Need wireframing application

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I tried to use Muse for wireframing to speed up the development process; our sites require data entry fields, calculations, conditional fields, access control. security that Muse can not handle. I liked being able to show our customer the flow in Muse, but our developers are not happy and say that the html/css/images generated by Muse are not like those produced by our web designers and can not be used as a jumping off point. There should be functionality in Photoshop or Illustrator so that:
1. A designer can create/draw the design/mockup for the site - including masters & an IA site map like Muse, buttons which can be defined for normal & active, rollover & mouse down states, that can be operable in preview. Ideally (unlike Muse), the designer should be able to define a field as a field, ideally being able to define pop up menus, drop down lists, etc. - including those which will populate from elsewhere in the site.
2. Once the design is approved, the designer should be able to convert it to html/css/images, which are given to the web developers.
3. The developers should then be able to use what is generated by Adobe software just as they do what is done by a designer - as a base / front end for which they then code the backend.
In the absence of the above functionality, and because I can not export or copy & paste from Muse to Photoshop or Illustrator, I'm going to have to re-create this entire design in Photoshop, which is brutal.
The frown could be turned upside down if there was a seamless way in Adobe for me, as a designer, to do great wireframes and work out all the details of how the site should look and feel, then get all that information to our developers in a format so that they can easily add, make adjustments, and be able to spend their time on what's complicated on the back end - calculation fields, conditional content, etc. - rather than re-inventing the wheel every time for stuff like roll over button appearance. A program that did this, I'd think, would be a huge incentive for organizations to move employees in different divisions to Creative Cloud.
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