Last updated 08-12-2017
Headline New Features
December 2017: We’ve released an update to Xara Designer Pro X, available now. Owners of Designer
Pro with an active Update Service can update for free, but note you will need to download the new
version, 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.
DESIGNER PRO X
Next paragraph style
This is one of the settings for a text style. For paragraph styles it determines what style should be applied
by default to a new paragraph created following the current paragraph. For example heading styles
normally set the Next paragraph style to Normal text, because that’s usually what you want immediately
following a heading. With a list style however, it’s more likely that you want another list item to be added
when you hit return at the end of a list item. So for list styles the Next paragraph setting is only used when
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 centred panels will grow and shrink equally at the top and bottom, so the centre of
the panel is fixed.
Text Panel size
Text panels are now also better at remembering the vertical size you have given them. Drag the bottom
centre or top centre handles to change the vertical panel height. If you ever add more text than can fit into
the panel at that height, the panel will grow to accomodate the additional text. But if you later remove text,
the panel will shrink back no further than the height you last set using the height adjustment handles. This
helps to keep panel sizes consistent, which is useful where you have a panel occupying a defined space or
aligned vertically with other panels or objects of the same height.
We’ve added a selection of new templates to the Online Content Catalog:
6 new text panels
Many new social media templates for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and
3 new presentation themes (Business, Travel & Water)
2 completely new single page web themes (Simple & Cameras)
A new business web theme (Auberge)
PDF Import improvements
Word import improvements
Various other minor fixes and improvements