Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

Summary: Adobe's new Muse software is still only in beta mode, but the program is being touted as a runaway hit already.

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Last month, Adobe introduced Muse, a new program targeted towards graphic designers that serves as an InDesign equivalent for creating websites and publishing websites.

Although the program is still in beta mode, Adobe is pleased with its success thus far as more than 260,000 developers have already downloaded a copy in the first 40 days of release.

Now Adobe is releasing a software update, Muse Beta 3, that includes approximately enough fixes to bugs discovered by Muse users to correspond with each day that Muse has been available.

Many of the improvements are related to performance, including addressing the way in which Muse generates code. For example, these improvements should reduce website load time and data usage by cutting the size of generated HTML and CSS files by up to 60 percent.

For reference, graphic designers can build websites quickly and easily without confining templates or any kind of code input of their own. The pages are written behind the scenes in HTML5 and CSS3.

Existing Muse users will be prompted to update to Beta 3 the next time they launch the application. For designers and developers that have already published a website using Muse, they will need to update the site with the code improvements by just republishing the site from within Muse. Don't forget that Muse requires the installation of Adobe AIR as well.

A full list of the bug fixes and improvements can be found on Adobe's official blog.

Topics: Software, Apps, Enterprise Software, Software Development

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  • Seriously?

    No developers are using this. People curious about creating websites quickly might be interested. I opened it up to see what it's all about. I'll stick with a code editor or notepad, which will be lightning fast compared to this bloateware.
    AstralisLux
    • Not for you

      @AstralisLux It's a product for people whose skill set is designing pages for print advertising and the like. They might be very talented as commercial artists, but don't know HTML from a parking lot. Adobe has a lot of print media artists as customers... they're just lookin' out for their friends.
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

        @Robert Hahn - A company has no friends. It has customers. And will want to keep its customers, as long as they are convenient to it. The company wants loyalty from its customers (e.g. software activation), but the customer isn't going to get much in return - apart from new versions of software that have some new good functionality but typically cost more than what the updates are worth (there are a LOT of gripes regarding not just the subscription gambit Adobe is attempting, but the CS5.5 upgrade that is remarkably sparse in some areas, with people saying "Photoshop CS5.1 in the 5.5 package is just a pay-for bug fix"). Some friend.
        HypnoToad72
    • RE: Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

      @AstralisLux I agree. I think this is more of a design tool, than a production tool. The word "developers" should probably be changed to "designers." If you want efficient production code, this obviously won't replace programmers.
      BillDem
      • RE: Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

        @BillDem - I agree.

        As means to show something with some flexibility, without ideal configuration and/or migrating into existing frameworks, it's nifty. If it were for sale, I'd buy it (I don't go for subscription-only stuff; it costs more in the long-run, so it's not cost-effective to many potential customers.)

        For some standalone or small firms that make web sites for other small companies providing products or services, it'd be a good thing too. There's always a time and a place, if it's right...

        And, ultimately, top-notch programmers will still be around - for some time. But even Techrepublic noted the days of the developer (rather than designer, interestingly) are going: http://www.techrepublic.com/whitepapers/10-tech-skills-that-are-heading-the-way-of-the-dinosaur/2703433

        The future will be interesting and in ways I do welcome it, but it will be a challenge.
        HypnoToad72
  • More likely designers...

    Given than it's a tool for designers, it makes more sense that the majority of downloads will be from the intended demographic! - Maybe the term Developers means anyone who develops a website.
    hypermouse
    • RE: Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

      @hypermouse - Except Wordpess, Wix, Weebly, and a dozen million others can let anyone do that with relative ease. Why rename the wheel, make it appear shiny and new, and then allow it for pricey subscription-rates only?
      HypnoToad72
  • Let's Give It A Chance

