Adobe Muse

Adobe has launched its newest web tool, Muse, which is intended to allow complex HTML sites that come with CSS and HTML 5 support to be developed easily and establish an online presence.

The Muse is in its beta stage and takes help from Adobe inDesign by borrowing UI and layout concepts that have been integrated with drag-and-drop menus along with several other widgets that don’t need any special coding skills.

“The ability to build websites as easily as laying out a page in InDesign is one of the most popular requests from our design customers,” said Lea Hickman, vice-president of Design and Web product management at Adobe, in a statement. “Those who have tested Muse are thrilled that something this intuitive yet powerful is now available.”

Muse leverages web standards such as HTML5 and CSS3 and combine the user’s creativity with design with the widgets to provide superior interactivity. Adobe’s web-elves will be working in the background to provide assistance during the developing stages.

Adobe said that Muse is also capable of embedding HTML codes from sources such as Google Maps, Facebook and YouTube, and the user can also create trial sites, hosted by Adobe, for testing.

“Muse (code name) will be available as a public beta until we release Version 1, which is anticipated to be in early 2012, at which time customers will need to purchase the application if they want to continue authoring websites with Muse,” Adobe wrote in its official website when asked about the finishing date of Muse (code name) public beta.

Muse will remain free until the v1.0 release, expected in early 2012, after which it will be available on a subscription basis at $20 per month, according to

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