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Productivity Boosts

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, Adobe has leveraged Creative Suite 2's workflow with new tools such as Adobe Bridge, Version Cue, and Adobe Stock Photos. Here's how you might benefit from these tools.

Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge, which is based upon Photoshop's File Browser, is accessible from any CS 2 application. Bridge allows you to view thumbnails of your raster and vector images, resize them with a handy slider, browse PDF files, and access color preferences (which, by the way, can be shared between Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator). Bridge also supports ActionScripts and allows you to process Camera Raw images. Topping it all off is Bridge Center, a centralized area to view RSS feeds and tips & tricks, see which files you recently accessed, and have quick access to recent projects (see Figure 14). Speaking of projects, that's where Version Cue comes in.

Figure 14

Figure 14 Using Bridge Center.

Version Cue

Version Cue, shown in Figure 15, allows you to easily track files and projects (it even takes care of file naming for you). You probably have been guilty of giving files names like book_cover_final_06.ai. I know I have. Now all you have to do is provide a base name, and Version Cue takes care of the rest: It displays thumbnails, comments, and dates for files, which makes it simple to see which one you're looking for. You can even view the alternate versions of a file you created for that picky client. Version Cue allows teams to share files and work together on projects, ensuring that no one accidentally overwrites someone else's work, and tells team members when a file is in use by someone else.

Figure 15

Figure 15 Tracking file versions with Version Cue.

Adobe Stock Photos

The Adobe Stock Photos service, which is accessed through Adobe Bridge, allows you to browse and purchase images from various stock photo services (see Figure 16). With access to more than 230,000 images, you're bound to find stock images to enhance your project, and the powerful search features, detailed information and nonwatermarked comps provided for each image will make your job that much easier.

Figure 16

Figure 16 Browsing Stock Photos.

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