Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bridge : Managing Favorites

If you are like me then you like to get rid of extraneous clutter in the applications you use. Therefore one of the first things I did after installing CS3 was to have a close look at what was available within each application and decide what wasn't needed and if it was possible to get rid of the things I wouldn't need.

Bridge opens with a long list of Favourites. Some of these feel more like marketing (i.e Start Meeting) than an actual feature. They are easy to get rid of you just right click and select "Remove From Favorites". One of the first things to go was Bridge Home. But today Alan Mussellman has a post "Bridge Home and Fireworks CS3" that got me to thinking I may have been a bit hasty in my decision to remove Bridge Home. But how do you get a banished favorite back. In the end it took me a while to work this out. I looked in all the menus and sub-menus, searched the help all with no luck. Finally I decided to look in preferences (win :Edit > Preferences; Mac : Bridge > Preferences). Under General preferences at the bottom of the page you'll find a list of the available top level favorites. Just tick the checkbox for the items you want to see.

If you want to add a folder to your favorites you can drag and drop it from the content pane to the favorites panel. This is useful for quickly accessing current project files.

Some of the default favorites are Flash pages (i.e. Bridge Home). So I guess there must be some way to add our own favorites pages using Flash/Flex. Now that could be really useful. I can think of a lot of conent I wouldn't mind accessing in Bridge. But a few quick tests show web pages being opened by the default browser and swf files getting opened by Flash (even after adding them to Favorites). Think I'll need to add this to my Research list.

Additional (19th August, 2007):

It seems there is some information around relating to extending Bridge CS3. You can find a few examples at the Adobe - Bridge Exchange.

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