In this article we show you how to turn your Adobe Muse Library files in to distributable .muslib files. We also show you how to add your own custom images for inclusion with your library files to display in the Muse library panel.
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So lets say you create a really great widget or layout that you would like to share on your own site, Facebook or of course the Adobe Muse Exchange (much like how we do it on museGrid.com), how do you go about preparing the file for distribution? How can you add a custom image that show when the user has installed the item into their library and clicks on the unit to include in their document? Thats what we are going to show you.
Once you have created your awesome content in Muse open the “Library” panel (only available in Muse 7 or above).
Click on the “Create Folder” icon and name the folder. This should be the nam you want to use as a container for the library items you want to add. For example if you were going to add a number of buttons you may call the folder ‘My Buttons Library’ or such like.
Once that folder is created select the content for the item you want to add to this library (if you are only adding more then one item do not select the entire set of content you wish to add but rather the individual items you want to add in sequence).
Once the content is selected go to the library panel, select the folder and then click the “Add Selected Item” icon to add the item to the folder. Rename the item.
To test the library you may wish to create a blank, new Muse site and then drag the newly added library item from the Muse library panel toy the workspace.
You will notice that when you added the item to the library Muse automatically creates an image of the item (this is saved as a PNG file) for visual reference. We can change this image to be whatever we wish.
This is especially useful if you want to add your own branding to to image to use the widget as a marketing tool.
To do this on a Mac click on the desktop area of your screen, this will show the “Finder” menu. A click on the go option to display the “Library” menu item and click into the library.
Next find the Preferences > AdobeMuseLibrary folder and there you will see a list of the library items within Adobe Muse.
Opening the folder you have created in Muse will show the individual .muse file along with a PNG file of the same name.
By creating a new PNG file in Photoshop and naming it the same as the PNG file in this folder we can drop the new PNG file into the folder and replace the image.
When we return to Muse and click on the Muse library item we will see the new image.
Now that we have our containing folder, library item image and library item we are now ready to package the file ready for distribution.
Adobe Muse has mad this process incredibly easy which shows great forward thinking from the development team.
First select the folder that you wish to packages and that contains the items you want to distribute. Then in the library panel click on the “Export selected items as Muse library button.
Muse will then take you through the very simple process of saving the .muslib file to the location of your choice.
Your file is now ready for distribution.
To test the file delete the library item from your Muse library. Go to the location of your newly saved .muslib file and double click it. The file will automatically install itself into Muse.
What next? Go create some great content, create your libraries and upload to Adobe Muse Exchange.