Adobe Bridge CS3


Software Type: Archiving & Management
Manufacturer: ADOBE
Manufacturer's Suggested Price: N/A

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Beginning to see cracks in Great Wall
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Obviously Photoshop has amazed us almost as much as the Great Wall of China. But there are cracks in the wall. The Photoshop HDR is a total flop. Third party plug-in and stand-alone software publishers are making a fortune covering things Photoshop left out or does poorly. The National Association of Photoshop Professionals makes its money because Photoshop is not only hard to learn, but harder to remember.
Pros: Still the best way to get a photo the way you want it. "Actions" allow you to apply an expert's steps to your photos.
Cons: Once you learn something, or more like 30 things, you'll almost immediately forget them. It's not a program, it's your life. If you don't use Photoshop every day, you'll lose huge chunks of what you spent hours to learn, and Adobe doesn't really care much about the complexity.
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Vastly improved and now very usable
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With version CS3 Adobe Bridge has gone from a limited function "value add" to a worthwhile and capable product. Now, I would actually pay money for this product!
Pros: Integration with Adobe applications; greatly improved speed; useful tools, such as new and improved filters
Cons: Image preview quality still less than ideal
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Sept 18, 2007
Bridge is part of the Adobe Creative Suite (CS), and is primarily an organizational program. Accessible from other components of Adobe’s Creative Suite, it can be used as a stand-alone application or as a floating palette. From within Photoshop, Bridge provides centralized access to project files, applications and settings showing images in differently sized thumbnails, slide shows or lists. When first introduced, Bridge significantly altered the way many creatives used their systems. Clear previews of the many files on the system, with relevant info intact, took the pain out of searching through a sea of versions for one particular one. This superb browser is found in Photoshop’s main menu, so there is no need to leave the main application. To many, Bridge has become the ultimate browser/organizer, offering an advanced search facility by shot name or number, camera used, script dialogue, images with certain Pantone colors, fonts, or even by comment.

Retail price: Bridge is a free component within Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2 and GoLive CS2.
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