one of the "raison d'etre" for R&F was to allow Bridge to play nicely with catelogue or other DAM tools. With IVMP3 now supporting Bridge XMP ratings, do you see a dimished role for R&F? I guess I can answer my own question somewhat as follows:
- Unlike ratings, IVMP3 and Bridge labels are not transportable, so R&F still allows this.
- To keep your Bridge rating truely transportable to any DAM that supports keywords (but not all XMP), you would still need R&F.
You are correct about that. IVMP now sees the Bridge Ratings, but does not se the Labels. R&F changes these to Keywords, so that is a help.
And you are also correct that if you want to use Spotlight - or some other IPTC-aware application to see ratings, then R&F will make that possible.
There's another couple of reasons that R&F is still an important part of my workflow. By keeping a separate record of Ratings values, you are much less likely to lose this valuable work due to keyboard error. It's not hard to select all images, and accidentally hit the 0 key, erasing all those ratings.
R&F is also writing the Filename to the Preserved Filename field, and I think this will be a valuable action over the life of the archive, as it will enable an easy lookup of the image even if the name gets changed.
I would like to be able to do a search in IVMP based on whatever criteria. The search features in Bridge are limited, as is pointed out in "The DAM Book". Once I have the search results, I would like to be able to "open" those results in Bridge. Two examples of where I would use this:
1) I may have a bunch of DNG files scattered all of the place on my storage media. Through a keyword search I have found specific files in assorted folders, that I want to open in ACR to re-process for B&W. In this case Bridge is my preferred choice as the front door to ACR.
2) As above, I have done a keyword search and located files spread all over the place, physcially. I want to run my Photoshop batch actions that I have for preparing files for printing. Bridge is a convenient launching point for the Photoshop batch job.
Check out Page 208. You can do this. Select multiple images in iView, and use the command "Open with Photoshop CS2" and see what happens.
As to your issue 2, Why can't you have iView do the conversion and batching? The one thing I can't get it to do is to run scripts (like the CaptionMaker). But it will do batch conversions.