Lee Odden

Adobe Contribute 4 – Desktop Blogging Software

Lee Odden     Blogging Strategy

Contribute LogoI know it sounds odd, but Macromedia Adobe recently announced Contribute 4 and one of the key features is blogging. Contribute as desktop publishing software? Yep.

According to Contribute’s website, the application now supports MetaWeblog which means it should work with WordPress, Blogger, Movable Type and many others.

At first thought, Contribute doesn’t seem like your average blogging application and that’s because it isn’t. Contribute has worked its way into many workplaces as WYSIWYG website editing software. It was a great solution for those that wanted to edit their website, yet steer clear of the technical aspect of a website.

It’s that pre-built user base that makes integrating blogging capability the perfect next step. Teaching clients how to blog can be a challenge. There is a new interface, a new login/admin area and a whole new system to learn. With Contribute, that learning curve is lessened as they already know how to use the software and may already be comfortable using it.

It took me by surprise at first but adding blogging capabilities to Contribute seems to be then ext logical step. Not only are we installing more and more blogs for clients, but we also already use Contribute to let clients control their own content. This is just the next logical step in Contribute’s evolution.

I haven’t tried Contribute 4 yet, however I’m very interested to see how it all plays out.

[tags]contribute, contribute 4, wysiwyg, blogging, adobe, macromedia, metaweblog[/tags]

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on integrated content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely on a beach somewhere doing absolutely nothing.

Comments

  1. Dale Cruse says:

    I’m definitely planning to use this tool for an upcoming project I’m working on.

  2. anonymous says:

    The two work together but not with the new self domain name option 🙁

  3. I lost my Contribute 4 install so I haven’t been able o verify or deny that.

  4. We purchased Contribute 3 and it did help some of our designers edit some sites faster. We used the Contribute 4 to see how it worked with the editing of Blogs and I am not yet all that impressed. Doesn’t seem to work with all templates as it has a tendency to distort in edit mode which might confuse some users. So unless we have installed a CMS panle on some of our customers sites we stick to the ftp process! Just an opinion 🙂

  5. Deborah, I can agree that Contribute has a few issues where it distorts while in edit mode and your right, that’s not good for customers. I haven’t played with Contribute 4 to much, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s probably not the best desktop blogging application. I’d rather send users to a blog admin to make posts, then though Contribute.

  6. Is it hard to use it with WordPress?

  7. Violette – I briefly tried blogging with Contribute when it first came out and I don’t remember it being an issue. I think it’d be just as easy as any other blog client. Always download the free trial of Contribute first though to do you testing. Try before you buy. 😉

  8. I have gone through the Adobe website for downloading this. But it seems like it is not free 🙁 Even if i have to download trial, i have to register with them with their website that is of no use if i am not visiting their website frequently.

  9. And more over, when windows is delivering their bloging software for free. So there is no real sense for people like me who blogs just for fun to do a purchase or work with trial. Here is the link of downloading Windows Writer : http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/

  10. Ajeet S Sachan says:

    I can understand your concerns Ajeet, but I’d like to just put in a note that Contribute 4 does fill a need for some users who, for various reasons, cannot use tools like Windows Writer. Just because something is free doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. To add my two cents, I have discovered Contribute 4 to be an asset to our workflow when working with clients and their websites and/or blogs.

    Properly leveraging Contribute helps us relieve a bit of the administration and functional scaffolding required of a custom developed web application or site.

  11. I just posted, but it’s supposed to read Asher, I am not Ajeet, obviously.

  12. Has anyone successfully linked their blogger blog to their website. I have adobe contribute – I am not sure if I am going around the wrong way.

  13. Very interesting to read article which is written before several years. Reading your post I can compare your written information about software with now existing software and technologies. This lets me to see how have changed our world in the sector of technology. I work in this sector so it is really useful information for me when I have to create some projects about it. Thanks a lot for this useful information!

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Caterson from telecom software development