Adobe Muse is an Adobe Air based application from Adobe designed to simplify the task of creating a website without writing HTML code. It provides a number of handy tools and step-by-step management options to let you plan, design, preview and publish your website. Muse page layouts are designed to automatically adjust size to enable users to build websites without any size limitations. Adobe Muse toolkit comprises of a number of widgets, color management, slideshow and menu options which makes it easier to design and publish professional looking websites without involving the hassle of slicing website design, creating CSS stylesheets and coding HTML pages.
Muse enables you to create your webpages in 4 simple steps which don’t involve coding HTML pages and CSS stylesheet calibration. The first step is the planning stage which includes arranging your pages with a sitemap, defining and managing design elements, and configuring basic layout properties of your website. The second stage involves working on the design with complimentary features which includes, dynamic page resizing, enable round trip editing, tweaking with text styles, background, headers, and footers while providing asset management to sort your webpage items easily. The third stage is meant to provide a live preview of your design in default web browser. The final stage involves publishing your website using Adobe Hosting or a web host of your choice.
When launched, Muse provides you with the option to either start a new project or to open an existing project for editing. For new projects, it displays an option to set the page width and height along with top, bottom, left, and right padding and margin according to your needs.
The best thing about Muse is that it helps organize your website building process in numerous stages. The Plan tab, for instance, allows you to create a sitemap and page structure for your web pages. This can be helpful in setting up the basic structural idea for your website including the number of master pages, links, child-pages, etc.
The Design tab enables creating the layout of the webpages including the background color, main interface buttons, page layout, text panels, slideshows, widgets, etc. The free floating toolbox provides a number of useful color management, widget, slideshow and text insertion and design options. For example, you can add a panel for adding buttons to webpages and colorize them using gradients. When a panel is inserted, it automatically picks up the available webpages and names the panel buttons according to them automatically. For example, if you have created three webpages, titled Home, About Us and Contact Us, then the panel will automatically generate three buttons with the names of your webpages.
Projects can be previewed during and after the development stage from the Preview tab to see how the website may look like in a browser. While it saves projects in its proprietary .MUSE format, you can also export the project as HTML project which conatins all neccary files to view the website.
This enables previewing the HTML format of your website in a browser to get a preview of the created project. Once a project is complete, you can publish it via a web hosting service provider.
Muse is a cross-platform application (designed on Adobe Air) and works on Windows, mac and Linux based operating systems. Created projects can be saved in the native .MUSE format or exported as an html file.