Apple is offering a brand new deal for .Mac subscribers – a $20 discount on Macromedia's easy-to-use Web-site editor, Contribute 2.
.Mac members can download a trial version of the application through the service. Apple is also offering a selection of 13 free ready-to-use Web page design layouts, designed by Macromedia.
These layouts include: Brochure, Portfolio, Travel, Entertainment, Education, Restaurant, and other themes. Each design includes five types of page, from home pages to secondary pages for text and photos. The collection also includes catalogue and product pages for e-commerce sites.
It has always been possible for subscribers to publish HTML pages through .Mac. Contribute is fully integrated with the .Mac account.
Notes on Apple's Web site say: "Use the sophisticated Web page designs with Contribute to create a website complete with text, links, images, and even PayPal functionality. Or use Contribute on its own to browse and edit your existing .Mac Web pages and then publish them in one click."
In a review published in Macworld UK October 2003, Gillian Thompson said: "Contribute 2 is the perfect solution for many companies to keep their Web site content right up to date, regardless of whether their staff know HTML or not."
The full review of the product is available to online subscribers.