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Video: What's new in March 2013 update

This update to Muse contains a number of small but useful additions that will speed up your workflow and help remove costly errors. Let's take a quick look at what is new. The most obvious change to Muse is the addition of a visual spell check. You can see at various places on this page, inside the text there's a little red squiggly line underneath some words. That red squiggly line means that this particular word isn't in the dictionary. So, I'm just going to come down here and I'm just going to double-click to switch to my Text tool.
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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 March 2013 update

This update to Muse contains a number of small but useful additions that will speed up your workflow and help remove costly errors. Let's take a quick look at what is new. The most obvious change to Muse is the addition of a visual spell check. You can see at various places on this page, inside the text there's a little red squiggly line underneath some words. That red squiggly line means that this particular word isn't in the dictionary. So, I'm just going to come down here and I'm just going to double-click to switch to my Text tool.

And if I put my cursor in this word, I can right-click or Ctrl+Click on a Mac and it will give me some options which I can choose. And in this case, I know the word is attend. As soon as I choose this, the word is corrected. Now, there's another word up here, this person's name, that isn't in the dictionary, but I know this is spelled correctly. So, if I right-click, I can just add it to the dictionary, and now throughout my site, I'll never have to worry about that word showing up spelled wrong again. You can also toggle the spell check on and off. So, if you don't want to see the red squiggly line, all you do is you go to your Edit menu and go to Spelling.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+ I or Ctrl+Alt+I on the PC to toggle this on and off. But, for now, we'll just leave it on. Another change is how master pages work. I'm going to close this page and go to the Plan view. You'll notice in the Plan view that my master page at the bottom--I am just going to go to do this. You can see how there's a logo and then the menu at the top of the screen. Back in the Plan view, I'm going to go to the normal page, let's say the homepage. And if I try to select this item, you can see I'm not able to grab it, but if I grab any pictures and put it on top of it, you'll see the pictures are above the background elements that are on the master page.

Well, what happens if I want to have master page items above the page elements on the individual page? In previous versions, there was no way to fix this. Well, I'm just going to do an Undo. Now, if I go to the actual master page, I can select any master page item and go to the Object menu and then go to Move To > master Foreground. You'll see that it gets this little red border. This means it will be above everything on a normal page. So now if I go back to the Desktop page and I select this item and I move it here, we can see that it's underneath that picture.

This way you can make certain elements on master pages be above everything or below. Now we have a choice. Let's go back to the Plan view again. And the last thing with masters I want to talk about is the ability to base masters on each other. What we're going to do is I'm going to select the master page down here, right-click, and choose Duplicate page. And you can see here we've got A-Master, and I'm going to call this one B-Master. Now, on the B-Master, I'm going to go to this page, and I'm just going to make a slight visual change. We're going to change the browser fill color over here just to this other color so we can see that there's a difference.

Now, if I apply this master to the second-level pages, we can see that it gets applied to all of them. It will all be connected to the B-Master, and they all have this darker background. Well, what happens if I make a change to the menus on all of the pages? The old way we'd have to do it is I'd have to go to the A-Master--and let's say I made this a little smaller and resize this. As soon as I do this, you'd see the top row-- the Home, Collections, and so on--they all get a little smaller. But the bottom pages, the secondary B-Master pages, it wasn't updated.

I would have to go back to the B-Master and manually make this change. This is really a lot of work. What I really would like to do is have my B-Master based on my A-Master so they have a connection to each other. So, what we're going to do is just close these pages and I'm going to delete this page because I don't really need it anymore. Now, I'm going to right-click on the A-Master, and I'm going to duplicate the page. We're going to call this B-Master again. But, this time, I'm just going to right-click and go to Masters and say A-Master. When we do this, you can see that the B-Master now is based on the A-Master.

When I go to this page, I'm just going to make a slight change so we can see that the pages are different again. We'll just add this dark background. And then I'll apply this to all of these pages, so B-Master, B-Master, and B-Master. Now, if I go back and I make a change on the A-Master again--we'll just make this even smaller-- we can see it's going to be updated throughout. On the B-Master, sometimes you'll have that little item on top. We'll just get rid of that. There we go. We can see the B-Master is now connected to the A-Master.

Any change we make on the A-Master, where it's based from, will automatically be updated on the rest of the pages. This is a really useful feature if you happen to have a very complicated site with lots of master pages. The last change we're going to look at is in the Tablet or the Phone view. I'm going to switch to the Tablet view, and I'm just going to go to any one of these pages. I'll just double-click here. And if I want to preview this page, we'll go to Preview, and we can see here is the portrait preview for a tablet device such as the iPad.

Well, now we have the addition of a little button that we can toggle both the horizontal and portrait version. So, let's click this button and now we can toggle back and forth. One last little change is just a little keyboard shortcut. When you're in Preview mode, regardless of you're in Tablet, Mobile Phone, or a Desktop, you can now hit the Escape key to go back to the Design mode. This was 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 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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