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It’s True: Adobe Bridge CC Is 100% Free for You to Download & Use

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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 CC 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 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, with 32- and 64-bit versions 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 CC 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 CC 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 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 upper right, which will give you Bridge via the Creative Cloud Desktop App. Alternatively, you can use the CC direct download links here. 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 CC Photo­graphy bundle for just $9.99/month. If you’d like to try out the latest CC 2019 software first, then just download the free trial to get started.

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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.

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