Adobe Muse = Ease of Use?

Have you been designing brochures, banners and magazines for clients for years?

In the past few years, have clients requested website versions of print documents?

Has this been bugging you?

Muse logo graphicAdobe may have an answer in the form of a website development tool currently in public beta called Muse. Muse promises designers a way to build websites without changing their print based workflow.  Build websites without learning a lick of code. 

Easy is the key promise. Muse makes it EASY to create sites without code.

While I have mixed feelings about this, I can see the benefit of allowing designers trained in Adobe InDesign to transition their skills into website development.  The economics of it feels smart. Will it help visual designers who have stayed away from learning code? In the long run, I don’t think so.  The main reason is change. Websites are dynamic entities that require the concept of change to be built into the code. What makes it easier to maintain and update a website is clean code. In my view, designers with an at least an understanding of code will be more effective in developing websites that work well on both the front and back end.

While the front end of the Muse Showcase websites look wonderful, a quick look at View Page Source in the browser tells another story. The source code of Beta 1 release sites was pretty frightening. Adobe is developing Muse as we speak so the code may be cleaner on the public release.

Muse holds promise. It’s worth checking out while it’s still in Beta.

This software is currently available for free at the Adobe Muse site.

When the software is released publicly, Adobe will offer annual subscriptions.