Release Notes 20 December 2022 (content) 13 December 2022 (content) 7 Dec 2022 (v22.5) 10 November 2022 (content) 8 Nov 2022 (v22.4) 24 October 2022 (v22.3) 19 October 2022 (content) 12 October 2022 (content) October 2022 (v22.2) 22 September 2022 (content) 5 September 2022 (v22.1) July 2022 (v22.0) 6 April 2022 (v21.9) 9 March 2022 (v21.8) 17 Feb 2022 (v21.7) 6 December 2021 (v21.6) 3 August 2021 (v21.5) 24 June 2021 (v21.4) 27 May 2021 (v21.3) 18 May 2021 (v21.2) 22 April 2021 (v21.1) 10 March 2021 (v21.0) 1 Feb 2021 (v20.8) 16 December 2020 (v20.7) 2 December 2020 (v20.6) November 20205 (v20.5) October 2020 (v20.4) September 2020 (v20.3) 3 August 2020 (v20.2) 25 June 2020 (v20.1) 4 June 2020 (v20.0) March 2020 Xara Cloud

Release Notes

Designer Pro+ is only sold and supported by Xara. You can find full details of the first release in the March 2020 Release Notes and all subsequent updates in our Release Notes June 2020 & Later.

20 December 2022 (content)

New: Calendar Templates

We’ve just added a new category of templates to the Online Content Catalog. You’ll find 12 new calendar designs in Print > Calendars, fully customizable to your brand - just in time to get 2023 off to a great visual start.

One of the new calendar templates in the Online Content Catalog

13 December 2022 (content)

1200 new Photo Filter Overlays

Another major addition to the Designer Pro+ Online Content Catalog.

We've added nearly 1200 new photo filter overlays in 4 new categories in Image Resources > Photo Filter Presets > Overlays (Light Rays, Night Sky, Rose Petal and additions to Light Leak).

Photo overlays can be added to your photo, even on top of other photo filters, to provide a huge choice of creative possibilities. For more info see the Designer Pro+ Release Notes.

Explore an almost infinite variety of photo effects with 1200 new photo overlays

7 Dec 2022 (v22.5)

Export tables to Word & Powerpoint

Tables created with the new Xara Table tool and exported to Microsoft Word (in docx format) are now fully editable in Word.

Xara tables should now also look visually correct when exported to Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx) presentations, although they're not currently editable in PowerPoint (text can be edited but the table won’t update).

Other Improvements

As always we're keeping up the flow of small enhancements & fixes in the Plus editions, including:
  1. Scrolling and text editing performance improvements that should make a big difference when editing larger documents with many pages.
  2. Line Gallery now opens much more quickly, solving a problem with loss of the current selection.
  3. Error seen when making a copy of a table by dragging on it with right mouse button down. Fixed.
  4. Image export setting sometimes changed unexpectedly when page clipping option changed. Fixed.

Unsupported Characters

No more ▯ when you paste in a character that isn't supported by your current font, such as Chinese, Japanese or Korean letters.

Xara will now check for fonts that support the character and insert the correct character into your text using that font.

Find out more in the Designer Pro+ release notes.

Easy access to your Xara account

Designer Pro+ now has a new Account menu on the main menu bar, in this first release offering a quick & easy way to manage your subscription including members of your team (if you are a Team+ subscriber).

10 November 2022 (content)

New Web Themes

The template bonanza of 2022 continues with another 12 new website templates, all with the latest animation effects and SEO optimizations - and totally customizable to fit your business or personal website requirement:
  • All include mobile variants
  • A new wider 1280 pix wide main variant for the best possible results on your 4K monitors (but of course they auto scale to lower resolution on other devices)
  • Default image export is now WebP for faster loading, giving a better experience for your visitors, and better SEO results too.
You can find them now in the Designer Pro+ Online Content Catalog > What's New.

