Macromedia Contribute 3 Coming in August

Macromedia announced Monday it will ship the much-anticipated update to Contribute, its Web publishing tool for Mac OS X, in August.

The additional features list of Contribute 3.0 includes increased performance, support for editing a wider range of websites, integrated image editing, Microsoft Office integration, and automatic electronic document publishing in PDF and Flash file formats via FlashPaper 2.

Contribute 3 adds WebDAV support and incorporates the engine for Cascading Style Sheet using Dreamweaver MX 2004, standards-based control of Web page layout and styling. A new external editing feature enables technical review and editing of web page source code in an external HTML editor before publishing.

The product is US$149, with updates priced at $79. A preview release is available for those interested in finding out more.