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XARA DESIGNER PRO+ Release Notes
Scroll through this document to see a description of all the great new features released in the latest version of Xara Designer Pro+ (included in Xara Cloud+, our great value bundle of Xara Cloud and Designer Pro). If you have an active subscription to Xara Cloud+ then these updates are free and they will be downloaded automatically.
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Version 20.0 (04-Jun 2020)............................... 3 Improved Export of Web Documents.................. 3 Tool Switch on SmartShape insertion................. 4 Don’t resize SVGs on import...................................... 4 Other Fixes & Minor Improvements.................... 4 Version 20.1 (25-Jun 2020)............................... 4 High DPI Display Support............................................ 4 Export Options for SuperSites................................. 4 Settings.................................................................................... 5 Other Fixes & Minor Improvements.................... 5 Version 20.2 (04-Aug 2020)............................. 5 Tables - tab key support............................................... 5 Tab setting controls for Table Of Contents...... 5 Minor Improvements..................................................... 7 Bug-fixes................................................................................. 7 Version 20.3 (07 Sep 2020)............................. 7 Selection UI........................................................................... 7 Footer Designs................................................................... 8 Other Improvements..................................................... 9 Bug-fixes................................................................................. 9 Version 20.4 (07 Oct 2020).............................. 9 Selection UI........................................................................... 9 PDF Import Improvements...................................... 11 Other Fixes/Improvements..................................... 11 Version 20.5 (11 Nov 2020)......................... 12 Selection UI........................................................................ 12 Web Export Settings..................................................... 12 Headers................................................................................ 14 Other Improvements & Fixes................................. 14 Version 20.6 (02 Dec 2020)......................... 15 PDF Editing......................................................................... 15 Minor Improvements.................................................. 15 Version 20.7 (16 Dec 2020)......................... 16 CMYK Color Profile........................................................ 16 Other Fixes & Improvements................................. 16 Version 20.8 (1 Feb 2021).............................. 16 CMYK Color Profile Control..................................... 16 PDF Filename in Web exports............................... 17 Selector Tool Handle Visibility............................... 18
PDF Import Improvements & Fixes.................... 18 Other Improvements & Fixes................................. 18 Version 21.0 (10 Mar 2021)........................ 18 Smart Duplication.......................................................... 18 Selection Improvements........................................... 19 PDF Editing Improvements...................................... 19 Other Improvements & Fixes................................. 19 Version 21.1 (22 Apr 2021).......................... 20 WebP Image Export...................................................... 20 WebP Images in Websites........................................ 22 PDF Import......................................................................... 22 Word Import...................................................................... 22 Other fixes & improvements.................................. 23 Version 21.1.1 (29 Apr 2021).................... 23 Bug Fixes and Improvements................................ 23 Version 21.2 (18 May 2021)........................ 23 WebP Image Import..................................................... 23 New Timelines & Smart Diagrams...................... 23 Word Import/Export Improvements................. 25 Other Bug Fixes and Improvements................. 25 Version 21.3 (28 May 2021)........................ 26 Template Locking for Xara Cloud........................ 26 Fixes........................................................................................ 28 Version 21.4 (24 Jun 2021)........................... 29 Open Graph....................................................................... 29 Shape Editing Improvements................................ 31 Other Fixes & Improvements................................. 32 Version 21.5 (3 Aug 2021)............................. 33 Web Improvements...................................................... 33 Show Printer Colors..................................................... 34 Text Improvements....................................................... 34 Import/Export.................................................................. 34 Other Fixes/Improvements..................................... 34
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Version 20.0 (04-Jun 2020)

Improved Export of Web Documents

Web documents published in Designer Pro+ (such as presentations or SuperSites) now have the same flexible User Interface as Xara Cloud ‘Share To Web’ documents. There are some new easy to use page and zoom controls at the bottom of the page, and the option for viewers to download the document as a PDF or set it to full screen view at the top. New options for presentations and SuperSites In Designer Pro+ you can decide whether or not to include the downloadable PDF of your document - see the new Include a PDF download option on the Utilities > Web Export Options … dialog. When included the PDF is generated with default High Quality settings.
download as PDF select a page by clicking the thumbnail step thru the pages alter the zoom set to full screen (Esc to revert)
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The new user interface appears for all types of documents from presentations to print (SuperSites), but websites continue to export as before. When the PDF option is on, the UI includes a large top bar that has a Powered by Xara logo in the top left corner. If you wish to disable this top bar, you can do so by turning off the PDF option in the Web Export Options dialog.

Tool Switch on SmartShape insertion

In previous versions we select the QuickShape tool whenever a SmartShape is inserted into a document, so that the object’s smart handles are visible. However since we now have the option to show smart handles in the Selector Tool we now select this tool instead when smart handles are on (as they are by default).

