Scroll through this document to see a description of all the great new features released in the latest versions of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer+. NOTE: These Release Notes refer to Xara Photo & Graphic Designer+, the new subscription version only available direct from Xara (see V22, July 2022 below). If you have an active subscription to Xara Photo & Graphic Designer+ then these updates are free and they will be downloaded automatically. You can find Release Notes for the earlier v18 here.
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Contents Version 19.0 (March 2022).................... 2 Show Profiled Colors.................................................. 2 Text Improvements..................................................... 2 New Google Fonts...................................... 2 Other Text Improvements..................... 3 Import/Export................................................................. 3 Final Notes........................................................................ 3 Version 22.0 (July 2022)............................. 4 A New Subscription Option From Xara.......... 4 New Look User Interface......................................... 4 Online Help...................................................................... 5 Shape Tool........................................................................ 5 Live Copy Improvements........................................ 6 Numbered Lists - show all level numbers.... 7 Change font size and Auto-fit.............................. 8 Multi-line SmartField Values................................. 8 Other Improvements & Fixes............................... 9 Text....................................................................... 9 Import/Export .............................................. 9 Other................................................................ 10 Version 22.1 (Sept 2022)...................... 10 Table Tool........................................................................ 10 Creating Tables.......................................... 11 Table Size....................................................... 11 Changing Rows & Columns............... 12 Selecting Cells............................................ 12 Cell Contents............................................... 13 Cell Background Color.......................... 13
Cell Justifications...................................... 13 Cell Borders................................................. 13 Cell Padding................................................. 14 Table Spacing.............................................. 14 Merging & Splitting Cells..................... 15 Useful Table Shortcuts......................... 15 Other Fixes & Improvements............................ 15 Version 22.1.1 (27 Sept 2022)...... 16 New Table Tool Fixes & Improvements....... 16 Photo Color Selection Tool Fix.......................... 16 Version 22.2 (05 Oct 2022)................ 16 Table Improvements............................................... 16 Re-order rows & columns ................. 16 Convert old tables to new.................. 17 Other table improvements/fixes... 17 Selection improvements....................................... 17 Offset handles........................................... 17 Rotate and Skew mode........................ 18 SmartShapes & Photos ....................... 19 Stretching & Squashing....................... 20 More Selection improvements........ 21 Make Repeating.......................................................... 21 Align Toolbar................................................................ 21 Other fixes & improvements............................. 22

Version 19.0 (March 2022)

Show Profiled Colors

The Show Printer Colors option in Window > Show Printer Colors has been replaced with Show Profiled Colors. As the name suggests, in this mode all HSV and RGB colors in your document are processed using the current document’s selected color profile, in the same way as when your document is exported to PDF/X for printing purposes using the same profile. So in this mode the on-screen appearance of these colors should now more closely match how the colors will appear in the PDF. And the colors seen on screen will vary, depending on the color profile used (as set in Utilities > Options > View). As you can see in the following example, the HSV/RGB green voucher design looks very different on screen in Photo & Graphic Designer, compared to how it appears when exported to a PDF/X for printing. By turning on Show Profiled Colors, the colors on screen in Photo & Graphic Designer look much closer to those of the PDF/X. Note that this mode does not change the on-screen appearance of any CMYK colors in your document, as these are always displayed by applying the same document color profile.

Text Improvements

New Google Fonts

We’ve added 21 new Google fonts offering new and interesting typography options.
Profiled Colors OFF (Screen Colors)
Exported PDF/X
Profiled Colors ON
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Other Text Improvements

When pages in a flowing document are re-ordered, page breaks are now added to prevent text moving between pages, which can be confusing. Spell checker: Each SmartField is now treated as a separate word. Fixed an issue with some font type icons missing in the menu, on HiDPI displays. And other minor enhancements.

Import/Export

As with every Photo & Graphic Designer release we continue to improve on our industry-leading file format support: Improvements to Word and PDF import Enhancements in PDF to Word export Fixed reported issues with import of AI files in the stock illustration folder of the Online Content Catalog.

Final Notes

We’ve also implemented a large number of minor enhancements including improvements and fixes in the button palette and Shapes.
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Version 22.0 (July 2022)

A New Subscription Option From Xara

We’re happy to introduce a brand new subscription option called Xara Photo & Graphic Designer+. It offers all the advantages of a subscription model, namely frequent delivery of new features and content, as they are developed, and fastest possible response to new compatibility issues and bug reports. You can always be sure you’ll have the latest version. What’s more Web Designer+ comes with direct support from Xara, via chat.

