Adobe Muse 1.0 unleashed with promises of web design sans codes

In last year, a number of new applications and technologies were introduced which made sensation in web design industry. Adobe, a heavyweight in print and web design sector, showcased its new web design apps Muse and Edge. The Beta of both apps were released which mostly received positive reviews from industry veterans. As per the data available from Adobe, Muse beta downloads exceeded 700000 marks which is a positive development for the app. As per its earlier announcement, the company has taken the veil off the first stable release of Muse in May 2012. The company says Muse is targeted at web design professionals who do not like extensive coding but still aspire to make professional looking and interactive websites.

As a matter of fact, Adobe In design users will find the interface and working methodology of Muse quite similar. The shortcuts are also similar and a lot of web page elements can be inserted and aligned by simple drag and drop. This will help in fast website development and designers who need to work within tight deadlines will benefit significantly from this app. The quirks of the beta versions have been addressed by Adobe in the final release.

Depending on your needs and budget, you can access this application in two ways. Web designers with modest budget can buy this as a standalone unit by paying either monthly or annual subscriptions. As usual, those opting for annual subscription will have to pay less eventually. However, large design firms who also need to use other Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator would do well to opt for Muse as a part of the company’s newly unveiled Creative Cloud service. However, users of previous CS versions get some discounts on Cloud service subscriptions.

Those designers who want to make stunning websites without writing complex codes can try Muse. It comes with a user friendly WYSIWYG interface. In fact, using the app is somewhat like developing a large brochure using print applications. You get elements like style sheets and master pages, for example.  Adobe’s new Visual Feedback is a great timesaver and users can be aware of the changes every moment. Using Muse, designers can create web pages with HTML codes and elements that are fully compliant with latest standards. It is possible to use various elements in Muse like images, text and media with utmost flexibility. The application also comes with the option to use elements like slideshow and navigation menus. It is also easy to use rollover and much needed elements like Google Maps using Muse. Before publishing their sites made with Muse, web designers can preview it and do test run. Thereafter, they can publish these sites for hosting with third party providers or Adobe itself. Muse is also compliant with HTML 5 and users need not do any coding.

Muse makes uploading various kinds of images in a web page easier. It makes the changes in layout and page space as per the image dimensions. Muse offers good integration with other Adobe applications. For instance, copy pasting images directly from Photoshop to Muse goes without a hiccup. It also imports images made in Illustrator without any issues. Adobe has infused SEO friendly features in Muse.

Those using beta version of Muse so far need to know that it will cease working by the middle of June 2012. Thereafter, they will have to switch to the commercial version. The Buyers can now access more than 400 web friendly fonts through Typekit service of Adobe.

There is considerable debate in the web design industry regarding scope of Muse in a fiercely competitive industry where lots of web design apps and platforms are already in use. Muse does make web designing a straightforward and streamlined affair with its drag and drop working method and intuitive interface. However, there are several web designers who prefer more robust tools like Adobe’s own Dreamweaver. Popularity of CMS applications is also another factor that can dent into Muse’s success in the industry. However, Muse has the elements and features to woo newbie designers who are not well versed in coding. In the absence of competitors like iWeb, Muse can become the favorite of newbie designers.

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