The Bottom Line
Adobe Bridge CS5 is a file manager and asset organizer that can make managing large projects easier. It's designed primarily to work with all of the applications included in Adobe's Creative Suite, but you can use it for asset management in just about any application you may have.
You can also use Bridge to search for specific files and images based on the criteria you set. It has a wide range of filters you can apply to find the assets you need, such as metadata, file type, or date.
Adobe Bridge is included with the various CS5 products.
- Supports drag-and-drop.
- Supports Flickr, Facebook, Photoshop.com, and your choice of export functions.
- Powerful batch renaming tools.
- The only supported image export format is JPEG.
- Searches are limited to assets listed within Bridge.
- Needs better template support.
- Bridge is included with most Adobe CS 5 products.
- Available for Windows and OS X.
- Requires a Mac with an Intel processor.
Guide Review - Adobe Bridge CS5 Review: Adobe Bridge CS5 Organizational Tool Gains New Features
Adobe Bridge CS5 is the latest version of Adobe's file manager and organizational tool for the Creative Suite applications. Bridge has always served well as a bridge between the CS applications, keeping track of files, images, and just about any other digital content you might use for creating projects within a CS application. But earlier versions of Bridge didn't quite reach across the digital divide to unite all content; specifically, InDesign lacked full integration with Bridge. Not anymore. With Bridge CS5, all CS5 applications can use Bridge as their central asset manager. Bridge CS5 can even access every component of an InDesign page layout, so you can browse through linked objects.
The improvements don't stop with supporting InDesign. One of our favorites is the Path Bar, which is now more flexible. You can drag a folder from the Finder to the Path Bar to display that folder's contents in Bridge, or click in the Path Bar and type the path to the item you wish to access.
The Export panel makes saving images for specific use even easier. The Export panel comes with four export presets: Facebook, Flickr, Photoshop.com, and your hard drive. You can add your own presets to export an image, convert it to JPEG, and save it to the destination of your choice. You can also resize the image and control the quality of the output. In essence, the Export panel lets you create custom batch processes for image output.
PDF and Web Gallery Templates
Another improvement in Bridge CS5 is the option to save templates from PDF or web galleries you create, so you can reuse them for future projects. Previous versions of Bridge couldn't save template data, forcing you to recreate a template each time you wanted to use it.
The Batch Rename feature has also been improved. You can now save Batch Rename templates for later use. The Batch Rename dialog box now offers string substitutions, letting you create new batch file names that are based on specific text strings found in the original file name.
Adobe Bridge CS5 retains all of the features that previously made it a good file manager and organization tool. With its new and improved features, Adobe Bridge CS5 is even more powerful and easy to use.
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