A small selection of the new web themes in Designer Pro+ in Nov 2022

8 Nov 2022 (v22.4)

Pasting & Tables

Hot off the press, a couple of additions to our new Table Tool to smooth your table workflow:
  • A new 'paste unformatted' option, so you can copy and paste between table cells without styles if required
  • And improved handling of multi-line text when copy and pasting data from external applications such as spreadsheets into your Xara tables

Other Improvements

And some other useful enhancements including:
  • Print options: The Automatic option is now more helpfully described as Actual size. 
  • Second and subsequent pastes of the same clipboard contents now work the same way as the initial paste (a list of formats to choose from is shown, if there is a choice). This means if you don’t like the results of the first format you choose, you can simply paste again and choose a different format, without having to re-copy from the source application.
  • Lock icons are now shown in an “unlocked” or “locked” state.

Other table improvements

  • Extending row selections using the Shift key is now more reliable.
  • Tables don’t always redraw correctly after width/height changes. Fixed.
  • Error when importing a particular table with color matching. Fixed.
  • Error when exporting a PDF while table cells are selected. Fixed.
  • Can’t click/drag on a table’s background to select/move the table. Fixed.

24 October 2022 (v22.3)

Copy external data into tables

Another important step forward for our new Table Tool: You can now copy and paste data from spreadsheets or other external sources straight into your Xara tables.

Other Improvements

And a few other small enhancements and fixes including:
  • We’ve added an option to apply page setting changes to all pages. So, for example, this allows you to change the bleed margin settings across all pages of a document, even when 'All pages the same' is off.
  • Error when pasting list items into an existing list. Fixed.

Other table improvements

  • Table reformatting fixes.
  • Pasting an image into a selected cell in the Table Tool now works as expected.
  • Pasting an image into a cell no longer increases the row height excessively.
  • Error deleting rows that are part of a merged row. Fixed.
  • Error pasting RTF tables. Fixed.

19 October 2022 (content)

Almost 1300 new Photo Filter Overlays

Another huge update to the Designer Pro+ Content Catalog.

We've added nearly 1300 new photo filter overlays in 4 new categories in Image Resources > Photo Filter Presets > Overlays (Bokeh, Color Gradient, Light Leak and Snow).

Why not explore the new overlays this autumn and give your photos a little bit of love; with effects from the subtle to the full on, you can ensure your photos get noticed.

For more info see the Designer Pro+ Release Notes.

Explore the new creative possibilities with 1285 extra photo overlays

12 October 2022 (content)

200+ New Templates

Christmas has come early with this massive update to the Online Content Catalog of Xara Designer Pro+:
  • 2 website themes (in addition to the 20 added last month in Websites > Creative Websites)
  • 57 extra tables, so you can make the most of our brand new table tool
  • 42 social media buttons to help you maximize the potential of your social media
  • 125 'fancy' buttons with creative outlines
  • 3 restaurant menus
  • 1 invoice
Why not check them out right now in the WHAT'S NEW folder in the Online Content Catalog.

For more info see the Designer Pro+ Release Notes.

Template bonanza, including menus, web themes and fancy buttons

October 2022 (v22.2)

Table Improvements

Our great new table tool gets even better. So whether you need a table for presenting data, comparing products or even creating an invoice, it'll be quick and easy in Xara:
  • you can now re-order rows & columns with a simple click & drag
  • an automatic way to convert old Smart tables to the new tables
  • a host of other minor improvements & fixes, listed in full in the Release Notes, including an interim 22.1.1 release

Mouse over the row header and simply click & drag

New Repeating Objects option

We've made the Repeating Objects feature a whole lot more powerful by introducing a new 'Make Repeating' option. This turns the current selected object into a Repeating Object, without automatically copying it to all pages - you can then copy it onto selected pages.

Other Improvements

As always this Designer Pro+ update includes a large number of small enhancements and fixes including:
  • Inconsistent font sizes when pasting same sized text into ‘Shrink on overflow’ text boxes. Fixed.
  • Icon line widths wrong when replaced with SVG. Fixed.
  • Check and (when necessary) fix the Windows Explorer ‘thumbnail view’, automatically during program startup.
  • When replacing a color in an object, Xara will no longer preserve shading if there is only one shade of the color used. The user’s chosen color is applied directly instead.

