There is a lot of misinformation going around about Adobe Muse. Much of this misinformation is rooted in evaluations of early Public Beta versions of the software which were released many months before the initial release of Adobe Muse 1.0. Adobe released Adobe Muse 2.0 in August, 2012 and the code is quite different from those early pre-1.0 Public Betas.
You Design, We Code
The promise of Adobe Muse is that it allows Designers to design without worrying about the code. Adobe keeps this promise with frequent releases of Adobe Muse with new features for Designers and significant code improvements.
Muse is a tool that targets traditional Designers so that they do not have to know about code. Therefore, we put a lot of emphasis on creating features that are familiar to Designers such as master pages, paragraph and object styles, ruler guides and other graphic design paradigms. However, as engineers and developers ourselves, we care a great deal about the quality of code that Muse generates. From the very beginning, our mantra has been “Please the Designer, Honor the Developer.” To that end, we continue to make significant improvements to the code that Muse generates. All you need to do to obtain those improvements is to re-publish your site with the latest version of Muse.
How do we evaluate code improvements?
- Cross-browser compatibility
- Load performance of the site
- Accessibility and Usability
We also work to ensure all of our code follows good SEO practices and guidelines whenever possible.
Adobe Muse is offered via subscription, which allows Adobe to release updates as soon as they are ready. Adobe Muse 2.0 was released in August, 2012, three months after the initial Adobe Muse 1.0 release and it is packed with a number of new features for Designers as well as significant code generation improvements. Latest Features
Some Benchmark Metrics
We frequently put Muse through a series of automated tests to not only find bugs and improve stability, but also to analyze the output. Let’s look at some of the metrics collected for Adobe Muse after publishing a collection of sites using the various public releases of Adobe Muse.
|Metric||Beta 5||Beta 6||Beta 7||Muse 1.0||Muse 2.0||Avg. Improvement|
|Total Output Size||7643K||7764K||7947K||6915K||5966K||22% smaller|
|Total HTML Size||1498K||1549K||1527K||1428K||922K||38% smaller|
|Total Image Size||4239K||4231K||4224K||4208K||3781K||11% smaller|
|Total Number of Images||547||541||433||187||109||80% fewer|
Note: Averages are from a collection of customer sites published from the listed releases. Results vary based on the design of the site.
This table of metrics shows that there is a concerted and continual effort to improve load times by decreasing the overall size of the site as well as the total number of files generated.
Specific Code Improvements
What specific changes led to these size improvements? That will be the subject of my next post.