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Creating a simple form


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with James Fritz

Video: Creating a simple form

Now that we have a basic understanding of form fields, let's take a look at some of the more advanced options and what it takes to complete a form. On the Contact Us page, I have the simple contact form placed. Let's select this form field and go into the options and take a look at what we see in here. The form name is the name of the form itself. You want to make sure that you have a nice descriptive name, so you can keep track of this form later. The email address is the email address that this form data will be sent to. By default, it's the same account that your Adobe Muse account is connected to. But if you want, you can put your client's email address in here, so when you publish the site for them, that information is sent to them instead of you.
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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
      5m 42s
    6. What's new in the June 2013 update
      3m 54s
    7. What's new in the August 2013 update
      2m 45s
    8. What's new in the November 2013 update
      4m 51s
  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
  8. 40m 6s
    1. Transforming objects
      3m 58s
    2. Locking objects
      1m 39s
    3. Working with groups
      3m 12s
    4. Understanding stacking order
      3m 34s
    5. Using ruler guides
      2m 6s
    6. Using the Align panel
      2m 18s
    7. Aligning and distributing with Smart Guides
      3m 28s
    8. Rounding Corners
      2m 58s
    9. Using effects
      3m 1s
    10. Creating graphic styles
      3m 59s
    11. Wrapping an object around text
      2m 42s
    12. Creating 100 percent width objects
      3m 36s
    13. Pinning an object to the browser
      3m 35s
  9. 30m 2s
    1. Getting text into Muse
      2m 18s
    2. Formatting your text
      4m 33s
    3. Working with web-safe and system fonts
      4m 4s
    4. Working with Typekit fonts
      2m 45s
    5. Create paragraph styles
      3m 15s
    6. Creating character styles
      2m 30s
    7. Setting style export tags
      5m 1s
    8. Understanding minimum height
      3m 6s
    9. Using spell check
      2m 30s
  10. 6m 48s
    1. Creating color swatches
      2m 10s
    2. Working with stroke and fills
      2m 35s
    3. Using gradients
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 35s
    1. Creating a hyperlink
      3m 53s
    2. Working with link styles
      6m 0s
    3. Using link anchors
      5m 42s
  12. 20m 18s
    1. Using the States panel
      4m 8s
    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

Creating a simple form

Now that we have a basic understanding of form fields, let's take a look at some of the more advanced options and what it takes to complete a form. On the Contact Us page, I have the simple contact form placed. Let's select this form field and go into the options and take a look at what we see in here. The form name is the name of the form itself. You want to make sure that you have a nice descriptive name, so you can keep track of this form later. The email address is the email address that this form data will be sent to. By default, it's the same account that your Adobe Muse account is connected to. But if you want, you can put your client's email address in here, so when you publish the site for them, that information is sent to them instead of you.

After sending tells Muse, after you submit this form, where does the user go? By default, it stays on the same page, but if you wanted to, you could send them to a different page in the site. We're going to do this later on in this movie. Next, we have standard from fields that we can add. For now, let's add a cell phone number. You see, when you add a cell phone number, or any other standard fields, they automatically get added to the bottom of your forms. In our case, we want cell phone to be above message, so we're going to have to change that later on. We can also add our own custom Single Line fields, which are the same as name or email address, or a Multi Line field, which is the same as message, so you can enter more information. Finally, Edit Together will make sure if you make any changes to the fields, they all update at the same time.

Let's change the appearance of these form fields. I'm going to scroll down and select the message area. I'm going to click and drag and move message out of the way. And then we're going to move cell phone up. Next, to make this form field look a little more interesting, we're going to move the name, email, cell phone, and message labels to the left-hand side and have the form fields themselves on the right-hand side. So to do this, we have to be a little meticulous with how we're working inside our document. You're going to want to click slowly and deliberately as you move your items around. So let's come down and I'm going to grab the name field and click and drag and move this to the side. I want this to line up right along with this edge over here. Next, I want name to be lined up on the right-hand side. So with name selected, I'm going to go to my text field and choose a line on the right-hand side.

When I do this, you'll see all of the other labels switch over to align right, because Edit Together was selected. Next, I don't need all this extra space. I'm just going to move this over here. And then click and drag, and start to line this up. Next, to make sure it lines up at the spot that I want, I'm going to use some guides. I'm going to bring down a guide, and put it at the baseline of the description, Your Name. Then I'm going to slowly click until I have name selected. Now I'll use my arrow keys to nudge it down so it's on the same baseline. Next, I'll put a guide over here to put exactly where the colon is located. That looks pretty good.

Now I need to repeat this process for the rest of these form fields. Now that we have all of this lined up, let's go into Preview mode and see how it looks. Now this is a much clearer way to read your form. We know that name is on the left, and then you can enter your name on the right. It's easy to jump down and enter all of your information. Now before we test this out, let's go and add another page to our site. We're going to go back to the Plan mode, and we're going to select the Contact Us page. We'll right click or Ctrl+click our mouse and choose Duplicate Page. Now that it's duplicated, let's change the name to form submit.

Next, we're going to drag and put this underneath Contact Us. Now, to prevent this page from showing up in our navigation system, I'm going to select this page, right click, and choose Menu Options, and then Exclude Page From Menus. That way, it won't show up in a drop-down. Let's edit this page and change some of the information. I don't need the form field on this page, because I already have the form field on the earlier page. So, I'm going to delete this and I'll get rid of some of these guides too, because I don't need these, either.

Select those and hit Delete. I'm going to select Contact Us, Copy and then Paste and put this right down here. And we're going to change the message to say, Form Submission Success. With this finished, we need to go back to the Contact Us page. Select the forms, go into the options, and say, after sending, where do we want it to go? And what we want to to do, is go to the page that we just created. And that's going to be Contact Us Form Submit. Now that we have this finished, we can publish the site and try it online ourselves.

We're going to press Publish, and then we need to enter the name of our site. In order to receive the information from the form fields that people enter, it can't be put on a test site. It actually has to go to a real, live published site. For purposes of this movie, we're just going to publish it to a sample site. Now that we have the sample site published, let's go to the Contact Us page and let's enter some information. We'll put in my favorite phone number and then a nice message. Now watch what happens when we click Submit. It goes to the next page that says, form submission success.

If this had been published to a live business catalyst site, an email would have been sent to the email address that's connected to that form field. Using Adobe Business Catalyst to host all of your form fields should work as expected, but what happens if you're not using Adobe Business Catalyst, you're using a different host? Well, when you upload your site via the built-in FTP, Muse will notify you if it finds any problems that you may have. The most common issue is that the built in captcha for spam will not work with hosts other than Business Catalyst. So if you avoid using that captcha feature, you should be okay with whatever host you end up using.

If you happen to run into any issues with the forms in your host, Adobe recommends that you contact them via their tech support forums so they can work on a fix for future updates to Muse.

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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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