Adobe Version Cue CS4 full review
Version Cue is now much less visible to users of individual CS4 programs, but better for it.
Two editions of Creative Suite ago, Adobe introduced a confusing technology called Version Cue that promised to do two things: let you track and manage versions of your files so you could revert to earlier versions if desired, and provide a shared workspace for all participants in a project to work on the files.
Adobe Version Cue CS4 is included in the following Creative Suite 4 editions: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium; Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Standard; Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium; Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Standard; Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection.
Before CS4, if the Version Cue feature was enabled, Creative Suite applications had a second set of Open and Save dialog boxes meant to provide a unified experience across Windows and Macintosh, but one that didn't work like the rest of your application's Open and Save dialog boxes.
In Creative Suite 4, that parallel universe of dialog boxes is gone. Version Cue is now much less visible to users of individual CS4 programs. Now, Adobe Bridge is where you manage Version Cue projects, creating virtual servers that appear on the Mac and Windows desktops like any other network drive.
In programs such as Photoshop and InDesign, you simply open Version Cue files from those network drives, and the programs understand that you are working in the Version Cue environment. That means the applications' commands to check files in and out become available, and when you save your work by checking the files back in, the programs create a new version of the file, not replace the original.
See also: Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) review
INDIVIDUAL CS4 APPS REVIEWED IN DETAIL:
THE SIX ADOBE CS4 SUITES REVIEWED:
Adobe Version Cue CS4: Specs
- Creative Suite 4 system requirements: 2GHz or faster processor
- Microsoft Windows XP SP2/SP3, Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and Windows Vista)
- 1GB RAM
- 9.3GB hard-disk space for installation
- additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
- 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
- some GPU-accelerated features require graphics support for Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0
- Some features in Adobe Bridge rely on a DirectX 9.0–capable graphics card with at least 64MB of VRAM
- DVD-ROM drive
- QuickTime 7.4.5 software required for multimedia features
- broadband internet connection required for online services