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swichboard.exe and Adobe Bridge

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#1 fishininaiken


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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:10 AM

I recently installed Photoshop CS5 (bit late, I know). Today I find switchboard.exe, which is labeled Switchboard Server (32-bit) in my auto-start file. I'm running Windows 7 (64-bit) and use Lightroom 3 instead of Adobe Bridge. Is there any reason I need to auto-start switchboard.exe? An underlying question: Do any of you believe I'm missing some useful functionality by using Lightroom exclusively for photo file management and ignoring Bridge?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:31 AM

The file should be safe to turn-off from auto-run(msconfig), though Adobe may boot slightly slower. Quote from Adobe's support forum:

The switchboard server process provides communication between Bridge and Mini Bridge (in Photoshop, InDesign and InCopy). The switchboard server launches when you launch Bridge and runs in the background.

Regarding Lightroom vs. Bridge...

On the surface the Adobe Bridge, particularly Bridge CS4, looks a lot like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Beneath the surface though there are two fundamental differences. First and foremost, the Bridge is a browser which means that you have to tell it where to go when you want to look for your digital media files. Lightroom, on the other hand, is a database. I go to Lightroom and use its search box when I want to find files whose locationthe exact sub-folder where the file liveshas slipped out of my memory.

Read More: http://thelightroomlab.com/2010/02/adobe-photoshop-lightroom-vs-the-adobe-bridge/

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