Adobe Contribute CS4, a program that allows web-unsavvy users to edit web pages without the possibility of breaking the site, has changed little since the CS3 version.

Contribute CS4 is part of the Web Premium, Web Standard and Master Collection editions of Adobe Creative Suite 4.

The biggest change to Adobe Contribute CS4 is a new workflow process that allows the site administrator to require pages based on a particular site template to go through review and approval before they can be published.

You can now edit pages using Adobe Contribute CS4's tools from within Firefox (but not Safari). Time-sensitive pages can now be set to expire, notifying the author that they need refreshing. Better CSS support and tighter integration with Dreamweaver, as well as a cosmetic facelift (gaining the Adobe application look and feel) round out a mediocre upgrade.

See also: Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) review

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Adobe Contribute CS4: Specs

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and Windows Vista)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
  • 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet Explorer 6 or 7 or Firefox 2 required for the Contribute web browser plug-in
  • Office 2003 or 2007 required for the Microsoft Office plug-in
  • broadband internet connection required for online services
  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and Windows Vista)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
  • 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Internet Explorer 6 or 7 or Firefox 2 required for the Contribute web browser plug-in
  • Office 2003 or 2007 required for the Microsoft Office plug-in
  • broadband internet connection required for online services

OUR VERDICT

Adobe Contribute CS4 is a worthy tool for less than technical web editors, but it won't inspire many CS3 users to upgrade.

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