I'd always go with Windows Explorer, native functionality within the OS and it's one less software to have open. Unless you need some specific cross-functionality
I have to agree with RayTrace77. I use Windows Explorer for the most of the time.
I had to get used to Bridge (it's slow on not so fast computers) but now I wouldn't want to miss it anymore and advise it to everyone working in the graphics (even if handling and previewing graphics files in Mac OSx which I use is great).
- It can browse RAW files and it's connection to Camera Raw is great - you can load up similar files that need the same treatment (correction and such) and apply it to them all
- File management - filtering, selecting, sorting, labeling and tagging (xmp), really useful in every bigger than small projects.;
- Use Photoshop batches on selected files;
- Output Contact Sheets of photo's (or other supported files) to PDF or Web Gallery;
- Batch renaming of files (auto-re-numbering, meta-data, etc.);
- auto-group similar photo's for panorama creation;
Im using bridge and im happy with that
I use bridge to select photos. The Review mode is very useful!
What sense has this questions? Using bridge as a preview thumbnail program as explorer is diminish its concepts and use.
I use bridge as a document history manager, see the document color profile , what kind of camera and profile of a document, size, resolution and so on....
Explorer is used to explore and nothing else.....
No meaning to compare them.....
Mini bridge for the win, Explorer is really limited concerning preview size...
Bridge is the best solution available to browse folders of raster and vector images.
Windows Explorer for general use because it's faster and Bridge for viewing multiple psd and ai at the same time, so 75% of the time Explorer and 25% Bridge. :)
+1 Bridge is the best solution available to browse folders of raster and vector images.
I am using MAC.. i preferred Bridge