Adobe Tweaks 'Muse' Website Creation Tool for Designers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-11-04 Print this article Print

Adobe delivers Beta 4 of its Website creation tool for designers, codenamed 'Muse.' The tool requires no programming knowledge.

Adobe Systems has delivered an update to "Muse, its Website creation tool for designers, which features more than 40 enhancements and availability in six languages.

Adobe released Beta 4 of the technology codenamed Muse" on Nov. 4. Muse enables print and graphic designers to create and publish professional-quality HTML Websites without writing code or working within restrictive templates, Adobe said. The pre-release technology has generated such a response among users that Adobe has added support for five different languages in addition to English: French, German, Spanish, Swedish and Dutch.

"With more than 330,000 beta downloads to date, Muse continues to empower designers globally," said Lea Hickman, vice president of Design and Web product management at Adobe, in a statement. "Feedback from the design and Web communities has been instrumental in helping us shape and continue to improve Muse features. This ensures that current and new users benefit from the updated capabilities while enjoying the freedom of designing a Website without writing code."

The Muse Beta 4 enhancements include new functionality for slideshow transitions and accordion widgets, both popular requests from Muse users, Adobe said. A full list of new functionality, improvements and fixes can be found on the Muse website at

"Muse delivers what it promises," said Nick Mosley, director at Sharp Media, in a statement. "I now feel confident building Websites for clients and feel like I could actually sell them. It is the proverbial -piece of cake,'"

Designers who are already using Muse will be prompted to update to Beta 4 next time they open the application and to select the language of their choice. New users interested in downloading Beta 4 or viewing a gallery of Muse-created Websites and instructional tutorials should go to



Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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