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Text Handling


A new hyphenation option automatically breaks long words at line ends to give a more flowing appearance to your text and fit more words into limited space. The hyphenation dialog offers full control.

Comprehensive hyphenation controls

Auto-Correct / Abbreviation Expansion

Create your own list of abbreviations that will be automatically expanded as you type, so for example PLD could be expanded to Page & Layout Designer as you type. It's great for symbols too - for example you might set up yen to render ¥.

Create your own list of abbreviations that will be automatically expanded as you type

Other Text Enhancements

  • A text background color option so you can easily highlight words
  • An easy way to replace one font with another throughout a document (especially useful for replacing missing fonts in imported PDFs)
  • 'Update style to match' option (useful for copying styles from another document or applying styles to unstyled documents, particularly imported PDFs)
  • More detailed information on font permissions in Document Information
  • Update of the Font Awesome Symbols (a quick & easy way to insert symbols from the large and growing Font Awesome selection. The full set is displayed via the Insert menu)
  • Google fonts updated
  • Fonts will look correct in exported documents where fonts are missing if outlines are embedded (for example from imported PDFs, most of which include embedded character outlines)
  • Option to show extended Text Tool InfoBar, instead of some controls being in a flyout bar
  • A handy Insert > Rule off option in the Insert menu.

Embedded Graphics

Two changes give you much greater control over any graphics that you embed into your text.

Firstly when you insert a graphic into a text column it is now automatically resized down to column width.

Secondly you can control whether it's embedded inline in your text or whether text should flow to the left or right of your embedded graphic.

Choose whether a graphic is embedded inline, or whether text should flow to the left or right


Document Sync With Dropbox or GDrive

Page & Layout Designer can now sync files via Dropbox and Google Drive.  So if you have the same file open on multiple computers, and you make an edit and save the file on one computer, it will be updated in Page & Layout Designer on the other computers.

And there's another bonus: Dropbox and Google Drive maintain older versions of your files, and provide easy ways of viewing and reverting back to earlier versions (in Dropbox simply right click on a file and select 'View previous versions').  This is a safe, easy and storage-saving way of maintaining multiple versions of your files.

Easily sync your documents via Dropbox or Google Drive

Import & Export Enhancements

PDF Import:

  • Improved text editability (improved text reconstruction, margins, better text link import, better underline import)
  • Better support for import of PDFs with embedded font subsets, where fonts are not installed locally
  • Many other minor fixes and improvements.

Other Import / Export
  • Improvements to Word import.


Other Misc Enhancements

  • A new option Arrange  > Combine Shapes > Intersect all shapes (the overlapping areas of shapes become separate shapes)
  • Improved support in the drawing tools for modern touch devices, including the Microsoft Surface stylus
  • Two new SmartShapes, a photo text panel and a spiral (you can find SmartShapes in the Designs Gallery / Content Catalog or Insert > Shape) doubleclick to show the edit handles
  • InfoBar pulses on tool selection
  • Option to export retina version of web graphic at the same time as 96dpi version
  • Auto-creation of links when you type a URL so for example typing xara.com will automatically create a link to the Xara site (useful for PDFs).

Have fun with the new Spiral SmartShape

new - November 2017

All Business Print Themes Now Included

We've just added all 100+ Business Print themes to the Designs Gallery. These were previously sold for \$15 each!

Each theme includes everything from business cards and compliments slips to brochures, flyers and poster!

View previews of the Business Themes.

Other New Content

v11 includes a selection of new templates in the Designs Gallery, and of course new brush designs:
  • a new category of dividers & flourishes
  • some additional invitations
  • more logos (in Page Elements) making over 120 in total

Some of the new logo templates in the Designs Gallery