Restore multiple windows!
Bridge 2023 was installed today, and at first, I was pleased with the new multiple tabs idea, but it doesn't work for my workflow. I have up to six instances of Bridge open at any one time, across two monitors, to compare the contents of folders in a relatively complex version control process. So, I closed the extra tabs and went to open my new windows and was stunned to find I no longer could.
This is a really major headache for me. I'm currently feeling quite sick at the thought of how much this has upset my workflow. Undocking tabs and floating them on another monitor doesn't work as I need multiple instances. Please restore this vital feature!
We are happy to announce the release of Adobe Bridge 2024 (Version 184.108.40.206).
In this release, our team has successfully introduced the much-requested Multi-Window feature, Keyboard Shortcut customisation, Compress/Extract capability along with other enhancements.
For a complete list of features available in Bridge 2024 (v14.0), please refer to the community post :
Rick Hayward commented
Good job Adobe Team, thanks for adding this feature to the 2024 version. You are restoring my faith in your commitment to the Bridge product. Thanks.
I'm glad this one gets reintroduced! But it should never have left in the first place! Dear Adobe Team; just ask us if we think it is a good idea to remove a featured that has bean there as long as I can remember! This was just the dummest idea I have seen for years
Dan M commented
I went back to Bridge 2022 due to this problem. After paying for 2023 updates and not getting any for about 6 months, I decided to force myself to use Panels instead of Windows. As a result, I am almost crying every time I edit my images nowadays.
Please bring back the multiple Windows soon!
Helpful subthread discussion (started on Dec 02, 2022) about difficulties to roll back to Bridge 2022:
Carole R Brown commented
Super Important - I can see it is on the top of your New Features - list for Bridge
Just being able to copy or move items is not the point. Being able to visually see the contents of a Bridge panel allow me to simultaneous view my project's contents - Adobe User since 1991 (that's a long time) - Thank you Carole -
OMT - I would revert back to an earlier version of Bridge, only I do not see in in the Adobe Cloud App - I only see the current version. How can I access an earlier version?
Old Scout commented
Adobe has a long and illustrious history of releasing new app versions with bugs and counterintuitive changes, but this one is, by far, the most absurd and illogical thing I've ever seen. CTRL + N is now gone. Poof!
The recommended remedy is to revert back to the previous version, but that renders "Image Processor" useless. This type of logic makes my head hurt.
Good arguments, and I have good news for you. This idea gained during last 2 months so many votes as Content Tabs during 4 years. So 24 times faster! Windows are much more popular and you can see it on regular forums. Unfortunately those users have no idea of this topic over here, but you can bring them for voting posting there about this possibility:
Did switch back for a bit, by the way - but losing Image Processor and Batching is killer (don't want to have to downgrade Photoshop too). It's a real toss up between losing that functionality and regaining the productivity from the new window option!
On Windows, the killer using the tear-off tabs, as opposed to Windows, is that you can't use Windows Snap (or FancyZones from Power Tools), as it doesn't see the torn off tab as a window. So there's no quick, flexible assigning a new tab to a useful space - it's instead a laborious dragging and resizing affair.
I get that this system is decent in After Effects and Premier - but there you tend to have a few set configurations that work really well for specific tasks. Bridge is way more flexible - it's a file browser at its core, and there's a really good reasons that you want it to be reconfigurable quickly - and this new system isn't - at all!
I'm switching back. There are just too many bugs. Likes crashing, 'compact cache now message'. navigation is a how mess. Net been able to make a new windows. pfff... and the list goes...
To disable 'Zoom tool' behaviour you have described, tick off Preferences > Tools > Options > 'Spring-loaded Tool Shortcut' or increase 'Timing Sensitivity' to 2 seconds.
So annoying!!! Why do they change things that people rely on every time there is an update??? Something works perfectly fine for years and they see a need to change it. Keyboard shortcuts in photo shop too. What's the deal with the new Z for Zoom tool? You either have to hold it down or it reverts right back to the tool you were last using or double tap it to keep it on the zoom tool. Fire these hacks who approve changing this shit!! I'm sure I'm about to find some other things that are about to piss me off too. Adobe stop fucking with our workflow :(
Steve Bartlett commented
I've been relying on this simple but wonderful feature for years for efficient editing and sorting of images. One of the best things about Bridge. It's crippled without this and it'll be a nightmare to work around. Please restore this!
Mike Kemp commented
Should be able to open multiple windows or tabs surely. Multiple windows was a useful part of my workflow, and including being able to Copy files to - open windows.
It's just mind boggling to see Adobe keep screwing up their own apps. So frustrating. Is there any one from Adobe even reading this website? Like the JPG/JPEG export. Still not fixed.
G X commented
This is seriously disrupting my workflow as a photographer, photo editor, and designer. Being able to open multiple windows to compare files is crucial to efficiency and the workarounds with dragging panels out every single time I want a secondary folder showing does not help. I need keyboard shortcuts to navigate between content (command ~ or command shift  like with every other application). I need to be able to see filters and metadata in every bridge window I open, having a "viewer" option doesn't help with this
Je me suis fais la même réflexion, c'est très important de pouvoir faire CTR+N afin d'avoir une nouvelle fenêtré
Mikael Pertmann commented
I agree. After this update I am going back to the earlier version. So many small things that stopped working that makes my workflow slower and irritating.
Similar topic on regular Adobe forum:
Garrett Roskam commented
I was just about to post something about this!
I frequently use multiple instances of Bridge, cycling between windows to select the appropriate assets via keyboard.
If Multi-Tab is supposed to be a replacement, it needs to have keyboard support. Otherwise it's just too slow.
I'm going back to Bridge 2022/v12.0.3 for this reason. Many of the features of 2023/v13 look great, but are useless if they can't be navigated effectively.