Don’t resize SVGs on import

Imported SVG graphics are no longer scaled, they are imported at the size defined by the SVG, with the exception of images from Pixabay (because their sizes are wide ranging and unpredictable).

Other Fixes & Minor Improvements

Fixed an issue which caused the color editor dialog to lose dropdown menu after changing height Fixed an issue which caused the Get Color from Photo tool to be disabled whilst photo is selected Fixed invalid embedded repelling objects when importing Word documents Fixed an issue which caused certain .docx files to crash Designer Pro+ Fixed an issue where 1bpp images were being corrupted on export to PDF Fixed an issue which caused text formatting to enter an infinite loop Fixed an error which caused Designer Pro+ to not shut down cleanly Fixed an error when pasting the contents of another file with a locked MouseOff layer

Version 20.1 (25-Jun 2020)

High DPI Display Support

Designer Pro+ now makes best use of the screen resolution whatever the Windows scale factor is set to. On high-resolution screens, like 4K Monitors and devices like Surface Pro tablets, document display is sharper. Even on lower resolution screens, you can now use the Windows display settings to make the controls bigger, while the document display still uses the screen’s full resolution.

Export Options for SuperSites

The Page Thumbnails & PDF Download checkbox on the Utilities > Web Export Options dialog now optionally turns on & off the new navigation options introduced for web documents such as presentations and Supersites in v20.0 (see the 20.0 section for full details). These include: Full screen button
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A downloadable PDF of the whole document/site A pop-up page thumbnail bar Additional navigation buttons If the option is off, sites and documents export to the web in the same way as earlier versions of Designer. In all cases websites set to export as Conventional Website in the Utilities > Web Export Options dialog will work as before with no additional navigation UI added.

Settings

Users are no longer prompted about settings when starting an updated version of Designer. Designer will use the user’s current settings. In case users do need to reset all settings back to their default values, a new Default Settings option has been added to Utilities > Options > Tune-ups.

Other Fixes & Minor Improvements

Fixed an issue which prevented a correct export of alt rainbow fills to web Fixed an issue which caused selecting text on new web UI moved to previous page Fixed an issue which prevented RAW file import Fixed an issue which caused errors when updating Table Of Contents Fixed an issue which caused links not working in web export with some Panel components

Version 20.2 (04-Aug 2020)

Tables - tab key support

You can now press the tab key to move from one table cell to the next, or Shift+Tab to move backwards. If you press tab with the text caret in the last cell of the table, a new row is added.

Tab setting controls for Table Of Contents

When a Table Of Contents (TOC) includes page numbers, you can now control how the tab space between the heading and the page number is displayed. You can choose what character should be used to fill the space (most commonly a “.” character, which is the default setting) and also the spacing of those characters in the tab space.
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Simple TOC with levels 2 & 3 tab spaces filled with “.” To insert a new TOC, place the text caret and choose Insert > Table Of Contents. Or to update an existing TOC, right-click in it and choose Table Of Contents > Properties, from the context menu. The Table Of Contents dialog appears. Table Of Contents Dialog The Include page numbers option has been moved into a new Page Numbers section of the dialog. With this option on, the other controls in that section become enabled, allowing you to choose the character that should be used to fill the tab space before the page number, and the spacing of those characters. A spacing value between 0 and 10 is normally suitable, but you can set higher values if you want much larger spacing. You can set different character and spacing values for each of the first 3 levels (Heading 1 to Heading 3). Levels 4 and above, if included in the TOC, will use the same settings as those set for Level 3. If you don’t want any character to fill the tab space, simply clear the tab character field.

Custom Spacing - Advanced

Spacing works by adjusting the tracking setting on the tab characters within the TOC. The dialog above allows you to set any value in em/10 units. If you need finer control over the spacing, you can use the
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Tracking control on the Text Tool InfoBar to set any tracking value you like directly on the TOC, instead of using the dialog. Select the first tab character on the first line of the TOC to set the spacing for the first level in your table. Set the tracking value you want on the tab, then right-click Table Of Contents > Update. All first level lines of the TOC are updated to use the spacing/tracking that you set on the first line. Similarly you can set the spacing for levels 2 and above by selecting the tab in the first line of each level that appears in the table and adjusting the tracking, then doing an Update. The dialog only allows you to set the tab space character for the first 3 levels. But you can use the same approach described above to overcome this, if you have a TOC with 4 or more levels. Select the tab of the first Level 4 line, right-click, Tab stop properties…. Choose the character you want to use. Then update the TOC as described above to update all Level 4 lines in the table.

Minor Improvements

Paste format/attributes operation no longer pastes links.

