5.05.2014

XARA Web Designer Premium 10 - new version

A month ago, I published my product-review of XARA 9 and new version XARA Web Designer Premium 10 is on the market. Unlike many other cases, the new version is really NEW - with a new step in the innovative approach to core activities in the web design - it will serve for creating new ‘Supersites’. The new programming-free web design tool also supports Responsive Web Design, a new technique to create multiple layout variations of the same website optimised for different devices such as mobile, tablets and desktop computers.
A - Xara’s single page ‘Supersites’ are an alternative way of publishing a website; instead of just being a separate set of web pages, with the typical  ‘click-wait-load’ way to navigate a website, a ‘supersite’ provides instant navigation between pages, along with slick animated page transitions - all designed to make a website stand-out from the crowd. In addition, users can choose to have all web pages, presented as a single scrolling list of pages, one below the other (ideal for pages to be viewed in a pdf style format), or arranged horizontally, one beside the other, with swipe actions (on touch devices) to navigate from page to page.  The website can be set to ‘fit to screen’ so that it smoothly and automatically resizes to fit any browser window.  
B - Xara has created a responsive web design solution that allows users to create a single HTML file containing multiple variants of their website at different widths. The website responds dynamically to the screen size of the viewer (using CSS media queries), presenting the design most appropriate to their device. Users have the ability to freely customize the layout of the variants to suit the target device size, eg. desktop, tablet and phone. 
C - Xara SmartShapes are a new and innovative way to drawing aesthetically attractive shapes on your document, that require no knowledge of any drawing tools, and furthermore, they remain fully customizable. 
D - This release also includes a new online content catalog, new templates and widgets, free 2GB of web hosting for Premium users, presentation creation usability improvements and various other improvements. 
You can get an idea about the new version from the following examples
www.xaragroup.magix.net/vue2/ - A responsive website (the new Vue theme) with desktop, tablet and mobile variants
www.xaragroup.magix.net/menu2/ - A print style Supersite, designed for tablets & desktop browsers including landscape and portrait variants
www.xaragroup.magix.net/menu3/ - A scrolling version of the same Supersite
www.xaragroup.magix.net/menu1/ - A version of this Supersite with transitions, responsive to browser width (includes a mobile version) and tablet orientation
www.xaragroup.magix.net/islands1/ - A responsive Supersite with transitions and Scale to Fit
www.xaragroup.magix.net/WD10releasenotes1/ - The V10 Release Notes as a scrolling Supersite
www.xaragroup.magix.net/WD10releasenotes2/ - The V10 Release Notes as a Supersite with transitions.