A new tool for creating HTML5 animations and webpages, Adobe continues its support for HTML5 with the release of Muse, which makes it easy for those without any prior knowledge of HTML5 or CSS3 to create websites and with Apple’s iWeb software set to die out with MobileMe, Adobe’s Muse could be a replacement for those looking to create websites without actually learning any code. The program is currently in beta development so expect there to be some problems if you use it and you might consider trying the tool as a way to transition away from iWeb when Muse is finally released in early 2012…………….
Adobe Systems Incorporated unveiled the public beta of Muse, 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. “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.” Designers are invited to learn more about Muse by visiting http://muse.adobe.com where they can download the free beta (English only), see a gallery of Muse-created websites and access instructional tutorials. Muse will be complimentary during the public beta period. Version 1 of Muse will be released in early 2012 at which time customers will need to purchase the application if they want to continue authoring websites with Muse.
Plan, Design and Publish Unique and Interactive Websites:
- 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.