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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.
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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