Selection improvements

Some changes to selection in response to user feedback and requests which should make object selection, the most basic and frequent of actions, more intuitive and consistent:
  • Selector tool transform handles are now slightly offset so they can't obscure any part of the selected object
  • A new rotate and skew mode
  • Double-clicking on a SmartShape now switches to the Quickshape Tool where all the handles are always available (just as double-clicking a photo switches to the Photo Tool)
  • If you don't want to maintain the aspect ratio when stretching, Alt+Stretch now consistently allows you to do so.
Check out the Designer Pro+ release notes to see the full info on these changes.

Stretching without distortion vs stretching with distortion (stretch + Alt)

Align Toolbar

The distribute options on the Align Toolbar (Window > Bars > Align) have been changed from Distribute centers, to Distribute equally spaced, a more common requirement because it works well with objects of different sizes.

22 September 2022 (content)

New Web Themes

A major boost to your web design choices with 20 all-new website templates for Designer Pro+ only. All fully customizable, and all with ready-made mobile variants.

Check out the new themes in the Designer Pro+ Online Content Catalog > Websites > Creative Websites.

Just a few of the new web templates in Designer Pro+

5 September 2022 (v22.1)

NEW Table Tool

If you want to make your business documents or websites stand out from the crowd, then try adding some really slick tables. Whatever data you need to present, we've now got the table tool to make that easy!

You'll find the new tool at the bottom of the left hand toolbar, full instructions in our Release Notes and more than 20 new professional table templates in the Online Content Catalog (all old ones are revised to work with the new tool too so that makes almost 50 - and you can easily create your own tables from scratch).

Some of the 40+ tables in the Online Content Catalog

Other Improvements

As always this Designer Pro+ update includes a large number of small enhancements and fixes including:
  • Pasting list items from external source into list, did not add list items. Fixed.
  • Docx file caused error opening in Designer Pro+. Fixed.
  • Inserting components via the Insert menu will now always automatically brand the components with the current document styles and colors.
  • Missing handles in Mould Tool. Fixed.
  • Scrollbar thumbs now more visible against scrollbar backgrounds.
  • Installation problems for some users caused by missing MS VCRUNTIME DLL. Fixed.
  • Can’t scroll to all pages in Page & Layer Gallery due to new page name position. Fixed.

July 2022 (v22.0)

New standalone Designer Pro+ option

We’re happy to introduce a brand new stand-alone option for Xara Designer Pro+. Our Cloud Pro+ bundle with Xara Cloud is still available if you want to use these 2 great products together (for example if you are collaborating with a team on your documents, or need to access your documents remotely) but now you also have the option of subscribing to Designer Pro+ alone.

Tip: Both these options offer all the advantages of a subscription model, namely frequent delivery of new features and content, as they are developed by Xara, and the fastest possible response to new compatibility issues and bug reports. You can always be sure you’ll have the latest version. What’s more the + options come with direct support from Xara, via chat.

Other Improvements

This Designer Pro+ release includes a large number of small enhancements and fixes to smooth your workflow - too many to list here, so check them out in our v22 Release Notes!

New User Interface

To mark the release of our new standalone version, Designer Pro+ has a new, clean and modern appearance that will enhance your everyday usage:
  • The new darker background puts more focus on your design, with less user interface distractions
  • There are new, clearer icon designs throughout
  • All icons and mouse pointers are now High DPI, so they look sharp and clear on high resolution displays
  • And other minor tweaks and improvements - for example in the Page & Layer Gallery, the Page names are now separated from the page thumbnails, so both are clearly visible.

6 April 2022 (v21.9)

Switch to Microsoft Edge

There are several tools that open a web browser window within Designer Pro to display content, namely the Widget Editor, Symbol Picker, Google Font Finder and Erase Tool Guide.

We previously used Microsoft Explorer for this, but with support for Explorer falling off (including among Widget providers), we have switched to the latest Microsoft Edge technology, ensuring a smooth workflow and support for the widest range of widgets.

Extended Support for Numbered lists

Now you can insert more sophisticated numbered lists, including a parent number.

