Adobe just unveiled the public beta of Muse (code name), software that enables graphic designers to design and publish professional, unique HTML websites without writing code or working within restrictive templates.
Leveraging the latest Web standards including HTML5 and CSS3 where browser support exists, Muse combines precise design and creative freedom with innovative frameworks for adding navigation, widgets and HTML to include advanced interactivity on a site.
You can even host your creation on Adobe's servers for a fee, in addition to your other hosting providers. Muse is a free download available from Adobe's site. Note that you will need Adobe's AIR run-time installed in order to run Muse.
- 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 official 1.0 release is planned for early 2012, when Muse will cost $15 a month ($180 a year).
A gallery showcases examples of Muse-built web sites incorporating HTML code snippets from sources including Google Maps, YouTube and Facebook. Muse also features other standard design elements, ranging from widgets and slideshow galleries to navigation menus.
Designers can head over to learn more about Muse by visiting http://muse.adobe.com where they can download the free beta (English only).