An Affair with Adobe Muse

2017-08-28 18:04 Adobe Muse, Web Design, Project

Wow, Adobe Muse has a great community following it. Passionate entrepreneurs, adding website design to their service offerings. The main business of most of the community is to provide Marketing, Branding, Design, and more to Small to Medium sized local establishments. I find Muse both Powerful and Limiting at the same time. Being a software engineer and able to hand code a website from nothing, using only Notepad++ or the like, it is amazing to see the Design Process. While the Design features are crazy cool, it is missing the Dynamic features most business owners need.

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Building a web design tool

I have been thinking a lot lately about building website templates to sell on different template marketplaces. However, my current workflow for designing and developing the front end is horrid. Mainly I am using sublime text or atom, and manually running SASS and CoffeeScript to compile to a media directory for use by the HTML files, which are in most cases at the moment, actually PHP files in my CodeIgniter views directory. If I am going to try and pump out some templates, I am going to need a better workflow than this.

I think I want an online template creation tool.

What I am really thinking about is creating an online IDE of a sort that will automate a lot of my workflow, and easily allow me to test my designs while iterating extremely quick. My current plan is to build a basic project structure that will be forced onto all template projects that it create. This will be similar to the automated project management in VisualStudio for C++ and C# projects, which are still tons more flexible than I am planning for my project management. I am also considering making my own Package manager for managing my SASS and CoffeeScript/JavaScript files. I know that I can use bower, however it is overly complicated for what I am really trying to do, and doesn't manage the libraries exactly how I would like.

What I need to build first.

 

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Building a web design tool

I have been thinking a lot lately about building website templates to sell on different template marketplaces. However, my current workflow for designing and developing the front end is horrid. Mainly I am using sublime text or atom, and manually running SASS and CoffeeScript to compile to a media directory for use by the HTML files, which are in most cases at the moment, actually PHP files in my CodeIgniter views directory. If I am going to try and pump out some templates, I am going to need a better workflow than this. TEST

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