Macromedia has just released a beta version of its desktop website management product, Macromedia Contribute. http://www.macromedia.com/software/contribute/. It looks like this is competing directly with CityDesk. How does a small software company such as Fog Creek compete with a big company such as Macromedia?
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Michael H. Pryor
By being better and keeping customers happy.
Well of course it's going to present a significant threat to CityDesk. The thing now, is finding out if it's really a better piece of software. CityDesk is pretty damn good.
I went to Macromedia site and tried to see a Flash demo to see some screenshot ... I gave up after a portion of marketing fluff.
Off topic, but MMs support can be quite terrible. See this thread for an example:
yet another greg
Contribute seems to be targeted at web sites with large staffs. In other words, large web sites. But those web sites are probably already using a CMS, in which all the pages are generated programmatically. If you edit a page using Contribute, how do those changes get reflected back to the CMS database? AFAIK, they don't.
Also being discussed below. I reckon it doesn't come close to CityDesk...
I saw a Macromedia give a demo of this. It's a maintenance tool. A very simple one. It doesn't do workflow. It doesn't do dynamic content. It doesn't let you control presentation a whole lot.
The name is ugly, but I think Macromedia will sells a lots of it. Previous poster has explain it clearly about its merits, and keep in mind this is the first version.
I think it is designed as a product for Web developers to resell to their clients along with the site, to avoid having to build a custom CMS (for most sites, where it is overkill) and to avoid annoying changes. I believe the branding and install is customizable as well. I could resell CityDesk and customizing it to my client's needs, that would be great and I would definitely promote it among clients who don't need a full CMS.
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