Sunday, October 25, 2015

Xara Designer Pro 11

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.