When words like "code-free Web authoring" are thrown around, people tend to think of very basic WYSIWYG tools designed for novice users. But this is not the focus of Adobe.
Instead, the target audience of Muse appears to be graphic and print designers who are comfortable in tools like InDesign. This means that, while Muse allows for Web authoring without the need to know code, many novice users will still find the interface somewhat complex. However, graphic design professionals should be right at home working in Muse.
As an early preview, Muse is missing a lot of functionality. Templates to aid in initial site design and more widgets would be especially helpful. Much of the core interface also has an unfinished feel to it.
The target audience of Muse is also a little unclear. Businesses that already use Adobe’s CreativeSuite can have designers work in InDesign and other graphics tools, and then use the round-trip features of the suite to send content to Dreamweaver and Flash. Muse seems to be mainly of use to designers who have the need to build websites but don’t want to make the investment in additional Web tools.
The preview of Muse is currently free. According to the Adobe site, the eventual plan is for Muse to be sold on a subscription basis. Those wanting to try out the free Muse web design tool can download it at http://muse.adobe.com.
Jim Rapoza is Senior Research Analyst at the Aberdeen Group and Editorial Director for Tech Pro Essentials. For over 20 years he has been using, testing, and writing about the newest technologies in software, enterprise hardware, and the Internet. He previously served as the ... View Full Bio