More control over numbered lists

More intuitive Auto-Fit

Auto-Fit is a great time-saving feature that automatically adjusts the font size of text to its container as you type (we also offer Shrink Text on Overflow, that only fits the text to its container when it runs out of space).

Based on user feedback we've changed the behaviour, so that if you try to change the font size of text with Auto-fit or Shrink Text on Overflow on, it is automatically switched off and the font size change applied.

Better Mobile

We've made some changes that will improve the user experience for your all-important mobile visitors:
  • page animations have been improved on pages with vertical scrolling
  • a vertical swipe will no longer change page on pages with vertical scrolling
  • a swipe will no longer change pages if there is text selected (since the viewer is probably trying to change the selection not the page)

Improved Page Number Display

Now you can show total pages alongside current page, for example Page 3 of 44.

Show readers where they stand, with current page / total pages

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ update we've included a host of small but useful enhancements and fixes. In this release that includes:
  • Some characters missing from web export due to self-hosting of Google Fonts. Fixed
  • Serious error merging in List Styles on paste/import. Fixed.
  • CID font Noto Sans causes serious error. Fixed.
  • Can’t interact with form that has reveal animation applied. Fixed
  • Wrong miter on imported SVG. Fixed
  • WebP export fails after exporting a low bpp PNG. Fixed

9 March 2022 (v21.8)

Self-Hosted Google Fonts

A fast turnaround on this new version in response to the latest legal developments in Europe, which cast doubt on whether calling Google to display Google Fonts complies with GDPR.

No-one wants to give up their Google Fonts, so Designer Pro+ will now automatically publish the fonts to your own web space and no longer reference Google, offering instant compliance. You don't need to do anything other than re-publish your website.

What's more, with the great font support in modern browsers the balance of advantage has been moving in favor of self hosting, so you could also benefit from speed improvements for your web page, with all the SEO benefits that brings. Double win!

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ update we've included a host of small but useful enhancements and fixes. In this release that includes:
  • The font menu now always opens with the handy Used Fonts section in view
  • Fixed some reported issues with the font menu on HiDPI displays

17 Feb 2022 (v21.7)

Building Better Websites with SVG

Modern web browsers offer great support for SVG, so since 21.6 we've been steadily building the types of graphical object that Xara automatically exports to the web as SVG. In 21.7 we add elliptical fills, wall shadows, mix and multiply transparency. We've also improved support for exporting groups as SVG.

Bottom line: It’s now possible to build graphically rich websites and web documents that have no bitmap images to download at all, and that means your pages load faster. That's great news for usability and for SEO, since faster pages bring better page rank. Bonus: your content will look a lot sharper as SVG.

Sharpen your images with SVG (just one of the advantages!)

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ update we've included a host of small but useful enhancements and fixes. In this release that includes:
  • TIFF import: Support for zip compression added.
  • PDF Import: Better results with imported shapes.
  • Default photo optimization resolution increased to 300dpi for print documents.
  • Serious error importing an AI file with missing data. Fixed.
  • Opacity mask group on Live Copy rendered wrongly after Live Copy edit. Fixed.
  • Resize of photo filled shape changed shape to rectangle. Fixed.
  • Serious error on starting text edit due to mis-handled font. Fixed.
  • Serious error with repeating objects on guides layer. Fixed.

Faster Websites

In addition to the SVG changes, we’ve made some refinements to the exported code that will significantly improve page load speeds, for the benefit of your SEO. In our tests mobile page load speeds were 15% faster!

Shape Tool

A nice improvement for vector illustration, with the introduction of an easy way to maintain the angle of the bezier curve when you drag its handles to change its length in the Shape Tool.

Extra control in the Shape Tool

6 December 2021 (v21.6)

Wider SVG Support

We can now export more types of graphical object to web using SVG, to fully take advantage of the great support for SVG among modern web browsers. Flat, linear graduated and circular graduated fills all now export as SVG.

That means there are fewer bitmap images to download, so your websites load faster - with all the usability and SEO benefits that brings. What’s more, your content will also look sharper as SVG.

