Adobe Muse update features contact forms and direct file-download links

By | Aug 23, 2012

Adobe's open web publishing tool, created for those with little to no web coding experience, has been updated with new contact forms, an alignment tool, better CSS, and improved widgets. The Adobe Muse update will also enable Japanese locality features and will allow users to add direct file-download links to created websites.

New Features

"The new support for built-in contact forms allows you to easily add, configure, and style contact forms within your website designs," wrote Deepa Subramaniam, Adobe's Product manager for the web platform in a company blog post."By using this new feature, you no longer have to embed HTML code from third-party online form providers. This is just the beginning of work the Muse product team is doing to bring more extensive content management capabilities directly into the product through tighter integration with our site hosting platform, Adobe Business Catalyst."Users with Muse already installed just need to open the app and select "Install Now" from the update screen to get the new features. Other new features include support for HTML5 animations created in Adobe Edge, Italian language support, site map creation, further Adobe Edge integration, the ability to FTP to the host of your choice, and font improvements. You can read the release notes here.Further Use of Cloud Services

Muse was released as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service earlier this year. Midsize IT firms, especially those that offer creative services such as web content marketing and design, will benefit from these upgrades as they seek to enhance their businesses with cloud-based products.

Adobe's cloud-based subscription service allows users access to software from Creative Suite 6 (CS6), with one of the most attractive features of the cloud being that the software is updated with new features as soon as they are created.For midsize IT firms using the Creative Cloud, the Adobe Muse update demonstrates how seriously an industry leader such as Adobe is taking cloud-based subscription. They are viewing the software as a "work in progress," as CNET reports. Rather than having static software, the product is always evolving and ready with the latest updates via the cloud service.As the web evolves rapidly, location-independent working is becoming more prevalent, as is the use of cloud based services. Midsize IT firms should take note of this trend and adapt products such as the Creative Cloud for staff on the move. It could be the business enhancement that gives your staff the flexibility and edge over competitors.This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.