Bug-fixes

Upgrade button resolution fixed. Table row/column selection fixed. Bitmap tracer truncated text fixed. PDF import very slow due to text used as clipping path. Fixed. Dialog layout improvements for HiDPI. Bitmap tracer dialog cropped label. Fixed. Rotate/scale inside handle missing on upright photos. Fixed. Popup photo doesn’t work due to Quickshape with bitmap fill. Fixed. CMYK color editor fields could be mis-aligned. Fixed. Text Style change on pie chart not handled correctly. Fixed. Pro+ window does not restore maximized on 4k screen. Fixed.

Version 20.3 (07 Sep 2020)

Selection UI

New SmartShape Handles

The handles on SmartShapes (tables, charts, shapes, text panels, etc.) have been improved, made more consistent and now match the handles used in Xara Cloud. Note functionality hasn’t changed.
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Example SmartShapes with new handles

New Selector Tool Handles

The selection handles shown when in the Selector Tool have also been updated. These are shown on all types of object that don’t have their own smart handles, and on all multi-selections as in the example below. Multi-selection with new Selector Tool handles

Footer Designs

These are new components that automatically size and position themselves at the bottom of the page on insertion. They are also made repeating on insertion, so that they appear on every page of your design. Example Footer design
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Each footer typically has a logo, page number and a line of text. To insert a footer use Insert > Footer …, which opens the Content Catalog onto the selection of footer components. If you insert a new footer when there is already a footer in the design, the new footer replaces the old one and where possible the content of the old footer is maintained in the new footer.

Other Improvements

Image Import Resolution

In earlier versions of Designer large images imported into web documents were always automatically reduced in size to Full HD resolution. Designer now prompts about this so the user can choose to import either the original image or a reduced image, as when importing into print documents.

Google Fonts Update

40 new fonts added: Alata, Alatsi, Baskervville, Bebas Neue, Bellota, Bellota Text, Caladea, Calistoga, Comic Neue, Courier Prime, DM Mono, Epilogue, Gelasio, Girassol, Gotu, Grenze Gotisch, Gupter, Ibarra Real Nova, Inria Sans, Inria Serif, Inter, Jomolhari, Jost, Kulim Park, Manrope, MuseoModerno, Odibee Sans, Oxanium, Public Sans, Recursive, Red Rose, Rowdies, Sen, Solway, Sora, Spartan, Sulphur Point, Tomorrow, Varta, Viaoda Libre

Bug-fixes

SVG import: Remove empty groups. Name Gallery HiDPI fix Bleed margin fix for print pages when exporting to PDF

Version 20.4 (07 Oct 2020)

Selection UI

Improved Rotation Center Handling

By default when you rotate an object, the origin of the rotation is the object’s centre point. But you can move this origin to rotate any objects around a common origin point. First turn on visibility of the rotate centre by pressing the toggle button on the Selector Tool infobar.
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Rectangle selection with rotation centre visible Now you can drag on the center point handle to move it anywhere on the page. For example if you move it to the center of the page, then when you rotate the rectangle or any other objects, they will all rotate around the center of the page. Unlike in earlier versions of Designer, the visibility and position of the center handle is now maintained until you press the button again to turn visibility off. You can change selection, switch to and from other tools and even switch to different pages and the rotation handle keeps its position. To revert to normal, where objects rotate around their own centers, just turn visibility off again.

Selection box offsets on small objects

When you are zoomed out in Selector Tool, or have very small objects in your design, the selected object may be very small on screen so there is very little space for Designer to show the selection box with its handles. So now in such cases you will notice that Designer shows a larger selection box around the object, so it’s easier to work on it without having to zoom in.
Large object on screen - selection box is  tight to the object Small object on screen - selection box is  bigger than the object
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New QuickShape handles

QuickShape Tool selection handles have been updated to match the new Selector Tool handle style. QuickShape editing handles

PDF Import Improvements

Many fixes and improvements to import of PDF documents, including: Wrong fill colors on some shapes. Fixed. CMYK image imported inverted. Fixed. Links to next/previous page not imported. Fixed. Also some improvements to the export of imported PDF documents to web: Wrong font weights on some text in web export. Fixed. Narrow lines invisible in web export. Fixed. Dropped capitals wrong positioned. Fixed. Some embedded fonts failed to be exported to web. Fixed. Text with outlines now export to web correctly. Image resolution now better in web export.

Other Fixes/Improvements

Spurious internal error when inserting footer components Selection indicator blobs lost. Fixed. Serious error exporting document to PSD. Fixed. SmallCaps corruption during edit inside. Fixed. Pasteboard range limit removed so objects dropped a long way from the page don’t jump from the drop position. Chevron SmartShapes now support click on + handle to add, as well as drag.
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Version 20.5 (11 Nov 2020)

Selection UI

The Shape Tool now has improved selection handles, similar to those recently added to the Selector and QuickShape Tools. New Shape Tool handles Also the QuickShape Tool now shows a reduced number of handles, but retains all the same capabilities. Previously some handles were duplicated around each vertex of a shape, each performing the same function.