Multi-Line SmartFields

SmartFields are another great time-saving feature of Xara Designer Pro+, offering an efficient way to deal with commonly used text phrases that you want to insert in multiple places in your document.

In this release we've increased your opportunities to benefit from SmartFields by adding support for multi-line SmartFields, postal address being a common example.

Other Improvements

As usual with Pro+ updates we've included a host of small but useful enhancements and fixes. In this release that includes:
  • Improved AI import, including support for more recent AI versions.
  • Wrong font sometimes applied to text in PDF export. Fixed.
  • PDF form field import/export fixes.
  • Spelling dictionaries updated.
  • Web publishing (sFTP). Compatibility problems with some external hosting services solved.
  • SVG file with linear gradient failed to import. Fixed.
  • Overlapping text in exported SVG. Fixed.
  • Error sometimes shown moving mouse pointer over text inside shape. Fixed.
  • Clipped Opacity Mask Group incorrectly rendered after move. Fixed.
  • Dead accent key handling fixed, when working on text inside smart components.
  • Canonical links in conventional websites now reference the correct page filename.
  • rel=”noopener” can now be stripped from a web link with a blank target by applying the name “opener”.
  • WebP web export option could sometimes be auto enabled when saving a template after applying a page background. Fixed.

New Live Copy Options

Live Copies allow you to create multiple copies of any image that can be updated simultaneously with a single edit (similar to Repeating Objects, but more flexible since you can have multiple Live Copies on a single page and they don’t have to be in the same position). It’s a valuable time-saving feature for illustration and document creation.

We’ve made numerous improvements, which will make working with Live Copies easier and more flexible, you can find full information in the Release Notes.

Flexible new options for Live Copies include splitting into Live Copy sets

Online Help

The Help file has been moved online, which will allow us to update it between software upgrades, and integrate it with the online knowledgebase articles, to create a more comprehensive and up to date help resource.

3 August 2021 (v21.5)

To Help With SEO

When it comes to SEO a great position is built on a mountain of small improvements - and here's a few more that are worth working on!
  • You can now set Canonical tags to deal with the problem of duplicate content
  • There's a new option to quickly set the original photo filename as the Image Name
  • noopener and noreferrer attributes are now added to any target="_blank" links

Other Improvements

As usual with Pro+ updates we've included a host of small but useful enhancements and fixes. In this release that includes:
  • 21 new Google fonts offering new and interesting typography options 
  • PDF, Powerpoint and Word import improvements
  • Fixed an issue with AI files in the Online Content Catalog
  • When pages are re-ordered, page breaks are now added to prevent text moving between pages
amongst others, you can find all the details in the Release Notes.

Improved on-screen Colors

The 'Show Printer Colors' options has been replaced with 'Show Profile Colors', so onscreen color (HSV and RGB) will vary with the color profile selected, and should more closely match the colors in your PDFs.

24 June 2021 (v21.4)

Improve Your Web Presence with Open Graph

Present the best possible image for your site on social media by adding an Open Graph image, title and description. They'll be displayed when sharing your link on social media, so you can be sure that viewers will see an image, title and description of your choosing, rather than an automatically generated one that might not do you any favors!

Don't forget to include your keywords in the title and description to help your page rank!

We've included 15 Open Graph image templates to help get you started if you're new to Open Graph.

Shape Editing Improvements

Some additional controls in the Shape Tool which will bring happiness to anyone who likes to mess with the bezier curves.  Details in the Release Notes.

Other Improvements

As usual with Pro+ updates we've included some minor enhancements and bug fixes. In this release that includes PDF, Web and Word export, PowerPoint import and some Selector Tool improvements. You can find details in the Release Notes.

27 May 2021 (v21.3)

Advanced Object Locking

We've introduced some flexible new locking options, perfect for situations where you are creating documents in Designer Pro+ that are edited by other members of your team in Xara Cloud. Now you can avoid any accidental brand breakages by restricting editing rights!

More info in the Release Notes.

An image with Size & Position locked (no resize handles) and with Aspect ratio locked (no width & height handles)

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ release, we've introduced other minor enhancements and bug fixes, in particular in this release for Word export. You can find details in the Release Notes.

