Chohole, I could be mistaken but it should work just fine the way Kerya is using it. You should be able to start DS4 first, then use the send to bryce tool and a new instance of Bryce should be opened that is linked to the current ds4 instance, your content should then show up in Bryce as expected.
There is indeed something fishy going on with the Bridge. Here’s how I understand it so far.
When Bryce 7 was released the only DS version available was DS 3.
When DS4 was released Bryce should have been updated but it wasnt. So that has led to a problem with the registry.
In the registry there are keys that tell Bryce 7 to search only for DS 3 and from there it is redirected to DS4 with proper updating. When DS 4 was first released users had to manually update the registry. Perhaps with DS 4.5 pro this is automatic with installation. Not sure. In your case manual will be best.
Just like you I get a dropdown menu that is blank, because Bryce 7 for me still thinks it is launching DS 3 when really it launches DS4. But the bridge operates fine for me.
In my own case, to get the bridge to DS 4.0 working I had to fiddle with the registry keys. Scary stuff. But doable and seems to still function with DS4.5.
So in case I’ve been unclear let me state it better.
Bryce 7 is not programmed to look for DS 4 or 4.5. Bryce 7 is hard wired to DS 3.
Because of this the user must manually edit the registry keys so that the link is redirected to launch DS4 or 4.5.
Even if you have never installed DS 3 on your system, the DS4 installer still adds registry keys for DS3 with redirect instructions to DS4. The bridge cannot function otherwise.
The sequence the software is installed matters a lot in some cases but perhaps not all. In my own case I already had Bryce 7 installed, and had originally been using DS 3 when DS 4 came out and had no problems with the bridge to DS4. But then I switched operating systems and had to start over on a new system that had never been exposed to a DS3 install. What I found was that the bridge to DS4 required me to add DS 3 keys even though I did not have need for DS3 on my system. So systems that had previously been exposed to DS3 did fine with Ds4 as well. It was the systems that had never seen Ds3 that had bridge problems to Ds4.
However there are other people who may have installed DS 4 first and then Bryce 7 afterward. I honestly do not know if installing Ds 4 first or Bryce first will bring about the best results. Either way Bryce 7 is still hard wired to seek DS 3 instead of Ds4. As stated above the newest DS4 installers should know how to update the registry to include the necessary keys to create an operation bridge. But I’m not holding my breath on that one.
Here’s what I can do. I will provide you a link to the original thread in the old forum that explains how to do this. To see the images attached you might need to use Grease Monkey’s script that displays the old forums properly. The information you need is provided as an image by a user named Steve Athome. See the archive thread below.
Hope this helps. Im surprised more people dont run into this problem, it was a big one for me. Best of luck.