Xara Web Designer MX Premium [Download] Reviews

Xara Web Designer MX Premium [Download]

  • Unlike the classic version, Xara Web Designer Premium offers advanced web and graphic design features for those who wish to create their own graphics from scratch.
  • Premium features include freehand and quickshape drawing tools, bevel, mould and 3D extrude. Plus additional photo features such as content aware scaling and zooming, and masking, and the Live Effects tool which provides support for Photoshop plugins.
  • Working with industry standards is vital, so Web Designer sites are W3C compliant, cross browser compatible (IE 6+, Firefox, Safari, Chrome) and XHTML, CSS standards based.
  • Integrated Search Engine Optimization (SEO) helps you getting listed with all major search engines by organizing the necessary metadata and content for every page of your website so it can easily be recognized and prioritized by search engines.
  • Access to MAGIX online world, 500 MB free online hosting space and your own domain; new websites can be uploaded from within the program.

Unlike the classic version, Xara Web Designer Premium offers advanced web and graphic design features for those who wish to create their own graphics from scratch. These include freehand and quickshape drawing tools, bevel, mould and 3D extrude. Plus additional photo features such as content aware scaling and zooming, and masking, and the Live Effects tool which provides support for Photoshop plugins. Other premium features include “slide-show” style web presentations for possible webinars,

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 Xara Web Designer MX Premium [Download] Reviews

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  1. MyKeyReviews | |
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great software that can produce quality results!, June 28, 2012
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    MyKeyReviews (Hampshire, UK.) –

    This review is from: Xara Web Designer MX Premium [Download] (Software Download)

    When it comes to making your own website, it can be a really daunting experience as there are so many different software’s available on the market, some which require you to have a decent knowledge of HTML, some that don’t, but there’s also the other main question; “is it user friendly?”, to get straight to the point, this software doesn’t require you to have any HTML knowledge as you build your website with tools that are similar to paint/photoshop and the software does the HTML code writing for you, this makes it extremely user friendly.

    This version of Xara’s web designer is `version 8′, previously I had used `version 7′ and can say it’s pretty much the same handling, but with extra/improved features and usability, as I actually started with `version 7′ as a “Newbie”, I can assure you, if you give some of your time to this software and give yourself a chance to get used to the tools, you will produce some great results.

    Even with the new features & upgrades I still stick to my opinion that this web designer is NOT suitable for big companies and businesses, reason is although it features a lot of tools/options, it still doesn’t compare to what more expensive software’s such as Dreamweaver have to offer, however when it comes to personal websites and small businesses, I think this software is hard to beat.

    My main tip when it comes to those who are new to this software would be not to jump straight in trying to make a website, I would advise playing around with the tools on a blank page whilst now and then going to “File” – “Preview web page”, this will allow you to see how things would look if it were to be published. Also explore the pre-made layouts which can be selected by going to `Design gallery'(located on a bar to the far right side) then `Website Template Themes’, there are loads to choose from and will give you a really good idea on how you can do your website, or you could just use the template!

    One feature that I would really like this software to have is the ability to make your website “fit screen”. You will notice that when you visit websites such as Amazon or Google, it doesn’t matter if your on a computer with a screen resolution of 1280×800 or 1920×1080, it will always fill your page.

    However, if you follow some basic rules, whether the persons screen resolution is small or large, they will still be able to view your website clearly:
    * The most popular screen resolution (stats based from January-March 2012) is 1024×768 & 1366×768, however I personally use 955×700 as a base template and then expand if needed.
    * Use font sizes no smaller than 10 point. On my web pages I normally use font sizes of 11, 12 & 14 as these look good on 1920×1080 res screens, whilst not being too big on the smaller ones.
    * Use simple text fonts for main texts, most popular are; Microsoft Sans Serif, Arial, Verdana, Comic Sans MS & Tahoma, this is to ensure people can clearly read your website.

    There have been some small issue’s I have came across whilst building my website, however they are normally things you can easily resolve; one being is when embedding YouTube videos, you use the `Designs gallery’ tab followed by `Page Elements’ – `Audio/Video (widgets) – drag the `YouTube’ widget onto your page, once done you need to find the video you want and click on “share” then “embed”, you will then be provided with an HTML code which you need to highlight & copy before clicking “insert”. The problem is once it’s on your page, you can’t resize it to a smaller size without it cutting video and when you make it “bigger”, it actually stays the same size by the width and height stated when embedding it, so the best way is to adjust the size in the html code before copying and inserting it.

    The main problem I had ran into was when optimizing images(a very important option to keep your website at low memory usage), it would turn transparent `.png’ files background into a solid white, I had reported this to the support team and the next update that came out resolved this issue, this shows that Xara’s software team are updating issues and are gradually ironing out the small bugs that exist.

    Uploading your website is super easy, first you will need to “Export website” before publishing, once done go to “Publish website” and type in your FTP host address, username & password, it’s really that easy! #NOTE: The FTP address can be found(if using the Magix hosting site) by going to the control centre.

    Overall it’s a great web designer package and would recommend it!

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  2. Randall Wall | |
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Software! Better Support!, July 4, 2012
    By 
    Randall Wall
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    This review is from: Xara Web Designer MX Premium [Download] (Software Download)

    Xara Web Designer MX Premium totally rocks!

    I have used a number of other web design platforms without being really exited by them.. In fact it took forever, turned out a less than savory product and support was non-existent.

    It wasn’t easy to take the plunge but after hours of research I narrowed my selection down to Xara and downloaded a trial..A week later I decided I had to have it and bought my license and have not looked back since!

    As a traveling broker (real estate) and speculator I move from office to office and it is nice to be able to work on the computer at each location instead of just my laptop with the smaller keyboard. Comes with 3 downloads making it very portable between office, home etc.

    Support is the best I have seen. They work on holidays too! On their site it says “they can only respond during office hours”. It is the 4th of July and I just got an answer to a question I posted yesterday. In fact I have had several questions and they seem to get answered within a short amount of time by email and are very helpful. […] has a very useful trouble shooter for their products as well as FAQ’s, tutorials, and video how-to’s for the novice user like me.

    Their product is top notch, perfect for integrating blogs etc. into your site and unlike some other web creators you can make money on AdSense (advertising on your site where people click on the ad) without having to split the cash with them. For my son-in-laws mother that means a savings of about $800 a month.

    If you like their product as well as I do they have a useful affiliate program where you can make money simply by putting a link on your website and getting paid each time an admirer purchases.

    They are long on features and great support. For under $100 what more could you ask for?
    Randall Wall

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  3. Anonymous | |
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I have little experience but just built a stellar webpage in 48 hours!!!, August 12, 2012
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    Mike N “God on Death Row” (Long Island, NY) –

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    I built a webpage about 6 years ago. Had to struggle thru HTML codes and all that. It was more of me using a template and being forced into a non creative experience. I tried the free demo of this and LOVED IT!

    In the past 2 days ive built the webpage up for my business again and am already taking payments for my items online. I feel as if I have total freedom in building it. My creativity can run free. Its so easy to use. And with what I dont know i can ask their support team and they have been great. It may sound cocky but it makes me feel like i can build webpages for a living now haha.

    Id recommend this to anyone who wants to build a great webpage and have fun doing so. The price is well worth it. You can download it and start using it right away. The only thing that im mad about, is that i waited too long to buy this debating if I should. Im so glad I did.

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