18 May 2021 (v21.2)

WebP Support

With the addition of WebP import we've completed support for this interesting new high-quality, small-size web image format from Google (WebP export arrived in 21.1, see below).

Designer Pro+ now supports both import & export of WebP

Other Improvements

As usual in Designer Pro+ updates, we've included a selection of other minor improvements & fixes. You can find details in the Release Notes.

New Smart Diagrams & Timelines

Smart Layouts offer an ultra simple way to customize graphical components to your exact need, with edit handles that let you add, remove and re-order the internal elements of your component without ever breaking the whole.

We've added 30 new Smart Layouts to the diagram and timeline component categories of the Online Content Catalog, so that's 30 new opportunities to add some visual excitement to your business and marketing documents!

A typical smart diagram. The 3 handles make it simple to edit the pillars without breaking the design

22 April 2021 (v21.1)

WebP Export

The new WebP image format developed by Google promises both top quality images and small file sizes. And with page load speed being an important factor in page rank (especially with the imminent release of Core Web Vitals) that's just what you need!

Designer Pro+ can now export WebP images, either individually or for the whole site.

You can find more info in the Release Notes.

Check out the SEO benefits of WebP

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ release, we've introduced other minor enhancements and bug fixes, in particular in this release for PDF and Word import. Find details in the Release Notes.

10 March 2021 (v21.0)

Smart Duplication

A quick and easy way to create multiple copies of objects or components, horizontally or vertically, with a single click-drag, and a really simple way to handle object spacing. 

The new Smart Duplicate feature will help you cut down tedious repetition in your design work, and make experimention easy!

Drag on the Smart Duplication handles to create multiple copies. Adjust the spacing with the Spacing Handle

Other Improvements

  • New typographic options with 40 additional Google Fonts
  • Further PDF editing improvements
  • Selection Tool improvements
As with every Pro+ release, we've introduced other minor enhancements and bug fixes, find details in the Release Notes.

1 Feb 2021 (v20.8)

Expanded CMYK Color Controls

With this update we're giving you much greater control over the profiles used to display CMYK colors on screen and for PDF export, to ensure you get exactly the color you're aiming for.

Now you can either choose from one of the bundled industry standard profiles (refreshed for this update) or upload and select your own custom profile.

Other Improvements

  • If you decide to include a downloadable PDF in your web documents, that PDF is now automatically given the same name as the web document
  • Selector Tool handles are now visible even for very small objects, by popular request!
  • Further PDF import and export updates to improve your PDF editing workflow
Plus as usual in Designer Pro+ updates, a selection of other minor improvements & fixes, details in the Release Notes.

16 December 2020 (v20.7)

Updated CMYK Color Profile

A small surprise Christmas present - a much requested improvement to the display of CMYK colors on screen, and in any export formats that require the conversion of CMYK to RGB. A change to the default color profile means you will see a more accurate representation of CMYK colors on screen.

Other Improvements

As usual, a selection of other minor improvements, details in the Release Notes.

2 December 2020 (v20.6)

Enhanced PDF Editing

We've made a significant improvement to the way that missing fonts are handled in imported PDF documents, plus a host of more minor accuracy improvements. It's another step up in Designer Pro's already great PDF editing capability!

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ release, we've introduced other minor enhancements and bug fixes. Details in the Release Notes.

November 20205 (v20.5)

Enhanced Web Export Options

The Web Export options have been moved into the Web Properties dialog, alongside all other web settings  - a more logical arrangement that will improve your workflow - and we've added some new controls:
  • Firstly you now have a finer level of control over transition effects, with separate controls for transition effect and transition direction, giving you scope for all sorts of new and interesting transition effects.
  • We've also added greater control over the new features introduced to Supersites in the past few releases, so you can choose separately whether you want to display the PDF download option, page navigation panel and Xara logo next to your presentations or print Supersites.
  • When you preview a website it now opens in your default local browser instead of the internal preview window, for a faster and more reliable preview.

