Welcome to Xara Online Designer

Introduction

Xara Online Designer is an online web application which provides an innovative way of editing the content of your Xara documents (.xar or .web files). If you're using Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive for storage of your documents then just using a web browser, you can open any .xar or .web or PDF file, view and edit the text, replace photos, and re-publish your document. This means you can view and edit your Xara files that are on your Windows computer, using your iPad, Android tablet or a Mac, from anywhere in the world!
The Online Designer editor. Thumbnails of the document are on the left. The controls on the top bar access the main features. The right side shows some of the features available for you to add to your document.

Getting Started

Assuming you have cloud storage already set up; so that’s an account with either Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive - then all you have to do to access Xara Online Designer is to sign  in at cloud.ixara.com. You can sign up or sign in using an email address too. This will open the File picker where you can open one of our templates or any .xar .web, PDF, Word or PPT file you have saved in OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive. The first time you access these you will be asked to grant permission to access your files. The File Picker The file picker showing available cloud drives and a range of document templates. Recent files appear in the lower pane. Click on a cloud drive to access your documents. Note that the first time you sign in you’ll see a simplified version of the picker containing only the templates.

Using the File picker

The controls, top right, allow you to sort by Date or Name, and view by thumbnail or list. In List view you can also sort by file size. The file picker only shows .xar .web and PDF, Word or PPT document files. When you’re picking images (you can replace images in your document) it shows image thumbnails. You can zoom the thumbnails to be smaller or larger by using Ctrl + mouse wheel. Or tap the magnifier icon bottom left. On a touch-driven device just pinch zoom. Whenever you choose to open or save a file, the picker always starts from this ‘home screen’ showing the different cloud drives you can pick from, and recent files. But when you go into any cloud drive, it will remember where you were last. When navigating the file picker, the top left shows you the path you are currently looking at. You can navigate up the hierarchy by clicking any of the folder names and back to the home screen by clicking the cloud icon: The X, left end, will close the file picker and return you to the editor. The cloud icon is the picker home screen, where you can select a cloud drive, and see recent files.                                      On desktop mouse systems if you hold the pointer over a file it shows you the full filename and size. When you access a folder of Xara documents for the first time, the file thumbnails have to be generated, which can take a few seconds. After this they are cached and subsequent access to this folder will be faster. When you pick a .xar or .web or PDF, Word or PPT file from your cloud drive it opens with the Online Designer editor.  This is just a short introductory section to get you up and running. Browse the sections on left to find more detailed information on all aspects of the Xara Online Designer. And also have a look at these two tutorials for a handy overview.