Xara Designer Pro X365 is our top of the range product and includes all the features and templates of Web Designer 365 Premium, Photo & Graphic Designer 365 and Page & Layout Designer 11 in a fully integrated single package solution for all your graphic design needs, for print and the web. Illustration, photo editing, DTP and document creation, web graphics and websites – Designer Pro X365 does it all!
Xara Designer Pro X365 is Quite simply the world’s fastest graphics software. Powerful illustration tools, innovative photo editing, flexible page layout and unrivalled WYSIWYG web design. A single application for all your creative work.
- Artists & Illustrators
- Graphic Designers
- Anyone requiring photo editing or enhancements
- Web designers and developers
- For personal, business or academic use
Designer Pro X365: Xara Designer Pro X365 is the perfect choice for professional design work, ideal for both print and the web. It’s equally flexible with vector or bitmap graphics, making it perfect for any design that requires drawing, photos and/or text: Drawing from simple button or logo designs to incredibly detailed illustrations; print documents from single page posters to multi-page brochures; web documents from single web pages to complete sites (Flash and GIF animations too).
Illustration: Xara Designer Pro is the illustration and drawing software favored by some of the world’s best artists for its speed, power and versatility of its tools. It offers intuitive drawing tools, leading edge transparency and color controls, timesaving features such as automated feathering, shadow, bevel and contour tools, plus the coolest 3D extrude tool you’ll ever see. And there’s support for pressure sensitive graphics tablets.
Working With Photos: Xara Designer Pro’s integrated ultra-fast, non-destructive photo tool can handle all of the most common photo work in its sleep, from a simple one click auto-enhance to advanced brightness levels control. You can crop, rotate, repair red-eye or perspective or even create photo panoramas. And there’s advanced features such as intelligent scaling and zooming which allow you to scale or zoom selected parts of a photo. The powerful mask and erase tools include a Background Erase, Photo Healing so you can seamlessly and automatically remove unwanted objects from your photo. And there’s Color Select – great for changing the color of objects in your photos. Plus you can use all the other powerful tools to enhance your photo: maybe add a neat transparency effect or adjust the colors, or use a plug-in to add effects. And it’s a snip to add text, a frame or any other drawn image. What’s more Designer Pro’s unique photo handling techniques mean that files are typically 10 times smaller and 10 times faster than in other common graphics programs.
Document Design: Combine these drawing and photo features with flexible text handling – including multi-column, multi-page text, Text Styles, text flow around objects and graphic anchoring, and an integrated spell checker – and it makes an ideal tool for any page layout design work from adverts and newsletters and brochures and packaging. The DVD includes a large selection of customizable templates for cards, flyers, newsletters and many more. For commercial print work, Pro includes PDF/X, PANTONE® and color separation support.
Web Graphics & Websites: With Xara Designer Pro you can easily create HTML web pages and websites, in a totally WYSIWYG fashion – absolutely no coding skills required. And that even includes responsive websites with, for example, mobile and tablet variants. The Designer Pro advantage is that you get complete freedom to position items anywhere on the page, to include as many graphics as you like (even semi-transparent graphics) with text (even rotated text) wherever you like! What’s more Pro offers a quick and simple Flash (and GIF) animation tool. Significant features include single click website preview, ftp upload, fully integrated support for third party ‘widgets’ such as forms and e-commerce, easy mouseover and pop-up effects, navbar & menu creation, auto resizing of pages as you enter text, and font embedding that permits you to use fonts other than the small set of ‘web safe’ fonts. All of which help make Designer Pro a first class web authoring tool in its own right. An as you would expect, Designer Pro produces cross browser, cross platform compatible, fully standards compliant (X)HTML. The DVD includes a selection of professionally designed web graphics and site templates, plus a library of popular widgets.
Speed: Xara Designer Pro is based on one of the world’s most sophisticated, high performance vector rendering engines. The ultra fast processing, even with complex illustrations or very high resolution photos, makes it a pleasure to experiment. Don’t let your software get in the way of your creativity!
