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We’ve released a free update to Photo & Graphic Designer 11, bringing it up to version


To update your installation, simply start the program and it will automatically find any available update. Alternatively use the "Update program" facility in the program Help menu. Note you need to have unlocked AND registered your program to receive updates.


Summary of improvements

  • Word import/export filter added – this was missing in the initial release.
  • Support for embedded aligned graphics in text added (as already included in Designer Pro 11).
  • Various other bug-fixes and small improvements.

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Xara Designer Pro 11 & Xara Page & Layout Designer 11 have just been launched.


What's new in Xara Designer Pro 11 

The v11 Release Notes 

Gary Priester's first look

Gary Priester has done his traditional first look which you can find at 

Program Trial

A trial version is available for download from  


Web Features

  • Stickies – objects that stick in place as the page scrolls
  • Stretchy background images that fill the browser width
  • New animation effects available on mouseover, on click or on reveal
  • Still in beta but definitely worth a try: Xara Online Designer (formerly cloud.xara) introduces collaborative online editing of your sites from anywhere and on any device

Demo sites and (both now included as templates in Designer Pro 11) and for that matter the Xara Online Designer release notes @ are a good demo of Stickies. 

Graphic Design, Illustration & Text

  • A big step forwards for the Brush Tool, with new Art Brushes and enhanced Scatter Brushes
  • New industry standard blend / transparency modes
  • Lots of new & improved text features including abbreviation expansion and some you won’t have seen in Web Designer or Photo & Graphic Designer such as auto-hyphenation and greater flexibility with embedded graphics
  • An extension of the Shape Editor Tool (Liquify Tools)
  • Share & Sync your files via Dropbox or Google Drive

The Liquify Tools and latest SmartShapes (don’t miss the new spiral) are the first quite simple examples of what can be created with our new plugin technology, for which we intend to publish an API so that third parties can add features, tools and SmartShapes. The API isn’t ready to be released yet, but if you’re a JavaScript developer and this sounds interesting, send us a ticket via to register your interest and we’ll keep you posted.

What's new in Xara Page & Layout Designer 11 


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