Xara Releases New Web Designer 7 and Web Designer 7 Premium

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Xara launches the new ionnovative Xara Web Designer 7 together with an advanced Xara Web Designer 7 Premium version. Xara Web Designer is perfect for creating graphical webpages containing text, graphics, photos, widgets and Flash.

Xara Web Designer 7 Premium combines time-saving workflow and productivity features with easy to use creative tools that will inspire and help designers and developers to publish truly professional websites with creative content for maximum impact.

Xara today released Xara Web Designer 7 together with an advanced Xara Web Designer 7 Premium version. Xara Web Designer allows free-form, anything-anywhere web page design and is perfect for creating graphical webpages containing text, graphics, photos, widgets and Flash. Xara Web Designer Premium offers a host of additional exciting new and innovative features that enable novices and web designers to quickly create and optimize content for greater impact on the web.

Xara Web Designer 7 includes customizable web graphics, web page and website template designs plus tools for creating vector graphics, for photo editing (an integrated ultra-fast, non-destructive photo tool), and for advanced text layout including text wrap around objects and a check-as-you-type spell checker.

All aspects of the design can be customized. Users can re-arrange all page elements, add their own text, graphics and photos anywhere on the page. It's genuinely WYSIWYG, what you see in Xara Web Designer is exactly what you get on the web page. Xara Web Designer provides fast single-click re-coloring of all graphical elements throughout the entire website. The Designs Gallery includes a collection of widgets to add more dynamic functionality to the website. Site upload is covered too and there's even a free web hosting offer from MAGIX Online World.

Many improvements have been made to make it even easier to create a website in either version. For example, the user interface has been enhanced for page management and gallery docking, there’s a new ‘magic’ snap for object alignment, footers now automatically move as the page is resized, graphics and photos can be anchored into flowing text and repeating objects, such as NavBars, headers and footers, automatically update throughout the document with just a single edit.

There are many new template designs and customizable graphics. Web pages can now be edited in single or multi-page view, and previewed instantly in the 5 most popular web browsers. Favicons and sitemaps are easy to add to web pages and for extra promotional exposure users can add their website to the Web Designer Website Gallery.

Xara Web Designer 7 Premium takes web authoring and publishing to a new level with features such as the innovative web slide-show style presentation, suitable for both website presentations and remote presentations to an invited audience.

Xara Web Designer 7 Premium offers some more advanced web and graphic design functions. For example it is easy to add a wide range of animated effects to a website. It’s really easy to create effective flash animations and/or Javascript based animated transitions can be added to any page link or pop-up layer. Websites can be made more eye-catching and dynamic the range of new smart widgets that enable slick photo and text animations to be added to web pages without the need for any coding knowledge. There’s support for HTML5 video and sitemaps, to assist the search engines, can be automatically created when publishing the website.

Xara Web Designer 7 includes many customizable graphic templates and a good set of basic drawing tools, but Xara Web Designer 7 Premium includes a range of additional graphic creation tools for those who wish to create their own graphics from scratch. These include freehand and quick-shape drawing tools, shadow, bevel and mould tools, 3D extrude and feathering. Plus additional photo features such as red-eye removal and content aware scaling.

Managing Director, Charles Moir said, “With version 7 we're releasing two new versions of Web Designer, already one of the most successful Xara products of all time. We've improved dozens of features, and updated the user-interface to make it even easier to create beautiful websites. The new Premium version includes a real innovation: you can create PowerPoint-like presentations for the web. Either as a stand-alone presentation (the viewer can step through at their own speed) or as a remote 'webinar' whereby one person controls the presentation for invited guest viewers. And unlike PowerPoint or other Webinar software, there's no download required, or software to install in order to view the animated Presentation - it's just a web page”.

Xara Web Designer 7 Premium combines time-saving workflow and productivity features with easy to use creative tools that will inspire designers and developers to publish truly professional websites with creative content for maximum impact.

Xara Web Designer 7 costs just $49.99 or €49.99 (inc VAT) for EU and £39.99 (inc VAT) for the UK.
Xara Web Designer 7 Premium costs just $99.99 or €99.99 (inc VAT) for EU and £89.99 (inc VAT) for the UK.
Existing Xara Web Designer users can upgrade for as little as $39.99, €39.99 (incl VAT) and £29.99 (incl VAT)

Xara Web Designer 7 operates on Windows XP, Vista and7 and requires 256MB of RAM and 400MB hard-disk space.

For more information see http://www.xara.com/products/webdesigner/

Editors' Notes

More information and downloads
Please see the press center at http://www.xara.com/presscenter/webdesigner
This includes press materials, graphics, screenshots, product information and a full list of new features

Contact:
For more details or a serial number to unlock the trial version please contact: Nova Fisher, nova(at)xara(dot)com Tel: +44 1442 351035

About Xara Group Ltd
Xara has been developing cutting edge software in the UK since 1981 making it one of the very earliest European software houses. Xara has developed a wide range of products covering the whole realm of publishing and graphics software. Xara Designer remains the world's fastest, and many believe, the world's best drawing and illustration software.

Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques now standard in the industry today such as anti-aliased vector graphics, vector transparency, object feathering, etc. Many of its user interface techniques have been adopted by the industry.

In January, 2007, Xara Ltd was acquired by Magix AG from Berlin, Germany. The company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary

About MAGIX AG
MAGIX is a leading international provider of high-quality software, online services and digital contents for multimedia communications. Since 1993, MAGIX has been developing leading technologies for creation, editing, management and presentation of photos and graphics, videos and music. Internationally, MAGIX operates from branches in the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. The product range is targeted towards laymen and professionals alike and goes beyond the PC range to include seamlessly integrated online and mobile applications.

According to its retail sales figures, MAGIX leads in the multimedia software sector in the most important European markets, and is one of the most successful competitors in the USA. Fifteen years of market presence as well as one thousand awards worldwide testify to the company's power of innovation.

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