Posts in Category "Bridge"

More flexible upgrades from CS3 or CS4

In response to customer concerns, Adobe has improved upgrade options for CS3 and CS4 customers. While subscription plans offer some big benefits for future versions, a lot of users don’t want to make that leap just yet. So you’ll be able to purchase a standard upgrade until the end of the year.

John Nack’s excellent post lays out all the options.

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Searching for CS5 content?

Google sometimes favors older CS4 content simply because it’s been around longer. If that’s not what you want, just add “CS5″ to any search, and bingo–the new stuff appears.

If you prefer the direct route, here are links to key CS5 pages:

Photoshop Help main page

A rundown of all the new CS5 features

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Keywords, troubleshooting, and other Adobe Bridge topics

I updated some woefully out-of-date Adobe Bridge support articles this week. If you’ve been looking for info on the following topics or issues for Bridge CS4 or CS5 (as opposed to for Bridge CS2 or CS3), check ‘em out:

Nested and hierarchal keywording | Adobe Bridge (kb402660)

Troubleshoot errors and freezes | Adobe Bridge | Windows, Mac OS (317912)

Manually remove Adobe Bridge (328358)

Manage the cache | Adobe Bridge CS4, CS5 (kb405357)

Camera Raw files appear as generic icons | Adobe Bridge (kb407945)

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Questions? Ask a Creative Suite pro

Ever wanted direct access to the leading minds of the design industry? Check out Adobe’s “Ask A CS Pro” sessions, online Q & A discussions between Creative Suite experts and everyday users. Topics range from cross-product workflows to deep dives into Photoshop, with presenters like product manager Bryan Hughes and acclaimed trainer Richard Harrington.

For archived recordings of past sessions, follow the Ask A CS Pro page on Facebook.

For notices about upcoming events, follow the Creative Suite Notes page.

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Photoshop CS5 Help goes live

With the announcement of Creative Suite 5, Adobe has posted complete CS5 Help.

Here’s a list of the new features in Photoshop CS5

And here’s information about shared CS5 features, like Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw

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Share your content on the Adobe website

A few weeks ago, Adobe launched the Community Publishing System. The CPS consists of an AIR-based application anyone can use to edit and publish content, as well as an Adobe-hosted website for showcasing these customer contributions.

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Receive Community Help comments via RSS

As I hope you know by now, anyone can add comments to Photoshop Community Help, Lightroom Community Help, and Bridge Community Help. What you may not know is that you can subscribe to a feed for these comments. Just copy the following URLs into your RSS reader to receive automatic notifications when new comments are posted.

Photoshop: http://community.adobe.com/help/rss/comments.html?label=photoshop_product_adobelr&language=en_US

Lightroom: http://community.adobe.com/help/rss/comments.html?label=lightroom_product_adobelr&language=en_US

Bridge: http://community.adobe.com/help/rss/comments.html?label=bridge_product_adobelr&language=en_US

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Adobe forums exfoliated

Heralding the onset of spring, Adobe’s online forums have emerged from their chrysalis shell refreshed, revitalized. Join the conversation here.

Highlights include:
• Single sign on to all forums
• Updated look and feel
• E-mail participation: subscribe or post to threads
• RSS support
• Rich text options: inline images and videos, file attachments, code samples
• Improved search

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Synchronizing metadata across Lightroom, Bridge, and Camera Raw

One topic that often comes up in discussion forums is how to synchronize metadata across Lightroom, Bridge, and Camera Raw. It’s easy enough, but our documentation hasn’t addressed it very well: Lightroom Help touched lightly on the topic; Bridge and Camera Raw Help didn’t mention it at all. Until now.

I’ve updated the Lightroom topic Synchronize Lightroom metadata with Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw to more thoroughly explain how to save metadata automatically, to turn on unsaved metadata warning icons so you know when there’s a conflict, and to resolve those conflicts. And now there’s a link to Save metadata changes to a file manually, too.

I’ve also added two new pages: View Camera Raw and Lightroom metadata in Adobe Bridge to Bridge Help and Work with Camera Raw and Lightroom 2 to Camera Raw Help. The former tells you what to do if Bridge previews don’t update to display metadata changes made in Lightroom and Camera Raw. The latter tells you what to do to ensure that Camera Raw recognizes adjustments made Lightroom, and that Lightroom and Bridge recognize adjustments made in Camera Raw.

On a separate note, thanks to customer Lloyd Sarginson, who alerted me that my explanation of how to modify Graduated Filter adjustments in Camera Raw was incorrect. (That’s what happens when you’re writing on a deadline with beta software.) I’ve updated the page, Apply local adjustments with the Graduated Filter tool in Camera Raw, to fix it.

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Community Help moderators recognized as ACEs

Congratulations to our digital imaging Community Help moderators who have been accepted into the Adobe Community Experts program. Sean McCormack, Gene McCullagh, Chris Tarantino, and Geoff Walker thoughtfully and energetically answer questions and offer guidance to Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge customers on each of those products’ Community Help websites, as well as foster the greater Adobe learning community.

Here’s a little more about the great work that Sean, Gene, Chris, and Geoff do.

Sean McCormack, of Galway, Ireland, is a photographer and a Lightroom prerelease tester, trainer, author, and blogger. His articles have appeared in Professional Imagemaker and at Martin Evening’s Lightroom News, and he is the author of the forthcoming “Photoshop Lightroom 2 Made Easy.”

Sean produces Lightroom video tutorials for his own Lightroom blog and for Lightroom News. He also produces occasional Photoshop videos for his personal, photo-related weblog, Random Panderings.

Finally, Sean is an active moderator at Ian Farlow’s Lightroom Forums.

Gene McCullagh, of Flower Mound, Texas, is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom, Photoshop, and InDesign. He is cofounder and manager of the Dallas Fort Worth Adobe User Group, where he is an instructor, webmaster, and blogger.

Gene is also a webmaster and blogger at Pix Veritas and his own Lightroom Secrets, and he is a regular writer for O’Reilly’s Inside Lightroom.

Like Sean, Gene is a moderator at Lightroom Forums.

Chris Tarantino, also of Flower Mound, Texas, is a fashion and beauty photo-retoucher. Chris has authored or contributed to a number of books, including “Digital Fashion Photography,” “Digital Photo Processing,” and “Photoshop Restoration and Retouching.” He has written articles for many publications; has spoken and presented at industry conferences; and writes and blogs for PMA and Retouch Pro.

Chris is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and has been a prerelease tester for both Photoshop and Lightroom. He is currently producing a DVD on advanced skin retouching in Photoshop, which will be available on his website.

Last but definitely not least is Geoff Walker, of farflung Greytown, New Zealand. Geoff is one of our most active and helpful Community Help moderators. Although he doesn’t write articles or blogs, Geoff spends many hours each week advocating Lightroom to photographers and answering questions on numerous forums, including:

Lightroom Community Help, Photoshop Community Help, and Bridge Community Help;

Lightroom Forums, where he has been a moderator since the forums’ inception; and

Nikon Cafe, where he is the resident Lightroom/Adobe expert.

Geoff, who is a full-time photographer, is also a Lightroom prerelease tester.

Once again, congratulations—and many thanks—to Sean, Gene, Chris, and Geoff.

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