New Look User Interface

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer+ has a new, clean, modern appearance.
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Key highlights: The new darker background puts more focus on your design, with less user interface distractions There are new, clearer icon designs throughout. All icons and mouse pointers are now High DPI, so they look sharp and clear on high resolution displays And other minor tweaks and improvements - for example in the Page & Layer Gallery, the Page names are now separated from the page thumbnails, so both are clearly visible.

Online Help

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer+ help is now online. The various Help buttons throughout the application now open your default web browser onto the online help system, where you can browse and search the help, just as you could with the locally installed help in earlier versions. Having the help online allows Xara to update it more frequently without having to release application updates, and to integrate it with the online knowledgebase articles.

Shape Tool

A nice improvement for vector illustration has been made to the Shape Tool, with the introduction of an easy way to maintain the angle of the bezier curve when you drag its handles to change its length. Now when dragging a point or curve handle you can hold down Alt to constrain the movement of the handle relative to its original angle with nearby points. It works for both curve handles: (the Shift key can also be used to balance the control handles around the selected smooth point) and point handles in shapes with straight lines:
Alt constrain angles
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(In this case the Shift key chooses which of the two possible angles connected to the selected point should be used to constrain the angle of the dragged handle. See the Online Help for more details.)

Live Copy Improvements

Live Copies allow you to create multiple copies of any image that can be updated simultaneously with a single edit (similar to Repeating Objects, but more flexible since you can have multiple Live Copies on a single page and they don’t have to be in the same position). It’s a valuable time-saving feature for illustration and document creation. We’ve made various improvements, which will make working with Live Copies easier and more flexible: Deleting/cutting a Live Copy no longer prompts you to confirm that all instances of the Live Copy should be deleted, as this is rarely needed. Double-clicking on a Live Copy will now always initiate an ‘edit inside’ on the Live Copy. Previously this worked for multi-object Live Copies, but not for single object Live Copies. Now when you edit a Live Copy the ‘edit inside’ view shows the design with its original size and orientation, even if the Live Copy has been rotated/scaled. This generally makes editing easier. You can now easily partition a set of Live Copies into two separate sets. In the following example there are 6 instances of the same Live Copy design. Editing any one of them will also change all the others, because they are all part of the same Live Copy set. 1 Live Copy Set But what if you want to make the last 3 look different to the first 3?
Alt constrain angles Alt+Shift constrain angles
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Now you can simply select the last 3 objects and choose the Live Copy > Make Unique Live Copies option on the right-click context menu. Now you have 2 separate sets of Live Copies, so you can edit one of the last 3 objects to make them different. 2 Live Copy Sets

Numbered Lists - show all level numbers

Normally when using Numbered Lists, only one number is shown at the start of each list point, as in the left example below. But now there is also the option to show parent numbers too, as shown in the example on the right: This new option is available in the List Properties dialog. To show the dialog, place the text caret in a list, right-click and choose List properties … in the context menu.
	1.	Level 1 point 1 	1.	Level 2 point 1 	2.	Level 2 point 2 	i.	Level 3 point 1 	2.	Level 1 point 2 	1.	Level 2 point 1 	3.	Level 1 point 3 	1.	Level 1 point 1 1.1.	Level 2 point 1 1.2.	Level 2 point 2 1.2.i.	Level 3 point 1 	2.	Level 1 point 2 2.1.	Level 2 point 1 	3.	Level 1 point 3 Previous level numbers OFF Previous level numbers ON
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Change font size and Auto-fit

Auto-fit is a feature on a text area, whereby the font size of the text is set automatically by Designer Pro+, so that the text fills the text area container exactly. See the vertical text alignment option on the Text Tool InfoBar . This works even when you have a mix of different text sizes - the relative size differences are maintained. However if all the text is the same size, and you don’t realize that auto-fit option is on, it can be confusing. Attempting to change the font size manually will do nothing, because the font size is set automatically. It’s an easy mistake to make if you’re editing a template and don’t realize that auto-fit is on. So now if you attempt to change the font size on all the text in a text box with auto-fit on, auto-fit is turned off automatically, so that the text size change will just work. The same happens with the related Shrink text on overflow option. Other text handling fixes Serious error merging in List Styles on paste/import. Fixed. CID font Noto Sans causes serious error. Fixed.

