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Since Muse is only available as a subscription, this allows Adobe to release updates as often as they like, as opposed to having to wait years before pushing out a major release. This is the first feature-rich update since Muse was released back in May of 2012. Let's take a quick look at what has changed with this release. The file that I currently have opened is not in your exercise files, but I will be going over these features in depth later in this course. Some of the changes in this version of Muse are really hard to demonstrate on screen.
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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

What's new in the August 2012 update

Since Muse is only available as a subscription, this allows Adobe to release updates as often as they like, as opposed to having to wait years before pushing out a major release. This is the first feature-rich update since Muse was released back in May of 2012. Let's take a quick look at what has changed with this release. The file that I currently have opened is not in your exercise files, but I will be going over these features in depth later in this course. Some of the changes in this version of Muse are really hard to demonstrate on screen.

That's because they involve code optimizations. For example, the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are now much more efficient and will render better on sites. A good example of this is CSS Gradients and Drop Shadows. In earlier versions of Muse, if you used the Drop Shadow or Gradient when you exported your site to HTML, it would automatically create raster versions of those files. In this version, Muse will create the necessary code. This will result in smaller, faster, and more efficient websites.

Let start by taking a look at some of the interface elements that have changed. We're going to go down to the Masters page, and now in the Masters page I am going to select this widget at the top of the screen of the Menu. When I click down and select the Home button, this Home button has multiple states. So if I go over to the States Panel, we can see that we've got Normal, Rollover, Mouse Down, and Active, and I could change any of these by clicking on it and changing a property, like adding a drop shadow or color. But now instead of having to go over to the States Panel, we have the States Panel built into the Menu Bar at the top.

You will notice in the upper left-hand corner it says Menu Item: Rollover with a hyperlink. When I to click on Rollover, I don't have to go to the States panel anymore. You will also notice that these buttons at the top now are blue with an underline when they're a hyperlink. In earlier versions they were black, and it wasn't that obvious that you could click on these to get an option. Now that we've changed the color, it's a lot easier to see that we can click on them to access additional controls. If you use Muse on different size monitors, this interface now gracefully degrades.

For example, you see on the upper right-hand corner where it says Align and Text and has the Width and Height next to it, if I go over here and change the Width of the Muse window, you will see it will start to collapse. The Width and Height disappeared, but Align and Text is still present. As I make this smaller, the X and Y coordinates disappear. But as I bring this back, more options appear again. If you work with Muse on a large or small monitor, now it will still be useful that you could access these Menu Items, but if you have to use a small one, you can always go back to the Panels if needed.

Let's close the Masters page and go to the Collections page. On this page I am going to show off one of my new favorite features. We can now finally add Guides. These Guides are Ruler Guides that we can grab from the top or the left-hand Ruler on our page. If you've used Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, you already know how to use these Rulers. Just click and drag them out and put them wherever you want on the page. One little tip that I can't help but share is if you go to the Ruler and want it at a certain spot, just double-click your mouse, and it will put the Ruler right there for you.

You can use these Ruler Guides to help Align Objects to them to help with your design. Another feature to help with aligning is the Align Panel. Over on our panels, I can click on the Align, and now I can grab two different objects. I'll just click and grab these two images over here, and I can click Align on the left-hand side. In earlier versions you actually had to use Smart Guides or just manually try to do it. This is a lot easier and more intuitive, similar to the other applications. If you don't want to use this panel, we have the Align button at the top of the screen that can accomplish the same task.

Let's close Collections and go over to the About Us page. On this page we have a large open area where I want to insert an Adobe Edge animation. Adobe Edge Animate is a new tool from Adobe which lets you create web graphic animations without using Flash. In a later movie we'll talk about how to export the animation from Edge to bring it into Muse, but right now let's just bring one in. We're going to go to File > Place, and we're going to navigate to our Assets folder. Inside our Assets folder we're going to go to edge.

In the edge folder we'll go into publish and grab logo-animation.oam. With this selected, we'll click and put it on the page. If we want to see the animation, all we have to do is either Preview in the web browser or click the Preview button. When we click Preview, the animation will appear right before us. If you want to see this again, you have to go back between Design and Preview or just Refresh the page in your web browser if you use Preview in web browser. Back in Design mode, we'll scroll down a little bit, and I am going to select this picture of a PDF.

If you want to add a PDF to your website, it wasn't possible in earlier versions unless you uploaded that file to a website and then provided a link to it. Now if we select any graphic at all, we can link directly to a file. I am going to go to the Hyperlink menu and choose Link to File. When I do this, Muse will ask me where is the file we want to link to? In our case, we're going to go to brochure.pdf. Now that I have this set, when you click on the icon in a web browser, it would download the PDF for you.

This isn't limited to just PDFs. You can use Muse files if you wanted, zip files, MP3s, or any type of file at all. When you publish your site, it will automatically upload this file to your server. Let's close that page and go to Contact Us. On Contact Us, we're going to add a form. Now, it has been possible to add a form via embedded HTML, but now it's a lot easier since we can use the widgets inside Muse. I am going to go over to the Widget Library Panel, open up Forms, and drag out a Simple Contact Form.

Now that I have this dragged out, I could modify the properties of this, but we'll cover that in a later movie. For now we're going to go to Preview, and then I could try this out. I'll into my Name, Email, and Message, and then you could click Submit if this was online, and it would send the message to the person that the form was connected to. One item of note, this Muse form will only work if you're hosting with Adobe Business Catalyst. If you're using your own solution, you'll have to export this code to HTML and then modify the code so it can work with your own server.

Back in Design mode, there is one last big feature we're going to talk about, and that's the built-in FTP. If you are using your own server, in earlier versions you'd have to export the code to HTML and then use your own FTP client to upload. Now you don't have to worry about that because we can go to File > Upload to FTP Host. Inside this dialog box you can enter all of your relevant information and click OK, and then it will upload the files for you. If you ever make a change to your layout-- be it a small text change or replacing an image--when you upload, it's not going to re-upload the entire site, it will just load the incremental changes.

This is just a quick overview of some of the changes in this update. There have been additional movies added to this course that cover each of these new features and changes in greater detail. For a much more in-depth look at the updates and new features in Muse or to see a list of the updated movies, please visit lynda.com/museupdates.

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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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