We know that many of you find it frustrating that you have to wait a whole year for our next update - knowing that we are working on (and have likely finished) new cutting edge features and on-trend content. We have the answer! For the first time you’ll have access to new features and content as we develop them, at any time during the 365 days after you purchase. You'll be able to download and use these new features, for no extra charge, in addition to the version that you buy today.

  • You receive a perpetual license to the very latest version at the time of purchase
  • We promise to continue optimizing and developing software which includes the Update Service. We will regularly publish new features and templates throughout the year
  • You will have access to these new features and content as we develop them, rather than waiting up to a year for our next annual release*. Which means you can keep up with the latest trends in web and graphic design!

Your Update Service Questions Answered

If you don't upgrade again the Update Service expires. Any online services will cease, or fall back to a basic service. For current 365 products this means:
  • Web Designer: The free hosting will continue, but you will no longer have guaranteed access to Online Designer and the Online Content Catalog will no longer be accessible†
  • Web Designer Premium: The M hosting falls back to the free hosting offer, but you will no longer have guaranteed access to Online Designer and the Online Content Catalog will no longer be accessible†
  • Designer Pro: The M hosting falls back to the free hosting offer, but you will no longer have guaranteed access to Online Designer and the Online Content Catalog will no longer be accessible†
  • Photo & Graphic Designer: You will no longer have guaranteed access to Online Designer (included with Photo & Graphic Designer since the June 2017 update), and the Online Content Catalog will no longer be accessible†
In addition you will no longer receive feature or content updates. The copy(s) that you have installed at the time of expiry will continue to run indefinitely, BUT if you re-install on a new machine after the Update Service has expired then the new installation will fall back to the version you last purchased.
You can expect the cost to be similar to the former cost of upgrading. Note, this isn't a subscription, there won't be an automatic recharge, you will make a choice as usual about whether to upgrade your copy and extend the Update Service for another 365 days.
It is as frustrating for us as it is for you to sit on new features and content that would keep our product in a market leading position and our customers happy! Design is a fast moving business and we need a model that recognises that.

Additionally the annual release cycle imposes a huge burden on developers, testers and support during the couple of months in which our key titles are upgraded, which can mean we provide a lower quality of service than we would wish during that time. By spreading the new feature releases across the year you will benefit from a more consistent level of pre-release testing and post-release support, and we will sleep more easily. Win win!

In other words we are trying to bring you some of the benefits of the subscription model without actually offering a subscription.

A further practical consideration is that Xara Online Designer is progressing rapidly, future updates in Online Designer will frequently require matching updates to the desktop versions of the Designer titles to ensure file and feature compatibility, and we therefore need a model for our client side products that is more in tune with the release cycle of Online Designer.  Find out more about Xara Online Designer.
At the time of registration. If you order in the Xara online store then your copy is registered at the time of purchase, so only if you purchase offline might your date of registration be later than the date of purchase. If you are renewing an Update Service then the 365 will run from expiry date, even if you purchase sooner.
Our noticeboards will announce new updates, and we will have further information on our What's New pages for  Web Designer and Designer Pro and Photo & Graphic Designer and in our monthly newsletter, the Outsider (you can sign up for the Outsider here). Alternatively you might like to join us on Facebook or Google+ or follow us on Twitter.
In Designer Pro, Web Designer and Photo & Graphic Designer 365 the Designs Gallery only shows content that you have used, whereas the Online Content Catalog contains the full set of designs. When you select any design from the Content Catalog it's downloaded and installed on your computer, and will appear in the Local Designs Gallery, where you can access it in future, even offline. So if you know you're going to want to access a specific category of designs regularly and want offline access, right click on the folder name (nb you must have downloaded at least one design for this folder to appear) in the Local Designs Gallery and select 'Download All'. Or of course you can add a back-up DVD to your order. The DVD includes the full set of templates at the time we launched the 365 version in 2016.
Xara Designer Pro X is our top of the range product and includes all the features and templates of Web Designer Premium, Photo & Graphic Designer and Page & Layout Designer in a fully integrated single package solution for all your graphic design needs, for print and the web.  Illustration, photo editing, DTP and document creation, web graphics and websites - Designer Pro X does it all!
€279inc. VAT
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is the perfect choice for all your photo editing and graphic design work, with powerful photo editing and enhancement features, and truly flexible illustration and design tools.
€59.99inc. VAT
Xara Web Designer is unlike any web design software you will have seen before; an easy template based solution that gives you total page design freedom, no HTML skills required. It offers comprehensive WYSIWYG web graphic, web page and website creation features.
€49.99inc. VAT
Xara Web Designer Premium offers all the features and templates of Web Designer, plus it adds extra features aimed at professional and commercial web designers including sticky objects and stretching backgrounds, Supersites, Flash animation, extra Widgets for e-commerce, photo slideshows and others, support for online presentations, and additional graphic design tools.
€99.99inc. VAT