Muse CC 2015.2: Our Favorite New Features
Muse 2015.2 is Here
The 2015.2 release of Adobe Muse CC marks the first major feature release since the introduction of responsive Muse in February 2016. And it is truly loaded with some big-time additions: workflow improvements, all new tools, and even the re-introduction of a popular feature missing from the last release. So let's jump in and take a look at our favorite features!
Responsive Width and Height Elements
Rectangles (and Adobe's YouTube & Vimeo widgets) have received a new option for resizing: responsive width and height. This will make breakpoint layout arrangement easier, and enable smoother performance of stacked image-filled rectangles on published pages.
Vertical Movement Handle
This new feature is a huge benefit for page layout workflow. Anytime any object is selected, a handle appears, allowing easy movement of all objects below (including the selected object).
This means no more moving objects one at a time, or even having to drag to select multiple objects in order to move groupings of objects. When arranging objects on breakpoints meant for specific devices - such as phones or tablets, this is a huge time saver.
Native Support for Adobe Illustrator Files
Drop Illustrator files directly into Muse! As changes are made and saved within illustrator, matching files in your Muse site can be updated through the simple "Update Asset" option in the Assets panel. When the site is published, SVG's are automatically generated.
Ellipses and Placeholder Image Frames
We're no longer limited to just rectangles for object shapes. While using radius settings allowed for alternate shapes in previous releases of Muse, The new Ellipse tool allows for instant creation of ellipses and circles (hold shift to create perfect circles).
Another brand new tool in Muse 2015.2 is the Image Frame Tool. This tool draws rectangles (or ellipses) just as the regular rectangle tool, though acts as a placeholder that can be filled later when the content is ready. This is super handy for building quick page layouts and creating wireframes. When the image frames are ready to be filled, simply drag and drop images directly into the image frame.
Both the Ellipse and Rectangle Image Frame tools are found within the same button. Long-click, or Alt/Option-click the button to reveal the choice of shape.
For those of us that move and backup asset files routinely, here's some great news. It's now possible to easily gather all asset files used in site, and save to a single location on your computer. This makes creating complete "site packages" easy to build and move from machine to machine. To collect assets, open your assets panel and select all of the assets you would like to collect, then right-click and select "Collect Assets".
Vertical Plan View
In addition to the familiar horizontal arrangement we're used to in Plan Mode, we now have a vertical option. This makes sites with lots of pages and complex hierarchies easier to navigate.
In-Browser Editing Improvements
Adobe’s In-Browser Editing has received several new updates. Expanded linking options are available, as well as undo and redo functionality. Also, users will now be able to select individual breakpoints to make and verify edits.
Scroll Effects in Fixed Width Breakpoints
They're back! If you've been missing scroll effects, it's time to rejoice. While limited to fixed breakpoints, scroll effects are back. Select "fixed width" in the new breakpoint options dropdown, or right-click/double-click existing breakpoints to access the option to switch them to fixed width.
Minimum Page Width Direct Editing: Minimum page width can now be easily edited manually via the breakpoint bar by hovering over the edges of the minimum page size area with the smallest breakpoint selected. Just click and drag!
CC Library Color Improvements: You can now add custom-named swatches to CC Libraries panel. CC Library colors can be applied to strokes, text, page fill and browser fill.
New Preview IP Address Preference: For some, Muse Preview and Preview in Browser did not function due to firewall settings. A new option in the Muse Preference dialog allows for multiple connection settings to eliminate local IP preview issues.
What about slideshows? When will we see responsive height and width slideshows?
Hi, why do they call it 2015.2 instead of 2016.2 ?
Absolutely wonderful! A video tutorial from you would be even more helpful! You rule guys!
Nice! They are making progress on it faster then I expected. Very pleased!
Look forward to downloading it.
So re scroll effects – are you saying that you can apply scroll effects to specific breakpoints within a fluid design? Otherwise I don’t see what’s changed on that. Don’t see any detail on this on the Adobe site (although it mentioned ‘improved support for scroll effects using fixed breakpoints’).
Great summaries Brandon! Thanks for compiling these — i’m stoked to get into Muse to start utilizing these new features.
These look like great addition to responsive design. Thanks Muse Team!
I have my Partner Site and I cannot use the Publish to catalyst option I have to FTP it. It takes away all the options I put in place for my other sites to work, Is there a fix for that as well?
The scroll effects part…AWESOME!!!
Thank you, Dani and Adobe!! The vertical Master Page view is an answer to prayer right now.
ellipse form is great but it would be great to have gradient for circle too.
This is pretty awesome! Thanks for the heads up muse themes. I do wish adobe we’re rolling out more updates per month but as long as they continue i know Muse will be getting better and better over the years.
Not bad at all :) i’m very happy with each adobe muse update. Adobe Muse still missing the pen tool its very helpful and some more animations tool. Hope they will be available in later versions.
Already loving the Vertical Movement Handle. So simple but so effective.
These are awesome, looking forward to some video tutorials around them. BUT… What about blog functionality – this continues to be the biggest gripe when recommending Muse to my clients… there is no real great blogging solution as yet.
More nice stuff. … Muse keeps getting better…. if only I did too
Collect assets – that’s what I’ve been waiting for! Now if you could just add Cmd-Spacebar for selective zoom it would be perfect.
Thanks for the update!
Thank you so much. As always, you guys are the best!! : )
Well, it seems Adobe Muse is going full blast…!
love the collect Assets function. Packaging is a wonderful item added to there menu.
Great team, great MUSE and great updates… but I am waiting for Great CMS from your side…
indeed i’ll stay with Muse and Muse-themes forever)))
Another good feature would have been to sync the widgets library via creative cloud too, I work regularly between laptop and desktop and have to keep updating the one or the other library with new goodies.
These are so warranted changes, great news! Not being able to gather assets before really, really killed me, haha.
Wow. Great new features. I never expected the Muse team to release another update so fast. Great work on the Scroll Effects thing. I pray my wish for an in-built Search engine widget to be added soon. Cudos Adobe.
Thanks for the summary Brandon.
Clearly some progress made with this new release but still painfully slow.
Do you know whether the YouTube widget now allows display over https or I still have to embed code from YouTube?
Also regarding placing content from Illustrator direct is the SVG minified?
This is in answer to Daniel Hammon’s question about publishing to Adobe’s Partner Portal. The BC Gurus guys found this video for me and it might help you out. (It’s not just for e-commerce either, it works for all features in Partner Portal.)
You’ve already nailed it. Designing beautiful responsive website without writing a single line of code is already epic! Now with all the features you are adding….Muse is going Ballistic! Thanks Dani and Muse Team!