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A Good Adobe Bridge Alternative for me would not have to be a full-blown asset management sub-system. I would be very happy with a file browser that would show the contents of the various file types you support and allow me to open them in the appropriate app. I personally don't need another "library" to manage.  

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The inability to manage one's digital asset within the Serif ecosystem is becoming more of a problem everyday.

They will eventually be compelled to deal with it by market forces.

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The lack of asset management software keeps me from switching from Adobe to Affinity (after nearly 30 years of photoshoppery). Asset management is an integral part of my workflow. And as stated in a comment above, it would not need be a library to manage (I actually dislike those), but rather a clear file browser with the ability to preview, rename and sort files in appropriate folders. A support for labeling would be nice (as macOS supports that natively) but not a deal-breaker.

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On 11/5/2020 at 6:09 AM, pni said:

The lack of asset management software keeps me from switching from Adobe to Affinity (after nearly 30 years of photoshoppery). Asset management is an integral part of my workflow. And as stated in a comment above, it would not need be a library to manage (I actually dislike those), but rather a clear file browser with the ability to preview, rename and sort files in appropriate folders. A support for labeling would be nice (as macOS supports that natively) but not a deal-breaker.

30 yrs of Adobe, have you been using LR or just Bridge? If you use LR to manage your photos, you must have tens of thousands of photos you have edited/adjusted with LR. Even if Serif produced a DAM, what would you do with all those photos you've edited in LR? Most of the edits are maintained in their proprietary catalog file, not in the XMP sidecars. Also I would suspect Serif's DAM would be using proprietary files, that would not be easily used by other apps.

I point this out because it hit a lot of photographers between the eyes when Adobe went to it's subscription model, and stopped the proprietary LR versions. I still have and use LR6, because Serif still has a long way to go with their RAW developing, plus I have a lot of time invested in cataloging images in LR. There's just nothing that allows an easy transfer from that.

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1 minute ago, Ron P. said:

30 yrs of Adobe, have you been using LR or just Bridge?

Photoshop is my tool and Bridge is a great sidekick. When Lightroom hit the market some thirteen years ago I found it much too limiting for my way of working. And I never liked the way Lightroom archives and catalogues files. So that's not on my wishlist, but rather a file browser (like Bridge) that offers good set of tools for my DNGs and PSDs.

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I have used Adobe for years but last year I had to get rid of it because I upgraded my OS and CS5 would no longer run on my system. I did not want to pay the $$$$$ subscription fee for newer versions so after looking around I settled on Affinity as my best alternative. Good features and excellent price. One area where it lacks is that I am unable to import large batches of raw files. The application becomes memory bound and slows to a crawl.  So what to do? I have used Adobe bridge for years to do sort my raw images and do some preliminary adjustments before sending the picture to Photoshop. 

After a lot of searching, and many trial and errors, I found "Raw Power" to be an excellent Adobe Bridge alternative that I am able to tie into Affinity. It is $29 at the MAC app store. I would prefer free but the coast is reasonable when you consider that once you buy it you can install it on all of your Macs. There is also a cheaper IOS version. It is fast, able to view large numbers of raw files, ties into Apple Photos if you are into that, or you can simply point it to a folder. The export settings will open the file in the photo editor of your choice, which in my case the choice is Affinity.

There is a trial version that allows you to play with it but it will insert an ugly watermark when you export. You have to download the trial version from their website which is:
 
https://gentlemencoders.com/

I suggest that you give it a try. 

BTW: I am in no way affiliated with Gentleman Coders, I am just a guy who wants to share a solution,

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I defintely prefer GraphicConverter's browser mode to Adobe Bridge (CS5.1 version here). It will nicely display the document preview, unlike Bridge. You can also set an Affinity app as the default "Open With" from within the browser, or simply leave Open With up to Finder.
Mac only.

I only resort to Bridge if need to manage Adobe documents metadata, especially since Illustrator CS5 crashes on El Capitan when trying to edit metadata directly from within the app.

For catalogs (collections), I'm currently migrating from IView/Expression Media catalogs to NeoFinder. NeoFinder is already Affinity aware. Unlike iView, of course.
There's even an iView/MediaPro catalog import option, but unfortunately it doesn't work the way I need it (yet? been in contact with the developer recently). So I'm in the process of writing me a few AppleScripts that will help to convert my iView catalog-only metadata and Sets to NeoFinder Comments and Albums which will then also include all Affinity files.
NeoFinder is Mac only, but there's a corresponding "sister app" for Windows.

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On 1/30/2021 at 1:19 PM, Raymondo said:

Neofinder

4 hours ago, pni said:

NeoFinder

NeoFinder's predecessor CDFinder was my very first online software purchase over 20 years ago. And Norbert, the developer, is always open for requests and ideas.
Having accumulated over 1800 unique catalogs in there – mostly backup CDRs and DVDRs – can't do without.
Optionally, NeoFinder catalog files are even still backward compatible with CDFinder in case someone would need to look up their catalogs e.g. while running an "antique" PowerPC Mac (I do from time to time).

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