As you start building websites in Adobe Muse, you’ll find yourself looking for the same types of graphics and widgets consistently. Elements such as repeating textures and backgrounds can be difficult to find, especially high quality versions that are appropriate for a professional site. How many times has your client requested a feature in a site that you don’t have a clue how to achieve? If it’s not built directly into Muse don’t worry, the web has plenty of embeddable apps that seamlessly integrate with Muse to achieve the functionality you desire.
Here’s a list of a few of my favourite resources for graphics and apps that play nicely with Adobe Muse.
This is the best resource for perfectly tiled repeating textures on the web today. It features a huge library of patterns, quick previews, and even allows free use for commercial or personal projects. A great site and valuable resource by Interaction Designer Atle Mo.
Nabble is one of my best kept secrets (or at least it was). It provides free embeddable forums, blogs, photo galleries and other embeddable apps. Once you’ve signed up, simply insert the HTML embed code into your Adobe Muse site and you’ve got a really powerful, fully featured forum or blog in seconds. I can’t find or think of a better way to create a complete forum with Adobe Muse.
(The Muse-Themes.com forum is powered by Nabble)
Embedit.in is a really innovative way to view text documents and other files through embedding. Simply select your file to upload, and Embedit will provide you with an html snippet that you can place into an Adobe Muse website. It has a fairly slick interface, which includes options for zooming, downloading, or printing the document or file itself. I’ve tested this service with Muse, and it works like a charm. Embedit.in is now part of Box.net, the leader in online file sharing and collaboration.
If you’re actively working in the world of web design, you’ve probably heard of Smashing Magazine before. It’s likely the number one resource online for innovative design tips and trends in web and interaction. Smashing gives away freebies such as icon sets, user interface PSD files, and a variety of other helpful graphics that you can use when creating your website in Muse.
Using the resources above, I’m confident that any visual designer can create a beautiful and functional website in Adobe Muse without writing any code.
If Muse doesn’t contain the functionality you desire built directly into its widgets, then simply search the web for an embeddable version that you can use. There’s really no limit to what you can achieve, and this list just scratches the surface of what’s possible with Muse’s embed HTML feature.