, we received this question from a reader:

Hi – is it really true that Adobe Bridge (the full version) is totally free to download and use forever, and I don’t have to pay for it or have a subscription?

The answer is yes, it’s absolutely true – although not that many people know about it because Adobe hasn’t really publicized it widely…

Bridge 2020 is Adobe’s flagship desktop media browser and powerful digital asset manager that allows you to efficiently locate, organize, browse, preview, and batch process your content files – including most image, vector, audio and video files. You can view (in fullscreen) and manage Photo­shop PSD, Camera RAW, Illustrator AI, InDesign INDD, Adobe XD, Acrobat PDF, Flash SWF/FLV, and many other types of files and documents, all without paid programs.

While Bridge won’t edit the content of these files on its own, it works beautifully as an easy-to-use visual gateway to all your creative assets – a universal file manager and very handy utility for quickly viewing and working with your creative files in many different formats (Adobe and otherwise). Bridge can also manage & set file metadata, create collections, add image watermarks, rate & label photographs, do slideshows, perform batch file operations including renaming, browse directories without importing, support multi-user workflows, and more. And it’s available worldwide in dozens of languages for both Windows and macOS:

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What’s less known is that the license to run/use Bridge is completely free from Adobe and never expires! It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a free Creative Cloud trial or a paid subscription (or even any other Adobe software at all). Regardless, Bridge CC will legally continue to work and be able to manage and view your media and Adobe files even if/when your trial or subscription ends.

Surprised? Well, it used to be (with CS6 and older) that Adobe Bridge was bundled together with paid programs like Photoshop and After Effects. But Adobe decided to unbundle Bridge and make it a separate download for Creative Cloud, so now this product doesn’t even require a paid subscription. This basically means that Bridge comes with all CC plans – including the popular Photography plan – and even the 100% free level of Creative Cloud.

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You can install Bridge 2020 either standalone by itself, or together with other applications like Photo­shop CC (and all the rest), or even Photoshop Elements… Either way, Bridge CC requires no purchase, no paid membership or subscrip­tion, and not even any other Adobe tools on the same system. It installs and runs fine, and even allows updating to the latest version of the app itself plus the ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) plugin for the display and previewing of raw files within Bridge.

Adobe recommends that photographers use the more sophisticated Lightroom ecosystem to manage their photos, and that’s a product and workflow which work amazingly well for many customers. But folks who want a simple solution including designers who work with many different applications and file types will still want to use Bridge. Plus, you can install and use it on as many computers as you like, your friends and colleagues can use it, your clients and customers can use it, all at the same time (and even with the same files collabor­atively) – there is no cost or limit or restriction.

So how to take advantage of it? To get your permanently-free Adobe Bridge CC (100% legitimate and authentic full version), you can download and install it here – look for the big blue “Download” button at the top right, which will give you Bridge via the Creative Cloud Desktop App. Alterna­tively, you can use the CC direct download links. Either way works fine – and it’s not a free trial, nor has any expiration date – as promised above!


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If you’re not yet running the most recent release of Photoshop, then you can easily get it (plus Lightroom CC, and all ongoing upgrades to both products included) through Adobe’s Photo­graphy bundle for just $9.99/month. If you’d like to try out the latest Creative Cloud 2020 software first at no cost, then just download the free trial to get started.

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This policy could change at any time, so don’t miss this unusual opportunity to quickly grab the full working version of new Bridge 2020 legally from Adobe at no cost:


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  1. ROBERT PATRICK HARTLE

    Thank you guys for the great tips and info you provide here! It must annoying however from many of the comments above how so many people “don’t read” your valuable instructions and choose to argue time and time again on how to implement your tips and techniques… (Windows users mostly) who are so ignorant to me. So thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge and putting up with what Steve Jobs once referred to as “Bozos!”

    • Thanks, Robert, for sharing your thoughts… Not sure about Windows or Mac, but in this field we’re pretty used to explaining things multiple times in various different ways. People often do read fast and miss important points. It just comes with the territory, so we’re not bitter about it – especially after 10 years of doing this. Regardless, it’s always nice to hear gratitude from our readers, so we greatly appreciate it!

