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  1. Re: You can't normally reshape an image with the Mould Tool ...

    Art brushes offer a sort of workaround in Xara Designer that can take a full colour bitmap as input and "mould" it without tracing.

    The shape of the "mould" is formed by the curve of the line, the...
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    Re: Appointing other editors

    Hi Windjamer,

    Xara Online Designer allows people to work on the same document or website. It will one day allow a coordinator to protect certain areas of the document from being edited by other...
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    Re: Lines and shapes not printing

    The tree shape is very complicated. You may need to simplify it for some printer drivers.

    You don't have to lose any detail, just break it up into a number of smaller shapes.

    Phil
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    Re: New Laptop - Graphics Card question?

    A graphics card won't help Designer directly very much (I'm afraid) but programs are increasingly making use of the hardware on graphics cards and that includes Windows itself.

    3d design software,...
  5. Re: Merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah, all Joyous cards!

    Now this is a case where this forum really needs "Like" buttons - or more specifically in this case, "Merry Christmas" buttons...

    [Merry Christmas] - Click -

    (I'll forgive you for not doing it...
  6. Re: Xara Page & Layout Designer 11---Desperately need help on one issue

    Sorry everyone, I deleted what I said in my earlier post because I thought I was wrong.

    I suspect the green and red rectangles are because "Show Print Borders" is enabled in the Window menu.

    To...
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    Re: where are the red magnetic snappy lines?

    Try double-clicking on the Live Drag indicator (little arrow-on-rectangle icon) in the status line to turn on "Live dragging".

    Phil
  8. Thread: Xara & CPU usage

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    Re: Xara & CPU usage

    Thanks Egg,

    I was hoping that disabling the dark UI might give a much clearer improvement than that. The Options dialog still looks horribly slow to me!

    On the CPU usage front: We may have made...
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    Re: Xara & CPU usage

    Hi Egg,

    If you're up for it, could you try the following, please?

    Switch to the old light grey interface and see if the Options dialog is quicker to open in that mode. Remember that you will...
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    Re: Xara & CPU usage

    OK...

    What antivirus are you running?

    Phil
  11. Thread: Xara & CPU usage

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    Re: Xara & CPU usage

    Thanks Egg,

    I'll ask around to see if your experience fits with the what we know and the fixes we've made.

    The Options dialog can be slow to open the first time because it scans all the...
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    Re: Xara & CPU usage

    Hi guys,

    We don't completely understand this problem either! Some people see it, some don't. When we debug it we get so far and then the problem spontaneously goes away.

    We have made some...
  13. Thread: Mould in Xara

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    Re: Mould in Xara

    Yes, exactly. The code behind the art brushes could be used to upgrade the mould feature, and possibly implement a mesh fill feature, - but it's a management decision.

    Phil
  14. Thread: Mould in Xara

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    Re: Mould in Xara

    Yes, but only via a bodgy workaround, I'm afraid...

    Use your bitmap to define an art brush and then draw a suitably curved line, stroke it with the brush and tinker with line width and stroke...
  15. Re: Units revert to metric system when editing inside groups!

    Should be fixed in next release.

    Phil
  16. Re: XARA's Designer ProX turning text to shapes automatically????

    The program will never convert text to shapes just because you save a file - whether it's grouped or not.

    I think there must have been an edit step that caused it. Various functions that operate...
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    Re: Simple request from a simple mind

    Drag and drop also lets you attach arrowhead designs to either end of a line.

    And the straight line tool has separate dropdown menus for start and end arrowheads.

    Phil
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    Re: Select tool not functioning properly

    Hi Gregg,

    Are you starting your marquee drag on the edge of the page by any chance and in Options | Page Size is the "Lock page size" button unchecked?

    If so, try starting the marquee drag...
  19. Re: Wondering how to make a bunch of boxes beside each other

    Here's one way (there are loads of others):
    * Make sure "Snap to objects" is turned on (on the standard button bar)
    * Make sure "Scale line widths" is turned off (on the selector tool infobar)
    *...
  20. Re: So frustrated with alignment issues in DP365

    I think the rectangle coordinates stored in the PDF file are all aligned correctly and what you are seeing is Acrobat Reader rounding coordinates to whole numbers of pixels when it is rendering the...
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    Re: Can't get pixels unit in groups

    Hi Mark,

    Yes this is a small bug. The page units setting is not being transferred into the edit inside document.

    However there is a workaround: Set up a scale factor of 1px to 1px in the main...
  22. Re: Problems with Windows Scaling (e.g. "200%") when using a high resolution (4K) scr

    Hi everyone,

    I can tell you that we have done a lot of work on this but it's not yet good enough to release - mainly because of problems with a third party library that we use.

    Out of interest,...
  23. Re: seamless patterns in graphics and photo editor 365?

    See this extensive thread: https://www.talkgraphics.com/showthread.php?58018-May-2012-Tutorial-Create-Seamless-Patterns-in-Xara-Designer-Pro-X&highlight=seamless

    A technique using LiveCopies is...
  24. Thread: Fade to nothing

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    Re: Fade to nothing

    Opacity Mask?
    Soft-edged eraser (which creates an opacity mask)?

    And I don't understand why feathering's no good.

    Phil
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    Re: Cannot move imported image in Xara? HELP!!

    Notice that when the photo is first dropped on the page it is described as a "Photo" in the status line but at some point (it's not clear) it becomes a "clipped photo". That might be related to the...
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