Macromedia has announced the availability of Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2. Contribute has over 300 updates, and FlashPaper 2 is included as a new component in the company's Web publishing tool.

Major new features in Contribute include the same engine as Dreamweaver MX 2004 with support for CSS rendering; also supported is rules-based administrative control.

"Send for Review" is a new function that provides Contribute users operating in a collaborative environment to send documents to each other for review and posting.

A major component included with Contribute 3 is FlashPaper 2. While a separate Windows-only product is being made available for retail, Contribute 3 users get FlashPaper 2 as part of their package, and that version of the software also runs on Mac OS X.

FlashPaper 2 enables users to create Flash or PDF-based files out of any printable document, useful for embedding on Web pages or elsewhere. The software integrates support for text search and selection, hyperlinks and bookmarks.