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Macromedia Contribute 3 for Windows & Macintosh Paperback – October 2, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0321267887 ISBN-10: 0321267885

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Tom Negrino is a Macintosh expert, author, and longtime contributor to Macworld magazine. He's also a frequent speaker at industry trade shows and conferences. In addition to the previous editions of this book, Tom is the author of Keynote for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide and JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (with Dori Smith).


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (October 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321267885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321267887
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi. I've been writing about Macs, other computers, and software since dinosaurs ruled the earth. OK, it's actually been since 1987. I began writing for the late MacGuide magazine, and started writing for Macworld shortly thereafter. I was a Contributing Editor at Macworld from 1990 through 2004, and I still write for them. Over the years, I've also written for most of the other Mac magazines.

I wrote my first solo book in 1994, and wrote my first commercially successful book in 1997, JavaScript for the Web, Visual QuickStart Guide, written with my then girlfriend and now wife, Dori Smith. That book has been in print ever since, though we've revised it many times to match the growth of JavaScript and other Web technologies. As you can see on this page, I've written or co-written many more books, notably on Dreamweaver, Apple's iCloud and Keynote, and the Microsoft Office programs.

In late 1999, we moved from the Los Angeles area to the Sonoma wine country. It's a better place to live in general and was a fine place to raise our son. Now that he's grown, it's just us and our very excellent cat, Pixel, who always makes an appearance in each book.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By ksuwildkat on February 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are going to use Contribute for anything more than the very basics, I highly recommend this book. As of this writing it is the only book I know of about Contribute 3 that is really written for version 3 and not a version 2 book with new graphics.

Contribute has an excellent help system but it is essentially a separate program (HTML based) and you are forced to switch back and forth on screen. If you have any shortage of screen real estate you will spend a lot of time switching or eventually printing help pages. For the cost, the Visual Quick Start guide is a good investment.

Normally the major shortcoming of the VQS series is that they do not provide the depth that most users need. This is not a problem with the Contribute guide because Contribute is not that deep of a program. At the same time, Contribute has some quirks in web creation that put a premium on doing things in the order the writers of the program intended. The guide does an excellent job of explaining these and therefore saving you time and aggravation.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wildness VINE VOICE on July 3, 2006
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I just created a website in Dreamweaver for a client with the end expectation that they would be able to use Contribute to edit their site without a lot of headache. Contribute proved to be absolutely simple to setup and use for this task after I read through this book.

With a single reading, I fully understood how Contribute works for the end-user and what to anticipate in the way of questions, and how to setup and administer a Contribute-editable site for multiple users with multiple levels of permissions.

I even learned from this book how to accomplish something I needed to do for the site as whole and had become tired of reading copious amounts of text looking for simple solutions. It was right there in Contribute's edit features, and as far as I can tell is nowhere to be found in Dreamweaver.

As to another reviewer's comments on the size of the graphics, unlike other Visual Quickstart Guide's, this one covers a pretty straight-forward piece of software and the images in the book were there to show what you should see on the screen; from there being able to read the little bit of text on the menu, etc. in the book is unnecessary as you have on the screen...nothing so complex as 10-step photo editing process in Photoshop.

To sum it all up: this book will answer all of your questions...it did mine.


A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rwx on December 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have in the past eagerly bought books from the Visual Quickstart Guide series, but this one is a terrible disappointment. It has all the weaknesses of the series (such as tiny font in the screen snapshots), and none of the strength.

The great strength of the series was the profuse use of screen snapshots with callbacks. This is absent here. The graphics are minimal, and the text sometimes refers to an unspecified picture ten pages earlier or to no picture at all that i can discover.

My adivice is just to forget about this book.
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