What are Addons
INTRO: What are Add-ons.
Add-ons are widgets, extensions and plug-ins developed by third parties to add additional functionality, features or content to Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
In Muse’s case add-ons are items that can be imported or added to the Muse library panel. They could be as simple as a block of filler text to form sample paragraphs or as complex as an entire custom image gallery with responsive code and css effects.
The add-ons marketplace is a website destination that allows users to buy and sell add-ons for most Creative Cloud applications from Lightroom to After Effects.
In the old days...
When Adobe Muse first shipped it came with a selection of widgets that gave Muse users the ability to add image galleries, forms, content sliders, accordion panels and tab panels to Muse sites.
In a later version of Muse, additional widgets were added and the case was made for expansion through the widgets panel with social widgets such as the Google maps, Youtube and social media widgets.
Muse is regularly updated and has many improvements added with every new release. However, with the breadth of the individual site widget and feature requirements increasing at a similar speed it would be impossible and impractical to add all of the add-ons requested to the Muse code base.
The Muse team came up with an ingenious way to facilitate the needs of the Muse user base. A new channel of shared ideas with an ecosystem that could allow new businesses to evolve to power the add-ons market.
Add-ons can be built in Adobe Muse or any code editor.
Add-ons can be created by modifying existing widgets to form styled versions of the widget. This is where many add-ons developers started. Prior to the launch of the library panel widget developers would package their restyled widgets within a Muse file.
The user would then copy and paste the widget from the widget file to their project. Whilst this was fine, it could always be improved.
The addition of the library panel meant that add-ons makers could now save their widget creations to a folder and export the design to distribute using a file format know as .muselib this is a Muse Library file.
This makes distribution a lot more convenient as the users now only needs to download and double click the .muselib file to install the addon into Muse.
Introducing the .mucow format
In a short space of time, the Muse team decided to take the principles they had used with the built in Muse widgets and create a whole new file format. The .mucow (Muse Configurable Options Widget ) and allow users with coding skills to write their own installable widgets that looked and acted like the original widgets that shipped with Muse.
The .mucow uses XML (eXtensible Markup Language) to create form elements. Developers can use drop-down menus, radio buttons, text boxes and more to help produce a vast array of additional functions, tools and novelties to Muse.
As the form and framework features of the .mucow continue to evolve with a little imagination and coding skills, Muse is getting new capabilities. Add-ons and widgets keep Muse’s usefulness in pace with user's needs and wants.
Where else can I find Add-ons (widgets)?
Add-ons are available from other third part vendors in addition to the Adobe Add-ons marketplace and are often called widgets.
You can build your own add-ons, export them from Muse and upload them to the add-ons market to sell or just distribute to the community for free.