Community Publishing System is live.
I’m a big fan of encouraging people to add comments to Help documents to provide tips, links to tutorials, and other useful information.
But, I have to admit that plain-text comments aren’t always the best medium for conveying information. Sometimes you need to use formatting, images, movies, and more words to get information across.
That’s why I was glad to see the launch of the Adobe Community Publishing System (CPS).
Here’s what the CPS folks have to say about it:
We’re pleased to announce the Adobe Community Publishing 1.1 beta is live. This new AIR application lets anyone with an Adobe ID publish content on Adobe products and technology directly to Adobe.com.
Community members can contribute tips, movies, code snippets, and more with easy-to-use templates. Contributions are moderated by community experts. Plus, everyone in the community can rate and comment on contributions.
Contributing is easy
1. Download the Community Publishing app: Adobe Community Publishing System (CPS)
2. Author your tip using a simple template
3. Publish it to Adobe.com
Content goes live within minutes and is automatically added to community help search. Exceptional contributions will be promoted in Help & Support pages, Developer Connection, Design Center, and considered for inclusion in Adobe partner publications.
They’re right about the interface being easy to use and immediate. It took only a few minutes for me to test it out and write up this little tip/article: “Remove all colors from an image but one”.
It helped that there was an article that explained some parts of the interface: “Adobe Community Publishing tips”
You can see all of the submissions here: Community Publishing index page.
So, take it for a spin. I’ll be keeping an eye on the submissions for After Effects and including links to the especially good stuff when I update the After Effects Help document.