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New in Adobe Muse CC - Feature Preview!

Adobe is getting ready to release a new version of Muse on June 17, along with all of their new CC apps (Creative Cloud).

This is a major update for Muse and with it comes some highly requested features such as client side content management, contact forms that work with any hosting provider, and a layers panel to simplify the design process.  Adobe has also implemented Parallax Scrolling in Muse, which can be a great addition to any website when used properly.

Here's an overview of our favorite features
from the new release:


1. Content Management

Content management gives the user (or client) the ability to login to the back-end of a website, and make updates to the content (images / text) without having access to the Muse working file.  Simply enable the CMS features in the Site Properties, publish your site to Adobe's Business Catalyst platform and invite your client to edit the site. Site edits are made directly in the browser by selecting an element and modifying it's content.  When you've finished making in-browser edits simply click publish, and the update site is live.




Wondering how your Muse file stays in sync?  Within Muse, you now have the ability to pull down the edits made by your client and update the file.  Click "FILE > Sync with business catalyst site" and you can review and accept each change as needed.



*Note - you need to host your site on Adobe BC in order to use content management features. Although this may seem limiting, consider how quickly Adobe implemented non-BC forms. I suspect it won't be long until Muse CMS functionality is available to any hosting provider.


2. Forms that work on any hosting platform

This should make a ton of Muse users very happy.  Adobe has figured out how to make the Muse contact forms work with any hosting provider.  Now you can publish or upload your site to any hosting platform, and users can input form data and it will send directly to the email address you specify.



3. Layers Panel

Controlling the layering of your design elements in crucial, and many users who work heavily in other Adobe applications (Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign) will appreciate the addition of this panel.  The ability to select a specific layer or element is extremely helpful when you're working within Widgets.  It can be difficult to click several times into a widget to select a particular element, however now you simply need to select it in the layers panel and modify as needed.

 
 

4. Parallax Scrolling

Parallax scrolling is the ability to control the speed and direction that elements move when a user scrolls down the site. It can take some time to master how it works, but this functionality to be used to create dynamic layouts that move and shift.  The parallax panel is located within the Muse EFFECTS dropdown, and uses scroll speeds and specific start / end points (called Key Positions). 
 
For some great examples of parallax scrolling, check out this link:
 
Resist the urge to make every single element on your website move and fly around.  Parallax is really cool when done tastefully, however it's easily overdone and can cause difficulties on various browser sizes and mobile / tablet devices.  Parallax features do not reproduce well in tablet / mobile layouts, so be sure to limit their use on those devices to ensure a smooth experience for visitors.

 
Happy experimenting with Muse! Check back soon for new templates, training and tricks taking advantage of these new features from MuseThemes.com.

Cheers,
Steve Harris



Steve Harris
Steve Harris / Calgary, Canada

Steve Harris started MuseThemes in 2011 and steadily grew the company, going from a full-time corporate employee to being his own boss. More than just MuseThemes, Steve is a conference speaker, Lynda.com author, and holds equally large collections of both business books and fine scotch.

Comments

Julio Sonnewend
Julio Sonnewend

eagerly awaiting!!!

Sean
Sean

yay!

Shawn Bullard
Shawn Bullard

Awesome Steve Harris….any relation to the most incredible bass player on earth? Steve Harris of Iron Maiden? haha…cheers dude.

Steve Harris
Steve Harris

@Shawn Sadly no. I’m a huge Maiden fan though, so I’ve definitely been asked that quite a few times!

SZOI
SZOI

Any news on when the last update will be available?

MuseThemes
MuseThemes

@SZOI New features come out on June 17 across the entire Creative Cloud collection. Muse gets a big update, along with all other Creative Cloud apps…!

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson

Hey, Did you know if you all signed up to the Adobe Muse private beta you can download Adobe Muse Prerelease app, that way you don’t have to wait for these updates then ;p

Paul
Paul

Will forms work on sites hosted on Amazon’s S3?

Joop O
Joop O

today I was trying to implement a simple HTML audio player with playlist in Muse pages. There is no easy way. Even Adobe states that this is is a feature that has been asked about by many users of Muse. Adobe then suggests you take a look at the Snacktools website and Podsnack. But is HTML5 and Javascript really so difficult that Adobe cannot make a few standard codes (as Widgets) plus a Javascript file that can be used on any server, any device and within any browser? Is this feature available in this major update?

And regarding the content management, from your information I understand that this feature will work only on Business Catalysts sites. I find this very disappointing! Why should I pay for a feature that I cannot use? Strange, isn’t it?
Think about it, you have got time to June 17 to make more users happy!

Joop

Eija
Eija

My forms won’t send anything to email I have typed in. They used to work fine, but all of sudden no more.

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