New Content Type: Headers

We've added 10 professional new header designs to the Online Content Catalog, ideal for presentations and the perfect place to get started with a blank document. They're set to 'repeating' by default and automatically size and position themselves at the top of the page on insertion. A great time saver!

Some of the new header templates in the Content Catalog

New & Improved Handles - Continued

We've continued the work to modernize and simplify the handles, to give a cleaner and more productive workspace:
  • The Shape Tool has improved handles, similar to the ones recently introduced in the Selector and Quickshape Tools
  • And we've simplified the handles for QuickShapes

New Shape Tool handles

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ release, we've introduced other minor enhancements and bug fixes, including PDF and Word improvements. Details in the Release Notes.

October 2020 (v20.4)

Useability Enhancements

We've introduced several UI improvements requested by frequent users that will enhance your working experience:
  • We've made rotating objects around a center point much more intuitive. Simply select the Show Rotation Handles icon on the InfoBar, and then drag the center marker to reposition the center point around which all objects will rotate. The marker will now remain visible, even when you change tools or select other objects.
  • The QuickShape handles have been updated to match the new Selector Tool and SmartShape handles introduced in September.
  • The size and offset of the selection bounding box now automatically increase in size on very small objects, making them much easier to select. No more zooming in, just to select small objects!

It's now easier to select small objects

Other Improvements

As with every Pro+ release, we've introduced other minor enhancements and bug fixes, in particular with PDF import and export. Details in the Release Notes.

New Content Type: Diagrams

Add impact to your reports with this new range of diagrams that will make your data visual. You'll find the first templates in the Online Content Catalog.

A range of useful business templates including SWOT diagrams, T Charts and more

New Content

There's a bumper addition to the Online Content Catalog including website and presentation templates, and the first designs in our new Diagrams categories:
  • 2 multi-page websites (Jewelry Online Shop & Creative Portfolio) in Websites > Modern Business Websites
  • 10 new presentation templates in Presentations > Presentation Themes
  • 9 new diagrams in Components > Print & Web Components (*New category)
  • 6 new text panels in Components > Print & Web Components
  • 5 new tables in Components > Print & Web Components
  • 5 new photo frames & Photo Panels in Components > Image Resources
  • 38 new Facebook templates in the Social Media category
  • 40 new Instagram templates in the Social Media category

September 2020 (v20.3)

New & Improved Handles

We've updated the text and object handles to give a more modern and less cluttered look to the workspace:
  • Handles on SmartShapes (tables, charts, shapes, text panels, etc.) are now more consistent and match those used in Xara Cloud.
  • The selection handles in the Selector Tool have also been updated. 

New & improved handles when you select single or multiple objects in the Selector Tool

Other Improvements

  • We've added 40 new Google fonts to increase your typographical choices, see the Release Notes for a full list. You can now access over 900 Google fonts, right within Designer Pro+.
  • There is now an option to import images at original full size into web documents (where previously they were automatically reduced to full HD size), use with caution!
  • Plus other minor enhancements and bug fixes, details in the Release Notes.

New Content Type: Footer Designs

We've added some professional new footer designs to the Online Content Catalog. They're set to 'repeating' by default and automatically size and position themselves at the bottom of the page on insertion. A great time saver!

Smart footer designs, new in the Online Content Catalog

3 August 2020 (v20.2)

Improved Tables

Now you can use the tab key to move backwards and forwards between the cells, and to add new rows. Quicker, easier and more intuitive!

Other Improvements

  • New Demo Mode: If your free trial of Designer Pro+ has already expired you'll now still be able to try out new features in Demo Mode (no save, print or export)
  • Plus other minor enhancements and bug fixes, details in the Release Notes.

Tab Leaders for Table of Contents

For table of contents with page numbers you now have finer control over the tab leaders (the character between the tab stops) with fully customizable characters and spacing, for a more professional looking table of contents. Make sure your first page creates a good impression!

Simple table of contents with two-size dot leader for level 2 & 3 headings

25 June 2020 (v20.1)

High DPI Support

Get the most from your screens with the new high DPI support. Pin sharp resolution for 4K monitors and devices like Surface Pro tablets, but a bonus even for lower resolution screens.

