My wife and I are traveling to China this Spring and in the interest of cutting traveling weight we are taking her notebook computer which is both lightweight in physical bulk and in capabilities. Judy uses this notebook primarily for surfing the web, it is an HP Pavilion Entertainment PC.
We plan on adding a bit more RAM and removing all but the necessary programs but, this will not turn the little computer into a powerhouse.
I want to use the computer to download my RAW images prior to copying them to a pair of small external hard drives. I will duplicate the images on each hard drive and Judy will carry one hard drive in her check-on luggage and I will carry the other hard drive in my carry-on camera bag.
I have a personal copy of Adobe Creative Suite CS3 and I like the interface of Adobe Bridge. I would like to use this to download my RAW images using a card reader and then batch name the images but, I do not expect to do any post processing during my trip. I will be far to busy shooting to do anything more than the downloading, batch naming and saving on the hard drives.
Buying a replacement computer prior to the trip is not an option.
I am hoping not to bog down the little computer with the entire Photoshop CS3 program (I certainly would not load the entire CS3 Creative Suite).
Can I just install the Adobe Bridge and use it as a stand alone program for the downloading and saving? This abbreviated program would, I expect, work faster than the entire Photoshop CS3 (or am I wrong regarding this).
If I cannot install the Adobe Bridge as a stand alone program, is there another program which will let me accomplish what I want to do? Of course, Lightroom would be nice to have but, I cannot afford it.
One other possibility would be to download the free copy of Lightroom two weeks before the trip, get used to using it, work with it in China and get rid of it after the trip. However, I would much prefer using a program with which I am a lot more familiar...