Multi-line SmartField Values

SmartFields are another great time-saving feature of Xara Designer Pro+, offering an efficient way to deal with commonly used text phrases that you want to insert in multiple places in text. In this update we’ve added the ability to have multi-line SmartFields. Open the SmartFields dialog (Utilities > SmartFields…), select a SmartField in the list and press the new Edit button, to bring up the multi-line text editor.
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SmartFields can now be multi-line- postal address is a typical example Where a value has more than one line, only the first line is displayed in the dialog and a symbol in the right column indicates that the SmartField has more than one line. You can also click in the right side column to bring up the multi-line editor and see the full multi-line text. Note you can still edit single line values directly in the dialog.

Other Improvements & Fixes

Text

Serious error merging in List Styles on paste/import. Fixed. CID font Noto Sans causes serious error. Fixed. External text pasted into list not added as list items. Fixed.

Import/Export

Word document caused serious error on import. Fixed. EPS import fix.
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Other

Opening color editor onto page color initially shows ‘no color’. Fixed. Applying color to a page no longer turns on page shadow automatically. Page shadow can still be turned on/off in File > Page Options … . FX Painter Tool profile adjustment not working. Fixed. Company and licensee information now shown correctly in Help > About.

Version 22.1 (Sept 2022)

Table Tool

Tables are often a key part of any business document, which is why we’ve been working on a new, very flexible and powerful Table Tool, to replace the old Smart Table SmartShapes. You will find the new tool at the bottom of the main Toolbar on the left . The Table Tool InfoBar is where you can change the settings for a selected table and for selected cells within a table. Table Tool InfoBar
Create table
Cell spacing
Table background color
Insert rows
Row height
Delete rows
Insert Columns
Column width
Delete column
Cell padding
Cell horizontal justification
Cell vertical justification
Cell background color
Merge and split cells
Cell borders
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Creating Tables

In the Table Tool, click the first button on the InfoBar to quickly create a new table . Or you can click- drag on the page, to drag out a new table with the number of rows and columns you want. There’s also a great range of professionally designed tables in the Online Content Catalog (Insert > Table > Tables …), all the existing table designs have been updated and we’ve added 20 completely new designs. Some of the table designs in the Online Content Catalog

Table Size

In the Selector Tool, single-click to select the table, then simply drag the table width/height handles to change the width/height of the whole table. Or you can set the width and height in the InfoBar, as you would with any other object.
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Changing Rows & Columns

When you have a table selected in the Table Tool, move the mouse pointer over the hotspots as shown below. Using these controls you can quickly add rows and columns, change row and column sizes, select and delete rows and columns, all directly on the table without using the InfoBar. Use Ctrl+click or Shift+click on the row and column headers to select multiple rows/columns. Backspace will also delete a selected row or column (whereas Delete will delete the contents). You can set the selected row heights and column widths on the InfoBar numerically, which makes it easy to give multiple rows or columns the exact same sizes.

Selecting Cells

Selecting cells you want to change is easy. First click to select the whole table, then in the Table Tool you can click on individual cells to select them. Or click-drag to select a rectangular range of cells. You can also Ctrl+click on a cell to add it to the current selection, or Shift+click to extend the current cell selection range. You can also select multiple cells while in the Text Tool, by simply click-dragging.
Click on the dots to add rows/columns Click-drag on borders to change row/col sizes Click here to select rows/columns Row selected - click to delete row
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Cell Contents

Once you have selected the cell(s) a simple Delete will delete the contents. The usual copy and paste commands will work, Ctrl C and Ctrl V. Font, font size and color can be changed like regular text.

Cell Background Color

By default cell background color is white. To change this, select the cell or cells you want to change, and click the new color you want in the Cell color background dropdown on the right side of the InfoBar, which includes all the theme colors in the current document. If you select the Edit option in that dropdown, you can open the color editor to create a custom color. Alternatively you can right click any color on the color line and select Set Table Cell Background. Note there is also a table background color behind the cells, which you will see if you open up spacing between the cells; see Table Spacing below.

Cell Justifications

You can choose between left, right and center justified text using the buttons on the InfoBar. Use the vertical alignment dropdown to choose between top, center or bottom aligned text in the cell.

Cell Borders

Click the Borders button on the right end of the InfoBar to open the Borders dialog.
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Borders Dialog First select the cell(s) you want to change as this dialog always works on the selected cells only. In the top Border Filter section of the dialog you first choose which borders you want to change. For example if you want to change only the right side of the whole cell selection, select the filter. Then as you change the border style, width and color in the lower half of the dialog, only that right side border will change. If you want to change all borders of every individual cell in the selection, choose the filter, then again choose the border settings you want. If you have a lot of different border colors, styles and widths in your table, you may have to perform several border changing operations on different cell selections with different Border Filters, but every possible combination of borders on a table is possible!

