Significantly enhanced NavBar handling and DHTML menu support
- A new NavBar 'object' which can be dragged around as a single graphic
- Take any button design and quickly turn it into a horizontal or vertical NavBar
- Intelligent automatic button stretching so the button width adjusts as you edit the button text
- Option to have all buttons the same width or each to be as wide as the text label
- Ability to create an automatic NavBar with buttons linked to all pages of your website. The NavBar is updated as you add / remove pages
- Auto-highlighting of 'current page' NavBar buttons
- Support for DHTML sub-menus with various animation and transparency effects
Drag 'n' drop Widgets from the Designs Gallery, and a new Widget library
New sections in the Designs Gallery provide a wide range of 'widgets' which can be drag & dropped onto your website. The Widgets provide interactive website add-ons ranging from movie players, to e-commerce features (e.g. a 'Buy' button to sell goods or services from your website) forms, maps and lots more.
An easy way to add links to (and upload) external files such as PDF, Flash and Word files
You can link to external files using a new option in the Link dialog. Selecting a file such as a Word document will attach the file and upload it to your website. Clicking the link on the website will let your visitor download (or open) the file. You can also drag & drop .PDF and .SWF (flash) files onto the page which will also attach the file to the website for upload next time you Publish. In the case of Flash (.swf) files these are embedded into the page and a static preview is automatically created. This can be resized on the page. In the case of PDF files a PDF icon is added to the page, and the PDF file uploaded to your website which if clicked will open the PDF file in the web browser.
FTP details can be stored with the document
The Publish Properties dialog now offers the ability to save the FTP details with the document. This is great if you have multiple websites published to different server locations or under different domains. In addition you can choose to save the FTP password with the file (to be used with caution!).
Free web hosting offer
Designer now comes with a free website hosting offer from MAGIX, so you can publish your website as part of Magix-Online world. The offer includes 500MB of storage and your own web address.
New 'complete website' designs
Every theme now includes a ready-made fully linked up 8-page website, so you can quickly and easily create whole sites.
Create a slideshow and Next / Previous on a gallery or any number of thumbnails
If you have a number of thumbnail photos with the pop-up effect on the page, you can now show this as a slideshow, with Next / Previous / Play / Pause controls and an optional thumbnail strip shown at the bottom of the window.
Support for justified text
We've added support for fully justified text on web pages, and this even works with text flow-around features.
Enhanced page color and background color support
By default the website background color takes on the color of your page. The default is white, but you can change this by simply dragging any other color onto the page. But also if you drag a color onto the pasteboard area (the grey area surrounding the page) you can now create a different colored page surround, giving a more WYSIWYG result.
New time-saving 'Preview current page'and 'Preview whole document' options
The Preview icon on the top bar is a new style fly-out with 2 options; Preview current page, and preview whole website.
Drag 'n' drop color schemes for instant color changes
Instead of editing each individual named Theme Color, you can now instantly alter the whole color scheme of your website by simply dropping the color swatches in the Designs Gallery onto your page. Every theme has a collection of ready-made color schemes, plus you can easily add new ones of your own.
HTML snippets can be pasted directly into your document, with an automatic preview/placeholder created
Many website add-ons and widgets provide a snippet of HTML to embed into your page. Designer can now accept just pasting this snippet. What's more, it detects this is an HTML snippet and automatically creates a placeholder on the page, with a static preview of the snippet. Now it couldn't be easier to add snippets to your page, and you can position them anywhere on your web page.
When you publish your website Designer now uploads only the files changed since the last publish operation. This provides a huge performance gain when editing large websites, particularly if you have large attachments such as video files.
Named FTP profiles
You can save the your FTP settings into a named profile, especially useful if you manage multiple websites under different domains. The Profile list can contain third party profiles, such as MAGIX free web hosting.
A large selection of new designs in the Designs Gallery
Many of the existing designs have been updated plus there's a large collection of completely new designs, both themes and individual web graphics including new NavBar and 'graphics' folders. You can see a preview of all page themes here
Enhanced photo thumbnail pop-ups
The animated photo pop-up effects (where clicking on a photo thumbnail pops-up a larger version) have been improved to provide higher quality animation effects, an optional soft shadow, title and captions and page dimming (the page under the pop-up can be dimmed).
Auto filling of the photo-gallery via simple drag 'n' drop
If you drag and drop a selection of image files onto a page of thumbnails, such as any photo gallery design from the templates (each Theme has one 'photo gallery' layout), it will automatically populate the gallery.
Easy MP4 video upload and built-in video player
Drag 'n' drop an MP4 video file onto the page, and it embeds a Flash video player to play the file, and automatically uploads the video file to your web-server!
Ability to support rounded-corner pages, add drop shadows to the page and set the vertical offset
If you enable page coloring (by dragging a color onto the pasteboard), then in the Page & Layer gallery a new Page Background layer is enabled, locked by default. If you unlock this layer you can adjust the page rectangle's soft shadow using the Shadow tool, and also make it a rounded rectangle (using the Rectangle tool). This enables very easy rounded rectangle page backgrounds.
If you enable a page background this way you can adjust the vertical offset of the page relative to the top of the browser window by setting the ruler page origin.
Advanced: Simpler HTML and 'pure HTML' paragraphs
There are improvements to the quality of HTML including better use of CSS. Plus for advanced users who want 'pure HTML blocks' you can now override the individual line positioning and force each paragraph of text to be output as a single unbroken HTML <p> block of text.