by Tony Thomas
Xara Designer Pro 11 combines all the features of its other design programs into one, easy-to-use package for the professional graphics designer.
It is one program that can really do it all including page layout and design, photo editing, website design, and vector-based graphics illustration. Its simple WYSIWYG interface makes it easy for you to turn your ideas into beautiful graphics in just a few minutes.
Taking a look around the program, I found that it has a full range of features to accomplish almost any graphics or web-design task. It has an impressive array of import and export options as well as full print support including the ability to do four-color separations.
If you have ever used any Xara product before, you will have no problem getting around its interface. It is a beautifully designed and very easy to navigate.
New features include:
- Functionality that allows you to stretch the background to fill the entire web page, either horizontally or vertically.
- The ability to sync documents with Dropbox or Google Drive.
- New brush options including "art brushes" and "scatter brushes".
- "Sticky objects" that remain in place while the page scrolls underneath.
- A variety of new text enhancements including a background color option, font replacement throughout a document, "an update style to match" function, a hyphenation tool, auto-correct/abbreviation expansion, updated Google fonts, and more.
- New animation options that allow you to animate on mouse over, on click and the ability to slide or fade objects as you scroll down a page.
- New Blend modes and transparency types.
- Liquify shape editing tools.
- Secure FTP publishing options with support for both SFTP and FTPS.
As someone who has depended Xara tools for almost 20 years, I can tell you that they offer some of the most powerful graphic tools you can find at a reasonable cost. Xara Designer Pro 11 is no exception. If you are a graphic design professional, it may be the only tool that you ever need. Take it for a test drive!
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Thanks to Xara for providing a review copy of this program.