Contribute Release Notes

Macromedia Contribute 1.0 Release Notes

About Contribute
System Requirements

Helpful Information and Known Issues

For Contribute Preview Release Users

For Contribute Beta Users


Microsoft Office Integration Issues

Browser Issues

Website Administration Issues

Dreamweaver Users

Template Issues

Notices, Terms, Conditions, and Attribution

About Contribute

Macromedia Contribute is the easiest way for you to update and publish content to existing websites without knowing HTML. With Contribute, non-technical users can quickly and easily make content changes that respect existing website style, layout, and code. This helps web professionals save time and maintain control of editable content. Contribute is easy to set up and use, and works with any HTML website, including those built in Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other web design tools.   

Windows® System Requirements

  • 300 MHz or greater Intel Pentium II processor or equivalent
  • Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, or Windows XP
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
  • 64 MB of available random-access memory (RAM)
  • 40 MB of available disk space
  • 800 x 600 resolution color display or higher (1024 x 768, millions of colors recommended)

Helpful Information and Known Issues

The section lists known issues with Contribute at the time of release. To learn the latest news on tips or known issues, please visit the Contribute Support Center.

Review the in-product tutorials and the many resources available for learning about Contribute at the Contribute Designer & Developer Center. Find inspiration with tips, articles, tutorials, and resources, or steer your project to success by participating in a forum.

For Contribute Preview Release Users

You do not need to uninstall the Contribute preview release before installing this release version of Contribute.  Site connections you created while using the preview release will work in the release version.

For Contribute Beta Users

Beta 2 and Screen Shot Build users.  Publish or cancel any existing drafts before you uninstall the Beta 2 or Screen Shot build. 

Delete the shared settings file (previously known as the "hub file") for any sites you created using either of these two builds. To do this, delete any folder at the root of your site named _mm or mm.  This folder should be deleted on both the local and remote sites.

Your site connections and administrative settings will not carry over from the Beta or Screen Shot builds to the release version.  You will need to re-establish connections for your sites and update your administrative settings.


Contribute is only available for the Microsoft Windows operating system. We plan to release Contribute for the Macintosh; however, the release date has not yet been determined.

If Contribute crashes when editing web pages containing Flash movies, update to the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player.

Contribute does not integrate with source control systems such as Microsoft Visual Source Safe or Perforce. If your team is using source control for your website, please contact your web administrator before using Contribute.

If your site uses virtual directories, the Contribute Connection Wizard will not be able to automatically connect.  Instead, you will need to know the location on the server that the virtual directory points to. 

When connected through a dial-up connection, Contribute may experience long download times and slow performance. If you are working over a slow connection, or connecting to a slow FTP server, consider working offline (by selecting File > Work Offline), or disabling some of your sites.

Sites hosted on older versions of Microsoft Windows NT Servers may experience slow performance.

Contribute may take a long time searching for your server if you become disconnected from the network.  If this happens, you can click the Cancel button in the Waiting for Server dialog box, and choose to work offline (select File > Work Offline).

Extremely large pages may take a long time to respond when you click the Edit Page button.

If you're unable to use the scroll wheel on your mouse to scroll a page, try installing the Microsoft IntelliMousedrivers. Even if you don't have a Microsoft IntelliMouse, installing these drivers will often solve the problem.

The Contribute browser and some administration features do not handle the single quote (') character correctly.  Avoid using single quotes in URLs, group names, and group descriptions.

Custom JavaScript that modifies browser dimensions may cause the Contribute browser to resize as well.  You can manually resize the Contribute application window to resolve this problem.

Microsoft Office Integration Features

Sometimes when browsing to a Microsoft Office document in the Contribute browser, the browser displays a Save dialog box that is not related to Contribute. Click No to close the dialog box. If your intent is to edit the Microsoft document, make sure to click the Edit Page button before clicking in the document to avoid this problem. 

You cannot insert, drag and drop, or paste Microsoft Office 97 documents directly into a Contribute draft.   However, you can copy content from an Office 97 document, then select Edit > Paste Text Only to add it to a Contribute draft.

If the Contribute browser shows an older version of a recently updated Microsoft Office document, click Refresh to see the updated page.

In certain cases, you may lose some page formatting when inserting Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel content in a Contribute draft.

You cannot browse to a Microsoft Office document in the Contribute browser while the document is open in another browser. To resolve this, close the browser window, then open the document in Contribute.


Contribute Browser

The Contribute browser may not always work in the same way other browsers do.  Specific browser issues:

  • Many online shopping carts do not work when viewed in the Contribute browser.
  • You may not be able to log in to password-protected websites using the Contribute browser. This includes web-based e-mail accounts and online banking services, among others.

In Contribute, when you click a link that opens a page in a new window, the page will open in the default browser.  To edit the page, copy the URL from the default browser window and paste it into the Address text box in Contribute. As long as the page is in your website, you can click Edit Page to edit it.

Website Administration Issues

If multiple users change the administration settings for the same site while working on different machines, only one user's changes will be accepted.

The Send Connection Key feature may not work correctly with all e-mail applications. As a workaround, select "Save to local machine" when exporting the key, compose an e-mail message, and manually attach the saved connection key to the message.

Contribute saves administrator and backup files in folders whose names begin with an underscore (such as _mm and _baks). You can easily configure most web servers to prevent folders whose name begins with an underscore from being viewed by site visitors.

Dreamweaver Users

You will need to use a different check-in/check-out name for Contribute than the one you use in Dreamweaver.


Contribute only works with templates created in Dreamweaver 4 or a later version.

When editing an instance of a template, the instance and its parent template must both be present on the web server. If they are not both present or if the parent template isn't located in the Templates folder at the root of the website, an error message may appear.  If the parent template is in the right location and the error still occurs, check the Administer Website settings to make sure the template isn't in the "hidden templates" list (Edit > Administer Website > Edit Groups > New Pages).

Dependent files for templates can get out of synch with the parent template. If this occurs, edit an instance of the template and then click Cancel to forces an update of the dependent files.

Notices, Terms, Conditions, and Attribution

This software may contain third-party software which requires notices and/or additional terms and conditions. Such required third-party software notices and/or additional terms and conditions are made a part of and incorporated by reference into the End User License Agreement (EULA) covering this software.

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