Yesterday Adobe launched the beta of Muse (code name) a new Mac OS and Windows app that promises to let graphic designers create websites as easily as they create layouts for print. The response has this time been pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good – 120,000 downloads from the Adobe Labs website. Actually those are astonishing numbers and show that designers really need something like this. I bet those other Muse guys would like 120,000 downloads in one day!
The app was developed by some of the folks that built InDesign, which has become the standard for page layout and is now leading the charge towards digital publishing.
We’ve also seen some commentary, in the forums, from the web developer community regarding Muse. Just a reminder folks that Muse was created for graphic designers to enable them to design and publish professional, unique HTML websites without writing code or working within restrictive (ie boring) templates. It is something that designers have been asking for and will not impact the continued innovation across our other web development tools and technologies.
However we are taking constructive feedback from all constituencies into our product plans, as Muse matures. So keep it coming designers, developers…
Yes, there are certain windows of time in which photographers actually get to step into the shoes of the product development team at Adobe and contribute to a final release. Today, marks the highly anticipated public preview of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta for Mac and Windows – a sneak peek of what’s to come. Lightroom has historically been an application formed from the direct feedback of photographers to address specific workflow needs. During the beta period photographers can actually moonlight as product developers, contributing their reactions, requests and responses to what currently exists in the application.
Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. Available as a free download on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta delivers an early look at new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools, enhanced slideshow capabilities and direct publishing to online photo sharing sites like Flickr®. Visit http://labs.adobe.com/downloads to learn more and download the beta. Feedback can be submitted on the Lightroom forums: http://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom. Users also can connect with Adobe at www.facebook.com/lightroom or www.twitter.com/AdobeLR, and can add the tag #AdobeLR3beta to tweets about the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta.