Release Notes August 2021 March 2021 Xara Cloud

Release Notes

You can find full details on the Photo & Graphic Designer updates in our V18 Release Notes.

August 2021

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.

Advanced Object Locking

We've introduced some flexible new locking options, perfect for situations where you are creating documents in Photo & Graphic Designer 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)

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

Other Improvements

  • 21 additional Google Fonts for a whole host of new typographic options
  • As with every Photo & Graphic Designer release, we've introduced improvements to import and export formats like PDF, Word and SVG.

March 2021

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.

New & Improved Handles

We've continued the work to modernize and simplify the handles, to give a cleaner and more productive workspace for both the Shape Tool and Quickshapes.

New Shape Tool handles

Updated CMYK Color Profile

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.

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):
  • 6 new diagrams in Components > Print & Web Components
  • 4 new text panels in Components > Print & Web Components
  • 5 new tables in Components > Print & Web Components
  • 3 new photo frames & Photo Panels in Components > Image Resources
  • 30 new Facebook templates in the Social Media category
  • 30 new Instagram templates in the Social Media category

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

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

  • New typographic options with 44 additional Google Fonts - there are now more than 900 Google fonts to choose from
  • As with every Photo & Graphic Designer release, we've introduced improvements to import and export formats like SVG and Word.

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