Muse 7 has been here for over a week so most regular users should have the latest version by now. In this article we look at some of the great new features and give you a free demo file for you to deconstruct and to learn how to use these great new features.
In this article rather take a look at the individual capabilities of Adobe Muse we will see what the combined tools can achieve.
When we first looked at producing a design that could showcase some of the new capabilities of our favourite Adobe App we knew it had to be something different and so here it is.
The Launch - http://musegrid-launcher.businesscatalyst.com
And the great news is you can down load this file for free.
Muse 7 Demo - Site Launcher - CLICK TO DOWNLOAD (you must have a FREE museGrid account to download this resource)
In this example when the user loads the page they are immediately taken to the base of the design. The code to achieve this could only be implemented by using the unique new .mucow library items that are now possible. More on those later.
At the base of the page we have implemented a new capability to rotate widgets and retain their functionality, in this case we have used the accordion widget to create a vertical opening panel.
As the user scrolls up the page smoke from the rocket emerges and using the scroll motion transparency fx we can fade the graphics in and out.
Continuing to scroll up the page messages fade into view again using the new transparency scroll fx to create a smooth and engaging interactive design.
The intention of this demo is to show you what can now be achieved and with the free file you can reverse engineer our work to learn how to add some of these great new feature for yourself.
Lets finish with an explanation of the .mucow file and why we needed it for this site.
The .mucow file format allows users to define their own addons to Muse that are imported into the new library panel of Muse.
The files are written with XML and can define content to be placed in the <head> area, content <body> areas and footer (just before the closing </body>) of the site. The XML has a custom set of input elements that allow the developer of the .mucow file to create add ons with configurable items. The files can then be package from within Muse itself and distributed through the new Muse exchange.
That small inclusion is able to give us completely new functionality and capabilities.
Musegrid has created a set of free add ons that are available on the new Muse Exchange which hopefully you will find useful.
Search for “musegrid” on the exchange - http://muse.adobe.com/exchange#musegrid-com
In conclusion the new Muse has some great new features that may appear small on the surface but as with this example open a whole new world of design invention for Muse users.
Make sure you update today to get these great new features.
- Transparency Scroll FX
- Scroll interaction with image slideshows.
- Scroll activated Edge Animate animations.
- The new library panel.
- The new .mucow Muse addons.
- Fullscreen image sliders.
- The new button composition.
- And many more.
Keep your eye on museGrid.com for new tutorials, examples and premium content with the new Muse.