Adobe Announces Website Creation Tool for Graphic Designers

Adobe Systems Incorporated has unveiled the public beta of Muse (code name), software that enables graphic designers to design and publish professional, unique HTML websites without writing code or working within restrictive templates. Leveraging the latest Web standards including HTML5 and CSS3 where browser support exists, Muse combines precise design and creative freedom with innovative frameworks for adding navigation, widgets and HTML to include advanced interactivity on a site.

"The ability to build websites as easily as laying out a page in InDesign is one of the most popular requests from our design customers," says Lea Hickman, vice president of Design and Web product management at Adobe. "Those who have tested Muse are thrilled that something this intuitive yet powerful is now available."

Designers are invited to learn more about Muse by visiting www.muse.adobe.com where they can download the free beta (English only), see a gallery of Muse-created websites, and access instructional tutorials. 

Plan, Design and Publish Unique and Interactive Websites:

• Easy to use sitemaps, master pages, and a host of flexible, site wide tools make it fast and intuitive to plan the website layout.
• Designers can combine imagery, graphics, and text with complete control, flexibility and power, similar to Adobe InDesign functionality. Muse provides drag and drop customisable widgets like navigation menus. Users can add fully customisable interactive elements including slideshows, Tooltips and remote rollovers. 
• Muse embeds HTML code snippets from sources including Google Maps, YouTube  and Facebook.
• Muse allows for the creation of Adobe-hosted trial sites for testing and review purposes. A site can be sent to clients, converted to a paid Adobe hosted site or exported for FTP to other hosting providers. 
"Where has this been all of my web life! Seriously? This is the first web design tool that lets me go back to being a designer and mostly stay in the creative head while still producing web sites.  Damn it makes me happy," said David Lloyd, owner of David Lloyd Imageworks, a design and photography business for creative business solutions. Visit David Lloyd's Muse site at www.greenartisans.com