Web Export Settings

The old Web Export Options dialog has now been replaced by a new Export tab in the Utilities > Web Properties dialog. This brings these options, which control how your document or website appears when published to the web, together with other web settings, all in the same dialog.
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New Export tab of Web Properties The Transition Effect and Direction have been separated into two controls, instead of a single combined control. Also you now have more control over what features are enabled in your web document or website, in the Viewer Options section at the bottom of the dialog, as follows:

Page previews

This option allows you choose whether or not you want the page navigation panel along the bottom of the browser window, that allows a viewer to navigate directly to any page by clicking on a page preview.

PDF download

If this option is checked, a Download button is added to the top right of the browser window, that allows the viewer to download your document as a PDF file, for printing or offline viewing. When this option is on, the PDF file is generated and published for you automatically along with the web view.

Xara logo

This option determines whether or not the Xara logo is shown in the top left corner of the browser window.
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Note that whenever the PDF download option or the Xara logo option are on, a bar is added across the top of the browser window that also includes a Full Screen button. But if neither of these options are on, the bar is not present and so neither is the Full Screen button. Presentation document with all 3 options enabled

Headers

Footers were introduced in Designer Pro+ 20.3. Headers work in exactly the same way, except they position themselves at the top of the page instead of the bottom. To view and use the available designs use Insert > Header …. Example Header design

Other Improvements & Fixes

The Web Preview operations now open your document/website directly in your default web browser, instead of in an internal preview window. PDF Import: Improved handling of alpha-channel images. PDF Import: Reduce/combine subset fonts where possible. PDF Import: Character appears as a hyphen. Fixed. Word Export: Borders missing from table exported to Word. Fixed. Corner-styled rectangle shape doesn’t report correct line width setting. Fixed.
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Version 20.6 (02 Dec 2020)

PDF Editing

This update includes multiple PDF import fixes and accuracy improvements, plus the following changes to font handling when editing imported PDFs:

PDF Fonts

Most PDF files include a definition of all the fonts that are used by the text in the PDF, so they can be displayed accurately by any PDF Viewer. So when opening a PDF, Designer Pro+ is able to import these fonts too. However in previous versions these fonts would not always be used - Designer Pro+ would often use a similarly named locally installed font instead. This meant that the appearance of text could vary, depending on what locally installed fonts were available on the device. This resulted in an inconsistent PDF editing experience. Now Designer Pro+ will always use the fonts from the PDF (if they are included), so all text should always appear exactly as the document author intended, on any device. They all have a PDF- prefix on their names, so you can easily distinguish them from your locally installed fonts.

Font Replacement

One problem with the PDF fonts is that they usually only include characters that are used in the text of the PDF. That helps keep PDF file sizes small. So if you type a character that was not in the original document, it can’t be displayed correctly. In earlier versions, Designer Pro+ would use a different font for such missing characters, so they would usually not match the rest of the text. And this could easily go unnoticed initially. So now Designer Pro+ will prompt you if you ever enter a character that is not available in the PDF font that is being used. It offers you the chance to replace the font with a local installed font, throughout the entire document. Alternatively you can choose to ignore the problem and continue using the PDF font. Then you will not be warned again about missing characters for that particular font, in the current editing session. This improvement means you can confidently edit text using the original font, without having to visually check the text for consistency. If ever you type a missing character, you’ll be alerted and you can then decide either to switch to a different font, or avoid using the missing character(s).

Minor Improvements

Published documents and websites that are set to use page transitions (Utilities > Web Properties > Export) no longer show the keyboard shortcut pop-up. Opening files with drag and drop didn’t work in some circumstances. Now fixed. Insert > Table now opens the correct folder again in the Content Catalog.
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Version 20.7 (16 Dec 2020)

CMYK Color Profile

In this release we’ve improved the display of CMYK colors on screen, and also in all export formats that require conversion of CMYK colors to RGB. These color conversions now use a standard Color Profile. As yet there are no user controls for changing the Color Profile used, or for using a custom profile, but these further improvements will be coming in another update soon!

Other Fixes & Improvements

More kerning improvements for PDF import. ‘Scale to fit’ Web Properties > Export settings would revert. Fixed. ‘Scale to fit width’ Web Properties > Export setting now works also when Viewer options are on. Word import text positioning problem fixed. Help updates.

Version 20.8 (1 Feb 2021)

CMYK Color Profile Control

The Color Profile used to display CMYK colors on screen and on export can now be controlled for each document, via the View tab of the Options dialog.
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In the Color section of the dialog you can select from the set of standard profiles included with Designer Pro+, or you can use the Browse… button to select a custom profile. Custom profiles are saved with the document automatically. The set of Color Profiles included in Designer Pro+ has also been updated. The selected profile is used in exported PDF/X files by default, or you can change this in the PDF Export dialog, as before, if you wish to use a different profile.