Direct Action Tools: Xara Designer Pro’s Direct Action Tools allow you to create effects such as transparency, shadows, bevels or gradient fills in an interactive, fast and intuitive way. No distracting dialogs – simply drag on the object!
Easy Drag & Drop: Many tasks in Xara Designer Pro benefit from being able to use the drag and drop principle, which is the most intuitive way of working and a great time saver. It also supports drag and drop import of files, such as photos.
Infinite Undo / Redo: Being able to change what you have done is vital in a graphics package. Xara Designer Pro allows unlimited undo, making experimentation easy.
Zoom to 25,000%: The Zoom tool allows magnification up to 25,000%, perfect for detailed work. And it’s super-fast and resolution independent too.
Top Quality Screen Display: Xara introduced the world’s first vector anti-aliasing to bring maximum screen quality and is still a pioneer with the fastest, highest quality anti-aliasing available in any drawing program.
Solid Object Editing: Instead of dragging outlines when you draw, move, rotate or resize objects, Designer Pro offers solid live object manipulation, which simply makes it much easier to see what you’re doing! Only Designer Pro is fast enough to do this on complex vector graphics.
All the Design Tools You Need
Xara Designer Pro offers all the tools that a creative designer could need for illustration, text handling and page layout.
Text Handling: Designer Pro offers everything you need for handling text in your designs.
You can enter your text at any angle and you can also set your text along a curved path. Additionally, just like any drawn object in Designer Pro, you can freely resize it on the page, and produce creative display text by applying any of the effects, such as transparency, fills, molds and so on – and yet the text remains editable.
You have full word processor style control over the text appearance and formatting. You can create Text Styles, alter justification, tracking & kerning, indents/outdents and tabs and line spacing and easily create bulleted or numbered lists (with your own custom bullets and numbers if you wish). And there’s a spell checker.
Text can be entered as stand alone single words or lines at any place in the document, or in single or multiple columns.
Designer Pro is great for single page designs such as business cards or adverts, but it can also handle more complex multi-column, multi-page documents with ease, with automatic text flow onto new pages, automatic page numbering, full control of headers & footers, and very flexible controls over columns and the text flow between columns. And you can have single page or seamless double page spreads supporting across-the-spread graphics.
Uniquely Designer Pro can publish your multi-page print document on the web as a single scrollable document – it’s easy to view, totally WYSIWYG, and perfect for fast skimming and browsing of long documents or sharing your documents with others, without the bother of PDF. Example web document.
Drawing Tools: Xara Designer Pro is the primary tool of many illustrators and includes a set of powerful but really easy to use vector line and shape drawing and editing tools.
The Quickshape tools (rectangle, circle etc) allow you to draw pre-set shapes very quickly and easily. Editing shapes and lines is easy and the Freehand line drawing tool even offers a slider for retroactive smoothing after you’ve drawn your line.
The powerful Shape Builder and Shape Eraser tools allow you to easily erase and build on your image, whether it’s a vector drawing or a photo.
3D Extrude: The world’s fastest, slickest, and highest quality vector 3D extrude tool.
Take any shape, and just drag on the face to create a beautifully lit and shaded 3D version. Drag on the sides to extend the extrude depth. It couldn’t be easier.
Blends: The blend tool tweens or blends from one shape to another. It’s ultra-fast, click-drag simple, works with vector shapes, text and photos.
Blends can be used to create complex highlights, blurred edges on objects, repetitive patterns and many other effects, in other words it’s a vital tool for creative design. Designer performs blending in a very quick and memory-efficient way compared to other drawing packages – meaning less waiting for you and less draining of your systems resources.
Transparency & Feathering: Xara was the first vector application to introduce transparency, and continues to this day to offer the easiest, most advanced transparency control of any software. With click-drag simplicity you can create graduated transparencies to any object, photo, text, and vector shape.
Xara was also the first application to offer vector feathering (sometimes called Soft Vectors). This is a technique of slightly blurring the edges of objects to help them blend into the background and enables high quality realistic images to be created more quickly and easily than in any other software.
