Release Notes November 2020 March 2020 Xara Cloud

Release Notes

You can find full details on the updates in our V17 Release Notes and v17.1 Release Notes.

November 2020

Workflow Improvements

We've introduced several useability improvements requested by frequent users that will enhance your working experience and save you time!
  • A much requested change: Photo & Graphic Designer will now keep your current settings and options when updating between minor versions (eg 17.0 to 17.1) including custom button bars
  • We've made rotating objects around a center point much more intuitive.
  • When you insert SmartShapes in a document we now select the Selector tool (instead of the QuickShape tool), for a more efficient workflow.
  • 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

Document Design

  • 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 Photo & Graphic Designer.
  • Creating tables just got quicker, easier and more intuitive: you can now use the tab key to move backwards and forwards between the cells, and to add new rows.

New Content Type: Diagrams

We've added a new range of useful business diagrams ranging from SWOTs to T Charts that will help you create reports that get noticed.

A new range of diagrams to enhance your reports

New & Improved Handles

We've updated the text and object handles to give a more modern and less cluttered look to the workspace, including SmartShapes (tables, charts, shapes, text panels, etc.), the Selector Tool and Quickshapes. All handles are now more consistent and match those used in Xara Cloud.

Example SmartShapes with new handles

Import & Export

  • As requested by frequent SVG users, SVG graphics are no longer scaled on import, they retain their original size (except Pixabay images).
  • As always there have been other minor enhancements and bug fixes to all the formats, you can find more information in the Release Notes.

New Content

There's a bumper addition to the Online Content Catalog (available if you have an active subscription to Xara Cloud+ or an active Update Service for Photo & Graphic Designer) including the first designs in our new Diagrams categories:
  • 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

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

A collection of significant 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!

Import / Export Filters

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

See the Release Notes for details.


Tab Leaders

Support for tab leaders (at last!) to make your documents such as menus and programs look that little bit more professional.

Some typical examples of tab leaders in Xara documents

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 (provided as part of the Update Service) include some great new social media content:
  • 40 Facebook templates in the Social Media category

Xara Cloud

Photo & Graphic Designer 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 online in a web browser, using any computer or tablet. The Premium version of Xara Cloud also gives you the ability to work on Xara documents 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.

You can find out more about the Free and Premium Xara Cloud options & register here.

Edit your Xara designs in a browser using any device