Contribute

The meme’s gone all the way ’round the blogging/web development world, but Macromedia Contribute has finally been publicly announced. I saw a demo of this software while down at DevCon (actually, serendipitously. I’m wearing the </hassle> shirt that I got after seeing the demo right now), and have been pretty stoked for it. I have a copy of the technology preview and have been playing with it since. I actually used it for a purpose completely seperate for it’s intended purpose on the weekend. I used Contribute to wrap a couple of markers around the content of a website. I then had a script parse the .htm files, and extract everything between the markers and insert them into a db. A way for me to quickly and effortlessly convert a static website into The Pencilcase. All I then had to do was assign the relationships, and I was off to the races. Including the hour or so it took to write the script, I think I shaved about 1-2 hours of the time it would have taken me. Polishing the script with some more intelligence, and this will be excellent. Contribute helped in that it was a no-brainer to pop the markers into the files.

If you’re a small/indy web-developer, especially if you do a lot of static sites, Contribute will rock your world for any updates & edits. If you have clients with half a brain, you can offload all sorts of minor updates to them, without worrying about them fucking up the site (esp. when used in conjunction with Dreamweaver templates, which I happen to think are the cat’s meow when it comes to building static sites with the least amount of pain & woe (not that any site should be static. Every site should run off The Pencilcase ;)).

There’s a whole usability-tested blah-blah-blah on the Macromedia, but it is designed with the total neophyte in mind. It’ll also clean up your copied&pasted-in Word, and even Excel documents in valid XHTML, which rocks the party that rocks the party, I myself having just completed a CF UDF that’ll clean up Word into XHTML, which was no picnic.

So check it out. (I can’t believe I just posted an advertorial for Macromedia. I wonder if I can convince them to pay me?)

10 Replies to “Contribute”

  1. Hey Steve,
    This is pretty cool. I’d like to talk to you to see if you’re interested in writing an article on this for the Contribute Dev Center. I can’t find contact info anywhere on your site, so if you’re interested, please contact me at gfox@macromedia.com.

    Sincerly,
    George Fox

  2. Hey Steve,
    This is pretty cool. I'd like to talk to you to see if you're interested in writing an article on this for the Contribute Dev Center. I can't find contact info anywhere on your site, so if you're interested, please contact me at gfox@macromedia.com.

    Sincerly,
    George Fox

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