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The most similar website building experience to Adobe Muse is Sparkle Visual Website Builder

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Sparkle Visual website builder has the same free-form design capability as Adobe Muse

Published | March 2021 

This article is for people who are experienced in building websites with Adobe Muse

While Muse is still a working website builder, development has unfortunately ceased. With Adobe choosing to EOL Muse, it has left many people who want the same free form design capability as Adobe Muse scratching for options. 

There is only one website building app available today that offers the same free form design capability as Adobe Muse, and that is Sparkle visual website builder.

Drag and drop website builders are not a substitute for Muse’s ‘Free Form Design’ capabilities. Sparkle visual website builder is, however it is available only on macOS. 

If you built websites with Adobe Muse on a PC / Windows and you want the same free form website building capabilities you might want to consider moving to a Mac.

Responsive Design - Sparkle’s Vs Adobe Muse

Adobe Muse introduced responsive design not long before its EOL (and probably was the reason for its demise), combining free form design (visual editing in Sparkle’s terms) with responsive transitions form one breakpoint to the next.

Variable width breakpoints have a lot to with why so many websites look so bland and so the same. So much creativity and freedom to experiment is lost to variable width breakpoints. With Sparkle, you are free to move things around on the page, and where you place them is exactly where they stay.

Adobe Muse and Sparkle UI

Sparkle’s user interface is based on the Mac Os. It seems relatively simple but there are meny hidden features that appear when you select an object.

Before I go any further I must add once caveat–Sparkle only works on macOs. So if you are a PC user, you’ll need a Mac. In my opinion, its worth it. 

So what’s the same? 

Just like in Muse, you add items from the toolset to the canvas, resize and move them until you are happy with the result and move onto the next item. You repeat this process on each device type that you are using in your website.

What Sparkle does have:

  • Universal text styles
  • Universal colours
  • Precise text and and paragraph formatting
  • Imported graphics are automatically optimised
  • Publish via ftp at the click of a button
  • Export to disk


What Sparkle doesn’t have:

  • Variable width breakpoints
  • Typekit
  • A PC version 


What’s similar but different in approach?:

  • Master page items - Shared items in Sparkle
  • Preview - Sparkle’s preview mode is hands down much better
  • Widgets - Sparkle is developing its own set of built in features.  All other integrations are done with Embed HTML, which is the same as Muse’s Insert HTML


What could be better?

I miss the feature in Muse where you drag a guide down the and every item below it moves down with it. But with Sparkle’s regular improvements, who know’s what the’er going to come up with.


What’s is better?

  • In performance and reliability – Sparkle is clearly leaps ahead of Muse. Published websites are faster than Muse and perform really well in Google Page Speed tests. 
  • Form security – Sparkles built in form feature is great at preventing spam. When you switch over you will notice the reduction of spam within days of publishing your website 
  • Update cycles – Sparkle is being updated regularly, almost daily in fact. But believe it or not, with no website breakages or downtime. With Sparkle, the update nightmare is over


And drumroll… what Sparkle has that Muse never had:

Sparkle vs 3, published in late 2020, now has:

  • A blog feature. So now you have a site builder that works like Adobe Muse, but has a blog
  • SEO Assistant - The SEO assistant is built in, which gives you a page by page report on what can be improved. When it was first released it freaked a lot of people out because of what it flagged. But keep in mind it’s an assistant. So YOU choose if you want to act on its recommendations or not 

Can I collaborate on a Sparkle website with a colleague?

You can collaborate with a colleague (or client that has a Mac) using iCloud or Dropbox. In my experience, iCloud is a much better experience.

How do I backup a Sparkle website?

Copy your Sparkle source file to an external volume or a cloud service. On a modern mac that’ll take about all of 5 seconds.

Is Sparkle expensive?

Sparkle offers multiple purchase grades. Our recommendation is the Sparkle Pro subscription, which is currently about $120USD/year. 

Where can I buy Sparkle?

  • Sparkle Store
  • App Store on your Mac, you can find it in the create section


Do I need to purchase additional plugins, widgets etc?

No you don’t. 

What about templates and themes for Sparkle?

You can get sparkle themes and templates right here. 


Chris,
Creator of Sparkle Themes

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