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Inside Adobe Bridge and Version Cue: Part 1

Supported and Unsupported File Formats

Because Bridge was designed and developed by Adobe, you probably won't be surprised to learn that Bridge supports all the native formats of each of the Creative Suite 2 applications. Any Creative Suite files, such as .ai or .psd documents, will render into gorgeous, large thumbnails in Bridge (if you give it a bit of time to generate them, that is). Figure 1-5 shows Illustrator files, JPEGs, and PNGs. (Note that the .doc file doesn't show a preview.)

Bridge supports the organization and management of pretty much all file types, but it doesn't provide previews for all file types. Table 1-1 lists some common file formats for which it won't generate thumbnail previews.

Figure 1-5.




Adobe Illustrator Version 9 and older


Aladdin StuffIt

.sit or .sitx

Macromedia Flash


Microsoft Excel


Microsoft PowerPoint


Microsoft Word


QuarkXPress (Quark, Inc.)


WinZip (WinZip Computing, Inc.)


Table 1-2 lists all the formats for which Bridge can generate previews—these are also the formats you'll probably have the most call for.




Adobe Acrobat


Adobe Illustrator CS and CS2


Adobe InDesign CS and CS2


Adobe Photoshop (all versions)







.htm or .html


.jpg or .jpeg









To have the best Bridge experience, you might need to go through some of your older files and "update" them so that Bridge can create thumbnails for them.

One great feature of Bridge is how it supports multipage documents such as InDesign and PDF files. By default, the first page of a multipage document will be displayed as a thumbnail. However, you can set Bridge to display a thumbnail of a different page—just click the document, and you'll be able to choose any page in the file, as shown in Figure 1-6. Double-click any page in the document to open that page in the application in which it was created.

Figure 1-6.


After you launch Bridge, you can select Version Cue CS2 from the Favorites list on the left side of the Bridge window. Version Cue CS2 was created to fix a file-management productivity issue. A lot of time can be wasted looking for files, organizing files within projects, and opening files to work on a project. However, from within Version Cue CS2, you can quickly and easily set up projects, access files, and launch all the necessary applications. With Version Cue, you can also choose whether or not to share your project: you can keep your files private or allow multiple people to access them. If you choose to share your project, you can make certain folders accessible and keep others off-limits. Using Version Cue improves productivity and enables everyone involved in a shared project to work at his or her peak.

Starting Projects

When you work in Version Cue, you create projects so that all persons working on a project can access the necessary files. You can use Version Cue for projects that involve only a single program, such as Illustrator, or for projects that involve the use of many programs together. For example, if you create a new project for an advertising piece, you might use Photoshop to touch up or tweak the image, add text and graphics in Illustrator, combine the Photoshop and Illustrator files in InDesign to do the layout, include web information using GoLive (so you can later create a web page), and finally turn the project into a PDF for review directly in Version Cue. Just like in real life, projects are kept in file folders in a virtual filing cabinet (Version Cue/Bridge).

To create a new project:

  1. In the New Project dialog box that displays, enter a Location for storing the project (either on your computer or on a server), the Project Name and Project Info, and whether on not you are sharing the project with others.

  2. Click OK. Your project folder will now display in the Version Cue/Bridge browser.

Now that you have created your project (and shared it, if desired), you can add files or save files directly to the project folder.

Created: March 27, 2003
Revised: March 20, 2006