Scroll through this document to see a description of all the great new features & content released in March 2021 (v18.0). If you have an active Update Service then these updates are free, otherwise you can upgrade / renew your Update Service on magix.com. NOTE: 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 Photo & Graphic Designer and install it alongside your current version. You can find Release Notes for the earlier v17 here.
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Contents Workflow Improvements........................ 2 High DPI Display Support....................................... 2 Selection UI...................................................................... 2 Shape Tool....................................................... 2 QuickShape Tool.......................................... 2 Selector Tool.................................................. 3 Improved CMYK color display.............................. 3 Desktop Publishing.......................................... 3 Google Fonts Update................................................. 3 Photo & Graphic Design........................... 3 Smart Duplication........................................................ 3 PDF 4.0................................................................................ 4 PDF Fonts......................................................... 5 Font Replacement...................................... 5 Content Update..................................................... 5 Final Notes.................................................................... 6

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

Google Fonts Update

44 new fonts have been added to Photo & Graphic Designer: 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.

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.
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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 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.
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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).

Content Update

As usual we have some great new additions to the Online Content Catalog (provided as part of the Update Service). 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
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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 and Word.
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