Whether you’re about to launch a new product, run a limited time offer, or just want to tell people how many days it is until a key event, the Countdown Timer widget for Adobe Muse is a great way of keeping your visitors interested and coming back to the website.
Browse to the location where you downloaded the widget file. Extract the contents of the file. Double-click the .mulib file to import it into the Library. This will launch Muse if it's not already open.
Alternatively, once you’ve unarchived the file, you can import the widget into the library by clicking the Import Muse Library icon at the base of the Library Panel.
Once it's imported the new widget will appear in the Library panel as a folder containing one or more items..
Start by dragging the widget onto the design canvas from the Library panel. The widget's options panel will automatically open. The default settings are shown here.
If the Countdown end date is kept at its default setting, or is left blank, the end date will be set to the next instance of New Year's Day (01/01/XXXX 00:00:00).
To set your own end date, use the format MM/DD/YYYY. Optionally, you can specify the end time using the format hh:mm:ss, leaving a space between the date and time.
*Hitchhiker's Guide fans will, of course, be aware that the date we've set here is for the next International Towel Day.
The Timer display section lets you choose the format of the countdown. By default, everything apart from Years is displayed.
Any combination can be set; the time will be adjusted accordingly. For example, omitting the Months display, as we have here, will cause the number of weeks to increase, or, removing everything apart from Minutes would display the remaining time as minutes,
The Label Position option has two options: Right (default) and Below. We've chosen Below here.
We have three more options to control the display of the countdown timer.
Next you have the option to change the default Title and Description text. These are both optional and can be hidden by leaving the fields blank.
You can change the colour of the three main text components: Number, Label and Title/Description.
Note: the Label colour setting is ignored in Compact Mode, only the Number colour is used.
You can also change the typeface and text size. This is done using the standard text options in Muse. Make sure the widget frame is selected. Now choose the font and the size. This will affect all text within the widget, including the message text, if you choose this as an ending action.
The final section is where you set the action to perform when the countdown finishes. The default is Stop timer, which simply freezes the display at zero.
You also have the following options.
Note: if the end date has passed when someone visits the page, the chosen action will always activate, so if you have a redirect set, they will be taken there immediately.
More examples can be found here.