Other Improvements

  • A much requested workflow improvement: Pro+ will now keep your current settings and options when updating between minor versions (eg 20.0 to 20.1).
  • In response to feedback on the 20.0 Supersite improvements (see below 4th June 2020), we've added extra flexibility with an option to enable or disable both the top bar (full screen and PDF download) and the bottom bar (navigation options and zoom).
  • There are also some bug fixes and minor enhancements, you can find details in the Release Notes.

4 June 2020 (v20.0)

Workflow Improvement for SmartShapes

When you insert SmartShapes in a document we now select the Selector Tool (instead of the QuickShape Tool), for a more efficient workflow.

New Web Document Options

Designer Pro+ Web Documents (such as presentations and print supersites) now have the same cool options that were recently added to Xara Cloud 'Share to Web' documents.

So for example you can add an option for viewers to download a PDF version of your presentation or SuperSite. They'll also see some handy new ways to step between the pages of your document, zoom in or out, or set it to full screen view.

New page & zoom controls at the bottom of the page, and PDF download & full screen options at top

Requested change: SVG Import

As requested by frequent SVG users, SVG graphics are no longer scaled on import, they retain their original size (except Pixabay images).

Other Improvements

There have also been some bug fixes and minor enhancements, you can find details in the Release Notes.

March 2020

Paragraph Borders & Backgrounds

Some great new styles, perfect for headings or highlighting paragraphs of text. You can have borders  either with or without backgrounds. Includes control over border style, color and width and background color.

A couple of the many new styles possible: title underline (left) and 4 sided border (right)

Photo Panoramas

Some handy improvements to the built-in panorama tool.

See the Release Notes for details.

Combine multiple photos into one impressive image. Now is a good moment to try it!

InDesign Import (BETA)

An important first step in support for import of InDesign .idml files, one of the few significant formats that Designer Pro didn’t already support.

It's a great bonus for anyone using Designer Pro for document design. See the Release Notes for details of what is and isn’t supported at this stage.

Other Import / Export Filters

Improvements to the key existing import and export filters:
  • PDF import and export
  • Word import and export
  • PowerPoint import and export
  • SVG import and export

See the Release Notes for details.


Tab Leaders

Support for tab leaders (at last!) to make your table of contents, menus and programs look that little bit more professional

Some examples of tab leaders in Xara documents


A number of changes that will help your SEO efforts:

  • Better handling of graduated fills mean smaller file sizes, and that means faster websites - a definite plus factor in Google ranking.  And you’ll benefit from faster preview and publish times too!
  • A new ‘No follow’ option in the Link Dialog (prevents passing on ranking credit, often recommended for things like testimonial pages and product listings)
  • The option to add an image filename (include keywords in your filename to optimize your position in relevant image searchs).

Other Text

  • You can now move embedded objects round in text by simply dragging them – a small usability improvement that will be a great time saver.
  • 42 new Google Fonts offer new and interesting typography options (top 3 Lexend Giga, DM Sans and Crimson Pro).

New Content

The latest additions to the Online Content Catalog include two new website templates and some new options for your marketing team:
  • 40 Facebook templates in the Social Media category
  • 5 new templates in the e-book category
  • 1 multi-page website (Non-Profit) in Websites > Modern business websites
  • 1 single page website (Portfolio) in Websites  > single page websites

New content includes 2 new web themes

Xara Cloud

Designer Pro+ benefits from seamless integration with Xara Cloud, which makes it a great additional service.

Xara Cloud is an ultra-simple way to edit and share your Xara documents and websites online in a web browser, using any computer or tablet. What's more you can work on Xara documents and sites or Xara Cloud templates in collaboration with friends, colleagues and clients, commenting and editing together in real-time.

Xara Cloud is being constantly enhanced, and new features are made available as and when they are ready - you can find news of the very latest updates here and register for the free trial here.

If you'd like to combine Xara Designer Pro+ and Xara Cloud, we offer Xara Cloud Pro+, which combines Xara Designer Pro+ and Xara Cloud Pro in one great value bundle.

Edit your Xara designs in a browser using any device