#16. Creating and Working with Version Cue Projects
Once you have Version Cue up and running (see #15), you're almost ready to start working with the service. You'll first need to create a Version Cue project folder in Bridge:
Open Bridge (see #11) and choose Tools > Version Cue > New Project.
Name your project and optionally add any extra information you'd like to note (Figure 16a). If you want to share the project, select the Share this project with others option. Click OK to save your Version Cue project. Now Version Cue is ready to start managing files within the project.
Figure 16a. This basic dialog pops up when you create a new Version Cue project. Just enter a name and any extra information, and you're on your way to working with Version Cue.
After creating a Version Cue project folder, you can start using CS2 applications to do any of the following tasks:
Add a file: To add a file to your Version Cue project, choose File > Save As from Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. Click the Use Adobe Dialog button (Figure 16b) if you're using the OS dialog box, and then click Version Cue from the Favorites panel (Figure 16c). Open your project folder and name your file. Remember, you can now keep your filenames simple since Version Cue will keep track of the versions for you. Add a note in the Version Comments field for your first version and click Save.
Figure 16b. The Use Adobe Dialog button switches from your operating system's standard dialog to Adobe's version.
Figure 16c. Using the Adobe dialog offers more information about your CS2 documents, including their current Version Cue status.
Open and place files: To open or place files from your Version Cue project, open Bridge and click Version Cue from either the Favorites or Folders panel. Open your project and then open the file you want to work on. Alternatively, you can use the File > Open command using the Adobe dialog.
Save a file: To save a version of a file in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, choose File > Save A Version. In Bridge, choose Tools > Version Cue > Save A Version. Enter your version comments and click Save (Figure 16d).
Figure 16d. Being able to add a quick note when creating a new version is helpful, especially when you have to go back a month later and figure out why you changed something and if it was the client or you who decided to make the change.
View and manage files: To view and manage your saved versions, select a file in your project in Bridge and choose File > Versions. The Versions dialog (Figure 16e) opens. Here you can view a list of versions of that file and version comments. You can also view, promote, or delete previous versions from this dialog. In addition, you can view and manage versions of a file while it's open in any CS2 application by choosing Versions from the status menu that appears at the bottom of the file window (Figure 16f).
Figure 16e. The Versions dialog is where all your versioning diligence pays off. Here you can view your past versions along with a small thumbnail and notes. You can easily promote an older version as the current version as well as view or delete past versions.
Figure 16f. You can also access the Versions dialog from the status menu of an open file window.
This tip just touches on the basics of how you can use Version Cue, but it should be enough to determine whether it will work for you or not. If you find Version Cue helpful in your process, be sure to check out Chapter 10, "Working with Versions and Reviews" to learn more about the additional features available in Version Cue and Acrobat.
Saving Versions of Non-Adobe Files
You can use Bridge to save versions of non-Adobe files such as Word documents or project-related spreadsheets by manually saving or copying your file into your Version Cue workspace. Then be sure to use Bridge to open the file for edits. Make your changes, save your file, and return to Bridge. Choose Tools > Version Cue > Save a Version and enter your comments.