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Using Mini Bridge

From: Creating Long Documents with InDesign

Video: Using Mini Bridge

In order to build your long documents, you are going to have to pull content like Photoshop files and Illustrator files into your layouts. And quite often you'll have to get content out of your layouts as well, to share it with your coworkers. The Mini Bridge panel helps you to be super efficient in this regard because it allows you to preview content, place it into your layout, and even save content out of your layout as snippets, all without leaving InDesign. Let's see how it works. So we can open Mini Bridge, like any other panel, by choosing Window > Mini Bridge, and it opens up, and I can see at the top I have buttons to go forward and backward to navigate through different views.

Using Mini Bridge

In order to build your long documents, you are going to have to pull content like Photoshop files and Illustrator files into your layouts. And quite often you'll have to get content out of your layouts as well, to share it with your coworkers. The Mini Bridge panel helps you to be super efficient in this regard because it allows you to preview content, place it into your layout, and even save content out of your layout as snippets, all without leaving InDesign. Let's see how it works. So we can open Mini Bridge, like any other panel, by choosing Window > Mini Bridge, and it opens up, and I can see at the top I have buttons to go forward and backward to navigate through different views.

I can see my recent items, I can go Home, or I can click Browse. I have a button to go to the full Bridge application. I have buttons to change the views I have in Mini Bridge, and I can search for items specifically. There is also a breadcrumb trail here that I can click on to navigate, and a little pop-up menu also to navigate to different folders. In the Navigation pd, I have options for clicking on favorites and recent folders and files, and collections that I created in the Bridge application.

And then down in the Content area, that's where I see actual images and InDesign files and snippets and other things. So I am just going to drag down until I find the image I want to place in my InDesign file, which is this one here, and I can just drag and drop it into the image frame. Not only can you quickly place content into InDesign via Mini Bridge, but you can also drag any piece of content out of InDesign and make it into a snippet in Mini Bridge. So I will just press the spacebar to navigate to my next spread, and I will select this image frame.

I want to save this as a snippet so I can use it in another document. I will click and drag and drop it in here, and it's converted to a snippet. I can drag down until I find it. There it is. So it's given this name, but I can rename it right in Mini Bridge by clicking on it, and I'll give it a name cheesesnippet. You can also use Mini Bridge to find all the links used in a document.

Imagine you're working on a document and you know you have to reuse a photo from another document, but you're not sure exactly what the file name of the photo is or where it exactly is. Well, without Mini Bridge you'd have to open the other InDesign document, go to the Links panel, and track that image down. But with Mini Bridge you can just browse to the InDesign CS5 or a later document and find the photo you want to reuse. So up on this spread I know there is a photo here that's in my sample pages document, so I will navigate to the sample pages document, in the exercise files, and I see the little link icon.

I can right-click on that and choose Show Linked Files. And this will show me all the links that are used in that InDesign file, no matter where they are. They can be spread out over all different locations. I will scroll down until I see the image I want, which is this one, and place it in my document. I can also navigate to the folder containing my current InDesign file by going to the bottom of the document window and choosing Reveal in Mini Bridge. And this is the current file that I'm working on.

This can be useful if you know there are other InDesign files or art in that same folder and you need to get at them. Now as cool as Mini Bridge is, sometimes you do need the full feature set of Bridge, and when you need to switch from one to the other, it's very handy to be able to see the same location in both so you don't have to navigate back and forth. To make Bridge show you exactly what you are looking at in Mini Bridge, you can right-click on any of the thumbnails and choose Reveal In Bridge. And I move over to the Bridge application and I'm looking at the same stuff. To go back to Mini Bridge and make it show you what you were looking at in Bridge isn't always possible, because you can filter items in bridge in ways that you can't in Mini Bridge.

But if you're just looking at a folder of items, you can definitely show this in Mini Bridge, by choosing File > Return to InDesign, or by pressing the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O on the PC. And now I am back to InDesign. Using Mini Bridge can make you more efficient at finding and placing content into your layouts because it gives you just the tools you need right at your fingertips and in the context of your workspace. And when you combine the power of snippets with the convenience of Mini Bridge, you have a great tool for constructing layouts, working collaboratively, and leveraging your content across all your projects.

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Creating Long Documents with InDesign

59 video lessons · 16020 viewers

Mike Rankin
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  1. 10m 48s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      1m 51s
    3. Long-document workflow overview
      4m 20s
    4. Analyzing the planned output
      3m 43s
  2. 34m 7s
    1. Using master pages
      9m 34s
    2. Using layers
      7m 23s
    3. Using text variables
      6m 42s
    4. Using section markers
      5m 44s
    5. Synchronizing text
      4m 44s
  3. 26m 16s
    1. Using InDesign templates
      7m 10s
    2. Setting up preferences
      3m 27s
    3. Using Word templates
      5m 50s
    4. InCopy workflows
      5m 17s
    5. Creating a production manual
      4m 32s
  4. 40m 2s
    1. Using Based On styles
      6m 14s
    2. Using nested styles
      5m 56s
    3. Using Next Style
      3m 39s
    4. Using GREP styles
      6m 17s
    5. Using object styles
      2m 48s
    6. Using table and cell styles
      5m 8s
    7. Using swatches
      5m 33s
    8. Using Quick Apply
      4m 27s
  5. 37m 57s
    1. Placing text
      4m 57s
    2. Placing images
      3m 41s
    3. Creating metadata captions
      4m 3s
    4. Using Mini Bridge
      4m 38s
    5. Using libraries and snippets
      6m 4s
    6. Using GREP Find/Change
      5m 5s
    7. Find/Change tips
      5m 21s
    8. Using Layout Adjustment
      4m 8s
  6. 15m 53s
    1. Using Notes
      4m 7s
    2. Tracking changes
      4m 36s
    3. Using CS Review
      7m 10s
  7. 34m 43s
    1. Creating tables of contents
      7m 9s
    2. Alternative uses for the TOC feature
      4m 9s
    3. Creating cross-references
      6m 8s
    4. Creating footnotes
      6m 31s
    5. Importing footnotes
      6m 47s
    6. Creating endnotes
      3m 59s
  8. 33m 50s
    1. Scoping out the index
      2m 19s
    2. Creating index topics and references
      9m 29s
    3. Creating index cross-references
      3m 1s
    4. Creating index references with Find/Change
      3m 31s
    5. Generating an index
      3m 35s
    6. Preserving formatting in an index
      5m 13s
    7. Using third-party indexing tools
      6m 42s
  9. 26m 44s
    1. Using InDesign book files
      4m 37s
    2. Numbering book documents
      5m 46s
    3. Synchronizing book documents
      7m 5s
    4. Preflighting book documents
      3m 49s
    5. Outputting book documents
      5m 27s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Using conditional text
      5m 1s
    2. Using Smart Text Reflow
      4m 3s
    3. Using object styles for customization
      3m 50s
  11. 25m 17s
    1. Preflighting documents
      6m 56s
    2. Exporting to print PDF
      5m 26s
    3. Exporting to interactive PDF
      5m 36s
    4. Archiving a project
      7m 19s
  12. 48s
    1. Goodbye
      48s

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