Cell Padding

Cell padding is the space you see between the text in a cell and the borders of that cell. In most cases it’s desirable to have some non-zero padding applied, so text doesn’t appear too close to the cell borders.

Table Spacing

The table spacing setting lets you add space between all the cells of the table. Most tables tend to have zero spacing, meaning that cell borders overlap with no space between one cell and the next.
Table text with no padding
Table text with 4pt padding
Cell Padding
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The color you see in the spaces between cells, blue in the example above, is the Table Background Color, which you can also set using the Table Background Color dropdown towards the left of the InfoBar, or with a right click on a color in the color line > Set Table Background.

Merging & Splitting Cells

Select multiple cells and click the Merge button on the InfoBar, to merge them into a single cell. For example you can easily add a header row to a table by selecting all the cells in the first row and merging them into a single cell. To unmerge/split cells again, select them and click the Split button.

Useful Table Shortcuts

Double click on a cell in the Table Tool, to jump to the Text Tool and start adding/editing text in the cell.  When you’ve finished typing in one cell, press Tab to jump to the next cell, or Shift+Tab to move to the previous cell. When you are in the last cell of a table, pressing Tab again will automatically add a new row so you can keep extending the table.  Clear the contents of all selected cells by hitting the Delete key. Delete will also clear the contents of a selected row(s)/column(s), whereas Backspace will delete the row(s)/ column(s). If you are in the Table Tool with a cell selected and you press the Return key, Xara will switch to the Text Tool and place the caret at the end of the text. You can set cell background colors and table background colors using the color line, as well as on the InfoBar. Select the cells, right-click on the color line and choose from the menu. You can drag and drop embedded objects between cells.

Other Fixes & Improvements

Pasting list items from external source into list, did not add list items. Fixed. Docx file caused serious error opening. Fixed. Inserting components via the Insert menu will always brand the components with the current document styles and colors, without asking the user as previously. Missing handles in Mold Tool. Fixed.
4pt spacing  0pt spacing  Table Spacing
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Scrollbar thumbs now more visible against scrollbar backgrounds. Installation problems for some users caused by missing MS VCRUNTIME DLL. Fixed. Can’t scroll to all pages in Page & Layer Gallery due to new page name position. Fixed.

Version 22.1.1 (27 Sept 2022)

New Table Tool Fixes & Improvements

Cell selection behavior with merged cells improved. Undo fails after resizing table column while a cell is selected. Fixed. Error when pasting a larger table into a smaller table. Fixed Error after closing document with table cell selected. Fixed Difficult to change cell background color. Fixed Status line text misleading for column grid position drags. Fixed Applying borders to merged cells doesn’t work as expected. Fixed Unselected table backgrounds still appearing when in Solo mode (Page & Layer Gallery). Fixed Serious error resizing column with merged cells. Fixed

Photo Color Selection Tool Fix

Photo color selection tool not working as expected. Fixed

Version 22.2 (05 Oct 2022)

Table Improvements

Re-order rows & columns

You can now re-order rows and columns using drag and drop. To move a single row, simply click+drag on the row header. As you drag up/down, a thick blue line shows you where the row will be moved to. To move multiple rows at once, first select the rows (use Ctrl+click and Shift+click to add rows to the selection) then drag on one of the row headers.
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Similarly you can move columns left/right using the column headers.

Convert old tables to new

The old Smart tables will continue working as before, but will not be improved in future. But now with one click you can convert these to new tables, so that you can edit them with the new Table Tool. Whenever you click on an old table, you’ll be asked if you would like it to be converted. You should see that the converted table look almost exactly the same as the old table, although you may see some small differences. The prompt will allow you to refuse the conversion and to turn off future prompts, but we strongly recommend you convert all old tables to new tables when you next need to edit them. Old tables will continue to work for now but may not be supported in future.

Other table improvements/fixes

Some table context menu entries are inappropriate when merged cells are selected. Fixed. Minimum cell size reduced to 1mm. Problem copying and pasting cells containing embedded objects. Fixed Changing page height interactively is slow/difficult in documents with tables. Fixed.

Selection improvements

The following changes have been made to selection handling in response to user feedback and to make selection more consistent across different object types.

