Scroll through this document to see a description of all the great new features & content released in March 2021 (v18.0) and August 2021 (v18.5). 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 Web Designer and install it alongside your current version. You can find Release Notes for the earlier v17 here.
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 1
Last updated August 24, 2021
Contents Version 18.0 (29 March 2021) 2 Workflow Improvements........................................ 2 High DPI Display Support...................... 2 Improved CMYK color display............ 3 Desktop Publishing..................................................... 3 Header Designs (Premium only)....... 3 Google Fonts Update............................... 3 Web Design...................................................................... 4 New Publishing Workflow..................... 4 New Web Export Tab................................ 4 Web Preview Operations....................... 5 Photo & Graphic Design.......................................... 6 Smart Duplication...................................... 6 Content Update............................................................. 7 Final Notes........................................................................ 7 Version 18.5 (24 August 2021) 7 WebP Image Export (Premium only)............... 7 Exporting Individual Images................ 7 WebP Images in Websites (Premium only). 9 Browser Compatibility............................. 9 WebP Image Import (Premium only)............... 9 New Timelines (Premium only)........................... 9 Template Locking for Xara Cloud.................... 11 New Lock types to restrict Xara Cloud editing............................................................. 11 Locking Dialog............................................ 12 Object Right-click Menu....................... 13
Open Graph (Premium only)............................. 13 Open Graph Dialog................................. 13 Finishing & Publishing.......................... 15 Final Notes..................................................................... 15

Version 18.0 (29 March 2021)

Workflow Improvements

High DPI Display Support

Web Designer 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.
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 2
Last updated August 24, 2021
Reduced number of handles in the QuickShape Tool 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

Web Designer 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

Header Designs (Premium only)

Like the Footer components in the last release, the new Header designs are components which automatically size and position themselves at the top of the page on insertion. They are also made repeating on insertion, so that they appear on every page of your design. Example Header design To view the available designs and insert them, use Insert > Header ….which opens the Online Content Catalog at the selection of footer components. If you insert a new header when there is already a header in the design, the new header replaces the old one and where possible the content of the old header is maintained in the new header.

Google Fonts Update

44 new fonts have been added to Web 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.
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 3
Last updated August 24, 2021

Web Design

New Publishing Workflow

New Web Export Tab The old Web Export Options dialog has now been replaced by a new Export tab in the Utilities > Web Properties dialog. This brings these options, which control how your document or website appears when published to the web, together with other web settings all in the same dialog. New Export tab of Web Properties (Web Designer Premium) [Web Designer Premium only] The Transition Effect and Direction have been separated into two controls, instead of a single combined control. Also you now have more control over what features are enabled in your web document or website, in the Viewer Options section at the bottom of the dialog, as follows: Page previews This option allows you to choose whether or not you want the page navigation panel along the bottom of the browser window. The panel allows a viewer to navigate directly to any page by clicking on a page
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 4
Last updated August 24, 2021
preview. PDF download If this option is checked a Download button is added to the top right of the browser window, that allows the viewer to download your document as a PDF file, for printing or offline viewing. When this option is on, the PDF file is generated and published for you automatically along with the web view, each time you publish. Xara logo This option determines whether or not the Xara logo is shown in the top left corner of the browser window. Note that whenever the PDF download option or the Xara logo option are on, a bar is added across the top of the browser window that also includes a Full Screen button. But if neither of these options are on, the bar is not present and so neither is the Full Screen button. Presentation document with all 3 options enabled Web Preview Operations Furthermore, the Web Preview operations now open your document/website directly in your default web browser, instead of in an internal preview window.
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 5
Last updated August 24, 2021

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. 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
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 6
Last updated August 24, 2021
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.

Content Update

As usual we have some great new additions to the Online Content Catalog (provided as part of the Update Service). 10 new Header designs in Components > Print & Web Components (*New category) (Premium only) 10 new presentation templates in Presentations > Presentation Themes (Premium only) 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 (Premium only) 6 new diagrams in Components > Print & Web Components (Premium only) 30 new Facebook templates in the Social Media category (Premium only) 30 new Instagram templates in the Social Media category (Premium only)

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, Word, and PowerPoint.

