Adobe Muse is a software application that enables you to design and publish HTML websites without writing code. The program is targeted towards designers who are uncomfortable around code, but would like to create a decent looking website. Muse is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Membership.
There’s been a lot of talk on the Adobe Dreamweaver Forums about what Adobe Muse is and isn’t, and why it is a waste of time on Adobe’s Part. As with the release of any new software application, there’s always a buzz about its necessity, and where it fits in the web design continuum. Obviously muse still has a lot of critics, but as mentioned earlier, the targeted audience may still consider it valuable.
My opinion on the matter is simple. Muse falls into a category of simple web design applications like RapidWeaver, iWeb, etc. which are targeted towards non web professionals. Muse does deviate from the others mentioned as not simply being more template based.
That said, if you’re strictly a coder or an advanced designer/developer/coder then you should stick with a WYSIWYG editor like Adobe Dreamweaver, or text editors like Notepad++, TextWrangler, or BBEdit. But, if you are a designer whose knowledge of the web/html/code isn’t as advanced, and you are looking to take the plunge into creating a website, Muse was created for you (although, you could still benefit from taking the plunge with Dreamweaver).
Another important point to consider is, if you’re looking to become a full fledged web design professional, it would be beneficial to expand your knowledge and embrace other web design tools beyond Muse.
In an effort not to sideline you from the main topic of this post, here is an informative video by Adobe Creative Suite evangelist Terry White, on How To Get Started with Adobe Muse - 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How To Do.