Adobe Muse

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Adobe Muse
Adobe Muse logo.png
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Initial release May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)
Stable release
CC 2018 (2018.0.0.685)[1] / October 19, 2017 (2017-10-19)
Development status Active
Written in Flash, Flex, AIR
Operating system OS X and Windows
Available in 19 languages[2]
Type Website builder
License Trialware software as a service[3]

Adobe Muse is a website builder that allows designers to create fixed, fluid, and adaptive websites without having to write any code.[4] Muse generates static websites giving users the freedom to host their sites with any hosting provider. Users can add more advanced functionality such as blogging and eCommerce to their website with plugins created by third-party developers. This application is available through Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription.



Adobe Muse themes are created inside Adobe Muse and shared as a .muse file. Themes do not require any configuration or setup to get running. Since Adobe Muse generates static HTML files, the files can be exported to the browser for testing without needing to connect to a server or webhost. Because of its static nature, however, themes cannot be applied to existing content and content cannot be imported into a theme. Since themes are created inside Adobe Muse, themes do not require knowledge of any code. Free starter designs are offered on Adobe Muse[5]. Themes can be viewed via a built in 'Preview' option that allows users to preview their website in the application. Users can also temporarily host their website in Business Catalyst for free as part of the Creative Cloud subscription.


Adobe Muse widgets are written in an XML format called MuCow (Muse Configurable Options Widget).[6] Widgets are placed onto a Muse canvas and their content is embedded directly into the HTML of the site. Widgets have made it possible for Muse users to add blogs, eCommerce, animations, etc. to a Muse website.


When Muse was initially created in May 2012, it was made to generate websites for 3 types of devices (Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile). Using viewports and redirects, a Muse website users would access a site that was built specifically for their generic device type. In May 2012, fluid design was just beginning to be used mainstream. After years of requests, Muse was finally made to be fully responsive in its 2015.1 release.

Release history[edit]

Version Released Improvements included
1 May 7, 2012 Initial release[7]
2 August 20, 2012 Built-in contact forms, auto generated sitemaps, auto generated navigation, faster loading times, and ability to attach files[8]
3 December 11, 2012 Enhanced code quality, html5 animations, and mobile layout options[9]
4 February 26, 2013 Spelling checker, export options, and code quality[10]
5 June 17, 2013 In-browser editing, scroll effects, and layers panel[11]
6 August 13, 2013 Parallax scrolling[12]
7 November 13, 2013 Ability for developers to create 3rd-party widgets, social media widgets, and full-screen slideshows.[13][14] was created as the official source for Adobe Muse widgets.
2014 June 18, 2014 A complete software rebuild with 64-bit support, in-app preview, and HiDPI support[15]
2014.1 August 13, 2014 Self-hosted web fonts, bullet and numbered lists, and reCaptcha integration[16]
2014.2 October 6, 2014 SVG import, text synchronizing across desktop and mobile, secure FTP support, and find and replace[17]
2014.3 February 11, 2015 Usability and performance improvements, show and hide frame edges, secure FTP auto-detection, and HiDPI support for Windows[18]
2015 June 15, 2015 Adobe Stock integration, Typekit integration, and contact form updates[19]
2015.1 February 8, 2016 Free-form responsive web design, customizable starter designs, and integrated with Adobe Stock[20]
2015.2 June 20, 2016 Better collaboration with libraries, asset collector, and improved Illustrator workflows[21]
2017 November 4, 2016 Support for animations through CC Libraries, power zoom functionality, and support for Google reCAPTCHA version 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Adobe Muse Release Notes". Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Adobe Muse FAQs". Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Creative Cloud plans". Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Muse Homepage". Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Tutorials". Adobe Muse Widget Directory. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  6. ^ "MuCow Documentation". Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Adobe Muse release 1". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Adobe Muse release 2". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Adobe Muse release 3". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Adobe Muse release 4". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Adobe Muse release 5". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  12. ^ "Adobe Muse release 6". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  13. ^ "Adobe Muse release 7". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  14. ^ "MuseWidgets". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  15. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014". Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  16. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014.1". Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  17. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014.2". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  18. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014.3". Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  19. ^ "Adobe Muse 2015". Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  20. ^ "Adobe Muse 2015.1". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  21. ^ "Adobe Muse 2015.2". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 

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