From the Creators of InDesign – Adobe Muse
Today Adobe released Muse as a public beta. Muse lets anyone design and build websites without needing to write a line of code. Even if you have never created a website before, anyone who has a working knowledge of InDesign will feel right at home and should be able to create their own website very quickly. While Muse may seem like a new application, it should feel quite familiar to everyone at InDesign Secrets since some of the engineers that work on InDesign have also worked on Muse. In fact, former InDesign Product Manager Michael Ninness worked on Muse before leaving Adobe to work at Lynda.com.
If you want to see Muse in action, I recorded a small video series at Lynda.com that takes you through a quick preview of the Muse Beta.
Muse is designed to have a simple workflow that uses 4 main views (similar to Adobe Lightroom): Plan, Design, Preview and Publish.
The plan view is similar to the pages panel in InDesign. It allows you to plot the structure of your website. Using master pages it is easy to keep your pages header, footers and backgrounds consistent.
The design view is where you will spend most of your time in Muse and you layout your design and make changes.
If you are ready to test your interactivity, switch to preview and Muse renders the website via webkit in the app for quick testing
When you are finished with your site you can publish it online with a few clicks in the publish view.
Keeping it in the Family
Since Muse and InDesign were developed by the many of same people, you will see some similar features including:
- Paragraph and Character Styles
- Assets (links) Panel
- Text Controls
- Text Wrap
- Master Pages
- Smart Guides
- Similar shortcuts
- Familiar Adobe Interface
This is Only the Beginning
In addition to the normal layout features there are a lot of web features that are very easy to add to your site including:
- Arbitrary HTML (Google Maps, YouTube Videos, Twitter, Facebook, etc)
- Flexiblie Widths
- Auto-generated navigation
- Tabbed and accordion panels
This is not meant to be an exhaustive review, but more of a quick teaser to let you know what Muse is all about. To learn more about Muse, download your own copy, and to participate in the public beta visit muse.adobe.com
If you have any questions about Muse, please put them in the comments and I would love to do my best to keep up with them.