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Changing site and page properties


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Video: Changing site and page properties

After you've created your site, you may find that you need to change properties for the entire site or maybe just a page or two. These changes can range from the number of columns on a page, to the dimensions of the page itself. Before we make changes to any of these properties, it's important to understand the relationship between Site Properties and Page Properties. Let's begin by talking about Site Properties. I'm going to go to File > Site Properties. The Site Properties dialog is similar to the New Site dialog.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Muse?
      1m 4s
  2. 31m 11s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 23s
    3. What's new in the August 2012 update
      7m 15s
    4. What's new in the December 2012 update
      4m 34s
    5. What's new in March 2013 update
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    6. What's new in the June 2013 update
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    7. What's new in the August 2013 update
      2m 45s
    8. What's new in the November 2013 update
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  3. 18m 3s
    1. Understanding print vs. web design
      6m 9s
    2. Understanding web graphics
      3m 24s
    3. Creating web graphics
      6m 13s
    4. Understanding the limits of Muse
      2m 17s
  4. 26m 25s
    1. Working with the different views
      3m 36s
    2. Previewing a site
      3m 0s
    3. A tour of the Muse interface
      3m 11s
    4. Understanding the tools
      4m 7s
    5. Switching between the tools
      2m 46s
    6. Understanding the current selection
      2m 23s
    7. Understanding the hint label
      1m 37s
    8. Zooming and magnifying
      2m 59s
    9. Working with layers
      2m 46s
  5. 11m 31s
    1. Exploring the new site options
      4m 32s
    2. Creating a sitemap
      3m 7s
    3. Setting up master pages
      3m 52s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Changing page attributes
      3m 3s
    2. Creating a browser fill
      4m 50s
    3. Understanding page guides
      3m 39s
    4. Establishing headers and footers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing site and page properties
      4m 45s
    6. Adding page metadata
      3m 36s
    7. Creating a favicon
      2m 21s
  7. 47m 59s
    1. Importing graphics
      3m 3s
    2. Adding animated GIFs and SWFs
      2m 35s
    3. Adding animations from Adobe Animate
      3m 7s
    4. Working with graphics
      3m 29s
    5. Using an image as a background
      4m 32s
    6. Understanding the Assets panel
      5m 1s
    7. Understanding asset size and resolution
      3m 43s
    8. Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Fireworks
      4m 52s
    9. Embedding graphics
      3m 31s
    10. Adding alternate text
      2m 59s
    11. Adding downloadable content
      1m 41s
    12. Creating parallax scrolling
      3m 42s
    13. Working with the user library
      3m 39s
    14. Exploring the Muse Exchange
      2m 5s
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    1. Transforming objects
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    2. Locking objects
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    3. Working with groups
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    4. Understanding stacking order
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    5. Using ruler guides
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    6. Using the Align panel
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    7. Aligning and distributing with Smart Guides
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    8. Rounding Corners
      2m 58s
    9. Using effects
      3m 1s
    10. Creating graphic styles
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    11. Wrapping an object around text
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    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
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    13. Pinning an object to the browser
      3m 35s
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    1. Getting text into Muse
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    2. Formatting your text
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    3. Working with web-safe and system fonts
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    4. Working with Typekit fonts
      2m 45s
    5. Create paragraph styles
      3m 15s
    6. Creating character styles
      2m 30s
    7. Setting style export tags
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    8. Understanding minimum height
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    9. Using spell check
      2m 30s
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    1. Creating color swatches
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    2. Working with stroke and fills
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    3. Using gradients
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    1. Creating a hyperlink
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    2. Working with link styles
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    3. Using link anchors
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    1. Using the States panel
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    2. Importing a Photoshop button
      4m 44s
    3. Creating menus
      4m 58s
    4. Modifying menus
      6m 28s
  13. 40m 51s
    1. Understanding widgets
      2m 23s
    2. Building an accordion panel
      4m 50s
    3. Setting up a tabbed panel
      6m 49s
    4. Creating pop-up tooltips
      5m 38s
    5. Creating a thumbnail slideshow
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a lightbox slideshow
      4m 15s
    7. Understanding text form fields
      3m 55s
    8. Creating a simple form
      5m 38s
    9. Working with Social widgets
      3m 11s
  14. 9m 20s
    1. Understanding arbitrary HTML
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting a map
      3m 46s
    3. Embedding videos
      2m 10s
  15. 17m 22s
    1. Exporting your site to HTML
      1m 55s
    2. Uploading your site via FTP
      1m 50s
    3. Publishing your site to Business Catalyst
      2m 26s
    4. Updating your site
      3m 4s
    5. Working with in-browser editing
      5m 31s
    6. Viewing analytics for your site
      2m 36s
  16. 16m 13s
    1. Creating a mobile site
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a tablet site
      3m 52s
    3. Adding a mobile phone site
      5m 33s
    4. Previewing mobile sites
      2m 24s
    5. Linking between alternate layouts
      1m 58s
  17. 1m 23s
    1. Next steps
      1m 23s

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Muse Essential Training
6h 0m Beginner May 07, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2013

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In this course, author James Fritz shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse—a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. The course covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up web pages and populating them with graphics and text, to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, embedded video, social media integration, and more. James also explains how to create an alternate layout for display on mobile devices, publish and update your site, and view analytics on web traffic.

