Author Archive: Michael Dominic

What am I missing if I am not using Contribute CS5


Ready to upgrade Adobe Contribute? What do I get upgrading to Adobe Contribute CS5, if I have an older version of Contribute, probably Contribute 3.11 / Contribute 4.0?

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Encoding Links

When you insert links in a web page you are editing, by default, Contribute encodes them. You might have noticed that, when a colon symbol is passed as a link parameter in a web page URL, it gets encoded as %3A when Contribute publishes the page. Sometimes you might want to insert the link as it is, so that the link is not broken because of encoding. Here is the option to do so.

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Edit web page source in an external application


You can edit web page source in an external application to make quick modifications or to do testing, such as link checking or accessibility testing. Contribute opens the source in an external editing application. Editing web page source in an external application is very different than the editing experience in Contribute.

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Adobe Contribute CS5 is out!


A fully functioning free 30-day Trial
can be downloaded from
. Adobe® Contribute® CS5 software is a powerful web publishing and website
management tool that integrates authoring, reviewing, and publishing in
an easy-to-use WYSIWYG HTML editor. Increase web publishing
productivity collaboratively while simplifying oversight and approval

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Now edit XML contents natively in Adobe Contribute CS5!


Is it possible to edit XML files in Adobe Contribute?

Now Contribute CS5 supports native XML editing. You can directly update the XML contents using Contribute CS5. Content authors can now update XML data rendered by dynamic web pages within Contribute by browsing to the corresponding XML page and editing them directly. XML elements and attribute values can be modified protecting the structural elements such as nodes and tags. Contribute also validates the XML file displaying them for editing, and also while publishing them.

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Go to your 25th blog entry in 2 clicks!!


Go to your 25th blog entry in 2 clicks!!

How I can go to my 25th blog entry? I have so many entries in my blog. Here Contribute gives hand in jumping to your 25th blog entry in 2 clicks. Contribute makes your life easy in WYSIWYG editing and viewing the contents of any entry in 2 clicks.

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Quickly blog about feeds you receive via Aggregators

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Using Contribute, you can easily post content such as news items to your blog from RSS aggregators. You can set Contribute as your blog publishing tool in RSS aggregators such as FeedDemon (Windows) and NetNewsWire (Mac OS). You can post your favorite or interesting news clips to your blog and also add your own comments before you post it.

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Are you a power user – try using Insert HTML Snippet


Do you want manage Google Analytics using Contribute? Do you want embed YouTube video into webpage?’ You can achieve this easily in Contribute. To know how to achieve this, read on….

Contribute being a Simple WYSIWYG tool how power user would add codes on fly? For example, you can insert code snippets that run video or audio files in your web or blog pages. However, you can add code snippets only if the website Administrator has granted the relevant permission to your user role.

If the website Administrator has not enabled the Allow HTML Snippet Insertion option for your user role, the HTML Snippet option in the Insert menu will be disabled. However, this option is enabled by default, for blog entries.

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Tagging and Trackbacks


Add more visibility to your blog – Tagging and Trackbacks


Tagging is a new phenomenon started by and Flickr several years ago, and accelerated by Technorati and IceRocket.  Tags are like categories or keywords, but are different in at least two ways:

  • Tags are visible and actionable by readers.  Categories and Keywords are often hidden from view, so users hardly ever "use" them
  • Tags are bottom-up information architecture.   Categories have to be defined before being used, and because so few users enter Keywords, search engines can’t made good use of them.  For many systems, Tags can also be added by readers as well, so that IA grows organically as numerous readers add their own organization to content.

Adding tags using Contribute is very simple. When the user enters a tag in the tag field for a blog entry, Contribute creates a tag link along with providing you the WYSIWYG editing experience of the blog entry. After the user publishes the entry and clicks the tag link, a list appears in the embedded browser showing all the blog entries indexed by the tag repository using the same tag.

When you create or edit a blog entry in the Pages panel, you can enter as many tags as you want for the entry, separated by commas.


In Contribute you can control the placement of the tags in your blog entry, and allow you to label tags with prefix. Also you can specify your tag repositories and set your default tag repository.

Tagging perferences setting dialog


 Trackback URLs are used to maintain a list of other blogs that are linked to your blog entry. To link to one of your blog entries, other blog authors add that blog entry’s trackback URLs to their blog entry. Your blog maintains a record of these linked blog entries for each of your blog entries. When you create a blog entry, you can add one or more trackback URLs to it. Also you can prevent other users from adding your blog’s trackback URL to their blog entries by disabling the Allow Trackback option in the Contribute toolbar.

Allow trackback option 

You can set preference to determine whether trackback is enabled for blog entries. Some blogs don’t support the trackback feature or require you to set a preference to allow it.

Once you allow track back and publish the entry, it will display the trackback URL for tracking.

After inserting the trackback in the entry

You can add this trackback URL to you entry, by clicking “Trackbacks” button in the Contribute toolbar or through Insert–>Trackbacks menu.

Menus for inserting trackbacks

Which will through an dialog for adding trackbacks URL. Enter the trackback URL for the blog entry in the Trackback URL(s) field, and then click OK.

Trackback dialog

Contribute adds the URLs to the blog entry, and the Trackbacks field appears at the bottom of the Contribute workspace. You can add, edit, or delete trackback URLs in this field. These modifications are also reflected in the Trackbacks dialog box.

After adding the trackback URL

Publish the entry. It might be required to go to the typepad account for approval of trackbacks.

Approval image on web console

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Post To Blog


Post To Blog feature in Contribute

Post To Blog operation can be done through, browsers (IE and Firefox), Word, Excel and Outlook.

How does Post To Blog work with browsers?

  If you come across some great stuff in a site while browsing, and wants to blog about it. Make a selection in the browser, and then clicks on the “Post to Blog ” button in the browser toolbar.

PostToBlog in Browser

  If no blog connection is already defined in Contribute, Contribute is launched which then gives her an option of making a new blog connection. After making the connection, Contribute opens up a new blog entry, containing the text that had selected. Then add your contents to the blog entry and publishes the blog.

How does Post To Blog work with office documents?

  If you love to blog on technical documents and come across a great document and want to blog on it. Simply makes the selection on the word/Excel/Outlook, and then clicks on the “Post to Blog” button or the menu Contribute -> Post To Blog.

PostToBlog in WordIf already connection exists, then Contribute launches with a connection to the blog site and creates a new blog entry in the default blog site mentioned in the preference. If no blog connection is already defined in Contribute, Contribute is launched which then gives her an option of making a new blog connection.

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