  2. Gary

    Regarding a standalone install of Bridge CC…

    “It installs and runs fine, and even allows updating to the latest version of the app itself plus the ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) plugin for the display and previewing of raw files within Bridge.”

    Can you clarify whether you would be able to open RAW files in the ACR module and actually apply changes/adjustments/edits? Or is it possible ONLY to display/preview RAW files within Bridge?

    I’m trying to find a solution where I can actually implement ACR edits and adjustments on a secondary system which doesn’t have any other Adobe suite installations. TIA

    • Hey Gary, it’s the latter. Within Bridge, the ACR plugin works in a read-only way in order to display and preview the content within your Adobe files. Bridge CC can also edit image metadata and the like, however to make changes to the image pixels (and actually open the file for editing) you would use your version of Adobe Photoshop and/or the Camera Raw plug-in that comes with it.

  3. Jack Casement

    Thank you so much for telling us about the free download of Adobe Bridge. I was having trouble with Bridge from CS6, and when I was searching the web for advice on how to delete and install the programme again, I found this link. WOW. Fantastic!! It works perfectly and no longer “freezes”. I appreciate it.

  4. Sandy

    Thanks for the great info on downloading Bridge… however, if I select a photo to open, it doesn’t open in Photoshop – it opens in another editing program… I don’t get the option highlighted of “open with” …would appreciate any help.

    Thanks

  5. Sandy

    Thanks. File type associations doesn’t really address my problem. Bridge can see the photos, but when I select a photo to open, it doesn’t see Photoshop or Camera Raw. I have looked at the “Place” option also, but this is greyed out and cannot select it?

    • When you say, “it doesn’t ‘see’ Photoshop or Camera Raw,” what do you mean exactly?

      You mentioned above that Bridge “opens my photo in another editing program”… So if you have Photoshop installed on the same machine and you want it to open using Photoshop instead, then you need to tell Bridge with those File Association options.

  6. Alex M

    Hello,
    It’s not clear for me from the Adobe Bridge CC 2019 guide if Collections and Smart Collections are part of the cache. What should I do if I want to use a replica of Smart Collections created on one of my computers, on the other computer possibly sitting on the same LAN? Can I share Smart Collections utilizing Google Drive as a cloud storage accessible to both computers? I assume to use USB external HDDs on both computers holding the same set of image files. I also assume manually synchronizing files on both HDDs at the end of the work. To make my question general, I want to be able to work on image files on one of two computers possibly located in different places (home / office) and maintain the same structure of Smart Collections in Adobe Bridge CC 2019 on both computers.

  7. Joyce

    Hello,

    Is Adobe Bridge CC Is Free to Download & Use for commercial use? I mean if I can use this software in my company?

  8. Janine78

    Hi, I’ve been paying for photoshop monthly for 5 years, and not using it. I didn’t want to cancel because tons of my photos are stored in Bridge (which came bundled with the plan). I finally cancelled yesterday, but I’m not sure what happens to my photos stored in Bridge. Now I see Bridge is a free download. Would the installed Bridge on my computer just continue on for free or do I have to re-download and transfer images?

  9. Wojtek

    Dziękuję za informację o Adobe Bridge, brakowało mi go w nowym komputerze z High Sierra.
    Wiedza, że Bridge jest darmowy jest mało znana.
    i pozwoli mi korzystać z LR 6.

  10. GregT

    Why does Adobe require us to register for its completely free product? Will it send product ads? Will it collect usage data? Will it allow us to get tech support? Will registered users get discounts on paid products? I don’t know the good or the bad, because Adobe doesn’t provide information when it requires registration during installation. That always worries me. What will Adobe do with my information after registration?

    I’ve had to register other apps, but each vendor stated up front what it would do with the information, and how I would benefit.

    • Greg, have you actually checked out the page? Because Adobe does the same.

      When you click on “Not a member yet? Get a free Adobe ID,” you arrive to the sign-up page with the following:

      By clicking “Sign up” I agree that:

       — I have read and accepted the Terms of Use.

       — The Adobe family of companies may keep me informed with personalized emails about products and services.

      See our Privacy Policy for more details or to opt-out at any time.

      « Sign up »

  11. Ian Willi

    I have loads of pics stored on both PC AND MACs. Forgive me if this is too simple a problem, but I would like to manage them all on my MAC. Can I use Bridge to import from any medium?

