Adobe’s asset management application hasn’t had too many new features added to it, but those that are there aim to make finding images and video clips within large collections a faster process -- and it largely succeeds.

We found the base performance of the application to be only marginally faster than Bridge CS2, except on the Intel version of Mac OS X -- where performance was, as you’d expect, much improved. However, this is only a beta version and we expect a marked improvement by the shipping version.

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More helpful is the new Filters panel (below right), which provides an overview of the different ratings, filetypes, aspect ratio, ISO settings and keywords possessed by your files, to help you find the image you need. This is great for keywords, as instead of a search system where to you have guess or try to remember which keywords you’ve used, you can instead see what keywords a project in a folder has, and drill down from there.
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Stacks allow you to group images together into … well, stacks, to make it easier to organize images and clips in folders when you’ve multiple versions of the same shot. As well as the standard one to five star rating system, you can use the Reject command to hide files you don’t want to see, but don’t want to delete.
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