The combination of feathering and transparency is great for any photo composition work, as well as realistic vector shading, vital for any good illustration.
Live Effects: Live Effects are plug-in effects that can be applied to any object, including vector drawings – they are called Live Effects because the vector object remains editable even after applying the effect. Most modern Photoshop plug-ins work as Live Effects, giving access to a huge range of special effects (and many plug-ins are included).
Shadows, Bevels & Contours: Xara Designer Pro offers several powerful tools that allow you to add realistic effects with a single click. Apply, remove, and modify semi-transparent (or ‘soft’) shadows to any object with the Shadow tool. Use the Bevel tool to add bevels to any object, giving them the realistic appearance of depth. And add contours around objects with the Contour tool. All resolution independent (don’t lose quality when you scale them)!
Revolutionary Photo Handling
Xara Designer Pro photo handling beats other graphics programs on many fronts.
Fast, non-destructive photo handling: Xara Designer Pro photo handling beats other graphics programs on many fronts. It’s much, much faster, produces smaller files and it’s non-destructive. It makes the perfect photo composition tool.
Designer Pro offers completely non-destructive photo editing (which means you can edit your photo as many times as you like without the loss of quality that is normal in other photo programs), and it uses a fraction of the RAM required by other products. It can handle multiple very high resolution images with ease, even on a modest PC.
Designer Pro is also unique in the way it handles and stores photos, which means that files containing photos can be anywhere from 3 to 100 times smaller than with other programs.
Integrated Photo Tool: Photo & Graphic Designer includes a revolutionary integrated, ultra-fast, non-destructive photo editing tool. It offers both automatic real-time photo enhance and manual controls (brightness, contrast, sharpen, blur, saturation, temperature and a new cross process option) plus real-time scaling and rotation even on very high res images. Other features include flexible cropping, red eye removal, advanced shadow & highlights and brightness levels controls, perspective correction.
Combine this with features such as vector masking, layer blending, feathering – all in the non-destructive, memory efficient way – and you have something that no other photo tool can provide.
Advanced Photo Manipulation: The powerful photo tools can produce almost miraculous changes and improvements to your photos!
The Photo Healing and Magic Erase tools makes it quick and easy to seamlessly erase unwanted objects from your photo completely, so you’ll never know they were there! See some examples
v365 includes a new Magnetic Lasso for quick and easy cutting out of any object in your photo. Or for images with challenging outlines (eg a person’s hair) there’s the Background Erase tool. See some Background Erase examples
The Color Enhance control is another powerful tool for photo manipulation. It’s incredibly quick and easy to perform any enhance operation – such as a change of brightness, contrast or color – based on a selected color in your image. See some Color Select & Enhance examples
Intelligent Scaling: The Photo Tool includes innovative intelligent image scaling technology that allows ‘content aware scaling’, which means images can be stretched or squashed while retaining the proportions of important parts of the picture.
This can provide a near miraculous ability to stretch and change the aspect ratio of photos, without apparently distorting the content of the photo.
And there is also ‘content aware zooming’, which works in a similar way but allows you to resize the object that is the center of interest without increasing the size of the total image.
Creative Effects: Xara Designer Pro supports Adobe Photoshop® plug-ins. There’s already a huge range of such plug-ins available, both free and commercial, for creating a variety of effects that would take a lifetime to explore.
In addition the Live Effects tool, the most advanced of any available, enables you to apply these plug-ins to photos and vector shapes for a range of amazing visual effects. Designer Pro includes a collection of 60+ Live Effect plug-ins such as oil painting, crayon drawing, crumple, fish-eye, waves, ‘liquid paint’ for creating caricatures and many, many more
The Content Catalog also includes almost 30 ready-made photo filter pre-sets that you can simply drop on your photo to create popular effects and moods such as ‘summer’, ‘vintage’ and ‘exposed’. See some examples.
In addition there’s an Effect Painter and flexible mask and region tools that enable you to enhance or apply effects to selected areas of a photo.
Web Graphics, Web Pages & Websites
Designer Pro also offers web design features that make it a first class web authoring tool in its own right.
