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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.
Before you decide to begin working with Muse it is important to realize the limitations of Muse. If you're familiar with coding websites and expect to work in a Code or Edit view, Muse may not be the application for you. I like to think of Muse as a one-way street. For example, if you're familiar working with InDesign, you know that you can export an InDesign document into a PDF. Well, Muse is the same way with HTML. You start with a Muse document and when you're finished you can publish it to HTML. Remember, this is a one-way street.
You don't start with HTML and go to Muse. Now it is possible to go from Muse to HTML--as we know, we can export it--and then with that HTML you can in theory go to Dreamweaver or another code editor and then edit that HTML. Just be warned that it really isn't recommended. Muse is getting better at writing code with every iteration, but it still isn't as good as if you were to write it yourself. So just be warned, if you want to edit the code, it may not be an ideal situation.
Now, once you do edit the code of Muse you can't push back it back into Muse. In addition you can't take a finished website from another product and open it up inside Muse, because remember, Muse is a one-way street. You start in Muse and you export. Now there's a couple other issues that one should be aware of. It is possible to embed HTML into a Muse document. What that means is you could take like a YouTube movie, Google Analytics, or a Facebook Like button and put that in your website and it works great with these prebuilt solutions.
But don't expect miracles. If you happen to be an expert at coding and you find a way to kind of put something in there that you're writing yourself, it may work, but it may not. Don't try to push the limits with it because you may run into some walls. Another common question is, why doesn't Muse have this particular feature, or why doesn't it work this particular way? Well, Muse is still a relatively new application, but it is updating often. In fact, over the past year, they've added mobile sites, forms, and parallax scrolling.
If you do have a feature request, I recommend visiting the Adobe Muse forums below, and that way you can leave your feedback and the Muse team can respond and hopefully we'll see that feature in a future update.
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