Adobe updates Muse visual Web designer

Adobe has undertaken an ambitious schedule of updates to its Muse visual Web design program, aiming to provide significant upgrades every quarter. In keeping with that goal, Adobe today released fresh new productivity enhancements and new functionality to the InDesign-inspired Web builder.

Among the new updates are hierarchical master pages, which let you apply master pages to other master pages and let you control the position of such master page elements as headers, footers, logos, and animations on individual pages. Widget updates include enhancements to the slideshow, composition, and accordion widgets, which give designers more control over their behaviors. A spell checker let you check spelling with a single command while landscape previews let you preview the landscape orientation of tablet and smartphone versions of your site in Preview mode.

Site export updates make designing more convenient for users of Adobe's Business Catalyst or other third-party hosting services by allowing you to publish to specific sub directories. The upgrade also offers code quality and performance updates for better rendering, smaller output, faster load times, and more cross-browser compatibility.

Muse is offered via subscription only or as part of the Creative Cloud subscription. Individuals pay $50 a month; professional teams pay $70 a month. A monthly subscription to Adobe Muse outside of Creative Cloud is $15 based on a year's contract or $25 month-to-month.

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