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
Spell Checker language property
Photo & Graphic Designer now has a new “language” document property. This determines what language
new text added to the document will be set to, for the purposes of spell checking, instead of assuming the
document language should be the same as the language your device is set to. This new property can be
seen and modified with the new Document language option in the Spell Checker menu in the Text Tool.
You can still set any text in your document to any language, regardless of what the “Document language”
property is set to, so you can still have a mixture of languages in your documents when required.
If you change the current document language, you are asked whether all existing text in the document
should also be set to the chosen language, or left unchanged.
When you open an older document, the document language is automatically set according to the language
on the Normal text style in that document. Newly created documents have their document language set to
match the language setting of the current device, as with previous versions of Designer.
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
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
center or top center 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 accommodate 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.
Font type in font menu
The Font type now appears in the font menu - usually either OpenType or TrueType
as designated by the accompanying symbol.
SmartShapes and Symbols
Great for flowcharts, diagrams, exploded views, etc. The Flowlines behave just like Arrows, in that you
can change the heads and tails, apply rotation, thickness and so on - as well as having 90° segments
which you can drag to reposition. Find them in the Arrows folder - Insert > Shape > Arrows…
To replace a symbol, right-click on it and choose Replace symbol… from the context menu. This brings up
the symbol picker, where you can search for a new symbol. You can also use this operation in bulleted lists
to replace the symbol used for the bullet points. Place the text caret in the list, right-click and choose
Replace symbol… this now also works if the symbol is inside a group so you don’t have to perform a “select
inside” operation first.
Live Copies give you a way of having multiple copies of an object that are linked together so that if one copy
is changed they all change. However each Live Copy can be transformed independently, so for example you
could have larger and smaller versions of the same Live Copy, or perhaps copies with different rotations.
Live Copies are similar to Repeating Objects, but more powerful because you can have multiple Live Copies
on the same page and they do not share a common position in the way that Repeating Objects do.
Creating Live Copies
You can turn any object or group into a Live Copy. Just select the object and choose "Arrange" > "Live
Copy" > "Create Live Copy". A second copy of the object appears and the two copies are 'linked' in that if
either one is edited the other copy updates to match. But you can move and transform the two objects
independently, placing them on the same page or on different pages.
You can make more copies of the Live Copy the same way you copy normal objects, using copy/paste,
duplicate, right-click drag, etc.. Each copy you make belongs to the same 'family' of Live Copies and so
editing one also changes all the others.
Try this with an example:
Draw a hexagon using the Quickshape Tool and make it red.
Go back to the Selector Tool. With the hexagon selected, choose "Arrange" > "Live Copy" > "Create
Live Copy". Or right click and choose "Live Copy" > "Create Live Copy" from the drop-down menu.
A second copy of the hexagon appears and selecting either copy shows "1 live copy" on the status
Make several more copies of the object, using copy/paste, or any other means. Note that each is a
"live copy" according the status line when you select them.
Go back into the Quickshape Tool and click on any one of the red hexagons. Note the status line says
"1 Quickshape 'inside'". That shows that you've selected the Quickshape object inside the Live Copy
Change the number of sides on the Quickshape from 6 to 8, using the control on the InfoBar. All
copies of the hexagons instantly become octagons.
In the Selector Tool, drag with "Alt" held down and instead of dragging a box, a freehand line is draw. Every
object that is touched by the line becomes selected. Hence you can drag the mouse around the page,
touching all the objects that you want to select.
Custom shortcut key configuration
This utility provides an easy and direct way to configure key shortcuts. It allows you to define a shortcut for
a command which doesn't have a shortcut by default, or to change a command's shortcut. To open the
Shortcut Tool, select Customize Key shortcuts... from the Utilities menu.
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer now takes advantage of the power of 64 bit, if your computer supports it,
enabling you to create larger, more content rich documents.
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer now has support for multi-core processors making it even faster than
Color Separations & CMYK 16-bit support
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer now supports the conversion of RGB, HSV and grayscale colors to CMYK,
and offers detailed imagesetting controls, for professional commercial printing.
This adds 2 new tabs to
the Print > Options
dialog. One for
Imagesetting and the
other for Separations.
The Imagesetting dialog
gives control over
printer's marks and film
settings and the
Separations dialog gives
control over color
For more detail see the Imagesetting chapter in the Photo & Graphic Designer onboard help pages.
Other Content & Improvements
6 new text panels
New social media templates
PDF import improvements
Word import improvements
JPEG XR import
Various other minor fixes and improvements.