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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.
Muse has a large collection of widgets that help you create interactivity on your site. In this chapter, we'll take a look at some of these widgets and learn how to customize them. But before we begin, we should first understand, what exactly is a widget? Widgets are building blocks of interactivity. In the past, if you wanted to have interactivity, you probably relied on Flash, but today we're able to build this interactivity by using widgets. They're customizable for a wide variety of needs, including compositions, menus, panels, and even slideshows.
I can just click to go to any particular one that I like, and if I'm not clicking it will slowly fade from time to time between the images. Our next site has a different type of slideshow, if I click on one of these, we'll have a white box pop-up where the background is dimmed out and I can just focus on this image. Then I can click through the slideshow to get to any image that I like. When I'm done, I'll just click off to the side and be back to the page. Here is another example; when I click here we can see the images and it slowly slides nicely from image to image.
And here's a nice little x you can click to close the slideshow. Another type of widget is the Accordion Widget. This allows me to click to expand and close varying degrees of information. We can see inside each of these, is a combination of text and pictures. In fact, we can even put other interactivity inside these, such as YouTube videos or even other widgets. And here's one final example of widgets in action. When I click on this we even have other buttons to go to other areas. Now that we have a better understanding of widgets, we can learn how to modify them to create fun and interesting interactivity on our web site.
In the next movie we'll take a look at the Accordion Widget.
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