Last updated May 18, 2020
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Scroll through this document to see a description of all the great new features & content released in March 2021 (v 18.0). If you have an active subscription to Xara Cloud+ purchased from Xara, or an active Update Service purchased from Magix, then these updates are free. NOTE for Designer Pro X owners: If your Update Service has expired and you would like to give the new features a try, then you can download and install the trial of Designer Pro X and install it alongside your current version, or you can sign up for the free trial of Designer Pro+ (the version of Designer Pro included in Xara Cloud+). You can find Release Notes for the earlier Designer Pro X 17 here. You can find Release Notes for Designer Pro+ updates here.
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Contents Workflow Improvements 3 High DPI Display Support....................................... 3 Selection UI...................................................................... 3 Shape Tool....................................................... 3 QuickShape Tool.......................................... 3 Selector Tool.................................................. 4 Improved CMYK color display.............................. 4 Desktop Publishing 4 Header Designs............................................................. 4 Google Fonts Update................................................. 4 Web Design 5 New Publishing Workflow....................................... 5 New Web Export Tab................................ 5 Web Preview Operations....................... 6 Photo & Graphic Design 7 Smart Duplication........................................................ 7 PDF 4.0................................................................................ 8 PDF Fonts......................................................... 8 Font Replacement...................................... 8 Content Update 9 Final Notes 9

Workflow Improvements

High DPI Display Support

Designer Pro X 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.

Selection UI

Shape Tool

The Shape Tool now has improved selection handles, similar to those recently added to the Selector and QuickShape tools. New Shape Tool handles

QuickShape Tool

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. Reduced number of handles in the QuickShape Tool
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Selector Tool

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.

Improved CMYK color display

Designer Pro X now has improved 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. In this release there are not yet any user controls for changing the Color Profile used, or for using a custom profile, but these further improvements will be coming in another releases.

Desktop Publishing

Header Designs

Like the Footer components in the last release, the new Header designs are components which automatically size and position themselves at the top of the page on insertion. They are also made repeating on insertion, so that they appear on every page of your design. Example Header design To view the available designs and insert them, use Insert > Header ….which opens the Online Content Catalog at the selection of footer components. If you insert a new header when there is already a header in the design, the new header replaces the old one and where possible the content of the old header is maintained in the new header.

Google Fonts Update

44 new fonts have been added to Designer Pro X: 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, 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.
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Web Design

New Publishing Workflow

New Web Export Tab

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. 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 to choose whether or not you want the page navigation panel along the bottom of the browser window. The panel allows a viewer to navigate directly to any page by clicking on a page
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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, each time you publish. Xara logo This option determines whether or not the Xara logo is shown in the top left corner of the browser window. 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

Web Preview Operations

Furthermore, the Web Preview operations now open your document/website directly in your default web browser, instead of in an internal preview window.
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Photo & Graphic Design

Smart Duplication

The new feature 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 the spacing. Turn on Smart Duplication by pressing the new button on the Selector Tool InfoBar. With this option on you’ll see that most objects will have handles around them. Selected object with Smart Duplicate handles on 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
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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.

PDF 4.0

With this release the PDF editing experience has been taken to the next level, including multiple PDF import 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 text can be displayed accurately by any PDF Viewer. So when opening a PDF, Designer Pro X is able to import these fonts too. However in previous versions these fonts would not always be used - Designer Pro X 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 are available on the device. This resulted in an inconsistent PDF editing experience. Now Designer Pro X 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 X would silently 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 X 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).
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Content Update

As usual we have some great new additions to the Online Content Catalog (provided as part of the Update Service). 10 new Header designs in Components > Print & Web Components (*New category) 10 new presentation templates in Presentations > Presentation Themes 3 new Photo Panels in Components > Image Resources 4 new Text panels in Components > Print & Web Components 5 new tables in Components > Print & Web Components 6 new diagrams in Components > Print & Web Components 30 new Facebook templates in the Social Media category 30 new Instagram templates in the Social Media category

Final Notes

As with every release we’ve also implemented a large number of minor enhancements including improvements and fixes to import and export formats like SVG, PDF, Word, PowerPoint and InDesign.