PDF Filename in Web exports

The PDF file that can optionally be included when a document is exported to web, is now named according to the filename of the current document. So for example if the current document is ReleaseNotes.xar, the PDF file will be ReleaseNotes.pdf.
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Selector Tool Handle Visibility

Selector Tool handles remain visible even on small objects on screen. Previously some handles were not shown at small on-screen sizes.

PDF Import Improvements & Fixes

Serious errors importing some PDF files. Fixed. Occasional text lines wrapping too early. Fixed. Very slow PDF opening due to excessive rectangle conversions. Fixed.

Other Improvements & Fixes

Some problems with text links in some Text Panel components. Fixed. Rectangles set to export to HTML full width with tiling, were not exporting correctly. Fixed. Occasional problems after copy/paste of repeating and non-repeating objects together. Fixed. Document failed to open due to SmartShape. Fixed. Word (docx) export. Table did not export correctly. Fixed. Word (docx) import: Tab positions imported incorrectly. Fixed. Line Gallery controls disabled until folder is selected. Fixed. PDF Export: Serious error exporting with embedded CMYK profile. Fixed.

Version 21.0 (10 Mar 2021)

Smart Duplication

Smart Duplication allows you to quickly duplicate an object multiple times horizontally or vertically, with the copies equally spaced. With all the objects selected you can then also adjust that spacing. Turn on Smart Duplication mode by pressing the new button on the Selector Tool InfoBar. With this option on, you’ll see that most objects have handles around them. Selected object with Smart Duplicate handles on
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Drag the right handle rightwards to duplicate objects to the right, drag the lower handle down to duplicate downwards, etc. Object duplicated 3 times, equally spaced You can then adjust the spacing by dragging the spacing handle shown near the top right corner of the selection. If you want to keep the selected objects centered, Hold the Shift key down while dragging. You can also use this feature to quickly adjust the spacing of any set of selected objects, horizontally or vertically. Just select them all and drag on the spacing handle, to equally space the objects.

Selection Improvements

The Selector Tool InfoBar used to have a button for toggling between SmartShape and transform modes, which only really affected SmartShapes. Now these two modes have been combined, so the toggle button has been removed. Clearing the selection now once again turns off rotate handle mode, if it is on. This is in response to user feedback on Designer Pro+ 20.8, where rotate mode would stay on until explicitly turned off. Non-working handles displayed on objects selected inside a SmartShape. Fixed. Serious error pressing rotate mode button with no documents open. Fixed.

PDF Editing Improvements

Further improvements to text import accuracy, and a reduced number of kern characters in the text, which improves text editability. Tracking reconstruction. Improved handling of fonts with symbols in their names. Performance improvements, so some large PDFs will open more quickly.

Other Improvements & Fixes

Google Fonts update: 44 new fonts added. List of fonts: Akaya Kanadaka, Akaya Telivigala, Andik, New Basic, Ballet Benne, Big Shoulders Inline Display, Big Shoulders Inline Text, Big Shoulders Stencil Display, Big Shoulders Stencil Text, Bodoni Moda, Brygada 1918, Castoro, Commissioner, DotGothic16, Fraunces, Goldman, Grandstander,
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Hachi Maru Pop, Imbue, JetBrains Mono, Kufam, Kumbh Sans, Langar, Libre Barcode EAN13 Text, Nerko One, Newsreader, Oi, Piazzolla, Potta One, Reggae One, RocknRoll One, Sansita Swashed, Shippori Mincho, Shippori Mincho B1, Space Grotesk, Stick, Syne, Syne Mono, Syne Tactile, Texturina, Trispace, Truculenta, Xanh Mono, Yusei Magic File > Save Template … no longer saves files to the installation folder, which was problematic on some systems. Widget problem caused document to fail to export to web. Fixed. PowerPoint import fixes. Help link added to help users who have problems unlocking their Designer Pro+ after installation. User’s repeatedly asked to connect to Xara Cloud on startup, following an abnormal closure of the application. Fixed.

Version 21.1 (22 Apr 2021)

WebP Image Export

WebP is a new image format that is an alternative to the well established JPEG and PNG. It uses new compression technology that allows image files to be smaller than JPEG or PNG image files of similar quality. Therefore it’s particularly suitable for use with images in websites and web documents, which will open faster if viewed in a web browser that supports WebP images, which most modern browsers now do.

