Xara Designer Pro+ is our flagship product and includes all the illustration, photo editing, DTP and web design features of Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium and Page & Layout Designer.

It is a single integrated solution for all your creative work, for print and the web. Here are just some of the reasons why we believe Xara Designer Pro+ stands out from the competition, making it a great choice for all your graphic design needs. 

You can find more detailed feature information in our Advanced section.

Some Xara Advantages

Xara Designer Pro is famous for its speed and unrivalled ease of use, making it not just a highly productive tool, but a pleasure to be creative!

One Integrated Program

Xara Designer Pro+ is our flagship all-in-one creative title. In one completely integrated and consistent interface it provides all the tools for a range of graphic design tasks that would normally require three or more separate ‘suite’ programs: illustration, photo editing, advanced page layout, web graphics, websites and more. What's more, Designer Pro+ includes Xara Cloud for online editing and real-time collaboration.

By combining all your design tools in one program, Xara Designer Pro achieves a smaller memory footprint, faster performance, no program switching and reduced hardware requirements, not to mention an easier learning curve, higher productivity and excellent value for money!


Xara Designer Pro is based on one of the world's most sophisticated, high performance vector rendering engines. The ultra fast processing, even with complex illustrations or very high resolution photos, makes it a pleasure to experiment. Don't let your software get in the way of your creativity!

Direct Action Tools

Xara Designer Pro's Direct Action Tools allow you to create effects such as transparency, shadows, bevels or gradient fills in an interactive, fast and intuitive way. No distracting dialogs - simply drag on the object!

Easy Drag & Drop

Many tasks in Xara Designer Pro benefit from being able to use the drag and drop principle, which is the most intuitive way of working and a great time saver. It also supports drag and drop import of files, such as photos.

Infinite Undo / Redo

Being able to change what you have done is vital in a graphics package. Xara Designer Pro allows unlimited undo, making experimentation easy.

Zoom to 25,000%

The Zoom tool allows magnification up to 25,000%, perfect for detailed work. And it's super-fast and resolution independent too.

Top Quality Screen Display

Xara introduced the world's first vector anti-aliasing to bring maximum screen quality and is still a pioneer with the fastest, highest quality anti-aliasing available in any drawing program. 

Solid Object Editing

Instead of dragging outlines when you draw, move, rotate or resize objects, Designer Pro offers solid live object manipulation, which simply makes it much easier to see what you're doing! Only Designer Pro is fast enough to do this on complex vector graphics.

Online Editing & Collaboration

Xara Cloud offers an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update your Xara document using a web browser on any computer or tablet (yes even a Mac or Android tablet!), from anywhere in the world. And if it's a website you can re-publish it too. Perfect for collaborative editing, for commercial designers who want to give clients editing access, or for anyone who needs to edit their document remotely. 

Xara Cloud is included with Designer Pro+ when purchased direct from Xara.

All the Design Tools You Need

Xara Designer Pro offers all the tools that a creative designer could need for illustration, text handling and page layout.

Text Handling

Designer Pro offers everything you need for handling text in your designs.

You can enter your text at any angle and you can also set your text along a curved path. Additionally, just like any drawn object in Designer Pro, you can freely resize it on the page, and produce creative display text by applying any of the effects, such as transparency, fills, molds and so on - and yet the text remains editable.

You have full word processor style control over the text appearance and formatting. You can create Text Styles, alter justification, tracking & kerning, indents/outdents and tabs and line spacing and easily create bulleted or numbered lists (with your own custom bullets and numbers if you wish). And there's a spell checker.

Text can be entered as stand alone single words or lines at any place in the document, or in single or multiple columns.

Page Layout

Designer Pro offers everything you need for professional DTP, combining advanced text controls with flexible page layout features such as drag and drop editing of images and automatic text flow around objects.

Designer Pro is great for single page designs such as business cards or adverts, but it can also handle more complex multi-column, multi-page documents with ease, with automatic text flow onto new pages, automatic page numbering, full control of headers & footers, and very flexible controls over columns and the text flow between columns. And you can have single page or seamless double page spreads supporting across-the-spread graphics.

Uniquely Designer Pro can publish your multi-page print document on the web as a single scrollable document - it's easy to view, totally WYSIWYG, and perfect for fast skimming and browsing of long documents or sharing your documents with others, without the bother of PDF.  Example web document.

Drawing Tools

Xara Designer Pro is the primary tool of many illustrators and includes a set of powerful but really easy to use vector line and shape drawing and editing tools.

The Quickshape tools (rectangle, circle etc) allow you to draw pre-set shapes very quickly and easily. Editing shapes and lines is easy and the Freehand line drawing tool even offers a slider for retroactive smoothing after you've drawn your line.

The powerful Shape Builder and Shape Eraser tools allow you to easily erase and build on your image, whether it's a vector drawing or a photo.

3D Extrude

The world's fastest, slickest, and highest quality vector 3D extrude tool. 

Take any shape, and just drag on the face to create a beautifully lit and shaded 3D version. Drag on the sides to extend the extrude depth. It couldn't be easier.


