Keeping track of all the videos, songs and photos stored onto a computer can be a daunting task if the media files are scattered all over the hard drive, so a centralized management solution that can help organize them is welcomed. If that software is also able to provide some basic editing commands, the more appreciated it will be.
One such tool, even though is not among the lightest packages you can find, is Adobe Bridge. This is indeed a full-scale cataloging and media management program that looks good and is easy enough to operate even for less experienced users.
The multiple viewing modes offered by this utility can help you identify the hidden files as well and sort them in a numerous ways. For each item that is recognized by Adobe Bridge it is possible to add labels and assign a rating so that it will be more easy to find a certain file from a huge collection.
With Adobe Bridge you get several ways of handling metadata and it is possible to create templates to ease your work even more. Operations like batch renaming a set of selected pictures or videos are supported, so you can fully control the multimedia items included in your personal catalog.
The highly customizable interface will enable you to choose which type of workspace is displayed and which are left aside. This means that it is really easy to avoid clutter and keep only the windows that are necessary for organizing a set of files or collections.
The fact that Bridge is able to integrate seamlessly with other Adobe products is to be expected, but this only increases the value of the software, just like the addition of Camera Raw for image processing. Overall, it is certainly one of the powerful tools of its kind, but the sheer size and the high system resource usage may turn some users to more lighter and less demanding applications.