Adobe has introduced Contribute 4, a new version of its entry-level web publishing solution.

Contribute is designed to make it easy to add content to websites without learning HTML. Key features in Adobe Contribute 4 include new blog publishing capabilities, unified web publishing and Adobe Flash video support.

"We're living in an era where rapid information flow is expected," said Don Walker, senior director of product marketing at Adobe.

The new unified web publishing feature of Adobe Contribute 4 enables users to post and publish content to multiple websites and blogs, all from a single application. Because of its visual authoring environment, contributors can edit or update websites and blogs quickly and easily. Users can also work offline without losing content changes.

Contribute 4 works seamlessly with Macromedia Dreamweaver from Adobe. Site administrators can give author permissions and maintain site integrity even when multiple authors update content across the site.

The software now supports the most popular blog servers - Blogger, Typepad, and Wordpress - and can also connect to in-house blog servers.

Users can now also drag and drop images, movies, and now Flash video files into their pages or blog entries. In addition, users can publish content from a browser to their site and blog. Contribute maintains the original formatting and automatically posts the source for the content as well as a link.

Contribute 4 is available for Mac OS X 10.3.9, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It costs $149 and registered users of qualifying earlier versions can upgrade for an estimated street price of $79. UK prices follow.