Topics include:
  • Creating a sitemap
  • Setting up master pages
  • Working with headers and footers
  • Importing and embedding graphics
  • Scaling, rotating, and aligning page objects
  • Wrapping text around images
  • Working with web-safe and Typekit fonts
  • Creating links
  • Adding menus for navigation
  • Adding animations with Adobe Animate
  • Creating a simple form
  • Inserting an interactive map
  • Adding a Facebook Like button
  • Creating mobile and tablet-accessible sites
  • Exporting the site to HTML
Subjects:
Design Web Web Design
Software:
Muse
Author:
James Fritz

Changing site and page properties

After you've created your site, you may find that you need to change properties for the entire site or maybe just a page or two. These changes can range from the number of columns on a page, to the dimensions of the page itself. Before we make changes to any of these properties, it's important to understand the relationship between Site Properties and Page Properties. Let's begin by talking about Site Properties. I'm going to go to File > Site Properties. The Site Properties dialog is similar to the New Site dialog.

In fact the changes that you can make here are pretty much the exact same changes you can make when you're first creating your document. The few changes that are different are the fact that we can add a Favicon icon, which we'll cover later on, as well as modify the various hyperlinks throughout the web site, which we'll also be talking about later on in this course. If I make any changes to the Site Properties it will affect every single page within the document. But what happens if I want to modify just an individual page? Well for that we need to use Page Properties. I'm going to the click OK to dismiss this dialog box and what we can do is go to any other page.

I'm just going to go to the Home page. On the Home page, I need to right- click and go to Page Properties. Inside the Page Properties I see similar information, but there's another option called Metadata. The Metadata lets me add additional information about this particular page, which we'll be covering in the next movie. At the bottom of this page we can include its navigation options, as well as if we want to have it included in Export. But in this case we can actually go in here and change the number of Columns. So let's make this be 1 Column.

Now that I have this 1 Column, if I go back and go to a different page, we can see this page still has 12 columns. So by using Page Properties, we can change unique properties about each page individually. For now, let's go back to Home and I'm going to right-click and go to Page Properties and reset this back to 12, so it's normal. Back in our Plan mode, I want to talk about the relationship between Master pages and Normal pages. What happens if we decide that we want to have some pages in our web site have 12 columns and other pages have only one column? Well right now I would have to manually go to each page's Page Properties and make that change, and for me that's just too much work.

So I'm going to come back down to A -Master and rename this 12 Columns. Now right now, everything is set to 12 columns so I don't have to make any changes. But what we're going to do is I'm going to right-click on this Master page and choose Duplicate. Now that it's duplicated, we'll call this one 1 Column. Now rather then double-clicking to go to this page and then right-clicking and going to Page Properties, you can get to the Page Properties faster while in the Plan view by right-clicking your mouse on any page regardless of a Master or Normal page, and choosing Page Properties.

Now that I have this set, I'll change this to 1 Column. Now that it's set to 1 Column, I'm going to change the children pages here to all 1 Column Masters, or selecting and right-clicking and changing the master. Now that I have this set, I can go to these pages and we can see that they're all 1 Column. Later on if I change my mind, all I have to do is go back to this Master page, I'll go to my Page Properties and let's say I want to have six columns and then I'll rename the Master page so it makes sense, and now all of these pages will have six columns.

If I went to one of these individual pages and made a change, let's say I went to Page Properties and made this have 10 Columns. Well if I want to go back to what it was before that and I don't remember, I can always go back to the Plan view, select that page, right-click and choose Reset Page Properties. That will reset it back to what was originally when I applied the Master. Another unique aspect of Page Properties is to choose its Export options. What we're going to do is we're going to add another top level page, and we're going to call this Clipboard.

Now for the Clipboard page, you might just use this as a placeholder if you're messing around with a widget or trying another composition or maybe you just want to make an alternate version of the page to see how it looks. But when you upload your site, you may not want this page to be included in both the navigation and as a file on your web site. So what we can do is if we select this page and right-click, we can turn off Export, so it doesn't export, as well as go to menu options and say Exclude Page From menus. That way it won't be included in any navigation systems that get created.

Now that we have a better understanding of the relationship between Page Properties and Site Properties, it will be easier for you to plan to make changes for your site without having to manually make a change on every single page.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/01/2012. What changed?
A: Adobe updated Muse several times a year, adding new features and fixing some bugs. We added 7 new movies to highlight these changes, such as working with the Hint label, adding animation with Adobe Animate, formatting objects with rulers and the Align panel, and building web forms. We also updated the movies on working with text and web fonts, as well as the new process for exporting your site to HTML.
Q: This course was updated on 12/11/2012. What changed?
A: Adobe updated Muse several times a year, adding new features and fixing some bugs. With this update, we added 7 new movies on features from the new Widget Gallery to creating mobile and tablet sites with the new dynamic layouts. The author, James Fritz, also recorded a movie that highlights the numerous smaller enhancements and improvements in this release, called "What is new in the December 2012 update?"
Q: This course was updated on 2/26/2012. What changed?
A: We added a new movie that addresses all the new features and interface enhancements included with the March 2013 update to Muse. We also added a new movie specifically on Spell Check, and the author re-recorded a select number of movies (see Setting up master pages, Adding alternate text, and Creating pop-up tooltips).
Q: This course was updated on 6/17/2013. What changed?
A: This update covers the new features and enhancements added to Muse CC. We added 3 brand new movies, Working with layers, Creating parallax scrolling, and Working with in-browser editing, plus an introductory movie explaining all the changes. There's also additional information in the tutorials about working with page metadata and forms.
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