Adobe came up with the software called Adobe Muse in 2011 and was greeted with open arms. It is a design software that makes websites. If you are a non-coder, you can very well imagine why it became so big. They basically created WYSIWYG editor and mixed it in with InDesign and together they could produce real live websites. They definitely took their sweet time coming up with the software but it was Adobe’s best. Of course there were limitations but what software does not have them. Moreover, when a particular software is offering that much, one tends to overlook certain shortcomings.
While Muse can take care of a lot of things on its own, the best part about it is that it has a complete library filled with several widgets that you can use and add to your website for enhanced performance. These widgets can range from contact forms, to light boxes, to slideshows, to menus, you name it. After you are done with the basic design of your website, these widgets would sort of give life to it in various different respects. We came up with few of the best widgets to get you started. So check out these 18 Widgets to enhance Adobe Muse.
In case you didn’t know, when a website is loading, there are many a things going on in the background. Sometimes, the designer would want these things to load completely before you could see them. Of course it makes a bolder statement instead of having stuff load one at a time. This particular widget adds a spinning animation along with a custom message that you can personalize to your will. It will be visible to readers before the see the page that is being loaded.
17. Navigation Bars
While menus are very simple to create off the bat, they are quite bland if you use them out of the widget library. They are gray and there is no real style involved and it would take a lot out of you to come up with a creative one. This particular widget will make your life easy by providing five different variations that you could use.
All you need to do is drag and drop to create a website using Muse. However, one thing that it lacks is the ability to have placeholders for images. This particular widget is something that effectively fixes the problem by creating several different prototypes and placeholders to be used when you are being all creative.
15. FAQ Box
We are certain that you know what this is all about. This FAQ Box is a combination of different widgets that would create a standard FAQ box to reveal a question and answer. This is a very handy widget if you are looking to run a website for some sort of business.
14. Genius Gallery
This is an attempt to create an image gallery along with a lightbox. This is particular classy if you want to show off some photography or other pieces of work that involves pictures. It is extremely decorated and can be editied.
13. Mobile Lite
While most of the widgets included in this list have one thing or the other to do with aesthetics, this one is a little different. It adds some code to your web page which makes your website downloadable on some iPhones which can then be viewed offline. Quite useful we would say.
Did you ever make a really creative website and then got stuck on what sort of buttons to use because the social media icons, more like buttons, are pretty standard and boring looking? Well, take a look at this widget and see what it can do for you.
11. Squarebox Slider
Sliders may be a little challenging to use with Muse but this widget would create sliders that create square and block elements very easily.
You will not see a lot of people talking about Muse’s use as a wire framing application. Here we are telling you that you can do it using this very application and widget instead of wasting hundreds of dollars on something more expensive to handle something along the same lines.
If you are looking for a cool way to show off your website, you need this widget. This is an introduction animation that scrolls through a bunch of phrases before loading up your homepage. Be a little creative with this and it could become a very interesting introduction to your website.
As you can see by the name, this is a gallery. The Kodak Gallery creates a tooltip menu which is kind of similar to some Apple products if you consider that the entire environment is changed when you scroll over it. if you have a single page website, this is one widget you should definitely try out.
Lance configured some sample MuCows (Muse Configurable Options Widgets). They are from Adobe Muse Team so consider if official. These widgets are available for anyone to use and include some pretty cool things like image holders, sliding text and line styles.
You know what a lightbox is. This is pretty similar to that one. This widget will allow you to view video when you click on a particular thumbnail. If you have loads of videos in your portfolio, or otherwise want to show off different videos, this is the widget for you.
If you want to create a portfolio or single page websites, this is the widget for you. If you have infographics, graphical or statistical data, this particular widget will come in very handy.
If you are looking to put more than a single gallery on one page, you should definitely try this widget. If you have different categories of pictures that you want displayed in separate galleries, you could use this widget.
3. Rollover JS
Muse will allow you to create active and hover states for your elements, but adding images and animations to your rollovers is a whole another story. While you cannot do that by default functionality, this widget uses Edge animations to create rollovers for your linked images.
If you have a website that lists products or services that require loads of contact or support, you may want to consider using this particular widget. It would create a form that is hidden until called upon.
While many of the widgets with Adobe Muse are free, this particular one is not. This library requires you to pay $39 every year but it would offer over 60 widgets that range from photo galleries, to form sliders, to contact forms etc. and they could come in very handy for a lot of your Muse projects. Do give it a thought.