Muse for Mac

Muse for Mac

Muse 2 for Mac and iPad is now accessible in beta to all of our Legitimate contributors. Verify your Late the scenes Pass for installation instructions.

Muse 1 is an iPad app cause-constructed for active pondering. Freed from distractions and structure, Muse boards are a natural and intuitive workspace that encourage you end misplaced in belief.

The vision for Muse 2 is to bring your boards to each computing instrument you employ for work. Each instrument cues a particular temper and map of working. iPad, as an instance, is relaxed and informal; and it’s relaxing to work straight away with your fingers. And contemporary for 2.0 is Muse for Mac.

Muse for Mac makes employ of the same place of core ideas as its iPad sibling: nested boards, an commence canvas, neatly off media content material snippets, etc. Nonetheless it’s optimized for what the desktop does most fine: focused productivity, heavy analysis, and bulk editing.

In case you’re a longtime user of Muse for iPad you’ll be factual at residence within the Muse 2 beta on iPad, since now not unprecedented has changed. So for this memo, we’ll spoil down the general particulars on Muse for Mac.

Alongside the formulation, we’ll characterize the general Muse fundamentals, true in case you’re contemporary to Muse or haven’t feeble it in a whereas.

Cards and boards

After you log in to Muse for Mac, you’ll be greeted by an commence canvas. Here is your attach board.

Cards are the everyday unit on the Muse commence canvas. Text, pictures, hyperlinks, PDFs, movies, tweets—all are a card. You would possibly possibly perchance possibly switch, resize, reproduction, and delete any card no topic media form within the bid connected map.

Card manipulation

Pass a card or option Trudge

Resize a card Trudge from the lower-factual nook

Reproduction a card

Context menu → Reproduction


Pass to inbox

Trudge to left aspect of show cloak
Context menu → Pass to Inbox


Boards are a determined form of card that can possess other playing cards. Your individual residence board is the origin for all the pieces else and it’s a board it’s seemingly you’ll well work alongside with esteem every other. Nonetheless every time you opt to pray to initiate up fascinated about one thing contemporary you’ll create a brand contemporary blank board, zoom into that, and initiate your work.

Board navigation

Zoom in Pinch in with trackpad
Double-click on on the board card, image, video, or PDF

Zoom out

Pinch out with trackpad
Encourage button within the toolbar


Pan spherical a board

Two-finger scroll with trackpad
Mouse scroll wheel; withhold shift to scroll horizontally

Plot bardart

Whilst you’re for your contemporary blank board, what now?

Creativity and advise-solving ceaselessly begins with a blank page. As an various, you’d like an gathered place of true-in-time inventive inputs that will give context on the problem, encourage you, and encourage you stare the total characterize.

Here is the attach bringing in content material snippets to your contemporary Muse board begins. You would possibly possibly perchance possibly also pull inspiration or temper items out of your curation tools esteem or mymind. You would possibly possibly perchance possibly also herald notes out of your 2nd brain, equivalent to Evernote, High-tail, or Obsidian. Or clip hyperlinks, pictures, and textual content material from websites with the Muse browser extension.

Adding content material

Add a board

Pass the board card to the attach you opt to bear it and click on to connect.
Trudge out to place its dimension.


Add a textual content material show


Add photos


Add files


Boards initiate up within the higher-left nonetheless can develop factual, down, or each as you add content material. Obtain a card approach the backside of the board, and you’ll be ready to scroll that unprecedented further to continue your route of.


iPad and other touch devices give the pleasure of straight away manipulating items onscreen with your fingers. Nonetheless desktop laptop techniques are usually higher for bulk editing, and a colossal a part of that is selecting many items straight away.

Salvage playing cards and ink

Click on wherever on commence board residence and dart.

Add / bear a card from the preference

click on

Salvage all



Excerpts from pictures, PDFs, and video are supported on Muse for Mac the same map they work on iPad.


Salvage an attach and dart to the inbox.
Context menu → Excerpt


Offer Query

Click on the circle within the lower-left nook of the excerpt card to gape the context within the source.

Pinch in or double click on to zoom to the source.

Context menu

As you’d request from a Mac app, it’s seemingly you’ll well pull up a context menu in most areas.

