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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.
When it comes time to add text to your web site, you probably don't want to have to enter everything letter by letter. Thankfully, there are a few different ways that we can import text into Muse. Let's go to the About Us page. On this page, we have an area that we need to enter some text. I'm going to switch over to TextEdit on the Mac or WordPad on the PC, and open the about-us-formatted.rtf file. This text file is already formatted for me with different fonts and colors. I'm going to select all this text and copy it to the clipboard, and then paste it into Muse.
Unfortunately, you'll see that this text comes in without formatting. That's because when you copy and paste text into Muse, you end up losing all of the formatting. I'm going to delete this text, and we're going to try to bring it in another way. We're going to go to File > Place, and in the Assets folder, we're going to go to about-us.txt. You'll notice that the about-us-formatted.rtf is grayed out. That's because RTF or Word files cannot be imported into Muse. We're going to select about-us.txt, select it, and click and drag to put it in our file.
I'm going to resize to make this fit a little nicer, and there we go. There is another way that we can bring text into Muse. I'm going to delete this text and open up a Finder window. You could also do this on the PC with an Explorer window. On my desktop, I'll go into the Assets folder, and find that same file about-us.txt. Now, I'm going to drag it directly into Muse, and when I come back, it will be placed in. Even though it seems that all of the text is unformatted in Muse, we can copy and paste formatting from within Muse or between Muse documents.
If I delete this frame, I'm going to come over to the side and select this text frame. I'll copy that to the clipboard and then paste. You can see it came over with the exact same formatting. If you already have stylized text in another application like Microsoft Word, it is unfortunately not possible to import formatted text into Muse. Hopefully in a future update to Muse, this may be possible. For the time being, you can always just copy and paste your content in and then change the formatting by hand or apply a style.
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