A new tool for webpage designers to create websites without bother with codes.
There must be people out there wondering. How to design websites without coding? Muse (code name) is one of the latest releases by Adobe and it’s aimed at creating 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.
At the moment you can download the test version from adobe but the final retail release will be available by early 2012. By then, users who like the software will be able to pay a subscription in order to keep using Adobe Muse.
I personally like every tool and software available that are focused on making task easier and the Internet prettier. Muse is such a tool.
Now web designers and publishers have another card under the sleeve that can make things easier. Particularly in those moments when you need to design a quick and simple web page for a low budget client.
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,
Despite the name, Adobe Muse will not give you the inspiration and creativity needed for designing that attractive website you always wanted. Instead, will give you the right tools to use your own creativity and allow you to forget about the complicated part of things, for instance, coding and styling. Perhaps this is the reason why Muse will not be the final name of the product but is more the “code name” of it.
I personally prefer the way websites were designed up until now which is by making the concept first on any layer-oriented software like Photoshop and then implementing that the design to the best of your knowledge with another design tool like Dreamweaver and html editors. I always like to look at the code straight in the eye and understand how it will behave with any given browser. Hand-coding can be tedious but it gives you better control of your design.
I don’t know how it will work, but apparently, those that are not familiar with coding will need to have an active subscription in order to make changes on their published website.
Another downside of Muse right now is the lack of CMS integration and the lack of support for creating websites for tablet and mobile devices, but let’s don’t forget that Muse is a new product in the line of Adobe tools and it has good potential. Perhaps after several updates it could become one of the most important tools for graphic designers and may revolutionize the way we design websites.