It’s official – Macromedia’s new Contribute product is now hitting 2.0, and this version introduces some really cool features.
Most cool is of course Mac OS X support. This is great news for Mac users who are content editors. As a bonus, they have added direct support for .Mac accounts. Nice touch.
Another major new feature is support for connections via SFTP, allowing secure, encrypted logins and file transfers. Unencrypted logins are just bad practice – this is a very welcome feature.
FlashPaper is a new feature that allows any printable document to become an embeddable Flash object in your pages. This is new technology and sounds cool, but I want to see more of how this takes off n the real world. This is Windows only at this point, but I bet if enough feedback comes in they will port the feature to Mac.
But the main feature of this product is ease of use. You just set up a connection with a key that is sent by your site administrator, fire up Contribute, browse to your page, click the edit button, type your changes, and then click Publish. It is too easy, too intuitive. Mortals will love the ease of use, and web gods will love not having to waste time with trivial updates.