Adobe Muse Public Beta Released

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.

Adobe Muse

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