Last updated 20-June-2018
DESIGNER PRO X
May / June 2018: We’ve released an update to Xara Designer Pro X, available now. If you have an active Update
Service then this update is free, otherwise you can upgrade / renew your Update Service on magix.com.
If you already have 15.0 installed (you can check in Help > About) the update will download automatically. Owners
of versions older than 15.0 will need to re-download Designer Pro, there is no auto-update. You can uninstall your
current version or run it alongside if you prefer, and it uses the same serial number.
Scroll through this document to see a description of all the changes and new features, or click the links below as a
short-cut to any topic of interest.
You can find Release Notes in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch here.
June 2018 Content Update
A bonus content update! If you have a current Update Service you will see this brand new content in your
Online Content Catalog now:
2 single page websites (Wellness and Software)
3 Business Web Themes (Superfood Store, Law Firm and Yoga Trainer)
3 Presentations (Energy Drink, Food Delivery, Nature)
3 flyers in Print > Newsletters (Restaurant, Security, Sport)
New Social Media graphics ( Company, Food Delivery, Security)
4 new Tables, in Print & Web Components > Tables
A selection of new Text Panels, also in Print & Web Components - 21 Smart Layouts (more complex and
interesting Text Panel SmartShapes), 5 Text in Shapes, 1 Smart Object, 1 Text in SmartShape
The latest content update includes some new and contemporary website designs
May 2018 Updates
Text inside shapes
You can now place text inside shapes, so that it flows within the shape’s outline.
In fact you can add text to any type of object, even groups, as long as there is not already any text in the
object. Simply select the object, then go into the Text Tool and click on the object. A text area is created for
Alternatively you can set the padding margin by right-clicking on the text area and choosing Text inside >
Properties…, which allows you to enter a value.
Selecting the containing object
When you click on the object with text inside, you select the text area. The object within which the text
flows (most commonly just a shape) is a child of that text area, so it behaves similar to a group.
So if you move, copy, delete or resize the text area in the Selector Tool, the whole combined object is
moved, copied, deleted or resized. If you want to select and edit the shape that contains the text, you can
use Ctrl+click ,or right-click, Text inside > Select …. With the shape selected you can resize or edit it and
then the text will re-flow within the new outline.
A Group of 2 circles with text inside and one circle selected
To make a copy of the shape without the text, select the shape, then copy and paste.
To make a copy of the text without the shape, select all the text in the Text Tool, then copy and paste.
Creating text filled shapes
If you want to create a text shape then all you need to do is to right-click the object and select Text inside >
Now switch into the Transparency tool and increase the transparency to 100%
Content Catalog Text Inside Designs
The Content Catalog now includes some text panel designs that make use of this new feature of text inside
shapes. See the Components > Print & Web Components > Text Panels folder (Insert > Shapes > More
Text Panels …).
Designer now includes tables. The new version supports basic table insertion and editing, including adding
and removing rows/columns, resizing rows & columns, various table formatting options and automatic
formatting of the table to fit contents. It has limited support for selecting and editing complete rows and
columns - this aspect of table editing will be improved in a future update.
Find tables in the Insert menu and also in the Online Content Catalog under Components > Print & Web
Components > Tables, where you will find a selection of attractive table designs.
Table Handle Summary
Hover over the adjustment handles to see what they do. They are...
Drag to adjust the Outer padding, the Inner padding and the Cell padding.
Click to select columns and rows - drag to reposition them.
Drag to add or remove columns or rows. Ctrl + Drag to stretch out the whole table.
Click to show or hide the table caption title - edit using the Text Tool.
Drag to adjust column widths.
Drag to adjust the height of the rows.
Drag to scale the whole table. Ctrl + Drag to change the width and height of the
table, without changing the size of the table contents.
Adding rows & columns
When you add a row , the last row of the table is duplicated to create the new row. If the table has different
background colors for alternate rows, that formatting is maintained as you add more rows. Adding
columns works similarly.
Deleting rows and columns
Currently rows and columns can only be deleted by dragging the add/remove handles, which will delete
only the last rows/columns. So if you want to delete any other row/column, first drag the select/reposition
handle for that row/column, to make it last, then remove it by dragging the add/remove handle.
Each table cell has a text column and a background shape, which determines the background color of the
cell. Use the Text Tool to edit and format text within the cell, just as you would edit any other text. You can
also place any other type of object in a table cell by inserting it embedded in the text. To do this select and
copy the object you want to insert to the clipboard, place the text caret in the cell and paste (Ctrl+V).
Selecting inside tables to set background colors
The table as a whole has a background color and that determines the default color of each table cell. But
each cell can have its own background color and you can set the color of a whole row or column of cells.
