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The problem is, that the trial seems no longer available. The trial download leads only to the normal Contribute software. Can someone please post an url that really works?
It appears that nothing is currently available from the website for CPS. All the links to the updater send you to the CS4 Product pages.
Maybe this means that they are going to be releasing a long needed update soon.
They did do an update. It would have been nice to try it too before I bought all the user licenses for it......it's terrible and does not work at all the way I expected it to.
I called Adobe on this topic, and I have to say that it's been an exercise in frustration. I have a client that needs to "return" $8000 in software licenses and their software reseller is sending a "quote" for the server. Why is there a need for a quote for the server version? Why is there no download link for this "free" software? Why is the Adobe site so confusing?
"There is no separate fee for the server software itself."
"Contribute Publishing Server is available for US$89 per user"
Adobe has clearly dropped the ball here. Let this serve as a warning for those looking to purchase CPS.
Well, although confusing, those two articles you mentioned are both correct. There is no charge for the server software itself, but you have to pay a per user license for each of your contribute users to access it.
I have more of an issue with the fact that nothing seems to work, it will not connect to AD, it will not send email notifications to users when pages are updated, and I can't really see any reason to have purchased it if those two things won't work. I could have saved some money and just used contribute as is. The only thing that it has helped with is that you can setup users on the server instead of for each site, which does make maintenance easier. However, since I can't interface it with AD, I had to create usernames and passwords for 43 people to access their sites.
Also, be advised that you have to open up either WebDAV or a file share to give access to the users, which means that even if you have Contribute locked down, they can easily go to the file share and edit the files with any other program they want, or with WebDAV they can edit files over the internet simply by dragging and dropping into an IE window. I was expecting a server component that would work with IIS/Windows and lock down the site so that the only way to access the site was through Contribute.
I am very disappointed.