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Download Free Version Of Adobe Muse - Create And Publish Web Sites Without Learning Code
Adobe has launched a free version of Muse, an app built on the AIR platform that will let you create and publish web sites without having to learn code. You simply mock-up a site like you would in InDesign or Photoshop and then go straight to publishing without having to have a developer code anything.
The inspiration came from a survey that found that 50% of graphic designers still do mainly print work and would love to branch out to the web without having to learn coding.
Here are some FAQ entries from the official Muse site:
When will the Muse (code name) public beta finish?
Muse (code name) will be available as a public beta until we release Version 1, which is anticipated to be in early 2012, at which time customers will need to purchase the application if they want to continue authoring web sites with Muse.
Will Muse be the name of this product?
No. Muse is a code name. We are working with the Adobe branding team to determine the final name of this product.
Why will Muse (code name) be sold by subscription only?
Muse will be sold only by subscription because it will allow the Muse team to improve the product more quickly and be more responsive to your needs. Traditionally Adobe builds up a collection of new features over 12, 18 or 24 months, then makes those changes available as a major upgrade. It is anticipated that new updates of Muse will be released much more frequently, probably quarterly. New features will be made available when they're ready, not held to be part of an annual or biannual major upgrade. This will enable us to stay on top of browser and device compatibility issues and web design trends, as well as enabling us to respond to feature requests and market changes in a much more timely fashion.
How much will Muse (code name) cost?
Muse (code name) will be offered at no charge during the public beta period. It is anticipated that version 1 of Muse will be released in early 2012 at which time customers will need to purchase a license to the application if they want to continue authoring websites with Muse. Adobe anticipates that Muse will be available by subscription only. This will allow us to add new features to Muse regularly and customers will have access to the most up to date functionality which is critical when building standards-based content. Adobe anticipates that Muse will be available as a one-year or month-to-month subscription plan at the following price points:
• One-year for US$180/year (or $15/month)
• Month-to-month for US$20/month
Can I develop sites in Muse (code name) without purchasing the Creative Suite® products?
If you build a site using Muse you need not own any of the Creative Suite applications. Muse will be licensed separately from the Creative Suite on a monthly or annual subscription basis. During the public and private beta testing period Muse can be used to create finished sites for no charge, but subscription pricing will kick in when the product officially ships (in early 2012). Keep in mind that hosting the web site, be it on Adobe's Business Catalyst platform or some third party hosting provider, will be a separate additional charge.
How much will it cost to host my site with Adobe?
The cost to host your site with Adobe Business Catalyst is currently US$9/month.
When the Muse (code name) public beta ends, what will happen to any sites that I’ve published?
If the site you have published is hosted on Adobe® Business Catalyst® as a trial that trial will expire 30 days after the first time you published it from Muse. If in turn you have published and paid to upgrade your Business Catslyst hosted site, or have chosen to host your Muse site with a third party hosting provider, your site will continue to function as it does now. If at some time in the future you would like to make changes to your web site design you will need an active subscription to Muse in order to open the design, update it, then re-publish it to your web hosting provider.
Will Muse address all my clients' needs, or will I end up hand-coding everything?
The assumption is that if Muse can't do all of it, then the entire site needs to be redone with everything hand-coded. That's generally not the case, but it would clearly depend on the specific needs of the site. Today Muse is a great tool for creating websites with high quality visual design and no CMS integration. That will likely change as we add CMS integration and explore enabling creation of websites for mobile and tablets. Just like in the early days of Desktop Publishing when PageMaker could only create a small subset of all the possible typeset publications in the world, Muse today can only create a subset of all the possible websites. However, for website in that subset, it's a far more efficient tool than hand coding.
I plan to upgrade to Lion are there any issues related to Muse that I need to worry about?
We’re currently testing our latest builds with Lion. So far it's a relative thumbs up. We're isolating a bug related to Mission Control and multiple desktops. If you plan on using those Lion features, make sure to place both the palettes and the main app window in the same "desktop". We’ll update our FAQ when we’ve completed testing.
Can I install Muse on Linux OS?
At the time of this writing, there are no plans to certify Muse for Linux. However, Muse is an Adobe AIR® application and AIR does support Linux. Therefore it may be possible to install Muse and run it on Linux, but there will likely be Linux-specific bugs. While we cannot commit to fixing them, if you do choose to attempt to use Muse on Linux we would be interested to learn what bugs you encounter.
Does Muse support Search Engine Optimization?
Muse is designed to generate search engine friendly code. For example, Muse offers the ability to customize keywords. You can set Meta Data tags by updating the Page Properties, to add keywords that are relevant to your site's content. When you work with text content, you define and use relevant HTML block tags to create structured text, such as H1, H2, etc.
Search engines look for well formatted page containers in the code and parse the relevant text content from headers to use when assigning page ranking. Additionally, Muse includes automatic and manual use of ALT text for images, proper semantic markup using unordered lists for menus, widgets etc. These are all important factors to improve the searchability of the published site.
The Business Catalyst platform also has the ability to automatically generate sitemaps and specify if the site is indexable by search engine crawlers. We plan to eventually make this available for Muse generated websites. Search engine optimization though is a quickly changing field and search providers are constantly tweaking and changing their search algorithms. (They make revisions to how pages are ranked, and may ignore overloaded keywords). When optimizing your site's SEO, an effective strategy is to have meaningful content with effective copy that generates lots of incoming links.
What browsers will my Muse designs by compatible with?
Muse creates cross-browser compatible code for you, so that you can focus on your design. The Muse team currently tests and optimizes output for the following browsers:
· Firefox 4.0 and 5.0 for Mac and Windows
· Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 for Windows
· Safari 5 for Mac
· Chrome for Windows
What languages is Muse (code name) public beta available in?
Muse (code name) will be available only in english during the public beta period.
Will Muse (code name) be available in other languages in future?
We plan to localize Muse in more languages in time for our early 2012 launch. We’re still confirming the list of languages and will publish that list once the plan is finalized.
Where can I get help with a technical question?
We have a community powered support system at muse.adobe.com/support. There are already hundreds of questions that have been answered, and if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for you can post a question to the community. The site is monitored by Muse team members as well as an active community of Muse prerelease testers.
Do I have to host my website with Adobe?
If you wish to host a website created in Muse on a platform other than Adobe Business Catalyst you can use the File > Export HTML feature to create a local copy of all the files for your website which you can then FTP up to the hosting provider of your choice.
Is it possible to host sites created with Muse with other hosting providers?
Yes, you can use Muse to build sites and then publish them with a different host provider. Follow these steps: Choose File > Export to HTML. Export the site files to a local folder on your machine. Use Adobe® Dreamweaver® or a third-party FTP client to connect to the host provider using your client's account information. Use an FTP application to upload the site files to the server.
Where are your data centers located?
Adobe Business Catalyst operates data centers in 3 different continents to help our customers get optimum response times from their websites. Our data centers are located in:
• North America (New Jersey, USA)
• Europe (Dublin, Ireland)
• Asia Pacific (Sydney, Australia)
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Add the perfect finishing touch to your photos or create an album layout design. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.
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