Check out Insert > Symbol. These are not just useful symbols and icons that you can add to your text, but fully editable vector shapes!
Web Designer benefits from seamless integration with Xara Cloud, which makes it a great additional service. You can find out more & register here.
Significant improvements since last year include:
An enhanced Online Content Catalog will be included free for one year. Based on the v11 Content Catalog, this new and improved version will now offer:
The Designs Gallery (now 'Local Designs Gallery') will now be used to display only your current assets (those downloaded from the Online Content Catalog or from the optional back-up CD) making it quicker to access the resources you are already using.
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cool new way to display your photos. We’ve added both fully editable Smart Photo Grids (Smartshapes) and simple photo
The Smart Photo Grids let you display any collection of photos, even those with different shapes and aspect ratios, in a compact grid on your website. Drag and drop your photo onto the grid and it automatically updates to fit your photo in, no matter what shape it is!
UPDATED - November 2016: 23 new photo grids, and a new folder structure to make it easy to find just the right layout for your site.
View previews of a selection of the themes and other templates in the Online Content Catalog (select the NEW filter to see some of the new ones).
SmartShapes are an amazingly quick and easy way to create and edit some of the most commonly required shapes. There are improvements to the way SmartShapes work (eg improved handles) plus some great new additions to the Online Content Catalog library of these ultra-editable ready-made shapes:
A wonderfully quick and easy way to apply popular effects to your photos.
You’ll find more than 25 ready-made effects in the Online Content Catalog (image resources > photo filter pre-sets). Simply select your photo and hit Import! What’s more you can continue to edit the effects using the Enhance tool or Brightness Levels dialog, and if you replace the photo the effects are retained. See some examples.
NEW - November 2016: We've added 50 new photo filters and we've also categorized the filters to make it easier to find just the right filter to achieve the effect or ambience you're looking for!
NEW - March 2017: We’ve added another 40 filters, making 115 in total. We’ve also introduced Photo Filter Overlays, which can be applied on top of existing filter pre-sets, such as pattern, texture and transparency Overlays. Filters can now be applied & removed with a handy right click menu option.
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 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.
Note: these updates continue to work after 365 days in any installations at the date of expiry, but if you reinstall the software after the Update Service expires (and you don't renew) then these updates will not be included (the software will revert to the version at your date of purchase or registration).
photo in the Photo tool and you’ll see some new handles on the
photo, for scale, rotate and crop. It’s a lot easier and more
intuitive than using the Fill tool for these simple but frequent actions, and
it’s smarter too – ensuring you never see any gaps around the edge of the photo
when you move it in its frame or change the shape of the frame. Top Tip – it’s great for horizon straightening!
UPDATED - November 2016: Now as you drag the handles to adjust an image, a faint copy of the full uncropped image is shown behind.
Web Designer Premium includes ‘Website M’ hosting (worth $1.99 a month), free for one year. This includes 2GBytes of free web hosting space and one free domain name (e.g. yourname.com or .co.uk or .de etc). Plus if you publish with Website M you can password protect your web pages.