Adobe Muse Now in Free Public Beta

Adobe released the public beta of its new software for creating websites with the name Muse on Monday. Unlike Dreamweaver, Adobe's flagship Web development tool, Muse is for graphic designers who want to create websites without having to code elegant.

We've been playing the muse of the past two weeks as part of the private beta, and are impressed with the functionality of the tool and featureset. What sets Muse of some other open source tools for creating websites is as follows: the user interface and design paradigms similar to those of other Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign knowledge.

This was by design. Adobe says that most users who are identified as graphic designers - that is, not web developers and interaction designers - still primarily work with printing. Muse is for these users.

A common scenario is a graphic designer create a website in Illustrator, Fireworks or Photoshop and then pass the attached file outside web designers who will do everything possible to code the competition.