Adobe has released a free beta version of Muse, a tool which lets you design HTML websites without having to write one line of code.
Muse, which is only a code name, is a Dreamweaver for graphic designers who want to create websites without having to write code. It has been released as a public beta for free but once it becomes official it will be available on subscription only and will cost around $20 per month.
What will set Muse apart from other non-code website design tools is the way it mimics the interface and design paradigms of Adobe’s current suite of design tools such as Photoshop and InDesign. Currently a lot of graphic designers will design a website in Illustrator or Photoshop before flattening the image and passing it on to a web designer who then has to try their best to turn it into HTML code.
Muse is based on the Adobe Air platform and thus works with Mac and PC (you’ll need version 2.7 at least to use Muse). Muse promises to easily let you plan you website with easy-to-use sitemaps and master page layout.
Among the design features included with Muse are dynamic page resizing, image optimisation, precise typography and the ability to preview your designs within Muse. There is also the possibility to embed HTML code from sources such as Google Maps and YouTube, create anchor links, drag and drop slideshow widgets and create lightboxes.
Adobe will host and publish your website for you or you can export your site and send it to any provider you want via FTP. Muse also creates cross-browser compatible code.
“The ability to build Web sites as easily as laying out a page in InDesign is one of the most popular requests from our design customers,” Adobe VP of design and Web product management Lea Hickman, in a statement. “Those who have tested Muse are thrilled that something this intuitive yet powerful is now available.”
You can download the beta version of Muse here. System requirements include Adobe Air 2.7, Windows Vista, XP or 7 for PCs and OS X 10.6 or higher for Macs.
Source: Adobe Muse