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Setting up Mini Bridge

From: InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials

Video: Setting up Mini Bridge

It's funny how many features InDesign has that people don't even know about. For example, I hear people complain all the time that there's no Digital Asset Manager inside InDesign, like a way to see all the images and text in a folder, so that you can just drag the ones you want onto your page. Well, guess what? InDesign has one. It's called Mini Bridge and you can find it by going to the Window menu and choosing Mini Bridge. Up comes the Mini Bridge panel, and it seems blank at first, because you have to press the Launch Bridge button.

Setting up Mini Bridge

It's funny how many features InDesign has that people don't even know about. For example, I hear people complain all the time that there's no Digital Asset Manager inside InDesign, like a way to see all the images and text in a folder, so that you can just drag the ones you want onto your page. Well, guess what? InDesign has one. It's called Mini Bridge and you can find it by going to the Window menu and choosing Mini Bridge. Up comes the Mini Bridge panel, and it seems blank at first, because you have to press the Launch Bridge button.

Of course, if you already have Adobe Bridge running in the background, then you won't see that, but if you don't, you need to launch it here. Here we're looking inside of a folder, my exercise folder, and were looking at three InDesign files. And the cool thing is I can actually see a preview of those InDesign files here in this window. If I want a larger preview, I can just drag this little slider to the right, they get much larger. Of course, then I need to make my Mini Bridge window larger as well. You can easily jump to a different folder to look at, either by clicking on these little breadcrumbs along the top here or by using this pop-up menu to jump to a different folder on your computer.

In this case, I want to look inside this document here, my Roux article file inside my Exercise Folder. Now I could double-click on that to open the InDesign file in InDesign, but I want to show you one of my favorite tricks about Mini Bridge. I'm going to right-click on this preview, or Ctrl+click with a one-button mouse, and choose Show Linked Files. Mini Bridge literally goes inside that InDesign document without opening it and finds all the images that are used in that document and list them for me here.

These are a little bit big, so let me make this preview a little bit smaller. There are all the images inside that InDesign document. Now if I want to use one of them in this document here, all I have to do is click, drag, and drop over here. That loads the place cursor, which lets me drag me and drop a graphic frame in this document. There are lots of other things I can do with Mini Bridge, too. For example, I can sort my lists in different orders, for example, by Date Created, or by Size, or whatever. I can also come over here and get a Full Screen Preview, either by choosing this from this little menu here or pressing the spacebar.

For example, if I'm not sure I want to use this image, but it looks kind of cool, I can just press the spacebar and it takes over the entire screen and gives me a nice preview of that image. When I want to make it go away, hit the spacebar again and I'm back in InDesign. I can also search for images or files on my hard drive. For example, I'll come up here and click in the Search field and type in Roux. That's my client here, Roux Academy, and I can choose, should it only find files inside this Current Folder, or my Entire Computer.

I'm going to search my entire computer. I'll press the Enter key or Return and it searches my entire computer and gives me a list of all of the graphics, images, including Illustrator files, Photoshop files and so on, on my hard drive. When I find an image that I want to use, I simply drag and drop it out. Up comes the place cursor, click and drag, and I have my graphic inside my InDesign document. I believe that you're most efficient in InDesign when you don't have to leave the program. The more you can do in InDesign, the better.

That's why I like Mini Bridge. It's a window into Bridge, but I don't have to learn some other program, I can stay inside InDesign and stay efficient.

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InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials

51 video lessons · 11646 viewers

David Blatner
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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      45s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 25m 17s
    1. Managing more than one document window
      5m 1s
    2. Positioning your panels
      5m 23s
    3. Setting up Mini Bridge
      3m 31s
    4. Saving a workspace
      3m 12s
    5. Displaying a new window or split screen
      5m 16s
    6. Rotating pages and spreads
      2m 54s
  3. 21m 48s
    1. Setting application and document preferences
      8m 54s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      9m 23s
    3. Customizing InDesign menus
      3m 31s
  4. 33m 29s
    1. Parent/child master pages
      6m 26s
    2. Starting a document on a left page
      4m 0s
    3. Adding alternate layouts
      7m 34s
    4. Saving objects in libraries
      8m 46s
    5. Exporting and importing page snippets
      6m 43s
  5. 55m 37s
    1. Filling with placeholder text
      5m 35s
    2. Tracking text changes
      9m 12s
    3. Choosing other languages
      5m 45s
    4. Adjusting text hyphenation and justification
      9m 5s
    5. Adding hanging punctuation with Optical Margin Alignment
      5m 40s
    6. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      5m 41s
    7. Aligning to a baseline grid
      9m 1s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      5m 38s
  6. 26m 45s
    1. Applying styles automatically with nested and line styles
      7m 39s
    2. The basics of GREP styles
      5m 24s
    3. Using Break Link to Style
      3m 5s
    4. Exploring style groups
      10m 37s
  7. 33m 44s
    1. Including footnotes
      6m 21s
    2. Working with cross-references
      7m 41s
    3. Indexing a document
      12m 58s
    4. Exploring conditional text
      6m 44s
  8. 32m 6s
    1. Importing InDesign files
      4m 26s
    2. Advanced Links panel features
      8m 54s
    3. Embedding links
      3m 31s
    4. Adding live and static captions
      8m 1s
    5. Turning image layers on and off
      7m 14s
  9. 25m 35s
    1. Using advanced strokes
      9m 6s
    2. Using Pathfinder and compound paths
      8m 47s
    3. Using InDesign and Illustrator together
      7m 42s
  10. 35m 25s
    1. Power scaling techniques
      12m 12s
    2. Making grids
      8m 2s
    3. Power spacing
      3m 4s
    4. Making objects nonprinting
      4m 28s
    5. Default graphics and text frame styles
      7m 39s
  11. 20m 48s
    1. Building tint swatches
      4m 5s
    2. Mixed ink colors
      7m 35s
    3. Taking advantage of ink aliasing
      5m 15s
    4. Checking color with Separations Preview
      3m 53s
  12. 1m 35s
    1. Going ever deeper with InDesign
      1m 35s

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