We've added some very flexible new controls over the appearance of bar & column charts.
A quick and easy way to add a background color to your text that fills the full width of the text column, great for headings and highlighting text. And since it’s a popular style in Microsoft Word and Google Docs it means even better results when importing documents in that format.
Another great time saver: Configure a Smart Field for any repeating text string in your document that’s likely to change, and then you’ll only have to update its value once, in the Smart Field dialog. For example, you might create a Smart Field called ‘price’ or ‘link to offer’.
More than 30 new ultra-editable SmartShapes, including trapezoid and parallelogram - geometric shapes that are popular building blocks for designs from brochures and flyers to cards and websites. We've also added braces (brackets).
A large selection of new and very flexible text panels - the best way to highlight important text in a range of documents from brochures to websites.
Plus all Text Panels now support vertical alignment and text auto-fit.
More than 30 new photo panels offering a host of new options for displaying your images to best effect – one of the most common requirements for all forms of document design.
Basic tables were introduced in v15 but they've taken a big steps forward in v16.
Like all SmartShapes editing is visual and interactive: you can use simple drag and drop to arrange the table, add or remove columns, adjust the width and height of rows and columns or the whole table, re-arrange rows, adjust spacing and cell padding. It's now an ultra-flexible table tool. Improvements include:
Really smart lines! The line length adjusts as you enter a label, and if it’s a valid measurement unit it will set the line length. Great for headings & dividers, labels for technical drawings and floating rulers!
You can view previews of a selection of the themes and other templates in the Online Content Catalog.
Web 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 websites 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 sites or Xara Cloud templates (including print 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.