ADOBE MUSE CC 2014.2
David Asch - October 6th 2014
It seems like no time at all since we had the last feature update but the Adobe Muse team has been working overtime to bring us even more new things to play with, and there are some really nice additions this time. Read on to find out what’s new in Adobe Muse 2014.2.
It can be a real pain changing sections of website content, particularly if you have mobile versions to take care of as well. Synchronised Text makes the process easy: simply create or select an existing text frame and click the plus sign in the Content Panel. This adds a tag to the frame. By default, it’s named Content; this can be changed to something more meaningful, of course. Once the tag has been created you can create a linked instance by creating or selecting another text frame elsewhere on the site and applying the tag by clicking it in the panel. If there is already text in the frame, you’ll be warned that it will be replaced. Once the link is established, changing the text in one version of the frame will automatically update all the other instances. It’s worth noting that text styles are not synchronised, this is by design, since you would typically be using different type sizes on different devices. Another great thing about Synchronised Text is that it works with in-browser editing too, so it will work even after handing the site over to your clients!
Another welcome addition is the Find and Replace feature. Text can be searched for and replaced as individual instances or as a whole, if you’re feeling particularly brave! You can choose to search the current page or the entire site, as well as restricting the results by case and also forcing Muse to only match the search word, which avoids accidentally changing instances of the term within a longer word: design and designated, for example.
Another really big feature! Vector images saved in the SVG (Scaleable Vector Graphic) format can be added straight to the page using the Place command or, alternatively, any vector can be included by copying and pasting straight from Adobe Illustrator; Muse converts to SVG on-the-fly. Vector images are treated exactly the same as regular bitmaps, they can be scaled, cropped and rotated on the page and, being vectors, they won’t lose their definition. You can apply tooltips and descriptions for SEO and, if you speak fluid XML, you can even edit the image’s code. The format is retained when the site is published, so it can really reduce the loading time, as the files are drastically smaller than their bitmap counterparts. If your visitor’s browser doesn’t support the SVG format, the image will be substituted for a bitmap.
Any object in Muse can now be copied across pages by dragging and dropping from one floating window to another. This is a real time-saver for creating content that isn’t applicable to Master pages. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to drag it to a tabbed window as you can in Photoshop, so it does require quite a lot of screen real-estate to use it efficiently but it does ease the process of making mobile versions of the site.
If you’re at home or in the office, you’re generally safe when you upload your site via the standard FTP method. If, however, you’re working from a place using public wi-fi, such as a library or coffee shop, you can’t be certain that some nefarious person isn’t trying to intercept your data; potentially gaining access to your username and password information! The new secure FTP option in Muse allows you to upload to your FTP host with the data encrypted, so even if it is caught by a hacker, your data is safe. You’ll need check the SFTP settings with your hosting provider, as they will vary, depending on how they have their servers set up.
That's all the major changes for this release. There were many behind-the-scenes tweaks and fixes, of course, to make sure the application runs as smoothly as possible. Check back regularly for more news!