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By James Fritz | Tuesday, May 07, 2013

New Adobe Muse features for Q2 2013

This is arguably the biggest update to Muse since the product’s initial release. The big new features this time around include Parallax Scrolling, In-Browser Editing, and something near and dear to my heart: a Layers panel. As always, there are a bunch of smaller updates and enhancements, too.

Parallax Scrolling

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Parallax Scrolling helps you create animated effects that involve two (or more) “layers of content” that move in the browser at different speeds. It is a web design technique that enables you to set the speed of each element. Using this technology, you can apply these animated effects to individual objects on your page to create visually compelling designs. Check out a great example of a site using built with Muse using parallax scrolling.

Features

• Parallax Scrolling is now enabled for motions on any tiled fill, as well as for any top-level page  items that are not inside a widget or a group (such as rectangles, image frames, text frames, and widgets). You can also now set a background fill image on the browser and add a scroll effect to the background image when the page scrolls.

• For page items with Scrolling Effects, select the item in Design View and go to Effects Pop Up in the Control Strip. The fourth tab allows you to enable the Scrolling Effect. Once enabled, you can set various properties for the Scrolling Effect, such as Key Position and speeds (horizontal and vertical).

• The Key Position defines the vertical scroll position (i.e., when the browser top is the same as the “T” handle) at which the element will have the vertical/horizontal position seen in Design View. Depending on the speeds chosen, Muse will do the math and will move the page item so that when Key Position is reached, the element is exactly where you placed it.

• For some objects this effect may be disabled, meaning that Scroll Effect is not available for that item. Such cases include 100% width item, pinned item, inline element, and element contained within a group or inside a widget.

Layers panel

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The long-awaited Layers panel has finally made it into Muse. Based on the Layers panel from InDesign and Illustrator, it makes it much easier to organize your content.

Features • A document has a single layer by default, but you can add or delete layers by using the Add/Delete buttons at the bottom of the panel. • You can now drag and drop elements between layers within the panel. • Delete items by selecting rows in the palette and clicking on the trash can. • Duplicate items by dragging rows to the New button. • Rename a layer by double-clicking on the Layer name in the panel. You can also hide/show/lock/unlock that layer. • View the hierarchy of page items and widgets by expanding that row of the palette. • Select items by clicking on the small “dot” on the right side of the item. • There is also an additional “Locate” button that allows you to select an item in Layout, then click locate to expand the Layers palette to that row, and highlight that item.

In-Browser Editing

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After publishing your Muse site to Business Catalyst as your host, you and your client now have the ability to make changes to the content from within a web browser.

Forms for non–Business Catalyst hosts

With this update you can now use the Muse built-in form widgets for your site even if you are using a third-party web-hosting provider. Just be aware that you cannot use the CAPTCHA feature unless Business Catalyst is your host.

Metadata

Features

• Metadata can now be assigned to master pages, which is then shared across pages where that master page is applied. If you use hierarchical masters, the <head> text will be shared across all the applied pages on output. • Master pages can also have a prefix or a suffix (or both) for the page title on output. • For regular pages, the fields in the Metadata dialog are larger, allowing you to see more of your keywords/description/head text. • To make space, some of these fields moved to a new Options tab in the dialog.

Plan view expand/collapse

• In Plan view, you can collapse and expand child pages by clicking below the parent page on the expand/collapse icon. This allows you to hide pages you don’t need to look at, simplifying the Plan view and reducing the amount of scrolling you need to do. • Expand/collapse state is remembered in the saved Muse document, but will have no effect on output.

 Additional UI languages

New localizations have been added for Danish, Norwegian, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Turkish languages, which are available in the Language dropdown menu in the Adobe Muse Preferences > General window.

Adobe, Business Catalyst, Illustrator, InDesign, and Muse are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or countries.

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