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Xara Web Designer Premium 11

Create stylish, feature-packed websites, no HTML experience required

by Mike Williams

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
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600MB free hard drive space

Languages: English
Software Cost: $99.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 21 May 2015
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Downloads To Date: 2146
Developer: Xara
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Xara Web Designer Premium
Create stylish, feature-packed websites, no HTML experience required

Xara Web Designer Premium is a template-based design tool which makes it quick and easy to create quality websites.

The program comes with a host of professionally-produced multipage web designs. Each one can immediately be enhanced with your preferred buttons, headings, navigation bars, photos, icons, movies, MP3s, PDFs and more. Just drag and drop an item onto your page and customise it to suit your needs.

If you'd like to add some interactivity to your site then you'll appreciate the program's widgets. These can embed YouTube videos on your pages, Google Maps, Facebook Like and Twitter buttons, media players, contact forms, news feeds and more.

All of this can be further tweaked or rearranged as necessary. You can even build a site from scratch if the bundled templates don't appeal. And once you've finished, the program will put the site online for you, either at your own web host or using 500MB of free web space included with the package.

Amazing graphics support means you're able to import images in all kinds of formats (PSD, RAW, SVG, PDF), then crop, tweak and adjust them, inside the program. A powerful built-in vector editor creates custom web objects with soft shadows, transparency and feathering. You can even create Flash animations and position them anywhere on the page.

The text options provide just as much control. You get to choose from 600+ Google Fonts; if that's not enough, you can embed preferred fonts in your site, ensuring they're always safe to use; text automatically flows around any irregular shapes, and you can rotate it - even full text columns - to whatever angle you like.

New design features in Web Designer Premium 11 include "animations on reveal", such as headings which fade or slide in after the page has loaded; sticky panels stay in place as the page scrolls, great for important navigation tools or content; "stretchy panels" automatically scale to always fit the full browser width.

Web Designer Premium 11 can now sync project files across Dropbox and Google Drive. If you've installed the program on two computers, change a file in one and it'll be updated on the other. There's even support for versioning, making it easy to recover previous versions of a file.

The program includes a beta of cloud.xara, which allows Xara sites to be viewed, edited and updated from a browser on any device (no need to have Web Designer installed).

You also get more themes, better PDF support, a new slideshow widget and more.

Verdict:

Xara Web Designer Premium is an excellent WYSIWYG website builder, packed with powerful features and functionality yet also easy enough for just about anyone to use.

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