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BridgeTalk in CS6 on Windows

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:22 pm
by kpt
Has anyone else noticed that sending messages thru BridgeTalk from Bridge to Photoshop doesn't work anymore?

I have a piece of software where this communication only works if the user installs it on both 32- and 64-bit Photoshop.

If anyone is interested I could write up a smaller example and post here.

BridgeTalk in CS6 on Windows

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:36 pm
by jcr6
It seems that the BridgeTalk result isn't coming back.

Looking at Andrew's example from many years ago (which I was using -- nice code, btw), I see that we're getting a timeout on waiting for the result from Bridge. (It also needs to be modified to deal with different bridge versions and 32 vs 64-bit).

Putting an alert into the code that is SENT to bridge shows that it executes over there. However the object (list of files) is not getting passed back.

Looking at what Image Processor has changed into shows the use of a global variable that is almost always undefined (except under the case that you're PUSHING from bridge), so I draw the conclusion that not only did Adobe break this functionality, they broke it on purpose and are aware that it is broken.

I'm refactoring Andrew's code now to use a temp file on "~/" to pass the results back.

BridgeTalk in CS6 on Windows

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:56 pm
by xbytor
From ImageProcessorPro (from Dr Russel Brown's website):

Code: Select allImageProcessor.getBridgeFiles = function() {
  var fileList;
  if ( BridgeTalk.isRunning( "bridge" ) ) {
    var bt = new BridgeTalk(); = "bridge";
    bt.body = "var theFiles = photoshop.getBridgeFileListForAutomateCommand();theFiles.toSource();";
    bt.onResult = function( inBT ) { fileList = eval( inBT.body ); }
    bt.onError = function( inBT ) { fileList = new Array(); }
    $.sleep( 100 );
    var timeOutAt = ( new Date() ).getTime() + 5000;
    var currentTime = ( new Date() ).getTime();
    while ( ( currentTime < timeOutAt ) && ( undefined == fileList ) ) {
      $.sleep( 100 );
      currentTime = ( new Date() ).getTime();
  if ( undefined == fileList ) {
    fileList = new Array();
  return fileList;

BridgeTalk in CS6 on Windows

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:34 am
by kpt
Hi X, I was just going to find some time to go through ImageProcessor - you beat me to it

What I don't understand is that my BridgeTalk()-code suddenly works in 64-bit, when the same software is installed for the 32-bit version.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to a Windows installation of Photoshop right now.