David Asch - February 12 2015
It's been 6 months since the last major update to Adobe Muse and the team has, by no means, been sitting idle. There are some great new tools and additions to the current toolset, as well as performance increases.
Read on to find out what's new and improved in the latest update.
Speed is by far the most important part of the latest release, with vast improvements to almost every aspect of the application including better memory management, page loading and rendering in Design View along with and faster updates in the Plan View after changes are made. Saving and publishing to SFTP also sees a significant speed increase.
Working on the page content is much smoother when adding and editing design elements, as is the typing performance in text frames. Updating of automatic menu widgets is quicker when pages are added or removed from the site.
There are also improvements to the way certain page elements are displayed and created, with bevels and glows being rendered in CSS instead of being exported as rasterised images, speeding up page loading times. PNG images are now optimised to 8 bit where possible to reduce file size.
Text in Design View now conforms to the same baseline positioning as current browsers, giving site designs much better consistency when published. This does mean that sites created in earlier versions might experience shifts in the text position. If you don't want to adjust it manually, This can be rectified by changing back to Legacy Settings in the site properties dialog.
Additions to the Text Panel give us new attributes for styling text. We can now set superscript and subscript, as well as upper and lower case, bringing it more in line with the other Adobe apps.
Along with the above enhancements, missing fonts in a document are now highlighted in pink for easier recognition (this can be disabled in the program preferences) and double-clicking and dragging in a text frame selects entire words, rather than on a character basis.
Empty layers can now be removed using the context menu within the Layers Panel. This is great for tidying up the site without worrying about deleting content.
Right-clicking on a Paragraph, Character or Graphic style in their respective panels now gives you a context menu with a list of pages where the style is used within the document. After jumping to a particular page, the list will change to show every instance on the page, allowing you to navigate straight to it.
In addition to pinpointing styles in the document, you can also right-click on Upload Assets and Background images in the Assets Panel to find individual uses of the item.
If a page is not marked for export, its thumbnail in the Plan View appears with a clipped triangle in the right corner and is also dimmed down compared to the other page on the site.
Master pages can now be dragged onto the Site Plan to create a new page based on that master.
Frame edges are now displayed with a light outline to help with visibility in the document. This can be toggled via the View Menu, or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Cmd+H.
You can now zoom in and out on a document in Design View using Opt and the mouse scroll-wheel (or two two finger push on touchpad devices.
Like Photoshop and other CC apps, double-clicking the Hand Tool zooms to Fit Page view (same as Cmd). Double-clicking the Zoom Tool displays the page at actual size (same as Cmd+1).
Creating a new rectangle no longer defaults to having a fill and outline, This makes it far easier to create design elements without obscuring existing content - remember to have frame edges enabled!
You can now remove all styling from an item, including widgets, on the page by right-clicking and selecting Clear All Styling from the context menu.
As above, it's now also possible to clear the content from a widget using the Clear Widget Content option. This is a good way to remove place-holder text and images. Note: this does not apply to third-party widgets.
Find and Replace now have extended shortcuts for performing different actions, For example: using the currently highlighted text for the basis of a search operation (Opt+Cmd+Shift+S).
The PayPal widget can now have a custom image assigned to it for its button. Select one of the Custom options from Type menu, then use the Add File option for the Button option. The chosen file will be uploaded to the Assets folder when the site is published,
Custom colours can be set for the title and byline text in the Vimeo widget using the colour picker control in the widget options.
In addition to the built-in widget options, both the File Browse and Colour Picker control options can be included in third-party MuCOW widgets.
A progress bar now displays when a site is opened, particularly useful with large sites and those being converted from an older version.
Libraries are converted on the first launch of a new Muse version, rather than when the Library item is first accessed.
Excess image data is now removed from background images stored in a Muse project file. The optimisation is performed when an older site is converted, so it can slow the process if the document contains many high resolution images. This does not affect the image itself but greatly reduces the size of the Muse file. The Muse team recommends saving the converted project as a new file for backward compatibility and backup purposes.
The interface now supports HiDPI displays in Windows. The UI artwork is optimized for 100% or 200% display scaling. Scaling at 150% is also supported.
Preview Mode now has support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.
IPTC meta-data is now preserved in optimised JPEG images. This is essential for photographers and artists as it retains any copyright and capture information if the image is downloaded.
Content tags and collections can be dragged and dropped from the Content Panel to quickly add shared text to a page.
Device redirection (tablet and phone) now includes a choice of two redirection methods: Universal only looks at the screen size and touch support to determine the type of device, whereas Business Catalyst Redirect uses a device database. Universal is already the method used for third-part hosted sites and is now the default for Business Catalyst hosted sites
That’s the major features in this release covered. Check back regularly for more news!
Until the next time, take care,