I am building a design portfolio for myself and would like to make it a responsive website (when you resize the browser the website resizes as well).
I looked online for answers but to no avail. If Muse does have these capabilities, I was wondering if anybody could point me in the right direction?
Adobe Muse currently does not support Responsive layout.
It has already been logged as a feature request : http://forums.adobe.com/ideas/1993
I would suggest you to add your vote and valuable comments to the post.
Muse does not implement "Responsive Layout" as defined by a hand coder (which means using one HTML file and one set of images for multiple layout variations that are driven from multiple CSS definitions usually triggered by media queries).
However, Muse does provide a few features for creating a web page design that responds to some degree to resizing of the browser window:
1) Browser Fill Images set to Scale to Fill or Scale to Fit (generally with the page fill and stroke set to none, so the browser fill is the background everywhere)
2) 100% Browser width objects (which can contain background images set to Scale to Fill, Scale to Fit, Center, etc. and which can include text frames)
3) Pinned items, which maintain a specific location offset from one or two edges of the browser window
You may want to look through the sites at the Muse Site-Of-The-Day to get a feel for the spectrum of webpage designs Muse is capable of.
What Zak is saying is that it is not yet possible natively in Muse. But he suggested some faux-responsive layout technique that has been integrated in Muse. Even at that they have their limitations too. Like the browser fill images he referred to does not support 100% height. (Please note)
I hope that is clear.
I also think that the lack of opportunities responsive to Adobe Muse is its great disadvantage. Instead, we were forced to do as many as three different sites under each of the devices! I was very angry, especially when I was doing a template for Adobe Muse Market, have to spend 3 times as much time ...
I 100% agree with eugenezubov. The adaptive solution to mobile was not a direction for Muse.(The team just wanted to give us a temporary solution to ease the request-tensions and the negative publicity it will give Muse) In a tablet version, the contents of a desktop version of a site would often be maintained on that medium, and that will be hell of a work to redo! I'm working on a site now and am finding it difficult delivering on schedule. It's just like doing the site all over again.
Nevertheless, Muse future is bright, if the Muse team can place priority into Muse-BC 'marriage', then non-BC features later. I believe that will help in finding a better workflow and arriving at a perfect solution (BC already supports responsive design/Unlimited list templates, etc )
You have to understand how Adobe works. As a long, long, long time user of their products I have extensive knowledge of how it goes. See Adobe always makes sure the first 3 or 4 versions of a product are completely useless. The whole time pushing "full releases" that dont deserve "beta" titles, and claiming it will be good one day. Then after several years of frustration, they finally just listen to the users and release a version that works well. But 6 months later the product is immediately behind the times because it took 6 years to realize people actually want to use the most current technology.
So in short, to answer your question. No, it does not do very simple things that have been around for years.
This coming from a 19yr (and $36,000) veteren of Adobe Video products.
I use them, I'm good at them, I don't have to like it.
I am really glad I saw this thread! I was ready to jump in and learn Muse because it looks like it fits my kind of design process -- but if there isn't a capability for adaptive/responsive designs, it looks like not only am I designing three sites -- I am also updating three sites!
Maybe I better learn wordpress instead...at least there are free responsive templates from their community.
bzart you might check out Artisteer 4. It creates responisive templates for Wordpress and other CMS like Joomla or Droopal. Its basically a fast and easy css generator that steamlines the process for a designer. I often will generate a layout then edit the files in CC. http://www.artisteer.com/
Muse now has a limited ability to create separate layouts for phones and tablets. This feature was just added to the latest version of Muse CC on November 12, 2013.
While this allows you to build custom layouts, it still doesn't make the program fully responsive. Many designers want to create specific layouts for multiple devices by using multiple media queries. At this time you're only able to build one for phones and one for tablets. This doesn't even allow you control over the orientation of the device (landscape or portrait).
But stay tuned. I'm sure Adobe has more secrets up their sleeves and will be providing more responsive capabilities in the future.
Isn't reflow just for 'mock ups' ? It doesn't create production ready HTML and as far as I know shouldn't be used for live sites .. really Muse and reflow need to merge into one app that is really useful, instead of two almost useful ones
Reflow and Muse are two totally different products aimed at two totally different markets.
Muse is aimed at visual designers and print designers. It is a one-stop shop, a dead-end street. The code is machine written and you can't really hand it off to a developer. So, it's really not a development platform. Adobe may add extensions to it and other features, like shopping carts and blogging engines, but today its limited.
Reflow is designed for building responsive components. It's geared toward coders and web designers. It is still under development. So, you really can't draw too many conclusions from it yet. Eventually, I think it will either be a standalone product or rolled into another product, like Dreamweaver.
I've just started looking at muse, I have a web background but work at a design agency where the designers have limited web skills, I don't think muse is particularly good at building full websites, but I was thinking of suggesting it for building eshot landing pages, so the designers can knock out one off pages.
Do you think this is a good use for it?
I do most of my work in Dreamweaver. It has some visual design capabilities, but not as much as Muse. Muse is nice if you want a few pages and that's it and don't ever want to see the code. It's basically a front end for Business Catalyst and has some very cool features, like slide shows, accordions and menus. Many of those items would take days to hand-code.
But it is not building one page for desktop, tablet and phone, it's building three separate pages. Not the best practice. It's not a web design tool as much as a "webpage" design tool.
Muse is the 'finished' product, results in unusable code, and does not allow responsive design?
Reflow also results in unusable code, but does allow for wireframing/comping a responsive experience?
I'm not sure I see the point of either if the code is unusable for handoff to developers. I guess Reflow could be used to wireframe a responsive layout for demonstration / signoff purposes, but then what's the point if it can't output usable markup and CSS?
(well this got interesting)
Listen carefully "jkijki"...
The email updates you are getting are not coming from actual people...
You are receiving automated updates from what is called a 'thread' on an 'internet forum' for a company called Adobe. Somehow you got subscribed to this "forum thread" and that is why you are getting automated email updates every time someone 'replies' to the 'thread'. Maybe someone else was on your computer at some point?
Perhaps you should ask someone who understands technology a bit more to handle this for you...
If you need to "hand-off" your design to a developer then Muse is not for you. Period.
It's a product designed for a specific market. There are millions of people out there that just need a simple website, but want to be able to create it without learning tons of code that they may never use again. Muse is geared for them.
Reflow is a work in progress. Edge Animate was like this two years ago and now it's a very usable product. Basically, it's an open beta allowing the community to contribute to its development. Building responsive sites is very hard to do for most people. Making it easier is a noble endeavor. Reflow is aiming at that market. Personally, I'm hoping that it becomes a feature of Dreamweaver so I can start using it sooner than later.
So what I'm hearing is: None of these products would be useful in a professional arena / creative agency setting, since they're essentially producing code that developers wouldn't want to touch...
What professionals need are tools that can be used for wireframing responsive interactive prototypes that also produce markup and css that's at least usable enough so developers don't have to start with a blank slate.
Yes, Muse would not be that product. Reflow isn't a finished product yet, so that's not a factor. You'll just have to wait for it to be finalized.
You can always use Dreamweaver or Edge Code if you want to create HTML that you need to hand off. DW is especially helpful because it is very extensible and has a long history with many users. It provides visual design capabilities and the latest version has some advanced CSS trouble-shooting tools.