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When you're install InCopy, you automatically get Bridge installed and Bridge is a stand-alone program that's kind of like an alternative to Windows Explorer. Now this video, I don't really want to teach Bridge in-depth at all. It's just something that you can automatically open and explore on your own, plus lynda.com has so many videos covering Bridge. Look inside any of the InDesign courses in my new features in InDesign CS5, in any of the Photoshop courses, and they all talk about Bridge. What I really want to talk about is kind of like an offshoot of Bridge that Adobe is added to both InDesign and InCopy in Photoshop for that matter called Mini Bridge, and Mini Bridge is a panel that gives you access to a lot of the features that Bridge offers.
So Mini Bridge is not part of any of the default workspaces, so you need to open it yourself. You can do that just from the Window menu, go down and choose Mini Bridge, it's right there smack in the middle. By default, there is nothing really exciting when you first open up MiniBridge. It just says Welcome to MiniBridge and a Browse Files and a thing for Settings. So in order to start seeing all of the different files that you have available to your new hard drive, you need to click Browse Files, and when you do that Mini Bridge is going to remember the last place that you looked, or it's going to offer you panels to navigate through your hard drive and any connected servers.
The point about Bridge and Mini Bridge is that it lets you see previews of all the files that it can on your hard drive. So even file that normally you cannot see a preview for an Explorer or Finder or when you choose to the Place dialog box, Mini Bridge can often build those thumbnails for you. You can see we are looking at the thumbnails right now of all of the files inside the 09_05_bridge/image library folder and I'm changing their thumbnail size just by dragging this little slider at the bottom. You have a panel just as in Bridge for navigation and this divided up into two sections. One is some static buttons for your Favorites, so that you can create favorite folders you go to again and again.
A recent folders and files and collections, which is a different topic, outside the scope of this. Right now we are looking at Favorites and the favorites are folders that you have added to favorites in Bridge. You can also add them here in Mini Bridge. So the point you are using Mini Bridge is to be able to drag and drop images into checked out image frames, into which you want to place an image that will float with the text like an anchored image. What I have open here is a document that I was using for different video in this chapter, about importing images via the normal Place command.
What I want to show you is how easy it is to do the same kind of actions and in fact it's a lot faster using Mini Bridge. So you open up Mini Bridge, you navigate to the folder that you want to import the images from, and then oh, of course, we have to check out our little image frames. So I'm going to go to the Assignment panel, and I'll just Shift+Click all of these image frames, those little boxes with x, and check them all over once. So do you remember how we replaced this image with another one? I just clicked on it and then I went to File > Place dialog box, navigated to the right folder, and then loaded it in my cursor, where it just automatically placed this.
Well, what you can do in Bridge is you can see thumbnails of all the images, choose the one that you want, like let's say this one, and then just drag and drop it. Right on top from this panel onto the selected image and it replaces it. So it's too big I am going to right-click and choose Fitting > Fill Frame Proportionally. What about placing images into these two frames? Well again, you can Shift+Click to select multiple images. So I am just going to drag them all out. Notice the little plus symbol. As soon as I release the mouse button, the cursor gets loaded with thumbnails of the three images that I grabbed.
Just as though I have Shift-clicked these images in the Place dialog box and now I can just click and click to place the images. I have one more loaded that I don't want, so I'll just press the Escape key to get rid of it, and there we go. It's a tiny image, isn't it? Now let's replace that with something else. Let's say this guy. So I will drag and drop this one right on top, and that's also small. It must be scaled. So Mini Bridge you can add to a custom workspace. You can take it right over here in your panel dock if you wanted to, and it's really handy to have all the files that are on your hard drive available to you to be dragged and dropped at will, right from this cool little panel.
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