Exporting Individual Images

WebP has been added to the extensive list of file formats that Designer Pro+ can export. Select the object or image that you want to export and choose File > Export WebP … . This option is also available on the right-click context menu. Choose a filename and folder location and click the Export button to export with default/previous settings, or click the Settings button to open the settings dialog.
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WebP Export Settings Here you can choose whether to export the current selected object(s), the current page contents, or the whole of the current page including the page background. You can also choose the size of the image you want to export, by entering the required dimensions in pixels, or choosing the resolution required (DPI field). Transparent background If you select the Transparent option the image will be exported with a transparent background, so that it can be placed on any background. With this option off, whatever background you see behind the selected object(s) will be included in the exported image. Normally if you are exporting individual objects it’s best to select the transparent option, but if you want an image of a whole page including the page background, turn transparency off. Encoding WebP files can be either lossy or lossless. With a lossy file, some image detail is lost in order to achieve a smaller WebP file size. With a lossless export, full image detail is retained. So for the same image, a lossless WebP file will typically be larger than the equivalent lossy file.
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For the best balance of file size versus image quality, it’s generally best to export photos as lossy and graphics as lossless. Quality With the lossy (best for photos) option selected, the quality controls are enabled so that you can control the balance between image quality and file size. The file size that will result from the current selected settings is displayed at the bottom of the dialog.

WebP Images in Websites

You can choose to have all the images in your website or document automatically exported as WebP, so that images will appear faster when your website/document is viewed in a browser that supports WebP. Simply turn on the new Include WebP images option, which is at the bottom of the Website tab of the Utilities > Web Properties dialog.

Browser Compatibility

While most modern web browsers now support WebP files, some still do not, so it’s not yet advisable to provide images only in WebP form. So with the WebP option on, Designer Pro+ will automatically encode all your images in WebP AND also in either JPEG or PNG form, to maximize browser and device compatibility. And it will make sure browsers that do support WebP will only download and display the WebP files, realizing the benefits of a faster web browsing experience with WebP. While older browsers and others that don’t support WebP will download only the JPEG or PNG files instead. This does mean that previewing and publishing your website/document will take a little longer with the WebP option enabled, because of the additional image encoding that has to occur. If this delay is significant for your document, it’s best to turn off the WebP option while you work on your design, so that preview is faster, and then turn it on again just before publishing.

PDF Import

Further general text positioning accuracy improvements. Ligature auto-kerning fix. Slow import of PDFs with very large numbers of colors. Fixed.

Word Import

Improvements relating to export of imported PDF documents to Word (for PDF to Word conversion). Auto-kerning now applied to exported text, for improved position accuracy. Other text positioning accuracy improvements. Bold set incorrectly on text using embedded font. Fixed. Shape on top of text prevents text selection in Word. Fixed.
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Other fixes & improvements

Some stock image searches returned fewer results than expected. Fixed. Detaching inverted Opacity Mask did not redraw correctly. Fixed. Serious error on import of Word doc. Fixed.

Version 21.1.1 (29 Apr 2021)

Bug Fixes and Improvements

Fixed an error when saving a template Fixed an image quality issue when exporting to WebP at 100% quality Fixed an issue that caused background images to not display properly in IE Fixed an issue that caused error 84.k.cx.mp when exporting or previewing PDF import improvements Fixed an issue that caused PNG transparency to not be maintained when opening directly and saving Improved PDF to Word export

Version 21.2 (18 May 2021)

WebP Image Import

Designer Pro+ can now import WebP images as well as export them. As with other image file types, you can simply drag and drop a WebP image file onto your document from Explorer, or use File > Import to browse for your WebP file.

New Timelines & Smart Diagrams

These are in the following folders of the Online Content Catalog: Components > Print & Web Components > Timelines Components > Print & Web Components > Diagrams These components have internal elements that can be easily re-arranged, duplicated or deleted, without spoiling the designs. For example in this Pillar Diagram below, you can easily choose how many pillars you want.
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3 Pillar Diagram … … 4th Pillar added
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Each pillar has a set of 3 handles on it: Click the handle to delete a pillar Click the handle to add/duplicate a pillar Drag on the handle to change the order of the pillars. There is also a single spacing handle that you can drag to adjust the spacing between the pillars. As you change the number of pillars, Designer Pro+ tries to maintain the current width of the component as much as it can. But if you add more than can be fitted in the current width, the component will get wider. And, as with all components, you can drag the width and height handles on the outside of the component to adjust the size. Or use a corner resize handle to scale the whole component up or down, but note that this will change the text sizes too. The same principle applies to the other Timeline and Diagram designs in the Content Catalog. They each have similar elements inside them, as indicated by the same set of 3 handles. So for example the Timeline shown below lets you choose how many labeled circles you would like along the arrow. Timeline with 4 bullet points Some of the components have parts stacked vertically instead of horizontally, but the same principle applies in the vertical direction.

Word Import/Export Improvements

Improved handling of Word’s ‘At least’ line spacing option on import. Locked background shape movable in Word after export. Fixed. Other Word export fixes.

