I am renaming JPEG files in bridge. Sometimes it diplays the whole name i.e., Hull_050724_2400 but then there will be images with just the name and number without the date. Is that normal/OK.
Do you mean that after the renaming operation, some of the files did not get renamed? That would be curious. All of the files you selected should have been renamed follwing the settings in the rename dialog box.
I ran a batch rename on a set of files that I had already renamed and I got a (1) after each number.
Why do you do this? Sounds like risky behavior!
When I rename something in bridge that is already in my catalog does my catalog automatically update itself?
No. Again, I question why you would rename something in Bridge once you have already cataloged that file in iVIew.
I would suggest that you think through your workflow and try to be as clear is possible about how each file goes through that workflow, then stick to it without exception. Basically, Peter's suggested workflow for RAW files is:
1. Download/backup RAW files from CF cards.
2. Rename, bulk metadata, rate, label, Camera Raw adjustments in Bridge.
3. Convert to DNG.
4. Archive to hard drive "buckets".
4. Import into iVIew for cataloging, organizing into sets.
If you are shooting all JPEG images in-camera, your workflow will be the same except for the Camera Raw adjustments and the DNG conversion, ...and I would suggest you look into shooting RAW.