    Right, at this stage of the game, web developers and programmers can write site code in a vastly more code-efficient fashion than Muse. However, not many are confusing the fact of Muse's current bloated code as being the equal to coding experts. Many designers trying out Muse understand the tradeoff.<br><br>This is a niche program at this point. As much as I bow down to the coding expertise of programmers, I as a "jack-of-all-trades" freelancer, find the vison of Muse highly welcomed. So, though this is not for "coding pros", it will help a huge percentage of designers needing to add a web ability to up their ante in making a living. <br><br>I find from many years of experience, as a freelancer, I need to juggle all the balls. I need to be conversant with design and also decent in coding; able to develop a CMS site or a totally custom designer site; to have the ability to add all the latest Web 2.0+ bells and whistles, and on and on.<br><br>Programs like Muse, as they mature, are the way forward. It will enable mom and pop freelancers, like me, to concentrate on things that really matter to clients, design and functionality. It's up to Adobe to bring Muse into the ballpark of code efficiency. But as many Muse users have said, after they have designed their sites, they load quickly, are standards compliant and do the job.<br><br>My faith is in Adobe, that they will develop Muse over time to become more code efficient. (Why fight them, why not help them succeed?) And as a graphic designer from the 80's, I know what was once thought impossible has been accomplished on so many fronts. I would bet my money that web design and development will be as easy as learning QuarkXPress or InDesign in the near future.<br><br>Yes programmers, I bet it is a bit scary to contemplate neophyte designers pumping out sites without the need of your services. But it is the right thing that Adobe is attempting. Sure, it may put ME out of a job but maybe it is just opening the door for the development of web creativity to make the Internet a more richer experience.
    Steven Harte
    • RE: Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

      @Steven Harte - eyes wide shut.

      It's the leg kicking through the door into our butts to make us more right-brained instead of left-brained, as if everything is so interchangeable to begin with...

      Given their subscription-only mantra, your faith is misplaced.

      What they do is for corporations, to whittle down costs. Which includes us, and we've studied to write efficient code.

      "'Good enough' is good enough" and a robot never asks for higher costs. (Pity robots never spend to keep the economy going, either...)

      It's up to Adobe to do as little effort as possible for the most profit in return. They will do what appears to be good enough. I mean, there was one platform... but do we need to bring up "Flash" again?
      HypnoToad72
  • For designers, not developers

    After playing with the upgrade, I can't imagine what the code looked like from the older beta if it was improved by 60 percent! They've got a ways to go before the code is anywhere near efficient, even for simple layouts.

    This might become a great comping tool for talented designers, but it worries me if 'developers' are using this for production. It would bring us back to the days of FrontPage, when your only choice of tool to work on the site's code was the program you built it in.

    Learning HMTL and CSS really isn't that hard (admittedly browser compatibility and the next steps to functional websites can be). But if you are going to call someone (or yourself) a developer, it's in the job description to know the code.

    I'm not against the idea of this sort of program, Adobe sees what I see - many designers are frustrated and constrained by Dreamweaver's evolution into an efficient, standards-based code generator, which has changed from a drag-stuff-around WYSIWYG that spat out reams of table tags, to a program that forces you to learn some code to get any real work done.

    So they might have taken the smart path (unlike Apple's recent Final Cut decisions) to make sure their professional program isn't muddled by 'ease of use' marketing initiatives or shifts in user-type targeting.
    paul@...
    • RE: Adobe Muse already used by 260,000 developers; gets software update

      @paul@...

      100% agreed. Even I must admit that it will be a time-saver. I do both design and development, and development can be annoying. Especially for various versions of code, and the different browsers. I hope HTML5 won't become fragmented... and a little research will readily show HTML5 is already fragmented and it's going to get worse... but, in theory, it WILL be a nice time-saver. So if Adobe is planning on trashing Flash, they might want to hold off. Like Java, Flash was devised to get around the fragmented nature of previous HTML and browser versions made by the various companies...

      But, of course, my only other concern is if Adobe makes it a subscription-only model or not. SMBs will be paying far more in the long run, and they need to keep their costs controlled far more than large companies.
      HypnoToad72
  • Let me know when they sell it, rather than make it subscription-only

    http://www.infoworld.com/t/software-licensing/beware-adobes-new-subscription-pricing-540

    The precedent is there.
    HypnoToad72
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