Other Bug Fixes and Improvements

PDF file fails to open. Fixed. Rounding handle on Oval shape gives error. Fixed. Problems with Repeating objects using text inside shapes. Fixed.
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Error on web export due to large WebP file. Fixed. WebP export affected by JPEG export retina setting. Fixed. Shadows exported to SVG correctly. Serious error on zoom due to brush strokes. Fixed. Editing of photo with transparency lost the transparency. Fixed.

Version 21.3 (28 May 2021)

Template Locking for Xara Cloud

Designer Pro+ already had support for completely locking an object, so that clicking or dragging on the object will do nothing. This is very useful in Designer Pro+ and in Xara Cloud, for objects in the background, behind text for example. It prevents users accidentally moving or selecting the object, when they intended to work on objects on top. It can also be used by template designers to discourage users of a template from making unnecessary design changes - for example locking a company logo in place, so users can’t move or change it. However template designers need more flexibility, so they can lock different aspects of an object in their design, while still allowing some customization of that object by users of the template.

New Lock types to restrict Xara Cloud editing

To achieve this flexibility we have introduced 2 new types of locking to Designer Pro+ and Xara Cloud. Designer Pro+ is often used for creating and editing templates that are deployed with Xara Cloud, so these two new types of lock can be applied using Designer Pro+, but the locking is only enforced in Xara Cloud. In Designer Pro+ the objects can still be edited without restriction. Lock Size & Position This lock prevents an object from being moved or resized in Xara Cloud. So when such an object is selected, the user won’t see any handles for changing the object size. But users can still edit the content of the object. For example if a photo is locked in this way, a user can still change the photo image, using Replace Photo, as normal. But they can’t move the photo, resize it, or change its shape. The same principle applies to other types of object with this lock - that is, they allow content editing, while maintaining the object’s size and position in the document.
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Photo selected with Lock Size & Position Lock Aspect Ratio This lock prevents users from changing the aspect ratio of an object in Xara Cloud, for example by stretching it wider or taller. Such objects can still be moved and also resized by dragging a corner resize handle, but no handles are shown for changing the width or height of the object. Content can still be edited, as with the Size & Position lock. Photo selected with Lock Aspect Ratio

Locking Dialog

The new Locking dialog is opened with Utilities > Locking …
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Locking The Lock All option is the original Designer Pro+ locking whereby the locked object can’t even be selected. With this lock the object can only be unlocked using the Page & Layer gallery, as in previous versions of Designer Pro. The Only Admins can unlock in Xara Cloud option prevents ordinary Xara Cloud users from overriding a lock on an object. So this option allows template designers to determine whether a lock is just advisory (users of the template can choose to turn it off), or compulsory. However this restriction does not apply to Administrators of the Team in Xara Cloud.

Object Right-click Menu

You can also view and change lock settings using the right-click context menu on any object. There is a Lock sub-menu, that gives quick access to all the same settings available in the Locking dialog described above. There’s also an option to open the Locking dialog itself from this menu.

Fixes

Word Export: Some CMYK bitmaps appear as empty rectangles. Fixed. Word Export: Some images appearing inverted. Fixed. Blank line added unnecessarily when pasting objects embedded into empty text area. Fixed.
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Version 21.4 (24 Jun 2021)

Open Graph

Open Graph gives you control over how your website is presented when you post a link to it on social media. You can set image, title and description, which stops the social media site making a best guess on your behalf. For example if you paste www.xara.com into a Social Media app, the app will show the graphic below, which is published as part of the Xara website. Now you can easily create and include a similar graphic with your website and web documents. Setting the title and description gives you the opportunity to improve your page rank by including your top keywords.

Open Graph Dialog

The Utilities > Web Properties dialog has a new Open Graph tab.
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Open Graph Dialog Enable Open Graph for your website or document by selecting the Enable checkbox at the top. Then you can enter the Title and Description you’d like to appear as part of your site’s preview. If you already added Title and Description in the Website tab of this dialog, the same text will appear here by default, but you
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can change it if you like. Below the Title and Description you can see the current Open Graph image that is set for the current document. By default you will see a relatively simple graphic with a logo in the center. There are a selection of other Open Graph image designs to choose from in the Content Catalog - just click the Catalog… button below the preview image to browse and select one. Or, if you already have a suitable image you’d like to use instead, just click the Import… button to import it. Where a design includes a logo, if the document you are editing already includes a suitable logo, it should be used in the preview image by default. If not, or you want to change the logo, you need to edit the image design. Editing the Open Graph preview image Click the Edit… button and a new document tab will open containing just the Open Graph preview image design for the current document. Here you can edit the graphic just as you would edit any other content within Designer Pro+ Select the Text Tool to edit the text Right-click on a logo and choose Replace… to replace a logo Right-click on an image or photo and choose Replace photo… to replace You can change the dimensions of the design if you want, but the default size is recommended for best results on most Social Media platforms. When you’ve finished editing, you can Ctrl+S to Save and return to your main document, or click the Save button in the Open Graph dialog, or just close the tab.

