Xara Web Designer 11 Premium: Indezine Review
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
OS: Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
With Xara Web Designer 11 Premium you will be able to create all the effects of a dynamic site including sticky objects, full width stretching backgrounds, and responsive web design. Select any web design from the Designs gallery to use as a starting point. This includes web graphics, complete pages, responsive web site behaviors, and even pre-built multi-page sites. Once the choice is made, customize the web graphics, import and edit photos, create vector graphics, apply animated effects and animated transitions to layers and page links in your website. Additionally, create web-based slide-show style presentations, Flash animations, and text layouts.
Xara Web Designer 11 sites are W3C compliant, cross browser compatible (IE 8+, Firefox, Safari, Chrome) and XHTML, CSS standards based. It can also import a huge range of files types for vector graphics, image and text including PDF, RTF, RAW, PSD, TIFF and of course JPEG, PNG, GIF. Premium offers some extra import formats (SVG, ODP, PPTX). Websites made with Xara Web Designer 11 are ready for the latest iOS and Android smart phones and tablets. Additionally, cloud.xara offers simple way to view, edit and update the text or images of your Xara website using a web browser on any computer or tablet (even a Mac or Android tablet!), from anywhere in the world, and to re-publish the website. This can be 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.
Xara Web Designer 11 Premium is from Xara, a company based in Gaddesden Place, UK. Other than Xara Web Designer 11 Premium, Xara also creates other graphic software such as Xara Web Designer 10 Premium, Xara Web Designer 9 Premium, Xara Designer Pro 7, Xara Picture Editor, Xara Xtreme 5 Pro, Xara 3D Maker 7, etc. You can learn more about their products and download a trial version of Xara Web Designer 11 Premium from their site.
My contact for this review was Nova Fisher -- thank you Nova.
Download the installer, run the setup routine and follow the instructions. When launched, you will see the
Xara Web Designer 11 Premium interface, as shown in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: The Xara Web Designer 11 Premium interface
In this review we'll explore the new feature list -- the working process of the application is same as of
Web Designer MX Premium product.
Xara Web Designer 11 Premium has some major upgrade that introduces new features and content and improved usability. Following are the key new features:
- Sticky objects
- Stretchy backgrounds
- New animation possibilities
- Text handling enhancements
- Document sync with Dropbox or GDrive
- Online editing with cloud.xara (beta)
- New slideshow widget
- New templates
- Secure FTP publishing options
- Import & export enhancements
- TaskPilot 'Website M' hosting included free
There are some other minor enhancements:
- Objects are automatically resized down to column width when you insert them into a text column
- Ability to control the inter-page gap in vertical and horizontal supersites
- Web export options dialog now usable offline
- A new option Arrange | Combine Shapes | Intersect all shapes (the overlapping areas of shapes become separate shapes)
- Improved support in the drawing tools for modern touch devices, including the Microsoft Surface stylus
- Small improvements in the drop-down menus
- Some improvements to photo gallery widgets (you can now set the size of the pop-up)
- New photo text panel SmartShape
- InfoBar pulses on tool selection.
Once you are done creating your site, you can quickly export it as a web page or multiple pages -- the
output is clean HTML and CSS and can be viewed thereafter in any web browser (see Figure 2,
Figure 2: Exported web page
Xara Web Designer 11 Premium costs USD 49.99 and is available currently at an introductory rate of USD 42.49.
Support is through e-mail, an online knowledge base and FAQs. Extensive online tutorials including demo movies are available.
Xara Web Designer 11 Premium provides so much for one small price. It's a very useful program that's both snappy to use and full featured thus providing an amazing price:performance ratio.