Archive for March, 2009

In Browser Editor


Editing a live web page\blog entry by just a click of a button in a browser.

     This can be achieved using the latest version of Contribute i.e. Contribute CS4.

     Contribute In Browser Editor provides you the capability to edit a web page\blog entry from a browser by just clicking “Edit” button of Contribute toolbar, the whole browser transforms into a powerful WYSIWYG editing experience. 

    What you see is truly what you get, including where images, pdf and other multimedia are placed and user can insert/delete links, tables, images, pdf, swf, videos, modify page properties and publish the changes by just clicking a publish button like you do from powerful Contribute Desktop client.


     The only requirement is to have the installation of the Contribute in the same machine but the ability to edit a page inside the browser makes content updating quick and simple.

     The browsers supported includes Firefox 2 and 3 on Windows and Mac and Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 on Windows.

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Managing non-HTML contents


Managing non-HTML contents

Web content management not only involves managing HTML web pages, but also other documents like PDF, SWF, DOC, XLS, images and other files. Traditionally, the tasks involved in content management are, creating new folder, controlling folder permission, deleting and renaming files, browsing file list and opening them for viewing or editing, version controlling, and searching.

Even though you can manage contents on your web site using the OS file browser by mapping the remote server folder in the client desktop, it fully exposes the server folder and controlling the access using the same web site user role (say, author, reviewer, etc) of the Web Content Management System is very difficult.  Another alternative is to use FTP clients. FTP clients do allow secured content management, but are not user friendly.

Contribute is not just a web page (HTML) authoring and management tool. It can also manage non-HTML content exactly the same way web pages are managed – i.e. controlled access based on user role and permission.

Browse Contents in your web site

Apart from using the in-built web browser to browse though web pages, Contribute allows you to choose files using a remote file browser. When you select [View -> Choose File or Blog Entry …] menu item, the following file browser dialog appears, which allows the contents in the web site to be easily viewed similar to using a File Browser on the local system. It shows preview of the files and also allows creation and deletion of folders in the web site. The file that is selected here will be opened in the in-built web browser.


Managed Editing of non-HTML content in your web site

Apart from allowing opening of non-HTML files using the remote file browser, Contribute also allows user to edit those files in a controlled manner. That is, files of any type can be locked and edited by a person and then published to the site or sent for a review workflow.

For this, the user needs to associate an editor for a particular file type in the preference panel [Edit -> Preferences …] shown below. For example, all “.txt” files can be associated with “notepad” for editing.

Once the association is specified, browsing to a non-HTML file, say “test.txt”, will show the “Edit” button and the user can edit the file in Notepad. The file is locked in the server and no one else can edit it at the same time. Note that all the user role permissions are honoured for this text file also.

Once edit is completed, the file can be published from Contribute or sent for review workflow.

Publish non-HTML contents to your web site

Apart from editing and publishing non-HTML files that are already there in the web site, Contribute also allows direct publishing of files from the local system to the web site in a controlled manner. The “Publish Files from My Computer …” and “Send File from My Computer …” menu items allow user to upload non-HTML files to the web site.

For example, when we select the “Publish File from My Computer …” menu item, Contribute asks for the local file to be uploaded and then provides an option to select the web site to which it should be published. Once the web site is selected, it will show the following dialog before publishing the file, where we can specify a new file name and also the target location in the site.


Folder organization

Asking users to select proper folder for publishing is cumbersome and may result in files being published in wrong folders. Contribute allows the Administrators to specify the default folder for each file type for a particular role. This is called File Placement Rule and provides finer control is specifying the folder for a file type as shown below.

When this File Placement Rule is set for a file type, say “.txt”, then all files published from Contribute will default to this folder for any user belonging to that role.

These features and also the rollback mechanism provided by Contribute allow easy management of any kind of files in a web site, giving a simple Web Content Management System.

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Adobe Contribute – Blogging Now Made Easier


Adobe Contribute – Blogging Now Made Easier!!

Adobe Contribute is flavored with support for Blogging along with web-publishing. It supports highly popular blog servers like,,, and custom installations of WordPress, Movable Type (Including Adobe internal/external blogs) etc. If you have an account in any of these blog servers, just create connection(s) to your favorite blog server(s) in Contribute and start Blogging on any of your connected blogs. Contribute allows you to save drafts, so you can even blog it in your draft even when you are not connected to internet, say you are flying, and once connected just one click Publish will post your blog.

Key Blog Features in Adobe Contribute 4

  • Real WYSIWYG editing: A Unique mechanism, where your blog template will be downloaded and shows you a complete WYSIWYG editing experience before even you publish your post, no “preview” required.
  • Easily manage your blog entries: You can View / Edit / Delete / Create / List blog entries in your blog. Browse to the list of entries and click on View / Edit / Delete, it’s that easy
  • Post to Blog: Post the interesting contents from office doc or form aggregator like NetNewsWire and FeedDemon or from browsers using Post To Blog functionality.
  • Rich media support :  Drag and drop JPEG, GIF, PNG, MOV, WMF, SWF, and FLV into your blog entries and they’re properly inserted and automatically uploaded.
  • Easy Tagging:  Full support for generating and placing Technorati-style tags in your blog entries
  • Easy Enclosures:  Full support for adding multimedia file enclosures to facilitate podcasting, screencasting, videocasting

Key Blog Features in Adobe Contribute CS3 & CS4

  • Support for New Blogger: has upgraded its atom implementation by allowing users to sign-in with the gmail authentication. Contribute supports this..
  • Insert Rich Media From the Internet: You can now insert Images, PDF Documents, Videos, Flash SWF files from the internet directly into your blogs.
  • Insert HTML Snippet: Wanted to insert the You tube video embed URL’s inside your blog entry? Now it’s built inside the product. You can insert other HTML Snippets as well.
  • Enhanced Easy blog management: You can now browse to your blog entries easily, edit them easily, delete them easily from your blog home page url.
  •  Multiple Categories & Trackbacks: we now support allowing user to select multiple categories or enter multiple trackback url’s at one stretch instead of doing it multiple times
  • Roller Blog: Support ROLLER blog also.
  • Preview in Browser for blogs: we now have the facility to preview your blog entry before you publish, how-ever you don’t need it with contribute to the large extent as we are WYSIWYG already.
  • Date and Time on your blogs: you can now choose to have your own (past or future or present) date and time set on your blog entries before you publish.
  • Dynamic Website Editing: Add content to dynamic websites powered by Movable Type, Typepad or WordPress with Contribute CS4. Simply define your Contribute site with the proper settings, and site content is instantly available for updating.
  • Visual Blog Configuration: This feature aims to provide visual interface for users to modify the contents of the BlogHub.CSI file, which provides the users with options to control his/her editing experience while editing an entry (regular blog entry and Pages, if supported) in that blog site.
  • Blojsom Support: We now officially support Blojsom blog server as well.

This is how the entry in Edit mode looks…

Edit mode of an entry

I will cover details of each of the above features in future posts.

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