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Adobe Bridge, at its core, is a complex and powerful media manager for visual people. Like a focus ring, it allows you to defocus what’s not wanted, and see clearly all your media assets on your hard drive or network without needing to catalogue or database it all. But it’s also so much to it, and so much more.

For a lot of Adobe users, and until about a year ago for even myself, Adobe Bridge was largely neglected. With Photohop’s pixel-bending capability, and Lightroom’s easy organizational structure and even simpler editing structure with a Camera Raw engine, Bridge seemed to fit into the picture Meg sits in Family Guy – seemingly adopted. But the bastard step-child of a program has come of age in recent incarnations, and can be an indispensable tool.

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The problem is, like Meg, it doesn’t get the limelight of its siblings so many don’t know much about it. Sure, I can hear some of you now scoffing at that, readying your comments about how long you’ve been using it, but truly, there are more who don’t, and probably should. Adobe has released a bit of a teaser video that does a good job highlighting how Bridge can be used, and why it deserves some attention.

Bridge used to be installed alongside other applications, but now comes as a standalone, and that in itself is a nod to its utility. This decoupling means the delivery of the application can be independent, as can be its use. So without other programs, you can use Bridge as a centralized location that grants access to pretty much all the media assets you have. With cross platform 64-bit support and now support for high resolution screens, it’s perfect for browsing, inspecting, culling, and applying edits. Thumbnail views of almost all filetypes are shown including PSD, RAW, and INDD is also a plus. But take a look at this video from Adobe that will introduce, or re-introduce Bridge to you with some of its great features, and for things you probably didn’t know it could do.

Source: Photoshop Playbook