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Macromedia Announces Contribute 3

  • 20 July, 2004 11:01

<p>Major upgrade is keystone of new Macromedia Web Publishing System</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia, July 20, 2004 - Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) announced a major upgrade to Macromedia Contribute. Contribute redefines web publishing by enabling non-technical users to update pages on web sites or intranets as easily as they would edit a Microsoft Word document. Macromedia Contribute 3 adds granular administrator control, flexible approval workflow, editing enhancements and Dreamweaver MX 2004 integration to its award winning ease-of-use and browse-edit-publish workflow. Contribute 3 is a key element of the new, enterprise-ready Macromedia Web Publishing System for organisational deployments to hundreds or thousands of business users (announced today, see release above). For more information, or to download a preview release of Macromedia Contribute 3, visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/contribute3/.</p>
<p>"Every organisation benefits from sharing information via cost effective web and intranet sites, but the power to publish has often been restricted to a few technical gurus," said Tom Hale, general manager, Macromedia. "Contribute empowers individuals to edit and publish, while giving organisations the control they need to manage their publishing process."</p>
<p>Contribute has already unlocked the power of web publishing for more than 200,000 individuals. A broad spectrum of users -- including teachers, students, government employees, project managers, sales and marketing professionals, administrative assistants, intranet administrators and small business owners -- depend on Contribute to publish their own sites for small businesses, maintain departmental intranets or edit corporate websites.</p>
<p>Unlike traditional web content management systems, Contribute 3 does not require complicated workflow definitions and is able to edit any existing HTML website. Site administrators simply define which users have publishing permission and who can only edit and send pages for review, giving significantly more control to administrators and web developers.</p>
<p>"So much organisational information remains hidden on desktops and networked servers because non-technical users don't have the time to learn complicated web publishing tools in addition to their full-time jobs," said Joshua Duhl, research director, content technologies, IDC. "There is a desperate need for no-learning-curve, complementary solutions that tear down technical and institutional walls and make web publishing available to everyone."</p>
<p>New features for content contributors include 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. For web designers and developers, Contribute 3 adds WebDAV support and incorporates the engine for Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) rendering from the market-leading Dreamweaver MX 2004 to allow powerful, standards-based control of web page layout and styling. A new external editing feature enables technical review and editing of web page source code in an external HTML editor (such as Dreamweaver) before publishing.</p>
<p>"Contribute plays a vital role in the maintenance of many of our clients' websites and the updated features in this new version will be of major benefit to them through CSS integration and better visual control standards,¡¨ said Iain McDonald, Managing Director of Sydney based company Amnesia. ¡§This release also allows the developer to provide better service and support through Contribute 3¡¦s extended integration with Dreamweaver. Contribute 3 is a major update with outstanding new features.¡¨</p>
<p>"Contribute 3 is a giant leap. The new features mean that Contribute can now be used to update the full spectrum of sites, from mega-page/mega user sites to small business brochureware,¨ said Andrew Crowe, Executive Director of Sydney based company Webqem. "New administrator functionality provides website managers and producers granular control - whilst maintaining style and standards - a dream come true! Contribute 3 is a goldmine for developers and contributors alike, it's far more powerful and easier to use than ever.¨</p>
<p>Upgrades to Contribute 3 will include a single user access licence 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 organisational deployments of Contribute with centralised 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 provide a deeper view into website publishing activities across the organisation.</p>
<p>PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
A preview release of Macromedia Contribute 3 is available at http://www.macromedia.com/go/contribute3/. Contribute 3 is expected to ship for Windows and Mac OS X in English worldwide in August. Pricing is AUD$210 for upgrades, AUD$249 for new users and AUD$1099 for a Contribute six-pack. Volume discounts and government and education licensing are also available. Localised versions for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish are expected to ship later this year.</p>
<p>ABOUT MACROMEDIA
Experience matters. Macromedia is motivated by the belief that great experiences build great businesses. Our software empowers millions of business users, developers and designers to create and deliver effective, compelling and memorable experiences - on the Internet, on fixed media, on wireless, and on digital devices.</p>
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Copyright 2004 Macromedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Macromedia, the Macromedia logo, and Macromedia Contribute, Dreamweaver, Macromedia FlashPaper, and Macromedia Flash are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia, Inc., which may be registered in the United States and internationally. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
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<p>Media Contact:
Jody Lennon
Kinetics Pty Ltd
02 9976 6611
jody@kinetics.com.au</p>

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