Web Designer 9 vs Web Designer 9 Premium: Premium offers a host of additional features for advanced users, including web authoring and publishing features and extra graphic tools. This table is a list of the additional features that are in Premium (it's not a list of all Web Designer features!) clicking on any of the features will tell you a little bit more about that feature. There is an upgrade path for existing owners of Web Designer to Premium, see here for details.
Web Authoring and Publishing
With Web Designer Premium you can create web-based 'slide-show' style presentations that your website visitors can step through using the keyboard arrow keys. Apply animated transition effects as each step and page is displayed. You can also easily remotely host a web meeting (a ‘Webinar’) to showcase your presentation, step by step and page by page, to a group of invited participants. See an example presentation.
Animation (flash and gif)
Web Designer Premium includes a genuinely easy way to create really efficient flash animations. It also supports Animated GIF creation.
Extra Widgets including slideshows, e-commerce and charts
Web Designer Premium includes a larger selection of Widgets in the Designs Gallery, including the the new resizeable photo and content slidehow Widgets that can help give your website an edge, making them more interesting and dynamic. Plus Premium includes a selection of interactive chart and graph Widgets (see examples, a choice of e-commerce Widgets, Google AdSense widgets, a table widget and a neat 'embed a website' widget - perfect for embedding blogs, microsites and other sites within your page.
Web Designer Premium's font embedding technology overcomes the serious design limitation of having to stick to the very small selection of so called 'web safe' fonts. The technique is compatible with the vast majority of modern web browsers, and works by embedding a special version of the font on your website which the web browser can download and display.
Animated page and layer transitions
Web Designer Premium makes it easy to add a wide range of animated effects to the layers and page links in your website. You can add animated transitions to any page link or pop-up layer in your web pages.
You can automatically generate a sitemap to assist search engines with the crawling of your website.
You can browse, view and delete files and folders on your FTP server using Web Designer Premium 's built-in Web Space Explorer.
Web Designer Premium offers some additional templates that relate to features not supported in the classic version of Web Designer, in particular presentations and Flash animations. There is also a much larger selection of web page themes (see examples).
Graphical bullets and numbers
In Premium you can design your own bullets and numbers for use in lists, which can make a surprisingly big improvement to the appearance of any lists and is particularly useful for presentations.
Direct support for Google Fonts
The Font Picker provides direct access to the 600+ Google Fonts collection.
Freehand and Brush tool
You can use this tool to draw in a freehand manner, as you would with a pencil. It can also be used to create brush strokes. And it includes the option to draw variable width lines using a compatible pressure sensitive drawing device such as a graphics tablet.
The Quickshape Tool lets you quickly create almost any regular, symmetrical shape with sharp or rounded corners.
Some options in the Text tool (find and replace)
The Find & Replace function performs live search so that as you type the search string the text is searched and highlighted in real-time.
Some additional options in the Fill tool (some fill shapes and profiles)
The Fill tool lets you apply color fill to objects. Premium includes conical, diamond, 3 color and 4 color fills and a Fill profile control.
Some additional options in the Transparency tool (some transparency shapes and profiles)
The transparency tool lets you specify how much of the underlying colors and objects appear through an object. Premium including non-mix type transparency types and a transparency profile control.
Some additional options in the Shadow tool (profiles)
The Shadow tool lets you apply, remove, and modify semi-transparent (or "soft") shadows. Premium includes an adjustable shadow profile for advanced control over the rate of change of a shadow.
The Bevel tool gives objects an appearance of depth instead of being flat on the page.
The Mould tool lets you perspectivize shapes to give an impression of depth.
The Feather tool enables you to blur the edges of an object so it blends, or fades, into a background object.
3D Extrude tool
The Extrude Tool provides a fast and easy way of turning 2D drawn shapes and text into high quality 3D extruded versions, with colored light illumination and very high quality shading.
Photo tool: Red eye
The Red Eye tool allows you to quickly remove red eye effects from faces in your photos.
Photo tool: Panorama
Web Designer Premium includes a tool that can automatically stitch together up to 6 photographs into a single wide, high-resolution panorama.
The Line Gallery can be used to apply a range of line styles or attributes, such as brush strokes, dash patterns, arrow heads, and more.
In Page & Layer Gallery
Premium offers the additional ability to browse objects in the Page & Layer Gallery, not just page and layers.
The menu option "Arrange -> Combine shapes" (or right click and choose Combine Shapes) provides you with a range of advanced options to combine shapes to make new shapes, such as adding, cutting, or slicing. You can use combine shapes on any type of object, including bitmaps.
Additional options which give more flexibility to pasting operations: Paste position, Paste size, Paste replacing selection, Paste in current layer and Paste in place in current layer.
Color naming and some color models
Premium includes support for RGB, greyscale, 3D and web palette colors. Also the ability to name a color: If you want to use a color many times throughout a document, you can create your own Named Color, which will appear on the Color Line. When you edit it later all objects using this color are instantly changed.
In Web Designer Premium you can print your documents!
Web Designer Premium includes an easy to use screen grab utility.
Some additional import and export formats
AVI export, Flash and animated GIF export. SVG import and beta import of Open Office (.odp) and PowerPoint (.pptx).
HTML 5 video
MP4 movie files added to your website will now play without Flash installed if the browser supports HTML5 video, so movies play on iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads.
Support for Retina screens
Web Designer Premium automatically creates the high-resolution photos and web graphics required for Retina displays (the web pages are smart and only load the correct resolution graphics for the browser being used).
Enhanced free web hosting offer
Web Designer comes with a free hosting offer from MAGIX Online World including 500MB of web space. Premium includes a free one year upgrade to the enhanced 'M' version, with 2 GB of space, a free top level domain name and free web based email.
64 bit Windows support
Web Designer Premium takes advantage of the power of 64 bit, if your computer supports it, enabling you to create larger, more content rich sites.
12 months free domain
Web Designer Premium has one year's free top level domain name included with the free MAGIX Online World hosting.
A quick and easy way to add Google Analytics to your site.