HTML Website Creation: Xara Designer Pro includes a complete website creation feature that enables you to design state of the art, mobile-ready websites with ease, including mouseover and pop-up effects, NavBars and menus, animations and widgets. One click preview and free web hosting included. It’s the world’s most advanced WYSIWYG web page creator – and with no HTML skills required!
Total Design Freedom: Xara Designer Pro gives you total design freedom – using drag and drop you can literally place anything, anywhere on the page. And things which are normally difficult to achieve in HTML are a snap in Xara Designer Pro – for example text with curved edges, text or graphics at an angle, text flowing around objects – no problem!
Clever Stuff: But Designer Pro has some clever tricks too, to make things easier for you – here’s just a few of the things that will save you time and trouble:
Liquid text flow around objects; easy mouseover, thumbnail and pop-up creation; automatic adjustment of photos to the correct web resolution; one-click change of site wide theme colors and shades; automatic color matching of imported objects such as buttons; a concept of ‘repeating objects’ such as headings and button bars – edit one instance and they all update; buttons and text panels that automatically stretch as you change the text, and smart repositioning of objects and resizing of pages as you add or delete text.
Mobile Friendly Sites: With Designer Pro you can create multipe variants of a site – eg desktop, tablet, mobile – which are exported as a single HTML file, so that your site will dynamically change layout in response to the screen size of the viewer.
Remote Online Editing: BETA: Xara Online Designer is included with all copies of Designer Pro!
Xara Online Designer offers an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the text or images of your Xara website using a web browser on any computer or tablet (yes even a Mac or Android tablet!), from anywhere in the world, and to re-publish the website. Perfect for collaborative editing, for commercial designers who want to give clients limited access to text editing, or for anyone who needs to edit their site remotely.
Animation Effects: Designer Pro makes it easy to add a wide range of animated effects to the layers and page links in your website. You can add animated transitions to any page link or pop-up layer in your web pages. Perfect with Supersites and presentations!
Example 1(a Supersite with transitions. It’s also responsive to both browser width and tablet orientation.)
Example 2(a Supersite with transitions, optimized for tablets with both portrait and landscape variants (with Scale to Fit selected)
You also have a wide range of animation effects on mouseover, click/tap and on reveal (for example objects that slide or fade into view as you scroll down a page) and scrolling animations such as parallax.
Example 3(on reveal – buttons on photo heading slide in from right and left, circular photos fade in, Headlines slide in from right and left, and quotes fade in)
Example 4(with a parallax effect on the heading and scrolling and on reveal animations throughout)
Web Widgets: And it’s a snap to add third party widgets to your site with Designer Pro, such as Google Maps, Picasa photo albums and slideshows, YouTube movies, forms, e-commerce, charts & graphs, basic tables, photo content slideshows and many, many more. There’s a library of popular Widgets included in the Online Content Catalog which you can just drag and drop onto your page.
Compatibility With Industry Standards
Xara Designer Pro is used by many different types of customer in a spectacular range of uses – for designs combining drawings, text and photos, for print and the web – so we understand how important it is to offer compatibility with other products and users.
Import & Export: Designer Pro offers support for a huge range of file formats, making it easy to exchange your work with other users and programs. This includes common bitmap types (eg GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, PSD, and RAW photos) and key vector types (eg PDF and AI/EPS, SVG, and EMF/WMF). For documents Xara Designer Pro supports RTF (Rich Text Format) and Word (.doc and .docx), and for websites HTML and Flash.
PSD Support: Xara Designer Pro has full support for importing and exporting Adobe Photoshop® PSD files including layer support.
PDF Support: Xara Designer Pro offers industry leading export of super-clean, very compact PDF files (including support for graduated color fills and flat / graduated transparency). Combined with the PDF import feature, this provides another way to interchange files.
Color Separation Support: Xara Designer Pro offers the ability to produce CMYK color separations. This includes on-screen preview of CMYK and spot color plates, PANTONE® color support, spot colors, on-screen printer gamut preview and a lot more.