Updates

Below is a history of recent updates for Xara Online Designer.

May 9

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Stock Photo Picker This month we’ve introduced fully integrated access to a free library of over 500,000 quality royalty-free stock photos from Pixabay. To find the photos click on the + icon then  image > Stock Photo. You can then use the search box to quickly locate an photo of your choice. Scroll down and watch the images load - click/tap on your chosen photo to add it to your document. If you have an image already selected it will be replaced. Alternatively - click/tap on an existing image in your document and choose the Replace option to pull up the menu. The photos will appear with the usual adjustment handles allowing you to reposition and edit your photo. Color Scheme Picker For documents that contain a designated Theme color 1, the Fill color menu option now has a range of alternate color schemes for you to select for your docs. Click/tap to choose a scheme and it will replace the existing theme in the doc and become the main theme in the top panel. Note that your document must contain a designated “Theme color 1” or you won’t see the themes. Text Styles schemes Just like the color schemes you can also now choose alternative text styles as well. Click/tap on some text and from the Text editor panel select the Text style option. The lower half of the panel shows you the available text styles for the doc. Click/tap to apply the style and the new scheme is applied throughout the doc and replaces the previous scheme in the top part of the panel. Change everything without breaking anything! More Snapping improvements Shapes in groups now show live snapping on resize. Drag out a shape and see exactly where you’re going on the fly. Replacing symbols in groups Click/tap on a symbol within a group and select the Replace symbol option. You can either replace the symbol with one from the Symbol Picker or an image from the Replace image menu. A replacement symbol will keep the orignal’s color. The option works for inline symbols and symbols in text too. Center align in text panels Text panels now have an additional control (blue blob bottom left) allowing you to center or top align text - you can switch between the two using the control as a toggle. If the text fills the panel so that no alignment is possible, the control won’t appear. Shadowed objects Improved selection of objects with shadows. Vector handling of shapes without fills Lines and flat shapes with outlines, are now handled as vectors. Meaning - you can zoom in to your heart’s content (well almost) and the shapes and lines retain their crisp outlines.

April 4

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Symbol Picker We’ve added a massive range of symbols and icons for you to use in your documents. Click on the Add (+ icon) and then the Symbol button to see the collection. Either use the search box at the top or scroll through to make a selection. You can place your symbol as a standalone scalable graphic - just click on the symbol with no active selection in your document and it will appear in the center of the doc for you to resize and position. Or with the text cursor active you can insert a symbol into your text  like this. Just place the cursor at the point in your text where you want the symbol to appear and click on the symbol. Now the symbol will behave like it’s part of the text. Improved Text Selection You can now click-drag to select text without having to click in the text first. So a simple click and drag now works to select text exactly as you’d expect. Similarly you can click-drag on an object to move it, without having to select the object first. The speed of click - the  ‘hold to select’ delay can be adjusted in Settings > Advanced. This feature allows you to customize the application to suit, similar to adjusting the pointer on mouse settings. Delete and Duplicate on multiple selections The Delete and Duplicate operations now work over multiple selections. So if you’ve got three items selected and you hit Duplicate - you get a duplicate selection of your three items. Delete multiple items the same way. Shift + Click to remove from current selection You can now use Shift + Click to remove items from a selection as well adding to one. Auto scroll during item drag Drag an item up or down, left or right and the page will scroll to accomodate. Great for quick drag and drop placement over a multipage document. Repeating Objects now flagged on selection Now when you select a repeating object there’s a heads up on the status line. Repeating objects, as the name suggests, allow you to have objects automatically appear on any additional page/slide of a document. This is often used with logos, headers and footers to provide a consistent look across the entire document. More Shapes now work with snapping Even more shapes now work with snapping.

March 9

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2017

Multiple Selection, Grouping and Ungrouping We have several significant improvements in this release, the first is that you can select and move multiple items around as one, and also group them, so that they act as a single selectable item. Tap on the edge of a group to select it. Extend / Reduce your selection by using Shift + click - the top status line tells you how many items are in your selection, and a pale blue dotted outline indicates the selection. Then choose Group. Coming soon: Multiple Selection for touch devices (with and without external keyboard)! Editing things inside groups By selecting a single object within a group, you can edit it. For example edit text inside a group, replace a photo or edit Shapes. Nevertheless, you cannot delete items inside a group, the Copy / Delete menu will delete the whole group. If you want to remove items from a group, first un-group it by clicking on the pale dotted outline (it will turn blue). Then you can use the un-group option in the context menu. Snapping Improvements Some Shapes (for example rectangles) now show snapping lines during resize – more coming soon. Also you can now see snap lines for an object without moving the object, by selecting it, then holding down the mouse button. Transparency  Select any object (Shapes, photos, charts, etc.), and you’ll now see a Transparency control in the Properties panel on the right. On the left here - we’ve got an example of a simple ‘mix’ transparency. Use the transparency slider, to adjust the level as you wish.  You can also display and edit objects created with all the gradient transparencies and shapes from our Desktop Products (Xara Designer Pro X,  Photo & Graphic Designer and Webdesigner Premium).   

February 20

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Today we have some major improvements for you! With our over 60 fixes, we are steadily increasing our reliability and the functionality of Xara Online Designer. Improved Object Handling We’ve incrementally improved our object handling: So creating awesome figures with our Shapes is now super easy!   Alignment guidelines were first introduced in May 31 th 2016, but we’ve now enhanced the guide functionality. Now you can easily and quickly adjust all objects. Different guides will automatically appear while you’re moving your object: Green guides: Shows you the center of each object and each page (horizontally and vertically) Blue guides: Shows you guides, set up in Xara Designer Pro X, like the frame of the page. Red guides: Shows you how you align one object to another. If occasionally you don’t want to see any guides just press the Ctrl key and they will disappear. Our Guides are even better for SmartPictures. As you resize your picture, it will snap to page guides or objects (coming soon for SmartShapes too).   After you placed your object, our new rotation tool tip will help you find the right angle: 1. Select your object 2. Select the yellow button on the top right side of the object and hold the mouse button 3. By moving your mouse our tool tip will automatically appear, giving you information about the angle of your object. 4. For better ease of use, it will automatically snap for common angles like 45°, 90°, etc. Editing Access for Everybody There is a major improvement for sharing documents with non-Xara customers, and clients of designers using Web Designer or Designer Pro X to create websites for their clients.   Now when you share a document using Share editing… (see Aug 29th below) you simply enter the email of the recipient you want to share with. The big news is that they no longer have to be a registered Xara customer.   When the recipient receives an invite to share, they follow a link in the email, and click any of the sign-in options Google, Dropbox, OneDrive. They will be authenticated through one of those systems (to verify their email address is the one you sent to), and then they are taken directly to the document and can start editing.   If they are new customers (not owners of Xara Designer Pro X or Web Designer Premium) they will get limited editing rights - they can change the text and re-publish the website. More editing functionality, like changing pictures, will be coming soon. Beware: when they Save, they are saving a version back to your drive - because you’re sharing your file - it’s not a copy they are editing.

January 30

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2017

Today’s update is all about inner beauty. A very large number of internal fixes and improvements, but relatively few new features. With one exception: Share is about 10x faster than before! So choosing the Share option, top right  you’ll now get a URL to share your document with your friends, colleagues, or the world, in just a few seconds.

New  Transparency Feature
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