Macromedia Contribute 3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
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Visitors to your Web site want to see up-to-date content--period. They don't care how complicated it is to edit that content or about the manpower issues involved: If they don't find what they need, they'll get it elsewhere. To ensure that they don't, you need Macromedia's hot content management tool Contribute and this task-based guide to get you up to speed on it. In this thoroughly updated guide, popular author Tom Negrino uses simple step-by-step instructions and loads of visual aids to show you how to build Web pages, edit content, create tables, employ Dreamweaver templates, and more with the newly updated Contribute 3. If you're a first-time user, you'll find all the instruction you need to start adding content to Web pages immediately (without fear of breaking the site). And if you're a Contribute veteran, you'll want to go straight to the sections covering this version's new features: integrated image editing, Microsoft Office integration, automatic publishing to PDF and Flash file formats, and more.
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This review is from: Macromedia Contribute 3 for Windows & Macintosh (Paperback)If you are going to use Contribute for anything more than the very basics, I highly recommend this book. As of this writing it is the only book I know of about Contribute 3 that is really written for version 3 and not a version 2 book with new graphics.
Contribute has an excellent help system but it is essentially a separate program (HTML based) and you are forced to switch back and forth on screen. If you have any shortage of screen real estate you will spend a lot of time switching or eventually printing help pages. For the cost, the Visual Quick Start guide is a good investment.
Normally the major shortcoming of the VQS series is that they do not provide the depth that most users need. This is not a problem with the Contribute guide because Contribute is not that deep of a program. At the same time, Contribute has some quirks in web creation that put a premium on doing things in the order the writers of the program intended. The guide does an excellent... Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Straightforward Approach to Learning a Simple Software Application,
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This review is from: Macromedia Contribute 3 for Windows & Macintosh (Paperback)I just created a website in Dreamweaver for a client with the end expectation that they would be able to use Contribute to edit their site without a lot of headache. Contribute proved to be absolutely simple to setup and use for this task after I read through this book.
With a single reading, I fully understood how Contribute works for the end-user and what to anticipate in the way of questions, and how to setup and administer a Contribute-editable site for multiple users with multiple levels of permissions.
I even learned from this book how to accomplish something I needed to do for the site as whole and had become tired of reading copious amounts of text looking for simple solutions. It was right there in Contribute's edit features, and as far as I can tell is nowhere to be found in Dreamweaver.
As to another reviewer's comments on the size of the graphics, unlike other Visual Quickstart Guide's, this one covers a pretty straight-forward piece of... Read more
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This review is from: Macromedia Contribute 3 for Windows & Macintosh (Paperback)I have in the past eagerly bought books from the Visual Quickstart Guide series, but this one is a terrible disappointment. It has all the weaknesses of the series (such as tiny font in the screen snapshots), and none of the strength.
The great strength of the series was the profuse use of screen snapshots with callbacks. This is absent here. The graphics are minimal, and the text sometimes refers to an unspecified picture ten pages earlier or to no picture at all that i can discover.
My adivice is just to forget about this book.
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