Muse

Are you feeling good about Muse?

Do you need to build a website but don’t know how to code? Well it seems that Adobe could have the answer with their WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) software called Muse. On their website they state that you can;

“Create websites as easily as you create layouts for print. You can design and publish original HTML pages to the latest web standards without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional websites.”

There are many WYSIWYG programs such as Dreamweaver that give you a visual approach to developing your website but even these are complex for someone new to web design. On first impressions it looks like Muse could be the website builder for the masses.

Muse is in beta stages and is due for full release in early 2012 but you can start playing around with it now.

Jane Brady, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Creative Suite has stated  “What we’re seeing is that the tools that have been made available for designers to be able to create digital experiences require people to learn code. And most designers either don’t want to, or they’re not interested–or they’ve learned, and it’s just not the way their brain works.”

“What they kept telling us is that they want to be able to create a Web site or other kinds of digital content as easily as if they’re working in InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop,”.

The results of their research has led Adobe to fill Muse with a host of features such as; sitemaps, master pages, image optimisation, embedded html, anchor links and lightboxes.

View their showcase to see what is possible with Adobe Muse.

Overall the initial impression is a positive one but the biggest issue for Adobe is the pricing. For version 1.0 $180 per year (£109.87) seems too steep. For a more mature version 2.0 then perhaps the pricing would be justified but when you compare it to free software such as Moonfruit or the very adaptable WordPress it appears to be priced too high. If you are looking for a new WYSIWYG software then WebPlus X5 may also be worth considering – a one-off fee of £81.69 (inc. VAT) and you get a physical copy.

Fasthosts also provide SiteBuilder free with all our hosting packages. More information on Sitebuilder is available here.

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