updated 07:35 am EDT, Mon July 19, 2004
Macromedia Contribute 3.0
Macromedia today launched for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version of the company's web content management tool, due in August, helps non-technical users manage and update the content on websites without knowledge of page design, HTML, or other web programming. The update will include a free access license ot Macromedia's new server-based Contribute Publishing Services management system as well as features integration with Dreamweaver MX 2004, new "send for review" options offering email notifications to selected reveiwers, an updated FlashPaper 2 application, and more. Pricing is expected to be $150 with upgrades priced at $80. A free preview is available online. [updated]
Other new features include granular administrator control, flexible approval workflow, editing enhancements as well as increased performance, support for editing a wider range of websites, integrated image editing, Microsoft Office integration, and automatic electronic document publishing in PDF and Flash file formats via FlashPaper 2, WebDAV support and CSS rendering. It also offers a new external editing feature t hat enables technical review and editing of web page source code in an external HTML editor (such as Dreamweaver) before publishing.
Upgrades to Contribute 3 will include a single user access license to Contribute Publishing Services, a new server component that is included with the Macromedia Web Publishing System. Contribute Publishing Services is lightweight and easily installed in minutes on Windows, Linux, and Unix servers or deployed to standard J2EE application environments. It provides web and IT managers responsible for larger organizational deployments of Contribute with centralized user management and website access control, including support for user authentication through integration with LDAP and Active Directory. Server-based logging and e-mail notification applications are also available as part of the suite. A
A preview release of Macromedia Contribute 3 is available now, while the final version is expected to ship for Windows and Mac OS X in English worldwide in August. Pricing is $80 for upgrades, $150 for new users, and $700 for a Contribute six-pack. Localized versions for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish are expected to ship later this year.
Macromedia Announces Web Publishing System
Macromedia also launched its Macromedia Web Publishing System, which it says provides a complete set of tools to build and manage web and intranet sites. The Macromedia Web Publishing System (WPS) enables tens, hundreds, or thousands of content contributors to publish websites for internal and external communications. WPS includes Macromedia Studio MX 2004, Macromedia Contribute 3, Macromedia FlashPaper 2 (Windows-only) and new Contribute Publishing Services.
"The WPS provides a flexible, affordable, scalable content management solution that empowers content providers while ensuring administrator safeguards to maintain site integrity. WPS deployments can be accomplished in days on existing websites without the need for extensive implementation projects and consulting services."
Macromedia's WPS is designed for business users, web professionals, and IT managers. It includes a new Contribute Publishing Services server component to centrally manage users, roles, and website editing permissions, offering integration with enterprise systems via LDAP and Active Directory user directories. A preview is available today, while the full solution is expected to ship in August for Windows and Mac OS X. Pricing is $2,500 and includes one full developer seat with Studio MX 2004 along with ten business user seats.