Version 18.5 (24 August 2021)

WebP Image Export (Premium only)

WebP is a new image format that is an alternative to the well established JPEG and PNG. It uses new compression technology that allows image files to be smaller than JPEG or PNG image files of similar quality. Therefore it’s particularly suitable for use with images in websites and web documents, which will open faster if viewed in a web browser that supports WebP images, which most modern browsers now do.

Exporting Individual Images

WebP has been added to the extensive list of file formats that Web Designer can export. Select the object or image that you want to export and choose File > Export WebP … . This option is also available on the right-click context menu. Choose a filename and folder location and click the Export button to export with default/previous settings, or click the Settings button to open the settings dialog.
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 7
Last updated August 24, 2021
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 8
Last updated August 24, 2021
WebP Export Settings Here you can choose whether to export the current selected object(s), the current page contents, or the whole of the current page including the page background. You can also choose the size of the image you want to export, by entering the required dimensions in pixels, or choosing the resolution required (DPI field). Transparent background If you select the Transparent option the image will be exported with a transparent background, so that it can be placed on any background. With this option off, whatever background you see behind the selected object(s) will be included in the exported image. Normally if you are exporting individual objects it’s best to select the transparent option, but if you want an image of a whole page including the page background, turn transparency off. Encoding WebP files can be either lossy or lossless. With a lossy file, some image detail is lost in order to achieve a
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 9
Last updated August 24, 2021
smaller WebP file size. With a lossless export, full image detail is retained. So for the same image, a lossless WebP file will typically be larger than the equivalent lossy file. For the best balance of file size versus image quality, it’s generally best to export photos as lossy and graphics as lossless. Quality With the lossy (best for photos) option selected, the quality controls are enabled so that you can control the balance between image quality and file size. The file size that will result from the current selected settings is displayed at the bottom of the dialog.

WebP Images in Websites (Premium only)

You can choose to have all the images in your website or document automatically exported as WebP, so that images will appear faster when your website/document is viewed in a browser that supports WebP. Simply turn on the new Include WebP images option, which is at the bottom of the Website tab of the Utilities > Web Properties dialog.

Browser Compatibility

While most modern web browsers now support WebP files, some still do not, so it’s not yet advisable to provide images only in WebP form. So with the WebP option on, Web Designer will automatically encode all your images in WebP AND also in either JPEG or PNG form, to maximize browser and device compatibility. And it will make sure browsers that do support WebP will only download and display the WebP files, realizing the benefits of a faster web browsing experience with WebP. While older browsers and others that don’t support WebP will download only the JPEG or PNG files instead. This does mean that previewing and publishing your website/document will take a little longer with the WebP option enabled, because of the additional image encoding that has to occur. If this delay is significant for your document, it’s best to turn off the WebP option while you work on your design, so that preview is faster, and then turn it on again just before publishing.

WebP Image Import (Premium only)

Web Designer can now import WebP images as well as export them. As with other image file types, you can simply drag and drop a WebP image file onto your document from Explorer, or use File > Import to browse for your WebP file.

New Timelines (Premium only)

These are in the following folders of the Online Content Catalog:
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 1 0
Last updated August 24, 2021
Components > Print & Web Components > Timelines These components have internal elements that can be easily re-arranged, duplicated or deleted, without spoiling the designs. For example in this Timeline below, you can easily choose how many labeled circles you want along the arrow. Timeline with 4 bullet points Each circle has a set of 3 handles on it: Click the handle to delete a circle Click the handle to add/duplicate a circle Drag on the handle to change the order of the circles. There is also a single spacing handle that you can drag to adjust the spacing between the circles. As you change the number of circles, Web Designer tries to maintain the current width of the component as much as it can. But if you add more than can be fitted in the current width, the component will get wider. And, as with all components, you can drag the width and height handles on the outside of the component to adjust the size. Or use a corner resize handle to scale the whole component up or down, but note that this will change the text sizes too. The same principle applies to the other Timeline designs in the Content Catalog. They each have similar elements inside them, as indicated by the same set of 3 handles. Some of the components have parts stacked vertically instead of horizontally, but the same principle applies in the vertical direction.
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 11
Last updated August 24, 2021

Template Locking for Xara Cloud

Web Designer already had support for completely locking an object, so that clicking or dragging on the object will do nothing. This is very useful in Web Designer and in Xara Cloud, for objects in the background, behind text for example. It prevents users accidentally moving or selecting the object, when they intended to work on objects on top. It can also be used by template designers to discourage users of a template from making unnecessary design changes - for example locking a company logo in place, so users can’t move or change it. However template designers need more flexibility, so they can lock different aspects of an object in their design, while still allowing some customization of that object by users of the template.

