Are you a graphic designer? Adobe just unveiled the public beta of Muse (code name), new software that allows you to design and publish unique HTML websites without writing code or working with templates.
- Easy-to-use sitemaps, master pages, and a host of flexible, site-wide tools make it fast and intuitive to plan the website layout.
- Designers can combine imagery, graphics, and text with complete control, flexibility and power, similar to the functionality in Adobe InDesign. Muse provides drag and drop customizable widgets like navigation menus. Users can add fully customizable interactive elements including slideshows, Tooltips and remote rollovers.
- Muse embeds HTML code snippets from sources including Google Maps, YouTube and Facebook.
- Muse allows for the creation of Adobe-hosted trial sites for testing and review purposes. A site can be sent to clients, converted to a paid Adobe-hosted site or exported for FTP to other hosting providers.
“The ability to build websites as easily as laying out a page in InDesign is one of the most popular requests from our design customers,” says Lea Hickman, vice president of Design and Web product management at Adobe. “Those who have tested Muse are thrilled that something this intuitive yet powerful is now available.”
Muse (code name) will be free during the public beta period. Version 1 of Muse will be released in early 2012 and will be available by subscription only. It will be priced at $15 per month with a one-year commitment or $20 per month on a month-to-month basis.
Learn more about Muse by visiting http://muse.adobe.com where you can also download the free beta, see a gallery of Muse-created websites, and access instructional tutorials.