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Strange as it may sound. Much of our first hands-on look at Photoshop will be spent inside another application, which goes by the name Bridge. Included with every copy of Photoshop whether you buy it alone or as part of the Creative Suite, the Bridge is a full- blown Digital Asset Manager, or DAM. You can review image thumbnails, rotate them, move them to different folders, assign star rating and keywords, group them in the stacks, rename whole groups of files at once, and otherwise manage your image library.
You might think of the Bridge as a bridge between the various CS5 applications, or as a central command post like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Both analogies work. This is one extraordinary and ultimately approachable program. Really, you're going to fall in love with the DAM thing. If you're familiar with previous versions of the Bridge, here's the new stuff: batch exporting Camera Raw images as JPEG files, string substitution and regular expressions, and the MiniBridge inside Photoshop.
Now that part was just for the experienced users. Don't worry. They didn't understand what I was talking about either, although they will. The rest of you, heck, all of you, hold onto your hats. The Bridge is nothing short of an imaging adventure.
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