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Work around a Contribute 2 / .mac site restriction Apps
I have just started to play with Contribute2, which is on special offer from Dot Mac, and wanted to update my Dot mac photo albums. No problem but I wanted to replace the old pages completely but use the same images. Contribute 2 allowed me to create new pages, edit old ones but it would not let me have access to my Pictures folder via the Images On My Website Menu. It restricted me to the Sites folder. and uploaded new images there into an images folder.

This meant that if I wanted to use an image already on my site, I would have to upload it again from my computer, even if I selected the images via the Images On My Computer menu and navigated to my iDisk, it would upload a copy to the site once I published the page or set the path to file://. So I found two ways around this problem.

I could work out the path to the file. This was done by going to the album in Safari, opening the image in slide show mode and then using control-click -> open image in new window. This pops it up into a popup webpage where you can then copy the address bar path. This is fine for one or two images. but if you have loads then you may want to try this.

Go to the the Contribute Menu, and select Contribute--> Myconnections. Select New and click Continue when prompted. Click Continue again with out making changes to your dot mac details. Set the web address to:
Make sure you include the www or you will not be able to go further. Click continue, and you will be advised that the site cannot be found do you want to continue. Select YES. Select "Connect to your web server via Local network." In the Network path field, set the path to:
Make sure you include both of the colons, then click Continue. You may be asked if you want to be set as the Administrator of this site. Since it was my site I was setting up, I selected yes. I don't know what would happen if you selected no.

Now all you have to do is make your new webpage and when you want to use an image already on your site, select the On My Website menue and then choose the pictures site that you just set up to look for your image.
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Contribute 2 time limits
Authored by: SOX on Nov 06, '03 11:28:05AM

So are there any limits placed on contibute 2 on dot mac. for example is it a demo copy that expires in a few month? Its sort fo cryptically worded on dot mac saying contribute 2 is free until december.

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Contribute 2 time limits
Authored by: mark hunte on Nov 06, '03 01:57:51PM

I can not remember the full amount of days of use your limited to, something like 25 days once it is installed. but it is a fully working app. I have four days left.


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Contribute 2 time limits
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Nov 06, '03 10:18:44PM

it is a 30 day demo...the same one you can download directly from macromedia. however, through .mac you get a $20 discount off the $99 retail price and also access to some premade (dreamweaver) templates that work in contribute2. FWIW the templates are a nice touch. IMO contribute alone is more of a maintenance app. with the templates you can make entire sites from scratch.

i'm not affiliated with either company. but, i was quite impressed with the simplicity of the app.

if it aint broke, break it!

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