Adobe Muse – The Real FAQ!

Like every software, Adobe Muse has a FAQ section as well, but I often wonder how honest those FAQs really are. Don’t get me wrong. Adobe Muse is a very nice, very interesting little program, definitely worth a look and a few days of playing around with. BUT… and here comes the issue no one really like to talk about: the missing FAQ. The questions that apparently are not answered on Adobe’s website, and people – a huge number of them I might add – end up on this blog via the search queries the pass into Google. Now, my previous article / review on Adobe Muse is a nice article, but seeing my visitor’s questions I decided to answer them myself, hopefully providing a clear and straight answer to their questions.

1. Is Adobe Muse any good?

Well, it depends on what the definition of good is. If you mean does it run properly then I’d have to give it a 7/10 rating. Does it do what it is advertised to do? Yes, it does. A 9/10 score there. Does it do well what it’s supposed to do? It does, until you don’t go and look at the code, and code being extremely important in web development I’ll give it a 5/10 rating. So, it is a quite good piece of software, with an average score of 7/10.

2. Does Adobe Muse support a Music Player?

You will NOT find any native music player widget or element in the software itself, but with a little luck you can embed one. However if it’s an iframe, make sure the z-indexes are set well, because you might end up having your menu-bar or item under the player.

3. What happened to Adobe Muse?

Nothing. It’s still live and a big hit among junior web and print designers. If however you’re referring to why did it crash, or why doesn’t it work any more, the answer is your Adobe Air (on which it runs) probably crashed or your subscription ended and you’ll need a new one.

4. How do you compare Adobe Muse and Dreamweaver?

You can’t really compare the two, even if they tend to do the same thing. However I’ll do a forced comparison by saying that Adobe Muse is the illegitimate child of Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver while being a WYSIWYG tool, can become really complex at times and the possibilities are pretty much endless. I mean both technically and appearance-wise. Muse however is very limited when it comes to technical stuff, resulting in much more basic websites than Dreamweaver. Still, it can be a nice first step into Dreamweaver and later on into web development. The only thing simpler than Adobe Muse is setting up a Tumblr blog.

5. Where do I find Adobe Muse courseware?

When in doubt, go to Youtube. It’s a trend nowadays to post tutorials for anything really, and Adobe Muse is not missing any attention. When I first tested it, there were probably 5-10 videos online, now there are maybe ten times more. Just type into Youtube “Adobe Muse tutorial” and you’ll get a buttload of videos. Also, you can find the official training videos on AdobeTV, free of charge if you click here.

6. Does Adobe Muse support contact forms?

Yes! I am happy to announce that the latest versions of Muse have built-in form widgets, something that I desperately needed back when I first reviewed the software, and was very disappointed not to have, mostly because embedding one from other sources proved to be a pain in the neck. More on that here.

7. Is there a software similar to Adobe Muse?

I am sorry to say, but no, not really. Kudos to Adobe for inventing a piece of software that does things in a way that no other software does.  The next similar thing, though much more complicated, would be Adobe Dreamweaver or Kompozer.

8. Can you apply an Adobe Muse design to WordPress?

Technically you probably could, but given the amount of trouble you’re going to get yourself into, it’s really not worth the effort.

9. What is the Adobe Muse generated code like?

Horrible. Looks like chinese even if you’re an experienced web developer like I am , who designs sites in SublimeText. Adobe Muse is nice only until you “pop the hood”. Then it becomes an evil slimy witch that will haunt you for ever. All div IDs and CLASSes will be auto-generated and completely unrelated to any logic of your site. I also find that it produces a lot of redundant code. So, there you have it. When it comes to code Muse fails to provide readable and reusable code.

10. Is Adobe Muse good enough for client projects?

Depends on what the client wants, who the client is and what type of project we’re talking about. Adobe Muse is great for simple, basic websites with a few pages, nice and simple presentation websites. Not great for a complex project like an e-commerce or a website with a CMS or PHP behind it. Unfortunately that is mostly because of the horrible code it generates. So, if we’re talking about a 1-300$ project which you can forget about the moment you gave it to the client, then yes, Muse is good enough for client projects. Now, if you’re willing to push the client into paying for Muse and the Adobe hosting plan, then you might be able to go a little bit more complex given the fact that you have the CMS provided by Adobe, but even that has its limits. Bottom line, Muse is for relatively small projects, anything else needs at least a Dreamweaver or ideally your 10 fingers and SublimeText or Notepad++.

So, there you have it. Your questions answered. If you happen to have any other than these 10, leave a comment and will get back to you as soon as I can.



One response to “Adobe Muse – The Real FAQ!

  1. You have to correct #7. There is other software like muse and has been around longer.

    1 freeway express and freeway pro by Mac only

    2 web serif webplus x6 pc only.

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