Getting started with Adobe Contribute

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Revision as of 03:11, 10 February 2011


Status of Adobe Contribute Usage

November 29, 2010

  1. Awaiting key areas from LISPS director

December 8, 2010

  1. Workstations available for last several weeks. See earlier email to LIS administrators, LOAs, and faculty
  2. Keys generated for IS authoring, eLearning authoring, review, approval, and administration

What is Contribute?

Adobe Contribute is the name of a web page authoring program. You can use its simple features to create, change, delete, and organize web pages in your parts of the site

You can not easily interfere with other users. Errors can be rolled back. In any case, the changes are staged for the web site and not installed until evening. If there is a real need, the changes can be deleted or installed immediately. The system is flexible.

Adobe Contribute must be installed on a workstation. There are seven installed in the library. The instructions below apply to the version of Contribute used in the Adobe Creative Suite CS5. Other workstations may have CS3 or CS4.

Workstations with Adobe Contribute ® Version CS5

LIB 224, the LISTS Digitization workstation (the closest cubicle to the glass entrance doors), and LIB 3xx (the anechoic room) are three private areas for quiet work. Accounts "web author" with password=freefall are available with plain profiles for ease of use.

  1. LIB 3xx, near ILBC rooms
  2. LIB 122-E, Tech Service’s Cubicle for Digitization
  3. LIB 224, Plasma workstation
  4. Workstation for Fatemeh Asadi
  5. Workstation for Elizabeth Osika
  6. Workstation for Tarshel Beards
  7. Workstation for Rochelle Johnson

Help, Tutorials, and Other Documentation

  1. CS4 Manual: Adobe Contribute CS4 Documentation
  2. CS5 Web Site: Adobe Contribute CS5 Documentation

Brief Review of Starting, Editing, and Finishing Web Authoring with Adobe Contribute

Use one of the seven workstations above. These have been configured with Adobe Contribute CS5.

You will have been supplied with passwords and usernames for authoring, editing, or publishing. The Connection Key will establish your portion of the web site with its resources and tools. You can obtain the key below by using or saving this file. There is great flexibility. You must keep these authentication items private and safe, or your portion of the web site may be compromised.

You will be asked to supply a correct connection password. Your director or the Digital Initiatives Librarian will have provided this password. You should never share this password. If it should become known to others, notify the Digital Initiatives Librarian immediately. Anyone with this password can change or deface your site using Contribute.


The Contribute keys are located below. Each key is password protected at the time of use. You could download and store the key below on a removable device, as an email attachment, etc., but the latest version of a key will be placed here. Keys can change for various reasons. Therefore this link should be used to obtain the latest version of a key.

To connect, click on the appropriate Contribute Key link below

AdministratorWeb Site Administrator
ApproverDirector of Public Services
ReviewerPublic Relations and Development Coordinator
Author's KeyDate Key built or changed
Ask a Librarian 2/9/2011
Course Reserves 2/9/2011
Digital Collections 2/9/2011
eLearning 12/9/2010
Education Resource Center 2/9/2011
Finding Articles 2/9/2011
Finding Books 2/9/2011
Finding Media 2/9/2011
Finding Music 2/9/2011
Government 2/9/2011
Hours of Operation 2/9/2011
Instruction 2/9/2011
Instruction Services 2/8/2011
Interlibrary Loan 2/9/2011
Mission 2/9/2011
News 2/9/2011
Online Reference Resources 2/9/2011
Reference 2/9/2011
Spaces 2/9/2011
Using Databases 2/9/2011
  1. Direct your browser to open this file with Contribute CS5 (default) if prompted
  2. Optionally enter the Contribute startup password to begin work with Contribute.
  3. When prompted, enter the connection key password. You may have been notified of a changing connection; this is normal. Accept the change.
  4. From the many available activities, choose Edit Page.
  5. Three editable regions on the internal template are available for change (adds, changes, deletes).
    1. Pagetitle
    2. Localmenu
    3. Content
  6. When done, choose one of the following depending upon the status of the file and the role you represent.
    1. Publish for authors only
    2. Send for all roles
    3. Save for Later for all roles
    4. Discard Draft for authors only
  7. Then use the File menu or CTRL-Q to Exit

If you wish to continue later and are unready to publish, choose Save for Later and select a useful option. You will not be able directly to continue until you have finished and published, finished and sent for review or approval, or discarded your changes.

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