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  • I've been using Adobe Dreamweaver/Contribute to develop websites and am switching to Expression.  In Contribute you have a handy Firefox/IE add-on button to edit web pages as you browse.  The closest solution I can find for Expression is the "Edit in Expression" option in IE, but that opens a temporary file, not the original.

    Does anyone know of a similar add-on or solution for Expression?

    Thursday, December 9, 2010 7:54 AM

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  • No, but feel free to look if you wish. I don't know of any professionals of my acquaintance who would advocate live editing, which is what you're talking about, and just as in Contribute, you would need the necessary credentials. But, if you want to look, click the Gallery link above to search for EW4 add-ins.

    There is no such thing (except possibly for COM-based add-ins, of which I know of none offhand) for EW3, which did not have an extensibility model not requiring COM development. EW1 and EW2 both supported VBA, so there may be a macro laying around that would do the job, but if so, I never heard of it.

    No offense, but live editing is not really a good idea, for a number of reasons. Unless you have a very compelling reason to do so, I would advise avoiding the practice.

    cheers,
    scott


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    Thursday, December 9, 2010 2:29 PM
  • Contribute is a CMS and you aren't really using Dreamweaver when you use it. ContentSeed is what I would recommend for editing in the browser. Unlike Contribute there is no per user license required. http://contentseed.com
    MS MVP Expression Tutorials & Help http://by-expression.com & Expression Web forums
    Thursday, December 9, 2010 4:15 PM
  • @paladyn/scott  Thanks for the feedback.  I'm not referring to live editing, but editing the local copy of the site, then uploading when satisfied.  The ease with which one can do content editing with Contribute is something we can't do without, you can just browse to the page you wish to edit, hit the button, edit and save.  The alternative is to make a note of the page you're browsing, switch to Expression Web, look for the file, edit/save, switch back to browser and refresh.  I think we will keep on using Contribute until I find something similar for the Microsoft environment.

    @Cheryl  Thanks for the heads-up, ContentSeed @ $100 for "Unlimited Deployments"?  Certainly beats Contributes pricing, I'll check it out.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 6:22 AM
  • Can't beat it, actually, and it's absurdly easy to set up and configure. And Chris Leeds, the developer, is a helluva nice guy who responds quickly himself in the (unlikely ;-) event there's a problem. You really should give it a look. You won't regret it.

    cheers,
    scott


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    Friday, December 10, 2010 6:30 AM
  • I'll second the Content Seed recommendation. We use it for some of our clients to update their sites and iot works like a charm. The new version has some nice improvements to the user interface.
    What do you mean, " 'twas brillig"?!?
    Friday, December 10, 2010 2:31 PM
  • Contribute is a CMS and you aren't really using Dreamweaver when you use it. ContentSeed is what I would recommend for editing in the browser. Unlike Contribute there is no per user license required. http://contentseed.com
    MS MVP Expression Tutorials & Help http://by-expression.com & Expression Web forums

    I wasn't really looking for a new CMS system, but the thread does provide some useful information.  Thanks all!
    Friday, December 10, 2010 2:54 PM
  • Actually if you are looking for "Contribute" like functionality then you are looking for a new content editor because that is what what Contribute even if you are using it with Dreamweaver. You can edit "live" using EW by opening the page and saving it back using the "Edwit with Expression Web" option in IE or by creating a website definition with the ftp:// site location as the site location but as Scott said that is not a recommended practice.
    MS MVP Expression Tutorials & Help http://by-expression.com & Expression Web forums
    Friday, December 10, 2010 5:10 PM