For a completely new project I was wondering if it’s now possible – since we have 2013 and the web exists for nearly 20 years – to have a serious and useful HTML design tool. One that is really focussed on the design workflow rather than coding. So I’ve tried the current release of Adobe Muse. You have to know that it’s not offered as a free preview version. You have to get a single-app membership of the Creative Cloud, so it’s €18.43 a month (if you take the yearly subscription) or €30.73 a month (for the monthly subscription) – sorry, that’s really ripping-of! I’m thinking this because the software is more a toy than a tool. You can draw a circles and rectangles and add some predefined widgets, like a slideshow or an info box. Wow! Even a normal workflow like take a full Photosop or Illustrator File and import it and make it lively as HTML is impossible. Why couldn’t Adobe stick to their Flash Catalyst approach. There you could import those files with every single object, sheets, levels etc. and keep the vectors. I was really impressed. But they decided to let it die. But Muse is lame! Please Adobe use Catalyst as HTML generator!
Ok, to be fair. InDesign 1.0 wasn’t really useful, too. So there is hope. But not for now. I’m still searching a real visual HTML Designer.