Author Archive: Manoj K. Gupta

Contribute and Windows 7

Contribute CS3 and CS4 are compatible with Windows 7. For details please check the Creative Suite FAQ for full Windows 7 at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/faq/

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Compatibilty and Transition mode in Contribute

Transition and Compatibility Mode

     Wondering why after the migration the Contribute users for the website are not able to connect to the site? What can be the reason?

     Contribute offers two compatibility options to the Site Administrators — one that allows users with earlier versions to work on the website, and one that does not. Following steps can be used to go to the settings:

  • Go to Edit > Administer Websites and select a website.
  • Administer Website dialog box comes up.
  • Select Compatibility from the list on the left.

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Best practices for including SWF in your blog posts

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Best practices for including SWF in your blog posts while posting from Contribute

There are few best practices which can be followed for including SWF in your blog posts to make sure that the readers have a good experience.

  • Do not auto-play the SWF file(s) as there’s nothing worse than going to a blog, which includes multiple posts with SWF files in them and have them all auto-play at the same time. Users encountering this issue and are unlikely to come back on the same blog again.

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In Browser Editor

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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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Extra fields support for Typepad

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                                 Enabling extra fields support for Typepad

         Lot of you blog on the Typepad using Contribute and would like to have the support for the extra fields like Extended Entry, Excerpt and Keywords while creating a blog entry from Contribute. The same can be achieved by making a minor modification in the auto-generated template for the corresponding.

How to customize the template:

  Open the DefaultTemplate.dwt in “\..\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Contribute\en_US\Sites\SiteX\Templates” in Windows or “user/Application Support/Adobe/Contribute /en_US/Sites/SiteX/Templates” in Mac using any editor. Add the following lines to add the editable region for Typepad support for Extended Entry, Excerpt and Keyword:

Original piece of code:

<div class="entry-content">
<div class="entry-body"><!– TemplateBeginEditable name="Enter Blog Content" –><br/>
<!– TemplateEndEditable –></div>
</div>

and the workspace looks like:

 

 

Add the 3 lines of code as below and the modified code looks like:


<div class="entry-content">
<div class="entry-body"><!– TemplateBeginEditable name="Enter Blog Content" –><br/>
<!– TemplateEndEditable –></div>
<!– Add the following 3 line for the extra fields support of Typepad–>
<!– TemplateBeginEditable name="mt_text_more" –><!– TemplateEndEditable –><br/>
<!– TemplateBeginEditable name="mt_excerpt" –><!– TemplateEndEditable –><br/>
<!– TemplateBeginEditable name="mt_keywords" –><!– TemplateEndEditable –><br/>
</div>

The workspace after the above changes is shown below:

 

 Save the changes and you will see the extra 3 fields to add the content while creating a blog entry.

          It is good idea to create a back up copy of the template for the changes to refer later as in case you remove the connection and create it again then the template will be generated and changes will be lost, in that case you need to make the changes again.

Happy blogging!

 

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