Finishing & Publishing

Press OK or Apply in the Open Graph dialog when you have finished setting it up. Now just publish your website or document as normal and then try pasting a link to it into a Social Media platform to see your preview appear.

Shape Editing Improvements

When the end point of an open bezier curve is selected in the Shape Tool the InfoBar now shows the angle of the tangent and allows the user to edit it numerically. This helps when aligning the curve with other rotated objects in a drawing. The open end points of bezier curves now project tangential angled constraints for the Smart Snapping system to use. When dragging other objects in the Selector tool, press “A” to turn on Angle snapping, and when any snap point gets close to the tangent the point will be snapped to the tangent with indication. This helps when aligning objects to the angle from the end of the curve.
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Numerical control of the angle of the tangent and improved snapping

Other Fixes & Improvements

Advanced locking fixes. PDF Import: Single page PDFs imported into an existing document now correctly import as a new page. Word Export: Some images appeared inverted. Fixed. Web Export: JQuery update to latest version. PowerPoint Import: PP file caused serious error in Pro+. Fixed. PowerPoint Import: Table positioned wrongly. Fixed. Selector Tool: Selection handles sometimes not cleared completely on selection change. Fixed. Selector Tool: Improved performance selecting very large groups. Text: Inserting rule-off in a list now ends the list.
20° New Smart Snapping constraint when you press A while dragging in the Selector tool Angle of bezier curve at the end point reported in Shape Editor tool infobar
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Version 21.5 (3 Aug 2021)

Web Improvements

Use Photo Filename

Many customers have asked why the photos in their published website don’t use the original filenames of the photos that they imported, so that Search Engines can find and index those names. That’s because it’s not always helpful to expose those names in your public website - some filenames may be inappropriate and others may having nothing at all to do with subject of the site and so could be worse for SEO rather than better. Also of course most photos from digital cameras have meaningless names anyway. Therefore users can control what names are used for image files in the published website or web document. The Utilities > Web Properties > Image tab lets you set any name for the selected photo and that name will then be used for the photo’s filename. And since sometimes the photo’s original filename is useful there is now an additional Use photo filename button that will instantly fill that name field for you with the selected photo’s original filename (if it has one). Only use this if the photo filename is meaningful and relevant to the content of your site.

Canonical Links

A canonical tag is a way of telling search engines which specific URL to treat as the master copy of a page, thereby preventing SEO problems caused by identical or "duplicate" content appearing on multiple URLs. Publishing a web page to your domain might mean the same page is served when visiting the web page address with or without the www prefix and on both HTTP and HTTPS protocols. This can appear as duplicate content to search engines. Applying a canonical link will suggest which URL to show in search results and allow search engines to count links pointing at different versions as links to the canonical version. A <link rel=canonical> is now automatically applied to the <head> of your web page when you publish to Xara Hosting / MAGIX Online World. If you are publishing to Other Web Host, enter the URL you want set as canonical in the Website URL field. links with target="_blank" A link that is set to open in a New window or tab (_blank) will now automatically have the ‘noopener’ and noreferrer’ attributes applied. This is a security improvement to prevent the targeted page from gaining access to the referring page.

Web fixes

Alt text added to web document viewer buttons Videos mis-positioned on popup layer. Fixed.
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Show Printer Colors

The Show Printer Colors option in Window > Show Printer Colors has been replaced with Show Profiled Colors. As the name suggests, in this mode all HSV and RGB colors in your document are processed using the current document’s selected color profile, in the same way as when your document is exported to PDF/X for printing purposes using the same profile. So in this mode the on-screen appearance of these colors should now more closely match how the colors will appear in the PDF. And the colors seen on screen will vary, depending on the color profile used (as set in Utilities > Options > View). Note that this mode does not change the on-screen appearance of any CMYK colors in your document, as these are always displayed by applying the same document color profile.

Text Improvements

Google fonts update: Another 21 new fonts added. When pages in a flowing document are re-ordered, page breaks are now added to prevent text moving between pages, which can be confusing. Spell checker: Each SmartField is now treated as a separate word. An unexpected font size change after outdenting of a sub-list has been fixed.

Import/Export

PowerPoint import: Some sub-headings appear too bold. Fixed. PDF to Word: Misplaced text. Fixed. AI file from stock illustrations in Content Catalog failed to import. Fixed. Word import fixes. PDF import fixes.

Other Fixes/Improvements

Dialog width/height text pixelated while editing Open Graph graphic. Fixed. Button palette not displayed correctly on some screens. Fixed. Trapezoid shape issue. Fixed.
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