Adobe Systems is to release a hosted, online version of its web content maintenance tool that allows less-technically gifted personnel to update website content from any web browser.

Adobe InContext Editing 1.5 is intended for professional designers to use with clients who could benefit from being able to perform simple website updates without risking damage to site design and layout. InContext Editing lets users update sites from a browser without installing additional software; the hosted, online service acts as a productivity extension to Adobe Creative Suite 4.

InContext Editing allows web designers to offer long-term maintenance programs to clients while spending more time doing actual design work, Adobe said.

With the product, web designers identify which regions of a website can be edited in DreamWeaver CS4 or within a browser. DreamWeaver CSS also enables users to specify editing options or define CSS styles available to clients editing content.

"The web designer's clients then access the Adobe InContext Editing service using any modern browser and, once prompted, simply type in their use name and password and then click the 'Edit' button to begin making their updates," Adobe said in a statement.
"InContext Editing does not require a web designer's client to install any special software or learn HTML. It's an easy-to-use service that also offloads web designers from having to provide tech support to their clients."

InContext Editing also offers simplified administration controls to safeguard design integrity. Web designer clients can make updates from virtually anywhere, Adobe said.

A free preview of InContext Editing .5 is available at this web page. The preview program is intended to give the community and opportunity to provide feedback.