now create multiple ‘Live Copies’ of an object - vector or photo - on a page or pages, and
they all update when one is edited. It’s still possible to apply
transformations such as skew, scale or rotate independently. A powerful feature
and a great time saver (sometimes called ‘Live Clone’).
Edit inside groups and other composite objects
At last a really easy way of editing grouped objects and adding new objects into an existing group.
Double-click on a group or other composite
object to edit it in a separate document window, simply click save when you’re
Improved page management
- A new default Page & Layer
Gallery ‘pages’ mode
displays a narrow list of page thumbnails – for quick and easy page selection, access and management (a real time saver, especially in combination with the new fly-out galleries).
- Designer initially
displays an uncluttered single page view. Use the Page & Layer Gallery to quickly move
to different pages, or switch to multi-page view by right clicking on the page
and selecting the multi-page view option on the menu.
Non-axis aligned snapping
You can now also align to lines that are neither vertical or horizontal.
Tabbed document windows
Tabs at the top of the Designer window show at a glance all the currently open documents, which
document you are currently viewing, the document type and whether there are
unsaved changes. Switch documents by simply clicking on the document tab.
New paste operations
paste operations bring much more flexibility to pasting operations, allowing
Paste position, Paste size, Paste replacing selection (replaces the selected object with the copied object), Paste in current layer
and Paste in place in current layer.
Cut, copy & paste of whole pages
now cut, copy and paste whole pages both within and between documents.
This copies the page dimensions, layers and
other page attributes in addition to all the objects on the page.
Improved anchoring of graphics & repelling text
If you are using Designer for page layout you'll appreciate these significant improvements to anchoring and repelling. Creating anchored objects
is now a one-click action, and objects that you anchor in text now also repel
text, helping you easily create a smooth flow around effect. Repel margins can
also now be defined separately for the margin width and height. And anchored objects can be
constrained to move vertically only, which is very useful where you have
objects to the right or left of the text that need to move only up and down. All of which helps to
make the anchoring and repelling features more flexible and much easier to use.
Brand new ‘magic snap’ for object alignment
Designer now provides ‘magic’ magnetic object snapping. As you drag an object, it ‘snaps’ to points and
lines of interest nearby and indicates what it has snapped to by displaying dynamic
snap lines and points. This
makes it easy to align objects with each other, and/or (at the same time) with
guidelines, the grid, the page center or edges. You'll soon wonder how you ever managed without it!
Fly-out galleries for instant viewing and flexible docking
A new gallery bar gives instant access to all galleries, which now fly
out as you hover the mouse pointer over a new gallery bar. It's easy to move galleries
around the workspace, and you can pin and dock them wherever you want, either
individually or in groups or 'stacks' on top of each other. You'll find it makes a significant improvement to workflow.
Export animation documents as AVI files
Designer now allows you to export any
animation or non-animation document as an AVI file, or
even an AVI with transparency, helping you create your own
web-ready movie content.
Quick alignment of selected objects
alignment of selected objects is made possible by the new right click menu option 'Align'. This
enables you to directly align multiple objects horizontally and vertically,
without having to open the alignment dialog.