Offset handles

Selector Tool transform handles are now offset by a small distance so that they don’t obscure any part of the selected object, or get in the way of any other handles on the object. The offset remains constant for all zoom levels and does not affect object snapping.
The mouse pointer is over a row header - click+drag to move the row up/down
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In addition to the lollipop rotation handle, there are hidden rotate ‘hotspots’ just inside the 4 corner resizing handles (in the offset gap).

Rotate and Skew mode

If you click a second time on an object that is already selected, the selection handles change to show rotation and skew handles. Each time you click, the handles toggle between the two modes. You can also change this mode using the handle on the Selector Tool InfoBar.
Selector Tool handles offset Inside rotation hotspot (shown top right)
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The skew operation used to rely entirely on dragging hidden handles near the stretch handles or on the InfoBar field, which only skews in one axis. It was too easy to drag the hidden skew handles by accident without realizing it, resulting in unwanted skew effects in a document. So the hidden skew handles have been removed completely and skewing by dragging is now only available in Rotate & Skew mode, using the new visible handles.

SmartShapes & Photos

The Selector Tool only shows SmartShape handles that don’t interfere with the (now offset) transformation handles. This means that the Selector Tool handles now always work consistently, whatever is selected. The most significant result of this change is that photos can now be scaled and stretched by any of the selection handles. Switch to the Quickshape Tool tool to see all the handles of a SmartShape and to the Photo Tool to see all photo related handles. Double-clicking on a SmartShape now switches to the Quickshape Tool where all its handles are always available, just as double-clicking a photo switches to the Photo Tool. Note the two different effects of dragging photo stretch handles: In the Selector Tool stretching keeps the center of a photo in the center of the object and only scales the photo if it needs to make it fit the new shape. This is the least intrusive way to stretch a photo without distorting it and is appropriate when the photo is being stretched along with other objects. In the Photo Tool stretching the photo shape keeps the photo position fixed and only moves it, or starts to scale it, if required to fill the shape. This is most appropriate when editing a photo on its own.
Rotate & skew handles
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Stretching & Squashing

Wherever possible, stretching objects will stretch their outer shape and automatically reformat the contents to fit in the stretched shape, without distorting. For example when stretching a rectangular object that has rounded corners, the corners won’t distort, they’ll remain circular. This is called Smart Transformation and it prevents the introduction of unwanted or accidental distortion into documents. However, sometimes you may want to deliberately stretch both an object and its contents (e.g. to stretch/distort a photo or some text). It is now possible to stretch any object, including Text and Photos, by holding down the Alt key to disable Smart Transformation when dragging the Selector Tool’s stretch handles.
Selector Tool handles Photo Tool handles Stretched without Alt key (photo IS NOT distorted)
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Other Selection improvements

The Selector Tool now shows the full width of a text column, instead of just the width of text in the column. This makes text columns consistent with text areas/boxes.

Make Repeating

Repeating Objects are used where you want the same object to appear on multiple pages of a document, in the same position on each page. They are most commonly used for page headers and page footers. Until now the only way to make an object repeating was to use the Arrange > Repeat on all pages operation. This makes a copy of the object on every single page of the document. This is great if you want the object on every page, but sometimes documents have more than one different page design and you may want one Repeating Object only on some of the pages and perhaps a different Repeating Object on other pages. Now there is a new operation Arrange > Make repeating, which simply makes the current selected object into a Repeating Object, without making any additional copies of it on other pages. Once you’ve done this, you can then copy and paste the Repeating Object to whichever pages it’s needed on. Note that you can achieve this very quickly by first selecting the target pages in the Page & Layer Gallery (use Ctrl+click and Shift+click to select multiple pages in the gallery), then paste, and the object will be pasted onto all the pages you selected.

Align Toolbar

The distribute options on the Align Toolbar (Window > Bars > Align) have been changed from Distribute centers, to Distribute equally spaced, which is more commonly used because it works well with objects of different sizes. The Arrange > Alignment dialog still includes the center distribution options.
Stretched with Alt key (photo IS distorted)
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Other fixes & improvements

Inconsistent font sizes when pasting same sized text into ‘Shrink on overflow’ text boxes. Fixed. Icon line widths wrong when replaced with SVG. Fixed. Serious error opening Document info with specific document. Fixed. Help users recover from unusual installation, update and activation errors. Check and (when necessary) fix the Windows Explorer ‘thumbnail view’, automatically during program startup. When replacing a color in an object, Xara will no longer preserve shading if there is only one shade of the color used. The user’s chosen color is applied directly instead.
Distribute horizontally Distribute vertically