Goodbye to HTML Coding?

by Cary C
The article introduces a new product from Adobe which is called Muse.  Muse is touted as being able to allow a user to create a website without needing to know how to use Cascading Style Sheets or Hypertext Markup Language.  So in essence, it is similar to Adobe’s Dreamweaver program, but it goes further by giving the user more control over the types of items that can be dragged into the page without doing any type of coding.  The article directs the reader to the home page for the Muse product and mentions that that particular page was created using the Muse software.  From there, a user can sign up to use Muse to create their own webpage without needing to code in HTML.  Adobe offers to host the webpage for the creator for a trial period, and then the user can choose to sign up for Adobe’s hosting service on a monthly basis if so desired.

I like this article, because I do not particularly care for creating websites, or at least I do not like coding.  Maybe my dislike comes from the fact that I do not really have too much experience in creating the sites and that I find the coding to be somewhat tedious and boring.  I like the idea of creating something from scratch, and I have done that a lot in other areas of personal life.  However, designing webpages just does not appeal to me.  I have used Dreamweaver in other classes, but I still have not been able to produce anything of significance.  The users of Adobe’s Muse program are apparently touting Muse’s ease and intuitive use, and they are also expressing that despite its ease, Muse is an exceptionally powerful application.

While the software is still only available in a Beta format, it does promise to be an application to keep an eye on in the near future.  As social networking as become more and more prominent, a larger number of users have become more interested in creating webpages for their personal use.  Companies such as MySpace and Facebook have offered users the ability to create their own personal pages for free for years now, but there has always been some restrictions as to what the users could do on the page and on what they could post on the pages.  While there free programs available for download that will help a user create a basic webpage, more advanced programs such as Dreamweaver have been somewhat cost-restrictive for the casual Internet user.  Hopefully, Muse will be released at a realistic price.

 

Reference:

Muchmore, M. (2011, Aug 15th). Adobe Muse Promises Code-Free Web Site Building for Designers. PC Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391088,00.asp.

 

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6 thoughts on “Goodbye to HTML Coding?”

  1. Sounds like an excellent program to me. After using Dreamweaver briefly, there are definitely some features I like about it, but it felt very “old fashioned” compared to most modern applications coming out. For programs like Photoshop I think that the older, more complicated feeling is appropriate due to the uncomfortably large number of features it has. With Dreamweaver, it felt overly complicated for just about everything besides basic text editing… but that’s even easy in a text file. Amusing how drag and drop can improve user experience exponentially.

  2. Cole, I was not impressed with Dreamweaver in our last class together. Of course I can not speak for you, but my main problem during that time may have been my unfamiliarity with HTML in general. Overall, I like the current trends of making designing and developing easier, and I am sure this software will help continue that direction. However, I do have some concerns about the availability of jobs in the future as I see a lot of these programs eliminating positions. But I guess that cycle has been going on for a long time now.

  3. Damn. They keep coming up with these applications that could create websites without coding. I wrote an article about a website called Webs.com that could also create websites without having to code anything. I’m wondering if we should be taking this class haha, joking..

  4. Very interesting article and really hope to see this program flourish out of beta. Not having to code is going to be very encouraging and I feel many will try this out. It will, ultimately make life easier for a lot of people.

  5. Very interesting article! I am glad to know that there is a program that is gonna make way easier the development of Web pages. Web desing and Web development seems so fascinating to me and know it must be the same for others, but when we start seeing all the coding and rules that feeling goes away because it is so complicated. Well, so happy to know that.

  6. This sounds like a good idea that Adobe has come out with. i agree that coding is tedious but its is also something that you should know. however developing tools are great assets for people who have the imagination but not nessessarily the skill set. so i think that this is a great thing that Adobe is doing for the average user

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