If the table is not already selected, the first click on the table will select the whole table (you see all the
table handles appear). Click on a color to change or replace any of the colors used in the table.
With the table selected, clicking on a table cell will select that table cell’s background shape (the status line
will show “1 shape inside”). Then you can set the color of that cell, or click ‘no color’ on the color line to
reset it, so it will reveal the table’s background color.
You can also change the color of all cells in a row or column by selecting the whole row/column. With the
whole table selected, click on the row or column’s select/reposition handle. That selects all the background
shapes in the row or column. You can then set or reset the background color of all the selected cells.
With the whole table selected, the line width control on the top bar shows the width of the cell outlines for
the whole table. You can change the outline width using that control, or remove the visible outlines by
selecting ‘None’. You can also change the outline on a specific cell by selecting that cell and using the same
line width control. And similarly on a whole row or column of cells, by selecting the row column.
To set the color of the outline, right-click on the color line and choose Set line color.
Resizable Photo Grids
The “Static” photo grid designs of earlier releases have now been updated to be resizable. See
Components > Image Resources > Photo Grids in the Content Catalog. These are initially set to sizes that
are commonly useful, such as square, 16:9, 4:3, etc., but once you’ve added them to your document you
can change the width and height to make them any size and aspect ratio you like, from wide and short to
tall and slim.
Resizable Photo Grid
Just drag on the side, top and bottom handles to resize. The photos are scaled, cropped or uncropped as
you do this. Once you have the grid at the dimensions you want, you may need to adjust the scale and
positioning of each image, to fit nicely in its new shaped frame. Go into the Photo Tool and click on each
image to select, then use the adjustment handles on the photo to rotate/scale inside, or move the image in
Note you can’t change the number of photos in these designs, or the layout, they are fixed designs. Use the
grids in the Smart Photo Grids folder if you want grids that automatically adapt to any number of photos
with any shapes.
More Resizable Photo and Text Panels
A selection of new resizable text panels and photo text panels, of various designs, have been added to the
Online Content Catalog. See the new designs in these folders:
Components > Print & Web Components > Text Panels
Components > Image Resources > Photo Panels
Other New Content
Created using the new features: Table SmartShapes (in Components > Print & Web Components >
Tables) and text panels with text flowing inside (in Components > Print & Web Components > Text
3 new web stories (Food Delivery, Coffee Shop and Water Aid in Websites > Single Page Websites)
2 new presentations (Campsite and Consulting)
A selection of new social media graphics for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
Some new Flyer templates (in Print > Newsletters)
PDF import improvements
PDF export improvements
When stretching text or images using the Selector Tool top, bottom and side handles, Designer will
try to avoid distorting them, because usually distorted text and images look poor. However you can
now override this and stretch or squash the image/text by holding down the Alt key as you drag
(alternatively you can revert to the old stretching behaviour by disabling Smart Transform by right
clicking on the lock aspect ratio icon).
December 2017 updates
Designer Pro X has a new ‘auto-fit’ capability that enables you to create flexible documents that adapt to
almost any size change you or your customer might want. For example you can now easily change a design
you end a list. End a list by hitting return once to add an empty list item, then hit return again. The new
non-list paragraph will then use whatever Next paragraph style you chose for the list style.
Anchored objects and text flow
Anchored objects now have a new setting that determines what happens when they reach the bottom of
the text area to which they are anchored. Usually it’s not desirable to have the object extending below the
bottom of the text area, or even perhaps partially off the page. Instead it’s better to force the text to which
the object is anchored to flow to the next page or column, taking the anchored object with it. Therefore this
is now the default behavior for newly anchored objects. However it’s controlled with a new Affect text
flow checkbox in the Repelling & Anchoring dialog, so you can turn this off if required. And it’s off for
existing anchored objects, to avoid changing the way existing documents are formatted.
Embedded object nesting
Designer now has improved support for nesting of embedded objects in text. For example objects
embedded into a text panel, that is itself embedded in the main text flow of a document, now work
Text Panel Alignment options
Text panels can now be top aligned, center aligned, or bottom aligned.
Click the bottom left corner handle to cycle through the three alignment options for your panel. If you hold
the mouse pointer over this handle, the tool-tip that appears shows you the current alignment setting for
If the panel is full of text with no empty vertical space, then it will look the same no matter which of the
three alignment options are selected. But the alignment setting also determines how the panel grows and
shrinks, as text is added or deleted, so the setting is still relevant even for ‘full’ panels. Top aligned panels
will always grow and shrink from the bottom, with the top edge staying fixed. Bottom aligned panels are
the other way around - they grow upwards with the bottom edge fixed, so these are commonly used at the
bottom of pages. And centered panels will grow and shrink equally at the top and bottom, so the center of