I think Contribute has been discontinued or will not show up in the next CS. Reasons:
Since Contributeis an individual product that follows the CS release schedule, its exclusionmeans either it is excluded from CS in the future, or is outright killed.
But then, the weekly downloads report mentioned the EOL of Device Central and OnLocation, but not Contribute.
And that is leaving me with the question on whether Contribute is still alive, and what is going on there.
Adobe Contribute is not part of CS6 but it will continue to be available as a point product. The Contribute engineering team will continue to provide updates and enhancements such as compatibility with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Windows 8, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Office and other workflows which are important to Adobe Contribute customers. The future roadmap for Contribute includes support for HTML5 and compatibility with new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver.
- Contribute Team
I have been using DW CS6 for a couple of weeks on a site where I still have users making updates using Contribute version 3. The "Administrate this site in Contribute" button in the DW CS6 site manager still opens the dialog after which Windows Task manager reports that Contribute.exe in the CS5.1 folder is running. Of course, I have the server set to use "Transition mode" and we do not use the Contribute Publishing Server.
The major difficulties in this environment with old versions of Contribute is the now-antiquated web client in version 3 not being able to display things as regular users see them. Version 5.1 is better, but not perfect. Using the browser plug-in helps some.
I am annoyed to have to reinstall Contribute from the CS5.5 Master Collection and not have it in the CS6 Master Collection. I had been hoping to entirely uninstall CS5.5 from this computer and just run CS6. As a developer, I'm not inclined to purchase my own copy of Contribute separately from CS6 just to be able to send clients screen captures for documentation. Unless Adobe restores Contribute's place alongside Dreamweaver for the CS bundles, I will probably steer future projects toward database-driven content management rather than using contribute. In fact, I have such a decision coming up this month that could go either way...
Will sites designed using Dreamweaver CS6 still be editable by users using Contribute CS5 (or earlier)?
Yes, it will be editable using CS5 or earlier version.
Also, when is Contribute 6 expected to be released?
Thank you, Dominic. It would be nice to have something more concrete than "Very soon", but I'll take what I can get. One more question -- will Contribute 6 be offered at an academic discount? Thank you.
Adobe Contribute 6.5 is out! Find more on http://blogs.adobe.com/contribute/2012/08/adobe-unveils-contribute-6-5 -with-html5-support.html