New Lock types to restrict Xara Cloud editing

To achieve this flexibility we have introduced 2 new types of locking to Web Designer and Xara Cloud. Web Designer can be used for creating and editing templates that are deployed with Xara Cloud, so these two new types of lock can be applied using Web Designer, but the locking is only enforced in Xara Cloud. In Web Designer the objects can still be edited without restriction. Lock Size & Position This lock prevents an object from being moved or resized in Xara Cloud. So when such an object is selected, the user won’t see any handles for changing the object size. But users can still edit the content of the object. For example if a photo is locked in this way, a user can still change the photo image, using Replace Photo, as normal. But they can’t move the photo, resize it, or change its shape. The same principle applies to other types of object with this lock - that is, they allow content editing, while maintaining the object’s size and position in the document. Photo selected with Lock Size & Position Lock Aspect Ratio
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 12
Last updated August 24, 2021
This lock prevents users from changing the aspect ratio of an object in Xara Cloud, for example by stretching it wider or taller. Such objects can still be moved and also resized by dragging a corner resize handle, but no handles are shown for changing the width or height of the object. Content can still be edited, as with the Size & Position lock. Photo selected with Lock Aspect Ratio

Locking Dialog

The new Locking dialog is opened with Utilities > Locking … Locking
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 13
Last updated August 24, 2021
The Lock All option is the original Web Designerlocking whereby the locked object can’t even be selected. With this lock the object can only be unlocked using the Page & Layer gallery, as in previous versions of Web Designer. The Only Admins can unlock in Xara Cloud option prevents ordinary Xara Cloud users from overriding a lock on an object. So this option allows template designers to determine whether a lock is just advisory (users of the template can choose to turn it off), or compulsory. However this restriction does not apply to Administrators of the Team in Xara Cloud.

Object Right-click Menu

You can also view and change lock settings using the right-click context menu on any object. There is a Lock sub-menu, that gives quick access to all the same settings available in the Locking dialog described above. There’s also an option to open the Locking dialog itself from this menu.

Open Graph (Premium only)

Open Graph gives you control over how your website is presented when you post a link to it on social media. You can set image, title and description, which stops the social media site making a best guess on your behalf. For example if you paste www.xara.com into a Social Media app, the app will show the graphic below, which is published as part of the Xara website. Now you can easily create and include a similar graphic with your website and web documents. Setting the title and description gives you the opportunity to improve your page rank by including your top keywords.

Open Graph Dialog

The Utilities > Web Properties dialog has a new Open Graph tab.
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 14
Last updated August 24, 2021
Open Graph Dialog Enable Open Graph for your website or document by selecting the Enable checkbox at the top. Then you
XARA WEB DESIGNER  V18 Release Notes
Page 15
Last updated August 24, 2021
can enter the Title and Description you’d like to appear as part of your site’s preview. If you already added Title and Description in the Website tab of this dialog, the same text will appear here by default, but you can change it if you like. Below the Title and Description you can see the current Open Graph image that is set for the current document. By default you will see a relatively simple graphic with a logo in the center. There are a selection of other Open Graph image designs to choose from in the Content Catalog - just click the Catalog… button below the preview image to browse and select one. Or, if you already have a suitable image you’d like to use instead, just click the Import… button to import it. Where a design includes a logo, if the document you are editing already includes a suitable logo, it should be used in the preview image by default. If not, or you want to change the logo, you need to edit the image design. Editing the Open Graph preview image Click the Edit… button and a new document tab will open containing just the Open Graph preview image design for the current document. Here you can edit the graphic just as you would edit any other content within Web Designer. Select the Text Tool to edit the text Right-click on a logo and choose Replace… to replace a logo Right-click on an image or photo and choose Replace photo… to replace You can change the dimensions of the design if you want, but the default size is recommended for best results on most Social Media platforms. When you’ve finished editing, you can Ctrl+S to Save and return to your main document, or click the Save button in the Open Graph dialog, or just close the tab.

Finishing & Publishing

Press OK or Apply in the Open Graph dialog when you have finished setting it up. Now just publish your website or document as normal and then try pasting a link to it into a Social Media platform to see your preview appear.

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, Word, and PowerPoint.