Join James Fritz for an in-depth discussion in this video Is Muse right for you?, part of Up and Running with Muse.
Let's begin by taking a look at exactly what is Muse. If you're not familiar, Muse is an application from Adobe but lets create websites as easily as you can create layouts for prints. So, let's find out if Muse is the application that is right for you. You might not want to use Muse if you need to do any of the following things: the first and most important one is, if you're someone that really wants to modify the code. If you like to go in into RightCode or open up in Dreamweaver and make changes with it, Muse really isn't designed to do that.
It might be able to, but you're pushing the boundaries if you're trying to accomplish this with it. Next, if you're trying to create a very large site with hundreds or thousands of pages, it technically might be possible to do this with Muse. But you're pushing it beyond the limits and I would not recommend it. If you're someone that want to work with developers, so when you're finished with your site you want to hand it off to let developers extend it or make changes to it, Muse isn't made for that workflow and it's going to be very painful, and I wouldn't recommend using Muse for that.
And if you're someone that wants to use a CMS system like WordPress or Muse really doesn't play nice with those systems and I would not recommend using it. But if you are a designer, Muse might be the perfect application for you because it's a designer friendly web design program, there's no coding involved. Muse is very similar to InDesign, in fact many of the engineers that work on Adobe InDesign also work on Adobe Muse. It also works with Adobe Photoshop, Edge Animate, and other similar programs.
In fact, it's a very easy way to create smaller websites. Let's take a look at some of the features of Muse. Muse has a very rich interactivity. This includes an auto-generated navigation system. You can embed HTML from widgets from various websites. Supports anchor links for scrolling. Automatic slideshows and even forms. So, you maybe asking yourself how exactly does Muse work? Well, let's take a look at the traditional print workflow. In a traditional print workflow, you start as the designer, and you're going to create your assets or items in Illustrator or Photoshop.
Next, you'll place those inside Adobe InDesign to lay out your design. When you're finished, you export a PDF and send it to print. And you're finished. You as the designer have complete control over the workflow. In a web workflow, that's not necessarily the case. If you're involved, you as a designer would start out and create the mock-up elements inside an application like Photoshop or Illustrator. And then you're going to have to hand it over to a coder. And that coder will take your initial layouts and recreate them with HTML and CSS.
And then eventually when they're finished you'll have your website. So unfortunately, you don't have complete control. With Muse, it's more similar to the traditional print workflow. You'll start as a designer and you'll create your various graphical elements in Photoshop and Illustrator and then you'll layout your items inside Adobe Muse. From there, Muse will automatically create the code for you to lay out your website. Another way to think about it is, Muse is Adobe InDesign. Muse is layout for the web, where InDesign is layout for print and interactive documents.
- Creating a new site
- Setting up master pages
- Working with text and graphics
- Adding hyperlinks and web forms
- Embedding HTML and maps
- Exporting and publishing a Muse website