Deep Thought

Reality check: Why Adobe Muse doesn’t matter.

Recently a number of people in the web community, specifically developers have been complaining about Adobe Muse, a website creation tools for people without coding knowledge. And while I agree that Adobe doesn't know what the community wants, I think the reactions to this tool have been a little too big. Here are my musings (I couldn't resist that badboy).

First up Muse isn't a new concept. In fact there are a billion and one tools to allow people without knowledge of coding to build websites, SquareSpace is just one example. They are not aimed at people who know HTML and CSS, and so people like me don't use them. But the reason these applications are popular isn't because making websites is easy, or because everyone has a web-designer within them, it's because people usually start off with a great template. People who don't have a design background and who then use a service like Muse to build a site without a template, generally end up with a crap website. Does that bother me? Nope, it doesn't impact my trade in a bad way, in fact it's good if anything because I can say to potential clients "look at what this guy did, it doesn't look very good does it? And that' why you should work with me.".

Using a tool like Muse is like buying a microwave meal, it looks the part, it tastes mediocre, and it's full of crap. Although you can create websites with Muse, as developers know, the code it spits out isn't great. This impacts things like SEO, thus making the website harder to find.

Anyone that follows me on Twitter knows that I do sometimes complain about Photoshop. Sure there are some bugs, it's way over-priced, and the company that makes it has lost touch with the creative industry, but to be honest it does the job. I don't expect great things from Adobe, and neither should you. While they are off spending time and effort creating nasty applications like Muse (written in AIR), I'm confident others are looking for an alternative.

So stop complaining about Muse, it wasn't built for you, it doesn't affect you, and although Adobe has changed (despite it once being about the music), it doesn't matter.

Deep Thought

Do you do To do?

In today's modern society, with the ever growing amount of information I find many people are turning to "To do" applications to keep track of all the little things they need to get done in their lives. I'm told they are a God-send; that they couldn't live without them, or that they don't know where they'd be without them. However every time I download one of these applications I find myself entering one or two items to the list and then never using them again.

I downloaded one application, namely Things for the Mac, the other day and entered a task, categorized it and looked around a bit and then exited. I must say I think the interface is beautiful and I admire the sleek design. However as I have found with so many of these applications I just couldn't integrate it with my work-flow. I work on two computers, and sometimes a third, however whenever I want to save a piece of information I just send myself an email.

Am I the only person that finds entering tasks into any application time consuming and detrimental to my work-flow? What is the purpose of these precarious, yet lovely looking, applications? Maybe I'm just not the target market. What do you think?