I have just started playing with Adobe InContext editing. This is a new technology that allows websites to be edited through a browser window, without the need to install additional software.
What impact it will have on Contribute, I’m not sure, but as both technologies are from Adobe, I doubt they will make their own commercial software redundant…
Using InContext is a breeze, and initially, it appears more intuitive than Contribute. You need to sign up with Adobe to get an ID to use it, and the site administrator can send out invitations to new users, letting them access the service.
After the site has been set up (ftp details entered etc) you access your site through the browser and press cmd/Ctrl + E to invoke the prompt for your Adobe ID. Once you enter this, you will see editable regions on the page with various options, depending on what level of control you have been given over content.
You can add type, maybe style it up using traditional formatting (bold/italic/font etc) or even pick from some Advanced styling options, if your designer has created ready-made styling for you.
You can insert images and other media such as Flash swf files or mp3 clips, by either browsing to files that are already on your server or currently on your computer. Navigate to the file and the upload will begin if necessary.
When you are done with your page editing, you click on the Done button:
This gives you the option to Save your page as a Draft for editing again later, or clicking Done to bring up the Publish dialog panel.
This new site editing technology certainly looks like the way forward for most users, combining ease and intuitive workflow.
If you are interested in getting a website built that allows you to edit your own content like this, contact Haiz Design and see how I can help.Adobe Adobe, Contribute, InContext, Web design, Website designer