Eden Carey
Media Teacher

Dreamweaver vs. Muse

I have recently learnt Adobe Muse and really love the GUI and it's ease of use. I am considering teaching Adobe muse to my year 8 - 12 ICT classes and not Adobe Dreamweaver. Can anyone provide any Pros or Cons in relation to this decision.

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Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/21/18 8:20:31 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing your work

Nirupama Narasimhan

Posted on 10/22/15 9:48:11 AM Permalink

We have severe time constraints while teaching in school, so Muse is better. When it's about customizing a web site, we'd choose Dreamweaver. But to take on both would be a great challenge!

Eden Carey

Posted on 10/22/15 12:08:52 AM Permalink

Thank you Everyone. This has been very helpful feedback. I have made the decision to teach Adobe Muse instead of Dreamweaver. The students find it so much easier and can create something awesome in a short period of time. I still teach the concepts but teach it separately to the application.

Jaime Ball

Posted on 10/21/15 11:03:48 PM Permalink

I just started teaching Muse in my web design class for 9th and 10th graders and they love it I still teach Dreamweaver but I did find showing students how to create wire frames and then using Muse to allow them to use wireframes and slices from Photoshop went so much smoother in Muse because they could preview and feel like they were creating actual web pages in Muse as opposed to just making mock ups in Photoshop. I use the Classroom in a book series on Adobe Muse and I found it to be the easiest to teach Muse with. Good luck

Patrick Harrison

Posted on 1/19/15 4:10:56 AM Permalink

Oh, forgot to mention which has tons of free images that can used by you and your students without any copyright hassles. Also the only I have not tried with Muse is creating an app using PhoneGap.

Patrick Harrison

Posted on 1/19/15 4:07:52 AM Permalink

Just is case you have not found the URL I have included, you can get tons of widgets and themes for Muse projects from this web site. I Pay $69.00 a year for all of their stuff. It is a super bargain. The widgets and themes are top quality. They also videos to show you how to use them. This is great resource for you. Cheers!

Jeremiah Baumann

Posted on 12/5/14 3:46:29 PM Permalink

Hello Eden,

As others have said, I think a combination is really the best way to go. Adobe Muse is an amazing product and really lets you get your design (say from Photoshop) into web format. You can do a lot with Adobe Muse . It is a great tool to get a page up and functioning. Then in my workflow, I tend to open it in Dreamweaver to do some custom coding and adding different elements. I think for 8-12 Muse is a great base. Maybe you can split into two classes, start with Muse and then migrate towards Dreamweaver? As an ACE on Muse CC, I think a lot of great features will continue to build, but the foundation of websites are still code and I feel it is still very important in the learning process. Hope this helps!

Patrick Harrison

Posted on 12/4/14 3:59:02 PM Permalink

Hello, I use both in my professional work. Dreamweaver is really for professional web developers and has a steeper learning curve. I use Muse for design projects. It is much more visual and clearly delineates design from implementation. As a tool for web design and implementation without getting lost in CSS, Javascript or finding your students lost in the middle of a project, Muse wins. In terms of teacher evaluation, Muse wins. After 40 years of teaching, I learned to evaluate not only what a tool can do, but also how many ways the student could break it.

Eliot Attridge

Posted on 11/10/14 7:13:38 PM Permalink

Agree with Sjaani here. Start of with Muse (particularly with year 8-10) and expand with DW if students want to be stretched. I think Muse is great (and for creating webpages, it has sped up massively what I needed to do) but if we don't also enable the coding side we're in danger of stopping those who would learn and need to learn.

Jay Muncaster

Posted on 11/10/14 3:15:25 AM Permalink

Good to know Alisha. I am also considering Muse as I teach Adobe CS to Marketing students and do not have the time to work in code and such (and it's not as relevant to the program). Having software that gets them up and running quickly is exactly what I need them to do while integrating with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for a major project

Alisha Crawford

Posted on 11/10/14 2:58:54 PM Permalink

Jay as I mentioned in the earlier post the instant factor is more appealing to have well a designed website quickly and as for integrating Photoshop, illustrator etc. I started the website using Photoshop to create my template and sliced the pieces needed used Muse to create the website. Muse also has the option of creating for the phone and tablet while developing the website. If a person has any web and graphic design knowledge using Muse they can have a decent website almost painlessly. So for your course's needs, you'll be able to dedicate more time to your marketing objectives. Definitely not knocking Dreamweaver but I think I like Muse and maybe should they add other features that eliminate the need for coding altogether then I'll totally love Muse.

Colin Byers

Posted on 11/7/14 4:06:59 AM Permalink

I suppose it depends on the curricular outcomes that you need to meet. I think Muse is a great tool for creating sites, and great for practicing visual design. I would use Dreamweaver if you were required to teach any code based curricula. However, I will say that over the past 5 years I've found that student interest in web design and coding seems to be waning.

Sjaani van den Berg

Posted on 11/7/14 2:08:12 AM Permalink

What about including both Apps? You could introduce the concept of designing websites through Muse, then delve deeper into how sites are created through the coding in Dreamweaver.

You'll have some students who really pick up on the coding side of it and want to get more knowledge of it, and others who are happy with the design approach.

Best practice would be to give students an opportunity to explore many approaches to web design so they can choose that which suits them the best.

Alisha Crawford

Posted on 11/6/14 7:42:32 PM Permalink

Honestly I think I would rather teach Muse simply because it's more instant gratification (not without it's quirks) and don't get me wrong I like Dreamweaver as I learned code and web design using it. However after the two short weeks using Muse I have a decent web site that I'm finishing up some particulars in Dreamweaver. So for me, I think since Muse does some things like Parallax sites easier, the drag and drop, widgets, you can focus your instruction other things like esthetics, impactful content, images etc. Just my 3 cents :-)