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Xara Web Designer 10.1.3

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), Windows XP
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600MB free hard drive space

Languages: English
Software Cost: $49.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 02 September 2014
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Downloads To Date: 1266
Developer: Xara
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Xara Web Designer 10.1.3
Create stylish, feature-packed websites, no HTML experience required

Xara Web Designer 10 is a template-based design tool which makes it quick and easy to create quality websites.

The program comes with 40 professionally-produced multipage web designs. Each one can immediately be enhanced with your preferred buttons, headings, navigation bars, photos, icons, 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 the free web space at MAGIX Online World.

New features start with SmartShapes, a quick and easy way to draw and edit common graphical objects: arrows, text panels, speech bubbles and so on.

The Online Content Catalog helps you browse available content, while a new top-level Insert menu makes it easier to add objects to the page.

There's a new password-protection option for sites hosted at MAGIX Online World. You get five new website templates, and there are new widgets for Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Xara Web Designer 10 is a very capable tool, but if you need more power then you may prefer the Premium edition. This adds tools to create presentations, animations (Flash and GIF) and sitemaps. You get many more photo options, including the ability to manipulate your photos with Photoshop plugins. There's a screen capture tool, HTML 5 video support, more import and export options, more widgets, themes and content in general. And all this can now be presented in a site which automatically choose a layout based on the screen size of the viewer (desktop, tablet or phone, perhaps).

Verdict:

Xara Web Designer 10 is a good WYSIWYG web builder, easy to use and capable of producing quality results. If you need to produce anything more than a simple personal site we'd recommend the Premium edition, though - it's more expensive, but the extra power is worth the cost.

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