Contents Version 20.0 (04-Jun 2020)............................... 2 Improved Export of Web Documents.................. 2 Tool Switch on SmartShape insertion................. 3 Don’t resize SVGs on import...................................... 3 Other Fixes & Minor Improvements.................... 3 Version 20.1 (25-Jun 2020)............................... 3 High DPI Display Support............................................ 3 Export Options for SuperSites................................. 3 Settings.................................................................................... 4 Other Fixes & Minor Improvements.................... 4 Version 20.2 (04-Aug 2020)............................. 4 Tables - tab key support............................................... 4 Tab setting controls for Table Of Contents...... 4 Custom Spacing - Advanced........................ 5 Minor Improvements..................................................... 6 Bug-fixes................................................................................. 6 Version 20.3 (07 Sep 2020)............................. 6 Selection UI........................................................................... 6 New SmartShape Handles............................ 6 New Selector Tool Handles.......................... 7 Footer Designs................................................................... 7 Other Improvements..................................................... 8 Image Import Resolution.............................. 8 Google Fonts Update....................................... 8 Bug-fixes................................................................................. 8 Version 20.4 (08 Oct 2020).............................. 8 Selection UI........................................................................... 8 Improved Rotation Center Handling..... 8 Selection box offsets on small objects. 9 New QuickShape handles.......................... 10 PDF Import Improvements...................................... 10 Other Fixes/Improvements..................................... 10
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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.

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.
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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 (08 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
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drop position. Chevron SmartShapes now support click on + handle to add, as well as drag.
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