The blend tool tweens or blends from one shape to another. It's ultra-fast, click-drag simple, works with vector shapes, text and photos.

Blends can be used to create complex highlights, blurred edges on objects, repetitive patterns and many other effects, in other words it's a vital tool for creative design. Designer performs blending in a very quick and memory-efficient way compared to other drawing packages - meaning less waiting for you and less draining of your systems resources.

Transparency & Feathering

Xara was the first vector application to introduce transparency, and continues to this day to offer the easiest, most advanced transparency control of any software. With click-drag simplicity you can create graduated transparencies to any object, photo, text, and vector shape.

Xara was also the first application to offer vector feathering (sometimes called Soft Vectors). This is a technique of slightly blurring the edges of objects to help them blend into the background and enables high quality realistic images to be created more quickly and easily than in any other software.

The combination of feathering and transparency is great for any photo composition work, as well as realistic vector shading, vital for any good illustration.

Live Effects

Live Effects are plug-in effects that can be applied to any object, including vector drawings - they are called Live Effects because the vector object remains editable even after applying the effect. Most modern Photoshop plug-ins work as Live Effects, giving access to a huge range of special effects (and many plug-ins are included).

Shadows, Bevels & Contours

Xara Designer Pro offers several powerful tools that allow you to add realistic effects with a single click. Apply, remove, and modify semi-transparent (or 'soft') shadows to any object with the Shadow tool. Use the Bevel tool to add bevels to any object, giving them the realistic appearance of depth. And add contours around objects with the Contour tool. All resolution independent (don't lose quality when you scale them)!

Revolutionary Photo Handling

Xara Designer Pro photo handling beats other graphics programs on many fronts.

Fast, non-destructive photo handling

Xara Designer Pro photo handling beats other graphics programs on many fronts. It's much, much faster, produces smaller files and it's non-destructive. It makes the perfect photo composition tool.

Designer Pro offers completely non-destructive photo editing (which means you can edit your photo as many times as you like without the loss of quality that is normal in other photo programs), and it uses a fraction of the RAM required by other products. It can handle multiple very high resolution images with ease, even on a modest PC. 

Designer Pro is also unique in the way it handles and stores photos, which means that files containing photos can be anywhere from 3 to 100 times smaller than with other programs.

Integrated Photo Tool

Designer Pro includes a revolutionary integrated, ultra-fast, non-destructive photo editing tool. It offers both automatic real-time photo enhance and manual controls (brightness, contrast, sharpen, blur, saturation, temperature and a new cross process option) plus real-time scaling and rotation even on very high res images. Other features include flexible cropping, advanced shadow & highlights, red-eye removal and brightness level controls.

Combine this with features such as vector masking, layer blending, feathering - all in the non-destructive, memory efficient way - and you have something that no other photo tool can provide.

Advanced Photo Manipulation

The powerful photo tools can produce almost miraculous changes and improvements to your photos!

The Photo Healing and Magic Erase tools makes it quick and easy to seamlessly erase unwanted objects from your photo completely, so you'll never know they were there! See some examples

A recent significant addition is a Magnetic Lasso for quick and easy cutting out of any object in your photo. Or for images with challenging outlines (eg a person's hair) there's the Background Erase tool. See some Background Erase examples

The Color Enhance control is another powerful tool for photo manipulation. It's incredibly quick and easy to perform any enhance operation - such as a change of brightness, contrast or color - based on a selected color in your image. See some Color Select & Enhance examples

Photo Panoramas

Creating photo panoramas couldn't be easier. Drop a series of photos on the page, click one button and you'll get a perfect, seamless joined panoramic image. 

See examples

Intelligent Scaling

The Photo Tool includes innovative intelligent image scaling technology that allows 'content aware scaling', which means images can be stretched or squashed while retaining the proportions of important parts of the picture. 

This can provide a near miraculous ability to stretch and change the aspect ratio of photos, without apparently distorting the content of the photo. 

And there is also 'content aware zooming', which works in a similar way but allows you to resize the object that is the center of interest without increasing the size of the total image.

Creative Effects

Xara Designer Pro supports Adobe Photoshop® plug-ins. There's already a huge range of such plug-ins available, both free and commercial, for creating a variety of effects that would take a lifetime to explore. 

In addition the Live Effects tool, the most advanced of any available, enables you to apply these plug-ins to photos and vector shapes for a range of amazing visual effects.

The Online Content Catalog also includes 125 ready-made photo filter pre-sets that you can simply drop on your photo to create popular effects and moods such as 'summer', 'vintage' and 'exposed' and textured effects. See some examples

In addition there's an Effect Painter and flexible mask and region tools that enable you to enhance or apply effects to selected areas of a photo.

Web Graphics, Web Pages & Websites

Designer Pro also offers web design features that make it a first class web authoring tool in its own right.

HTML Website Creation

Xara Designer Pro includes a complete website creation feature that enables you to design state of the art, mobile-ready websites with ease, including mouseover and pop-up effects, NavBars and menus, animations and widgets. One click preview and free web hosting included. It's the world's most advanced WYSIWYG web page creator - and with no HTML skills required!

