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Adobe PS-5 Bridge Problem-LOST KEYWORDS
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07-28-2013, 08:17 PM Georgia A. Hart
While working in PS-5 Bridge, I inadverdently deleted my two largest categories of KEYWORDS ("Birds" and "Wildflowers"), each containing 100's of subkeywords of species.

How this happened: An image that I wished to delete was highlighted but my largest keyword category ("Birds", which affected at least 5000 images keyworded with the species of bird) was also highlighted. When I hit delete, the unwanted image did not disappear, so I hit delete again. Then I realized my "Birds" category and at least 300 species subcategories disappeared, and next also my "wildflowers" with at least 100 species disappeared--without warning!! They disappeared from my keyword list, but not from the metadata of each image.

At least my images are OK and they still show their keywords in the Metadata, but the categories 'Birds' and 'Wildflowers" and the 100's of species names in each of these categories are not showing on my keyword list.

Any ideas on how to restore these lost keywords? I do have an older list of the keywords in an MS Word text document.
07-29-2013, 10:54 AM Fred & Melissa Stearns
There is a solution that I have used when I changed versions of Bridge. When you view the files in bridge, it shows the keywords. It also brings in the keywords that are not in the keyword file. They show in Italics. If you right click (PC I have no idea what to use on a MAC) on the keyword, you can select make permanent, or something similar. This is long and time consuming, but better than loosing all the keywords. Maybe someone else has a better solution and we can all learn something new!
07-31-2013, 08:04 PM Georgia A. Hart
Fred, thanks for the reply.I will try your suggestion. I will also try to find a way to re-import the keyword list from the word doc that I have from a year ago. I exported the keywords from Bridge on my old computer and imported them into Bridge on my new computer, but I don't remember how I did it. Thanks again, Georgia
08-01-2013, 07:26 AM Ronald Eberhart
Here is a link to an adobe page for import/export of keywords. You should be able to import your entire catalog of photos into something like PS Elements or Lightroom and then create an export list of the keywords. Then after backing up your Bridge files I would try to import from that list to get the keywords back. Here is the link http://help.adobe.com/en_US/creativesuite/cs/using/WSBCB2D1F5-98B8-45cc-950A-58E8347FD2F8a.html .

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