New Xara Web Designer+
We’re happy to introduce a brand new subscription option called Xara Web Designer+
It offers all the advantages of a subscription model, namely frequent delivery of new features and content, as they are developed, and the fastest possible response to new compatibility issues and bug reports. You can always be sure you’ll have the latest version. What’s more Web Designer+ comes with direct support from Xara, via chat.
The Help file has been moved online, which will allow us to update it between software upgrades, and integrate it with the online knowledgebase articles, to create a more comprehensive and up to date help resource.
Building Better Websites with SVG
We can now export more types of graphical object to web using SVG, to fully take advantage of the great support for SVG among modern web browsers. Flat, linear graduated and circular graduated fills, elliptical fills, wall shadows, mix and multiply transparency, all now export as SVG. We've also improved support for exporting groups as SVG.
Bottom line: It’s now possible to build graphically rich websites and web documents that have no bitmap images to download at all, and that means your pages load faster. That's great news for usability and for SEO, since faster pages bring better page rank. Bonus: your content will look a lot sharper as SVG.
Sharpen your images with SVG (just one of the advantages!)
We've made some changes that will improve the user experience for your all-important mobile visitors:
- page animations have been improved on pages with vertical scrolling
- a vertical swipe will no longer change page on pages with vertical scrolling
- a swipe will no longer change pages if there is text selected (since the viewer is probably trying to change the selection not the page)
More intuitive Auto-Fit
Auto-Fit is a great time-saving feature that automatically adjusts the font size of text to its container as you type (we also offer Shrink Text on Overflow, that only fits the text to its container when it runs out of space).
Based on user feedback we've changed the behaviour, so that if you try to change the font size of text with Auto-fit or Shrink Text on Overflow on, it is automatically switched off and the font size change applied.
A nice improvement for vector illustration, with the introduction of an easy way to maintain the angle of the bezier curve when you drag its handles to change its length in the Shape Tool.
Extra control in the Shape Tool
New User Interface
To mark the release of our new subscription version, Xara Web Designer+ has a brand new clean and modern look, that will enhance your everyday usage:
- The new darker background puts more focus on your design, with less user interface distractions
- There are new, clearer icon designs throughout
- All icons and mouse pointers are now High DPI, so they look sharp and clear on high resolution displays
- And other minor tweaks and improvements - for example in the Page & Layer Gallery, the Page names are now separated from the page thumbnails, so both are clearly visible.
Switch to Microsoft Edge
There are several tools that open a web browser window within Web Designer to display content, namely the Widget Editor, Symbol Picker, Google Font Finder and Erase Tool Guide.
We previously used Microsoft Explorer for this, but with support for Explorer falling off (including among Widget providers), we have switched to the latest Microsoft Edge technology, ensuring a smooth workflow and support for the widest range of widgets.
In addition to the SVG changes, we’ve made some refinements to the exported code that will significantly improve page load speeds, for the benefit of your SEO. In our tests mobile page load speeds were 15% faster!
SmartFields are another great time-saving feature of Web Designer, offering an efficient way to deal with commonly used text phrases that you want to insert in multiple places in your document.
In this release we've increased your opportunities to benefit from SmartFields by adding support for multi-line SmartFields, postal address being a common example.
Extended Support for Numbered lists
Now you can insert more sophisticated numbered lists, including a parent number.
More control over numbered lists
This Web Designer+ release includes a large number of small enhancements and fixes to smooth your workflow - too many to list here, so check them out in our v22 Release Notes!