This week Adobe unveiled a new product that will make graphic designers ecstatic and programmers cringe. Adobe Muse (code name) is a lightweight, image based software that allows designers to create a website without knowing any code. The product works like other design programs such as Illustrator and InDesign, but translates everything into browser compatible HTML that can be exported and uploaded with ease.
Unlike other Adobe programs, Muse is free to download, but once it leaves beta mode early next year, it will cost $15 a month (with a year subscription) or $20 for a month-to-month plan. The idea behind this pricing plan is that the software will be continually updated rather than releasing full upgrades every 12–24 months.
After completing the Muse tutorial and launching a functioning website in about 3 hours, this designer is definitely ecstatic.