Fix for empty Mini Bridge
Does your Photoshop display empty Mini Bridge panel? Here’s a simple solution to fix the bug. Below the instructions, you may find my comment on this issue.
Here’s the solution applicable to problems with MiniBridge, Kuler, GuideGuide and many other plugins for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and others.
|CS6||HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Adobe / CSXS.3|
|CS5.5||HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Adobe / CSXS2.5Preferences*|
|CS5||HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Adobe / CSXS2Preferences|
|CS4||HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Adobe / CSXS1Preferences*|
— right-click on the right pane and insert a String value
— name it PlayerDebugMode and set its value to 1
— restart Photoshop/any application with Mini Bridge
* if you are using a version other than CS6 or CS5 and you cannot find proper registry entries, please comment, we will figure it out
— run terminal (press Command+Space, type terminal, press enter)
— copy the line below changing the # according to your CS version
(use 3 for CS6, 2.5 for CS5.5 or 2 for CS5)
defaults write com.adobe.CSXS.# PlayerDebugMode 1
— press Return on your keyboard
For example, if you are using CS6, it should look like this:
defaults write com.adobe.CSXS.3 PlayerDebugMode 1
Since 31.10 all the Photoshop CS6 instances I have been working with – at my home and at my workplace – have sadly stopped properly opening the content panel for Mini Bridge. I have tried most of the suggestions posted over the internet but none seemed to work. But finally, a good fellow, Ten A, posted the solution (link) on the Adobe forums. Also, as Joschi has observed, this fix works for other plug-ins or addons for Adobe applications. Thanks to Mark H., the post has been updated with proper registry paths for CS5 version, my regards!
It is only temporary as it enables debugging option for extensions – which is not recommended for a regular user, but let us hope that Adobe will patch the issue.