Context menu

Salubrious click on with mouse
Two-finger faucet with trackpad

adjustclick on

Cards and decisions each bear context menus showing actions that can even be utilized to the one card or playing cards and ink which would possibly possibly well perchance be chosen. A context menu on an commence board gives you a place of actions that it’s seemingly you’ll well judge of there as neatly.

Trudge and topple

Dragging items esteem textual content material, pictures, PDFs, and files into Muse need to aloof work true as you request.

Dragging playing cards or decisions out (including to other Muse residence windows) requires that you withhold chance earlier than starting to drag.

Windows and tabs

iPad is, esteem every touch devices, optimized for a single app onscreen at a time. With Mac, it’s seemingly you’ll well also bear more than one Muse residence windows commence and more than one tabs within each of these residence windows.


From the Preferences pane it’s seemingly you’ll well manage your membership, stare your recordsdata dimension, export debug logs (purposeful when reporting bugs to us), and stare and manage your linked devices.


The Muse 2 beta contains native apps for every Mac and iPad, and connects them collectively by ability of the our syncing service. This lets you seamlessly change between the 2, the usage of the one which most fine suits the attach it’s seemingly you’ll well be within the pondering route of.

On condition that, it’s price digging in comparatively to love how sync works—now not at a technical level, nonetheless the map in which it impacts your each day work.

Logging in and linking contemporary devices

If you speed a new set up of Muse, you’re presented with a login show cloak. Exhaust whatever email you esteem as your sage email, as lengthy because it’s the same on all devices.

Once logged in, your instrument will are attempting to download your cumbersome Muse dataset from our server. (Or if it’s your first login to Muse 2, you’ll secure a itsy-bitsy place of pattern content material.) This step is the most attention-grabbing one which requires a network connection.

Working on-line and offline

Any commerce you produce to your Muse content material—adding a characterize, transferring a card, drawing with your Pencil—is added to the listing of edits stored within the community for your instrument. If you’re on-line, these edits would possibly possibly be uploaded immediately.

In case you disconnect (which it’s seemingly you’ll well are attempting by inserting your iPad into Airplane Mode or turning off the wifi for your Mac), all the pieces will continue to work as recurring. Transferring playing cards, adding content material, excerpting—you’ll never stare a spinner, never be caught waiting to glue earlier than it’s seemingly you’ll well continue. Whilst you reconnect, all of your edits would possibly possibly be uploaded.

Sync place

You would possibly possibly perchance possibly stare whether it’s seemingly you’ll well be linked to the Muse sync service with the grey circle within the higher factual (iPad) or lower factual (Mac). A stuffed circle ability linked, an outline circle ability now not linked.

In case you faucet or click on the circle, you’ll be presented with a network panel that our personnel makes employ of for debugging. Here’s a at the lend a hand of-the-scenes gape true for Legitimate contributors; we belief to simplify this within the general public commence.

Here it’s seemingly you’ll well stare the upload and download progress of packs (itsy-bitsy metadata items esteem ink, textual content material, card dimension and region) and blobs (bigger binary recordsdata esteem photos, movies, and PDFs). Shuffle away the network panel commence whereas you’re working and you’ll stare the numbers judge your sync utter.

Logging out and unlinking devices

In case you opt to acquire the latest instrument out of your sage, employ the Sign off chance (in Settings on iPad, and Preferences on Mac). This would possibly possibly seemingly well perchance also delete all of your local recordsdata on this instrument.

In case you gave away, purchased, or misplaced one in all your devices and decide to acquire it out of your Muse sync, sprint to Settings → Gadgets (iPad) or Preferences → Gadgets (Mac).

Click on “Salvage” or faucet the crimson circle to acquire the instrument. This would possibly possibly seemingly well perchance also attempt self-destruct: the next time that instrument connects to the Muse sync service (when Muse app is commence whereas linked to the guidelines superhighway), this would possibly possibly seemingly well also log off including deleting all recordsdata on that instrument.


We’ve been the usage of the Muse 2 beta, including Muse for Mac, internally on our personnel for the closing couple of months. We’ve already seen the map in which it goes to liberate contemporary workflows, equivalent to ease of transition from the pondering stage of a project to the production segment.

Now we’re enraged to part it with all of you. Give it a are attempting to ship us your feedback.

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