Check out our example websites at Demo Site 1Demo Site 2 and Demo Site 3.

Total Design Freedom

Xara Designer Pro gives you total design freedom - using drag and drop you can literally place anything, anywhere on the page. And things which are normally difficult to achieve in HTML are a snap in Xara Designer Pro - for example text with curved edges, text or graphics at an angle, text flowing around objects - no problem!

Clever Stuff

But Designer Pro has some clever tricks too, to make things easier for you - here's just a few of the things that will save you time and trouble:

Liquid text flow around objects; easy mouseover, thumbnail and pop-up creation; automatic adjustment of photos to the correct web resolution; one-click change of site wide theme colors and shades; automatic color matching of imported objects such as buttons; a concept of 'repeating objects' such as headings and button bars - edit one instance and they all update; buttons and text panels that automatically stretch as you change the text, and smart repositioning of objects and resizing of pages as you add or delete text.

Mobile Friendly Sites

With Designer Pro you can create multipe variants of a site - eg desktop, tablet, mobile - which are exported as a single HTML file, so that your site will dynamically change layout in response to the screen size of the viewer.

Example (The Vue theme with desktop, tablet and mobile variants)

Does your website pass the Google mobile-friendly test? If not, you need Designer Pro! 


We're all used to the idea of websites presented as separate pages, where you have to click a link to navigate from one page to another. Designer Pro offers the option to present your whole site as one single, fast scrolling document using scroll or swipe to navigate. Or you can present one page at a time in the traditional way, but with super-slick animated page transitions triggered by scroll, swipe or click.

Example 1  a Supersite with transitions. It's also responsive to both browser width and tablet orientation

Example 2  a vertically scrolling Supersite (without tablet of mobile variants)

Animation Effects

Designer Pro makes it easy to add a wide range of animated effects to the layers and page links in your website. You can add animated transitions to any page link or pop-up layer in your web pages. Perfect with Supersites and presentations!

Example 1 (a Supersite with transitions. It's also responsive to both browser width and tablet orientation.)

Example 2 (a Supersite with transitions, optimized for tablets with both portrait and landscape variants (with Scale to Fit selected)

You also have a wide range of animation effects on mouseover, click/tap and on reveal (for example objects that slide or fade into view as you scroll down a page) and scrolling animations such as parallax.

Example 3 (on reveal - buttons on photo heading slide in from right and left, circular photos fade in, Headlines slide in from right and left, and quotes fade in)

Example 4 (with a parallax effect on the heading and scrolling and on reveal animations throughout) 


Designer Pro makes it easy to create web-based 'slide-show' style presentations that your website visitors can step through using the keyboard arrow keys. You can add animated transition effects as each step and page is displayed, and the Online Content Catalog includes a range of ready-made, customizable presentations and presentation components such as bullet points and arrows.

Example presentation
See the presentation templates

Web Widgets

And it's a snap to add third party widgets to your site with Designer Pro, such as Google Maps, Picasa photo albums and slideshows, YouTube movies, forms, e-commerce, charts & graphs, basic tables, photo content slideshows and many, many more. There's a library of popular Widgets included in the Online Content Catalog which you can just drag and drop onto your page. 

See examples of the bundled photo & content slider widgets and graph and chart widgets. We also offer a Widget Guide introducing all the bundled widgets.


Working with industry standards is vital, so Xara Designer Pro sites are W3C compliant, cross browser compatible (IE 8+, Firefox, Safari, Chrome) and XHTML, CSS standards based.

Compatibility With Industry Standards

Xara Designer Pro is used by many different types of customer in a spectacular range of uses - for designs combining drawings, text and photos, for print and the web - so we understand how important it is to offer compatibility with other products and users.

Import & Export

Designer Pro offers support for a huge range of file formats, making it easy to exchange your work with other users and programs. This includes common bitmap types (eg GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, PSD, and RAW photos) and key vector types (eg PDF and AI/EPS, SVG, and EMF/WMF). For documents Xara Designer Pro supports RTF (Rich Text Format), Word (.doc and .docx) and new in 2020 InDesign import (beta). Plus for websites HTML and Flash and for presentations PowerPoint.

PSD Support

Xara Designer Pro has full support for importing and exporting Adobe Photoshop® PSD files including layer support.

PDF Support

Designer Pro offers reliable PDF import and industry leading export of super-clean, very compact PDF files (including support for graduated color fills and flat / graduated transparency), including PDF/X for commercial print.

What's more Designer Pro offers very flexible PDF editing, so it's easy to make alterations to existing PDF documents. And if you've ever wanted to use a graphic element from a PDF - maybe a logo, photo or text - then you'll find it is as easy as copy and paste with Designer Pro.  It's an ideal choice for any work with PDF documents. 

Color Separation Support

Xara Designer Pro offers the ability to produce CMYK color separations. This includes on-screen preview of CMYK and spot color plates, PANTONE® color support, spot colors, on-screen printer gamut preview and a lot more.