Adobe today launched its new Adobe Muse software to enable those without web coding skills to build their own websites.
The tool has been available as a beta since August 2011 and has had more than 70,000 downloads to date. Now it is being made generally available as either a single service or as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud product suite.
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The software features a number of template pages to base a website on, with access to over 400 web fonts to personalise it. Users can import content with shortcuts, rather than code, and with test and preview functions, the website can be trialled before being made public, with temporary URLs.
Adobe has also included social networking integration to allow sharing, commenting and the ability to bring in tools from other websites, such as Google Maps.
“We have incorporated feedback from our beta users into the first release of Muse and the response has been very positive,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president of the digital media business at Adobe.
“Adobe Muse gives designers the freedom to build sites without having to learn code, which will help them expand their businesses and offer their clients more cost effective, professional websites.”
If users sign up to the service for a year, Adobe Muse will cost £11.11 per month, excluding VAT. However, there is also the choice to buy on a month by month basis for £15.08, excluding VAT.
The announcement comes on the same day Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite is being made publically available.
This solution offers a range of Adobe software from its Creative Suite 6 (CS6) product – including PhotoShop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Flash Professional – through a cloud model. This means instead of having to buy hard copies of the software and long licenses, users can pay on a monthly basis and have the software run from servers in the cloud.
For an annual membership, the monthly cost equates to £38.11 excluding VAT, whereas to pay for the suite month by month, Adobe will charge £57.17 excluding VAT.