Boards and cards
Boards are the foundational document type in Muse. They have an open canvas which you can write and place cards on. Boards are made to be nested within each other, similar to the folders on your Mac.
Boards are anchored to the upper-left, and expand to the lower-right as you add content. Board size is limited by which membership plan you are on. So if you run out of space, you might want to upgrade your account.
The outermost board is called your home board. It’s the starting place for everything else. Each time you want to think about something new, add a new blank board card to your home board, zoom into it, and begin your work. You can also use your home board to organize work into different areas, projects, or sections.
Two-finger scroll with trackpad
or scroll with mouse, and hold Shift to scroll horizontally
Space bar + drag
Pinch in / out with trackpad
or zoom in by double clicking a card
or zoom out with the back button in the toolbar
Any content you add to a board will be added as a card. Cards can be moved, resized, duplicate, and deleted as your Muse board evolves.
|Boards||The foundational document type in Muse; a nested open canvas on which your cards live|
|Notes||Great for short annotations and fixed-size "sticky notes"|
|Videos||Can be played directly on the Muse board, or zoomed into for fullscreen playback|
|PDFs||Full documents which can be opened, read, annotated, and excerpted within Muse.|
|Links||Double click to open|
|Tweets||Paste a twitter link to add, creating separate cards for each attached image and link|
|Files||Any file you add to Muse will be copied to your Muse data; double click to open|
Drag from the lower-right corner
New cards appear behind your cursor.
Move the card to where you want it and click to place.
Drag out to set its size.
|Add a board||B|
|Add a note||N|
|Add a photo||P (opens the photo picker), or just drop images from other apps into Muse|
|Add a file||F (opens the file picker), or just drop files from other apps into Muse|
Muse integrates block-based text editing (like you’d find in Notion or Craft) into the open canvas of your boards.
Double-tap anywhere on the board canvas to add a text block. Each paragraph becomes its own block, forming a group with each subsequent block, in which they can be edited and reordered.
Text blocks aren’t restricted to linearity. You can move text groups anywhere on the canvas, and can even drag out individual blocks to continue your train of thought elsewhere.
Double click anywhere on a board canvas to create a new text block.
Drag a text block within its group to reorder it.
Drag a text block out of its group to place it elsewhere.
Hold Shift while dragging to move the whole group.
Drag the right edge of a text block to change its width.
Resizing a text block within a group will change the width of the whole group.
Drag on empty board space, images, or PDFs for band selection.
|Add or remove a card from the selection||Cmd + click on card|
|Edit selected ink||Option + right-click on selection|
Inbox and excerpts
Stash cards onto the inbox stack on the left anytime. The inbox travels with you, like a visual copy-paste buffer. And it’s where new cards you add from outside of Muse appear, ready to be placed where you want them.
Excerpts are an important part of working with PDFs and images in Muse. Excerpt selected content to turn it into its own card, then place it on a board in-between other cards and text. And with Source Peek, you can always go back to the source document of an excerpt.
Drag cards onto the left edge of the app
or right click → Move to Inbox
Select part of a PDF or image, then drag it to the inbox.
or right click → Excerpt
Click the circle in the lower-left corner of the excerpt card to see its context in the source document.
Pinch in or double click to zoom into the source.
Getting things out
Once you’ve developed an idea in Muse, eventually it will be time to move it to a production app (like Notion, Keynote, or Photoshop). Muse makes it easy to take any of your content and move it to another app, or share it with a colleague, for the next stage of your work.
Option+ drag a card or selection to another app
|Share a card||Right click on card → Share (then select the app you want to share with)|
|Export a card||Right click on card → Export|
|Share the current document||Share button in the toolbar (then select the app you want to share with)|
|Export the current document||File → Export|
|Export all your data||Muse → Preferences → Data → Export all data|
While Muse stores all your content locally on-device, it also automatically uploads a copy to our servers to sync across your devices. This custom local-first technology combines the reliability and speed of native apps with the convenience of cloud-based apps.
All edits are immediately synced between your devices. When you are offline, everything will continue to work as normal without spinners or loading screens. Any further local edits will simply be synced as soon as you come back online.
Muse indicates sync status in the lower right corner of the window:
- A gray dot means that Muse is connected and all edits are synced.
- A flashing black dot means that Muse is connected and currently syncing edits.
- A black-outlined circle means that Muse is offline, with queued local edits waiting to sync when you come back online.
- A gray-outlined circle means that Muse is offline, but you haven’t made any edits that would need to be synced.
Click the circle in bottom right corner of the app.
You will see the current status, and how much data remains to be uploaded / downloaded
|Add a new device||Log in on a new device with your email address to start syncing content|
|Log out your device||Muse → Preferences → Membership → Log out (logging out will delete all local data)|
|Unlink another device||Muse → Preferences → Devices → Unlink (unlinking a device will delete its local data)|
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