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Inside Adobe Bridge and Version Cue: Part 1

Working with Files

You can drag and drop files directly into a project folder, or you can save a file into Version Cue from whatever application you're using. (For more on saving files, see "Saving Files to Version Cue Folders," below.)

If you're accessing files from a Version Cue project, it's best to use the Version Cue pane to access them, rather than jumping around on the hard drive to find the files. Version Cue can keep track of who's working on which files, which is very handy for shared projects. From the Version Cue pane, select the file that you want to work on, and double-click it to launch the application that it was created in. To find out who's working on a particular file, rest your mouse pointer over the file's page icon (Figure 1-8).

Figure 1-8.

Viewing in Version Cue

Within the Version Cue pane, you can arrange the files as you like for better viewing and organizing. There are four views to choose from, which you can select via the View menu or the icons in the bottom-right corner of the screen:


This view (the default) displays thumbnails of all the files within a project. Use the slider bar at the bottom of the Version Cue pane to make the thumbnails larger or smaller.


This view shows the selected file in a large pane, with the other files displayed below it like frames in a filmstrip. Click on a different file to see that one in the large pane.


This view shows a small thumbnail and file information for the selected file. This information includes the filename, whether the file is synchronized, the date created, the date modified, the file size, the file type (.pdf, .tiff, .doc, etc.), and a list of any versions.


Figure 1-9.

There's also a preview area in the Version Cue pane—click on a specific file to see a preview in the middle pane on the left. If the file happens to be a PDF with multiple pages, you can page through the file thumbnails.

Saving Files to Version Cue Folders

In Version Cue, as in any of the Creative Suite applications, you can save any file to the chosen directory on your computer using the File → Save or File → Save As commands. However, if you want to save a file in a Version Cue CS2 project folder, you'll need to choose the Save a Version command.

To save a file to a Version Cue project:

  1. In any of the Creative Suite 2 programs, choose File → Save As.

  2. In the Save As dialog box, choose the Use Adobe Dialog button. This will bring up the Adobe dialog, from which you can access more options and the Version Cue folders.

  3. Enter a filename, and save the file in the proper Version Cue project folder (choose Version Cue from the listing on the left).

The Adobe dialog (Figure 1-10) is a super-enhanced box that offers more features than the basic Save As dialog box (Figure 1-11). Within the Adobe dialog, you can create a new project and folders within a project. Click the View icon at the top right to choose whether to view the listed files as thumbnails, details, icons, or tiles. To create a new project, click the Project Tools icon. All of the options found on the regular Save As dialog box—the format drop-down, Save options, and Color options—are also available on the Adobe dialog. There's also a Version Comments area, where you can enter comments (e.g., "original file") that you can view later in the Version Cue/Bridge browser.

NOTE Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Adobe GoLive handle Version Cue in a different manner than the other Creative Suite applications and don't use the Adobe dialog box.

In Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional, turn on Version Cue by checking the Enable Version Cue Workgroup File Management button on the General tab of the Preferences panel. Once you've done this, you can save files to and open files from Version Cue projects, but instead of clicking the Use Adobe Dialog button to access the projects in the Save As dialog, you'll click the Version Cue button.

Figure 1-10.

Figure 1-11.

To access Version Cue from GoLive, choose File → Connect to Version Cue. Then choose the project or projects you want to work with using GoLive.

NOTE In the Version Cue/Bridge browser pane, you can select an item by typing the first few letters of its name. The first item that begins with the letters you typed will be selected. If no filename begins with the letters you typed, the first item name that contains the string will be selected. This is useful for selecting files from a digital camera, which often begin with a prefix (e.g., IMG_). To select one of these files, simply type its unique ID.

Choosing File → Save in a CS2 application will save your local copy of the file. Choosing File → Save a Version will save the file as a version in Version Cue CS2, preserving a "snapshot" of the file as it stands. For example, say you're working on a logo design. Each time you edit the logo, you could save the new design to a new file, but a much neater solution would be to save the original file and all the subsequent versions together in Version Cue. That way, you'll be able to keep track of the progression of your work through all phases, and you won't wind up with a bunch of awkwardly named files floating around on your hard drive. (For more on versions, see "Using Versions and Alternates," later in this chapter.)

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