What's covered

Contribute includes the following versions: Contribute CS3, Contribute 4, Contribute 3.x, Contribute 2.x and Contribute 1.x. If you have specific questions about a particular Contribute version, try to use the Adobe Contribute Knowledge Base search engine to query for particular issues.

Contribute CS3 is bundled with the Adobe Web Creative Suite 3, and includes integration with other Adobe Web products such as Dreamweaver CS3 and Flash CS3. Contribute 2 and earlier versions do not have the same features as Contribute 3 and later versions, and it is advisable to upgrade Contribute to a newer version.

What is Contribute?

Contribute is a WYSIWYG web authoring program that allows users to quickly and easily make updates to web pages. Contribute can be used to make new pages or to edit existing pages. Contribute users can also use templates created in Dreamweaver. See "Using templates with Contribute" (TechNote 16581) or use the Starter Page templates that are included with Contribute.

Contribute has a built-in browser that is embedded with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. When viewing the page to be edited, click the Edit Page button. Contribute will switch from browse to edit mode, offering a toolbar with common text and table editing features, including options to make links and insert images. When your edits are done, click the Publish button and the page will be uploaded to the server. Contribute will switch back to browser mode and display the new page, live on the web! It's that easy.

What can I do with Contribute?

Contribute allows you to edit and create web pages. You can create and format text and tables. You can insert images, Flash .swf files, FlashPaper documents, Adobe Acrobat PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (Windows only), and PayPal buttons (version 2 and above). With Contribute 3 and later, you can insert digital video and even a Google toolbar. You can use Dreamweaver templates and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

You can easily administer and manage a site and its users using features like Connection Keys and user roles. You can use Contribute in addition to updating dynamic content via web blogs.

What is the difference between Contribute and Dreamweaver?

Dreamweaver is Adobe's full-fledged website building program. Dreamweaver has more functionality than Contribute, and is designed to handle more than just HTML as an editor. Contribute is designed to be an easy web page editor that does not require knowledge of code. Therefore, Contribute does not include code editing as a feature. You do not need Dreamweaver to use Contribute.

You can use Dreamweaver templates and Library Items (Contribute 3 and later) within Contribute to quickly make new pages that are already set up, allowing the Contribute user to add the necessary content to the page. Contribute will recognize CSS styles added in Dreamweaver and allow users to apply custom classes. Dreamweaver MX 6.1 and later can be used to administer Contribute users.

How can I connect to my web site with Contribute?

To use Contribute you need the connection information to access the web server. Contribute can connect to web sites using any of the following protocols:

  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
  • Local/Network connection (May not work for cross-platform networks.)
  • SFTP (Secure FTP) -Contribute 2 and above
  • WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) -Contribute 3 and above
  • Web hosted Blogs (Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad and many others) - Contribute 4 and above

Also see "Setting up a site connection in Contribute" (TechNote 16646).Once a connection is established, you can also create connection keys for users, so they don't need to have any connection information.

What computer operating systems are supported by Contribute?

Contribute CS3 supports Macintosh OS X and Windows XP

Microsoft Windows

Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) processor

Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (certified for 32-bit editions)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later; or Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later

512 MB free available system RAM

1 GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)

1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card

DVD-ROM drive

Internet or phone connection required for product activation

For the Contribute web browser plug-in: Internet Explorer 6 or 7 or Firefox 2

For the Microsoft Office plug-in: Office 2003, 2006, or 2007

Apple Macintosh

Power Mac G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac

Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8 and Java Runtime Environment 1.4.1

512 MB free available system RAM

1.4 GB of available hard-disk space (additional free space required during installation)

1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card

DVD-ROM drive

Internet or phone connection required for product activation

For the Contribute web browser plug-in: Firefox 2

Contribute 4 supports Macintosh OS X, Windows XP, and 2000. The minimum specifications are:

Microsoft Windows

Intel Pentium II (or equivalent) 300 MHz processor or faster

Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later

128 MB free available system RAM

120 MB of available disk space

Apple Macintosh

500 MHz Power Mac G3 or higher

Apple Mac OS X 10.2.8 and later, or 10.3.4

128 MB free available system RAM

120 MB of available disk space

Contribute 3 supports Macintosh OS X, Windows XP, 2000 and 98 Second Edition. The minimum specifications are:

Microsoft Windows

Intel Pentium II (or equivalent) 300 MHz processor or faster

Microsoft Windows 98 SE, 2000, or XP

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later

128 MB free available system RAM

120 MB of available disk space

Apple Macintosh

Apple Power Mac G3 or higher

Apple Mac OS X 10.2.8 and later, or 10.3.4

128 MB free available system RAM

120 MB of available disk space

Can I edit dynamic pages (ColdFusion, ASP, and PHP) with Contribute?

Yes and no. You can edit the static portions of the page with Contribute, however, dynamic portions of the page will be locked. Contribute 3 and later versions include the ability to assign text editors to edit site content, but it then needs to be reinserted into Contribute prior to publishing. Contribute CS3 includes a new feature to add HTML code snippets to web pages. Contribute CS3 also supports PHP rendering and improved CSS support.

Can Contribute connect to secure servers?

Contribute 2.0 and later support Secure FTP (SFTP). Contribute uses a popular implementation of SSH 3.51 to encrypt login information. Contribute also includes a feature that allows users to set a program startup password. This prevents other users from editing web sites in Contribute on shared machines. Contribute does not support FTPS (FTP over SSL).

Which versions support FlashPaper and which version supports Adobe Acrobat?

FlashPaper 2 is a product for making Flash or PDF documents. It installs as a printer driver, which means that you can create a Flash SWF file of any document. This SWF file can be put in a web page and viewed in a browser, using the Flash viewer plug-in. FlashPaper 2 allows users to zoom in and out and page through the document. The document can be printed directly FlashPaper and the printer driver for FlashPaper can be used with any application.

FlashPaper 2 for Windows comes with Contribute 3 and above or as a stand-alone product. FlashPaper 2 for Macintosh is available only with Contribute. Contribute CS3 does not come with FlashPaper.

Contribute CS3 Suites 3 Web Premium is bundled with Adobe Acrobat , but it will not included with the Standard version. In addition, Adobe Contribute CS3 standalone product does not come with Adobe Acrobat. You will need to purchase Acrobat to create Postscript documents. For more information on Adobe Acrobat and FlashPaper, visit the Adobe website. With Adobe Acrobat, Contribute CS3 users can embed PDF files as objects and convert Microsoft Office documents to PDF.

What is the Contribute Publishing Server?

The Contribute Publishing Server (CPS) is a server product that works with Contribute to enable user management and notification. The CPS can integrate with an Active Directory or LDAP user directory and thus allow Contribute administrators to easily control user access. The notification feature can log everything that happens to the site and can notify users when certain events happen, like a page gets published. The CPS can also be extended. It can send a notification to another web service or dynamic page and launch a user designed feature.

Can I try Contribute before I buy it?

You can download a free 30 day trial of Contribute on the Adobe Downloads Page. For updates on existing Contribute clients check the the Contribute Updates Page.

Where can I get more information about Contribute?

Check out the FAQ for Contribute in the product pages: www.adobe.com/products/contribute/productinfo/faq/

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