Xara Web Designer

Type of Program: Web Design
Supported Platforms: Win XP/Vista
Company Name: Xara
Price: $49
Installed Size: 110 Mb


The installation of Xara Web Designer is easy and intuitive, you can place the program files where you want them. When you first start Xara Web Designer you are told that you have 30 days to try it out. More than fair.

Then when the program opens there is a short tutorial. I decided to check it out. It starts out:
This is a short tutorial, and a working website document you can experiment on. This shows you how to create a great looking website in 6 easy steps. Here are the six steps that it takes you through:
1) Open the Designs Gallery and select a design
2) Edit the Theme Colors
3) Edit the text on your website
4) Re-arrange your objects
5) Customizing your photos
6) Save & Publish

I really recommend you going through the tutorial as it can quickly get you up to speed on the use of Xara Web Designer.

Xara Web Designer at version 5 is really a mature product. They have made the design and editing of webpages a simple and easy matter. Yet you can make elegant pages. The easy way to change elements, like drag and drop photos, change color elements, resize any thing at all makes it a web designers dream. You can even rotate design elements. Xara Web Designer has also this really neat feature where you can create an area of photos, then when the viewer does a mouse rollover that photo becomes the one that they get a larger view of.

There are also a whole slew of Templates included in Xara Web Designer that you can customize to fit your needs.

It is really amazing how you can take any graphics element like a button, resize it and watch in real time how the text will with the change flow differently around it. They include button elements with each design that you can resize, and change the text.

Made a small or big change and want to preview it? Presto at the push of a button you can see how it will really look.

In conclusion if you are looking for WYSIWYG web design software then look no further Xara Web Designer will work for you.

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Reviewed by John Shaw

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