Despite their clichéd status, animated GIFs still have a place in modern web design, particularly when used artistically, such as the subtle and beautiful Cinemagraphs, or for short animated clips to demonstrate a technique or show off a product.

The problem with GIFs is they load and play automatically by default, which can be a distraction and also cause the page to load slowly while the files download. The GIF Player widget for Adobe Muse lets you place animations that only download and play when your visitors click or hover over the image, giving your design a much more professional and streamlined experience.

Features:

  • Easy setup
  • Click or hover to play
  • Optional preload before play

Quick start guide:

Widget installation:
Download and unarchive the widget zip file.
Double-click the Creative Muse – GIF Player.mulib file to import it into Muse. Alternatively, you can use the Import button in the Library panel within Muse and browse to the file on your hard drive.

Using the widget:
Go to the Library Panel in Muse.
Open the GIF Player widget folder
Click and drag the GIF Player Base onto the design canvas. Important! Place the widget at the top of the design canvas, other wise the widget may not function correctly
Drag the GIF Player Item from the folder onto the canvas below the base widget
Create a new image frame with your placeholder image
Create a unique graphic style
Open the GIF Player Item options
Add the style name you created
Choose the corresponding GIF file
Set the remaining options
Test and publish!

Full Installation and setup information can be found here: http://www.creativemuse.co/creative-muse-gif-player-widget-for-adobe-muse.html#installation-instructions