Adobe Muse

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Adobe Muse
Developer(s)Adobe Systems
Initial releaseMay 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)
Stable release
CC 2018 (2018.1.0.266)[1] / April 4, 2018; 5 years ago (2018-04-04)
Written inFlash, Flex, AIR
Operating systemOS X and Windows
Available in19 languages[2]
List of languages
American English, British English, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
TypeWebsite builder
LicenseTrialware software as a service[3]

Adobe Muse is a discontinued no code offline website builder used to create fixed, fluid, or adaptive websites, without the need to write code.[4] It generates static pages, but does not manage hosting. Users can add more advanced functionality such as blogging and E-commerce to their website with plugins created by third-party developers. This application is available to download through Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription. Technical support for Muse ended on March 26, 2020. The final feature improvement release was made available on March 26, 2018.[5][6]



Adobe Muse themes are created inside Adobe Muse and shared as a .muse file. Themes do not require any configuration or setup to get running. Since Adobe Muse generates static HTML files, the files can be exported to the browser for testing without needing to be hosted. However, because of its static nature, themes cannot be applied to existing content and content cannot be imported into a theme. Since themes are created inside Adobe Muse, they do not require knowledge of any code. Free starter designs are offered on Adobe Muse.[7] Themes can be viewed via a built in 'Preview' option that allows users to preview their website in the application. Users can also temporarily host their website in Business Catalyst for free as part of the Creative Cloud subscription.


Adobe Muse widgets are written in an XML format called MuCow (Muse Configurable Options Widget).[8] Widgets are placed onto a Muse canvas and their content is embedded directly into the HTML of the site. Widgets have allowed Muse users to add blogs, eCommerce, animations, etc. to a Muse website.


When Muse was initially created in May 2012, it was made to generate websites for 3 types of devices (Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile). Using viewports and redirects, a Muse website users would access a site that was built specifically for their generic device type. In May 2012, fluid design was just beginning to be used mainstream. After years of requests, Muse was made capable to build fully responsive content in its 2015.1 release.

Release history[edit]

Version Released Improvements included
1 May 7, 2012 Initial release[9]
2 August 20, 2012 Built-in contact forms, auto generated sitemaps, auto generated navigation, faster loading times, and ability to attach files[10]
3 December 11, 2012 Enhanced code quality, html5 animations, and mobile layout options[11]
4 February 26, 2013 Spelling checker, export options, and code quality[12]
5 June 17, 2013 In-browser editing, scroll effects, and layers panel[13]
6 August 13, 2013 Parallax scrolling[14]
7 November 13, 2013 Ability for developers to create 3rd-party widgets, social media widgets, and full-screen slideshows.[15][16] was created as the official source for Adobe Muse widgets.
2014 June 18, 2014 A complete software rebuild with 64-bit support, in-app preview, and HiDPI support[17]
2014.1 August 13, 2014 Self-hosted web fonts, bullet and numbered lists, and reCaptcha integration[18]
2014.2 October 6, 2014 SVG import, text synchronizing across desktop and mobile, secure FTP support, and find and replace[19]
2014.3 February 11, 2015 Usability and performance improvements, show and hide frame edges, secure FTP auto-detection, and HiDPI support for Windows[20]
2015 June 15, 2015 Adobe Stock integration, Typekit integration, and contact form updates[21]
2015.1 February 8, 2016 Free-form responsive web design, customizable starter designs, and integrated with Adobe Stock[22]
2015.2 June 20, 2016 Better collaboration with libraries, asset collector, and improved Illustrator workflows[23]
2017 November 4, 2016 Support for animations through CC Libraries, power zoom functionality, and support for Google reCAPTCHA version 2
2018 March 26, 2018 Final release

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Adobe Muse Release Notes". Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Adobe Muse FAQs". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Creative Cloud plans". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Muse Homepage". Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "End of service for Adobe Muse". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "As Adobe continues to re-focus on developing products and solutions that provide our customers with the most value, we are now announcing the end of new feature development for Adobe Muse CC." - Adobe Muse Product Announcement email, March 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tutorials". Adobe Muse Widget Directory. Archived from the original on October 29, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "MuCow Documentation". Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Adobe Muse release 1". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Adobe Muse release 2". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Adobe Muse release 3". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "Adobe Muse release 4". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Adobe Muse release 5". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  14. ^ "Adobe Muse release 6". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  15. ^ "Adobe Muse release 7". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  16. ^ "MuseWidgets". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  17. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  18. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014.1". Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  19. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014.2". Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  20. ^ "Adobe Muse 2014.3". Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  21. ^ "Adobe Muse 2015". Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  22. ^ "Adobe Muse 2015.1". Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  23. ^ "Adobe Muse 2015.2". Retrieved August 11, 2016.

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