Takeaway: The Adobe Muse visual design tool in beta version 6 is now available — maybe one of the last before it becomes subscription-only.
In addition to the aforementioned changes to the installer/updater mechanism:
- Auto scroll support: When an item is dragged to the edge of the view the view will automatically scroll in that direction.
- Ability to adjust the amount of data stored in your image files. “If you place a lot of images and use them at a small size, you can shrink the size of your Muse file and decrease the time to export/publish your site by choosing to ‘Optimize Asset Size’ on your images in the Assets palette.”
- Keeps the same HTML Element ids from one export/publish to the next.
There is a much more granular list of changes and feature updates in the blog post. Here is the download link to Muse Beta 6 in both Windows and Mac versions.
If you’re new to Muse, here is a very detailed review of what it’s all about and how to use it from CNET’s Lori Grunin, based on the initial beta: “Adobe Muse: Creating sites out of thin AIR.”
The beta is freely available until the 1.0 version (due sometime this year), and afterward will be available by subscription only, so now’s the time to take it for a spin if you think you might be interested.
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