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Adobe announces Muse for WYSIWIG web design

updated 08:35 am EDT, Mon August 15, 2011

Adobe makes web design tool for graphic designers

Adobe has announced a free public beta of a new WYSIWIG web design tool it has presently dubbed Muse (code name). It is a web design tool built on Adobe's AIR platform, created with the aim of easily allowing graphic designers familiar with InDesign to create web pages without the need to code in HTML. It was developed in response to requests from graphic designers who typically design the look and feel of a website, but who were frustrated by the inability to turn their design directly into a webpage.

The program is said to offer simple site maps, master pages and a range of other site-wide tools that make it relatively easy for someone who has not learnt HTML to create a professional and complete websites with web 2.0 elements.

Muse allows graphics designers the ability to combine images and text as they would in InDesign, giving them a familiar interface within which to work. When users are ready to test how their design functions as a website, they can test it and then publish it using Adobe for hosting, or exporting the site to their own provider.

When the free beta trial ends early in 2012, users will be able to use the program as part of a subscription service when it will cost $20 a month. A discount is available where 12 months are purchased in advance for $180, bringing the monthly cost down to $15.

Adobe currently doesn't have plans to introduce it as a standalone product arguing that the subscription model helps to keep all users on the same version.

by MacNN Staff



  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HTML5 or Flash

    Any word on what technologies will be used to render the finished pages? (Not that it matter. I doubt this product will make a ripple in the Web publishing world.)

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    subscriptions are the next level of corporate control. imagine being a carpenter and have to rent all your tools during the year. Where is my hammer? Oh I forgot to pay the subscription this month. Even with the year "rental" discount this program can cost a user $380 over 2 years. Adobe argues that users will always have the latest version this way, but if you use their software you realize that the latest version is not always the best version for many reasons. I hope nobody supports this new policy.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh cool!

    So it's like PageMill? Is there an upgrade discount? Yay! :)

  1. stainless

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wasn't there a program like this...

    Oh yeah it was called, "GoLive CyberStudio" ah but Adobe bought them out and the employee got screwed and Adobe bastardized the program. AND GoLive has DHTML timeline built into it, just like Adobe Edge... Wow imagine that, Adobe bought a company then stopped it only to offer the EXACT same thing in two different programs but charging a higher fee, all while still clinging onto flash. Why to go Adobe!

    I am SO glad that Quark got bought out and the new owner is going to embrace HTML5, about freaking time!

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    more bloatware.

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