What is the Content Catalog?

The Content Catalog was introduced in v10 and is now a feature of all Designer products.  It is an online extension of the Designs Gallery offering greatly improved browsing of content, within a resizeable window.

If you prefer to work off-line then you can download from the Online Content Catalog into the Local Designs Gallery and continue using the Designs Gallery.


Accessing the Content Catalog

The Content Catalog can be accessed from the program File menu,  File > New from Content Catalog or from the program Insert menu, Insert > from Content Catalog.


Why are some links shown as blue and others red?

Red links
When the program is being run in trial mode, before it's been unlocked with your serial number, several links in the Content Catalog will have a red icon. This means that this content is inaccessible until you have unlocked the program.  Links displayed in red after activation require an additional purchase in order to access the content.  

Blue Links
This shows what content is available to be opened immediately. 




Changes to the Designs Gallery and Content Catalog Since v12 (July 2016)

An enhanced Online Content Catalog is included free for one year as part of the Update Service.

  • Full keyword search of the entire catalog
  • A new more logical structure to the content offering a better work flow

Keyword Searching

All content is now searchable, making it much easier to find templates and components to add to your document or website. Select a category folder on the left and then enter a keyword in the search field to search in that category only. Or select ‘All’ on the left to search all available content.

Local Designs Gallery

The Designs Gallery has now become the Local Designs Gallery. As the name implies, this now shows only content that you have present locally on your device, either because it was installed with the program using the optional backup CD, or was downloaded from the Content Catalogue. This makes it easier to find and access designs you use regularly.

The folder structure in the gallery still mirrors that of the Content Catalogue and each folder in the gallery has a link allowing you to jump straight into the corresponding folder in the Content Catalogue, so you can easily view what other content is available for download into that folder. Whenever you open or import a design file from the Catalogue, that file then appears in the Local Designs Gallery and so you can use it even when offline.

Stock Photos

This is unlike most stock photo libraries you may be used to, where you purchase a ‘royalty free’ image, with restricted license terms, often with limited production runs, limited reproduction rights, no re-distribution rights

An increasing number of photographers are submitting their work to the public domain, in particular under a license called CC0, which is a very liberal license, totally royalty free, where you can use the image for personal or commercial use with almost no limitation. Read more about the CC0 license.

In conjunction with Pixabay, a website that collected and collated a huge number of high quality CC0 images, we have included a section in the Content Catalog where you can search and download hi-res photos directly into Designer. Their collection includes high-quality images from sites such as and other collections of CC0 licensed content

Stock Illustrations

In addition to stock photos, there’s now an additional category of vector graphic ‘stock illustrations’. All the images have keywords so you can easily search for the graphic you want. Select the Stock Illustrations category on the left side and enter a search term, such as ocean - see below.

Because the original vector files vary enormously in size, graphics larger than around 300px are scaled down. Also un-grouped images, are placed in a group for ease of manipulation. Because this is vector clipart, it’s re-sizable to any size without loss of quality.

Notes: Stock illustrations are available in Photo & Graphic Designer from version 12.3 onwards. Please go to Help > About to see what version you are on and Help > Check for updates to check if any are available.


12.3 - October 2016

Keep Content Catalog open after selection

Normally when you click on the Import button over the item you’ve chosen in the Content Catalog, the item is imported and the Catalog window closes. Now if you hold the Shift key down when clicking Import, the item is imported and the Catalog is kept open. This is useful if you want to try out several different items without having to keep re-opening the Catalog.

Download high resolution photos

Before this update photo resolution was limited to HD (1920x1080), but now when you import a stock photo into a print document you get the photo’s full resolution into your design. The resolution of photos varies, but most are much higher than HD resolution. When you import into a web document, as when importing local photos, the resolution is still limited to HD because it’s rare to need any higher resolution than this for a website.

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