David Asch - May 1st 2017
The Library in Muse is a great way to store custom elements to use again in your designs. It also holds any widgets you have downloaded and installed. Unfortunately, Library items aren't saved with your projects, so you'll need to copy them across if you need to work with them on a different computer.
Read on to find out how.
1. If we want to be able to access a library item on a different computer, we first need to save it as a standalone file. To do this, highlight the parent folder to save all items within, or a just a single item within the folder. Now we can either right-click and choose Export Items or click the Export icon at the bottom of the Library panel (shown in the inset).
2. Next we're prompted for a location to save the file. The filename always defaults to the name of the parent folder but can be changed if required; it will be suffixed with the .mulib file extension. Click Save. The file can now be emailed or uploaded to a cloud share in readiness to import to the new computer.
Note: library items can only be imported into the same or newer versions of Adobe Muse.
3. We're not limited to individual items, of course. We can also use the export feature to transfer and also make an archive of the Library. Click the top item. Hold Shift. Click the bottom icon. Now use the above process to create a file with all the items.
4. The process to transfer the library items to a new computer is the reverse of exporting them. Either right-click within the Library panel and choose Import Items, or click the Import icon at the bottom of the panel (inset).
5. Use the pop up dialog to locate the .mulib file we saved and click Open. The library items will be imported. If there are any items from older versions of Muse, they will be converted to the current version while they are imported.
6. A new folder is created in the Library Panel. This will always be the name of the exported version, regardless of the filename given to it. This can be changed, of course. If there is already a folder with the same name, it will have an incremental number appended to it.
Our design elements are ready to use in our projects on the new computer.
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