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  13. Patricia Holler

    I am a senior citizen who is learning (through an online course) about how to organize my many digital photos. After much contemplation, I think Adobe Bridge would be the best photo organizing software for my needs.

    Tonight I set up an Adobe account, started to download the software, and then a page came up stating that I must give my credit card info, etc. to be able to access to the software. There is a “free trial,” but credit card info is required, then it says I can cancel membership by a certain date.

    I only am interested in the Bridge software, not the other Adobe programs which I am sure are very good, but just beyond what I need. How do I get the “totally free” use of Bridge as you describe above? Thank you very much.

    • Sure Patricia, happy to help. Recently Adobe initiated the requirement for adding a credit card or PayPal to start a free trial – we suspect because the trials were being overused (or possibly abused) by some folks.

      Not to worry. The form of payment won’t be charged within the 7-day free trial period. And you can still get the completely free level of Creative Cloud membership, which includes the promised lifetime use of Adobe Bridge at no cost…

      What’s Included with Your Free Creative Cloud Membership

      If you don’t want to paid subscription to any of the other major Creative Cloud tools (besides Bridge), then just remember to cancel your free trial before the seven days is up:

      How to Cancel your Adobe Trial or Subscription

      Even if it slips your mind within the seven days of the free trial, there is an additional two-week “money back guarantee” period right after that during which you can get a full and complete refund of anything you’ve paid:

      How to Exchange, Return, or Refund Adobe Software Products

      Hope that’s clear. Please let us know if that helps answer your question and how you make out.

      Enjoy the free software!

  14. Patricia Holler

    Thank you for this clarification!

  15. Pat

    Hi there. I’m still not getting it. So Bridge is free now, but someone wrote that you can view images through ACR, but not edit them, right?

    So what limitations are there if I only install Bridge and no other CC application? Is this even possible?

    Thing is, I need a simple-to-understand RAW converter for a friend of mine, who isn’t particularly technically inclined, and trying RawTherapee we found that it has way to many options, that he will never understand in two lifetimes.

    I’ve been working with Bridge for years now and find it’s workflow and Gui rather easy to use. It’s not cluttered and yet gives you plenty of nice features to edit your RAW images in ACR.

    I’d get him this, as I think he’ll be able to understand Bridge. Of course though it would have to have all the important features of a full version of Bridge, some limited featureset won’t cut it, like no RAW editing or no saving to new file or the likes.

    So what things will me missing if I install this free version without any other CC application?

    Thanks, Pat

    • Hi Pat, you can certainly download, install and use Bridge standalone, for free and with no other Adobe apps – that’s absolutely possible and certainly done.

      Regarding your particular question though, without a paid copy of Photoshop to go with Bridge, you won’t be able edit images in ACR. That’s because the Adobe Camera Raw plugin which integrates with both Photoshop and Bridge is view-only if Photoshop is not activated.

      But either way – either with or without Photoshop – all other features in Bridge itself are functional.

      That’s really all there is to the explanation.

  16. Pat

    I see, thanks ProDesign.
    IMHO that makes Bridge a little redundant without any CC applications. Without ACR, it’s just a fancy viewer. Every OS provides inbuilt ways of viewing and organising images.

    I hardly ever open PS these days… if I only need to develop and improve images, this can all be done in Bridge ACR. And since I find the workflow fast and intuitive, I think it would be the ideal program for said friend of mine.

    Now what’s the cheapest way of obtaining a fully-functioning version of Bridge and ACR? (besides using cracks, which is out of the question) Could purchasing Photoshop Elements be a solution, or is Bridge still truncated if used with Elements?

    • Sure – glad to help, Pat. Most people go with the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop and ACR together with Lightroom (both the desktop and cloud-based LR apps), as well as a bunch of other helpful tools & services, plus ongoing product updates.

      You get a lot for US$9.99/month, a price which hasn’t changed since the plan was first introduced many years ago.

      Regarding using Bridge and ACR with Photoshop Elements, that could work as well, if Elements is enough. See the earlier discussion here for more information on that.

  17. To me, Adobe Bridge is that type of unnecessary application – I have an great small app for batch renaming and I can organize my work myself. If you have a lot of space, you could just keep it … or not. But is not really essential.

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