The CS5 version offers a small handful of new features, but is otherwise a pedestrian upgrade. Better previews The most welcome enhancement is subtle but important. This greatly improves the fidelity of viewing pages. Besides the built-in view, you can, as usual, preview with other browsers on your computer. But now you can open your page for preview in multiple browsers with a single action. Mac Contribute users are shortchanged here; on Windows, Contribute provides a three-pane view that simultaneously shows Webkit, Internet Explorer, and Firefox page renderings in the document window.
Selecting the image of the saucier pan activates the new image map controls in the editing toolbar, as well as the one-click buttons to open the image for editing in either Fireworks or Photoshop. Changes made in an image editor now appear immediately in the page draft, rather than first requiring you to publish the page to the server.
Also new to image handling in Contribute is the ability to create image maps; the program now has rectangular, oval, and polygon tools to designate clickable areas of the image, and allows users to add the related links. For example, a Contribute user could add clickable areas on an image of a campus map, linking to descriptive pages for each building. Better for big organizations For larger organizations, the program now supports the Subversion SVN version control system.
Once enabled by the site administrator, site contributors have easy access to many Subversion operations. Contribute works with the SVN repository to create and manage pages; view, edit and compare the revision history of the current page; and insert page comments for other contributors.
But as a standalone product, it is priced unattractively, and the upgrade pricing is no picnic, either, especially if you upgraded to Contribute CS4, itself an anemic upgrade. When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission.
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The CS5 version offers a small handful of new features, but is otherwise a pedestrian upgrade. Better previews The most welcome enhancement is subtle but important. This greatly improves the fidelity of viewing pages.