© Gary Priester 2010
Did somebody say Widgets? There are 5 galleries of Widgets in the Designs Gallery. These include simple forms and a few form
builders that let you create more complex forms. If you are selling stuff on your site there are widgets for PayPal and Google
And of course the Designs Gallery contains a whole library of website templates for a wide variety of sites and a bunch of other
things to help the non-designer build an attractive and functional website.
But remember this; Less is More. Life is not a contest to see how many buttons, gadgets, forms, and other extraneous objects you
can add to your site. People are visiting your site for content. Provide it, and make it easy to find.
No sense of color? In the Designs Gallery > Templates folder are several web templates. Also included are about a half dozen Color
Schemes. Drag any of these color schemes onto the page and all the colors in the template automatically change to reflect the new
color scheme. Can you change the colors from green to orange? No problem. In about 2 seconds actually. Shown above are the
available color schemes. I suspect there will be more to follow.
Which brings up another point. The Designs Gallery automatically updates. No need for you to do a thing. Just check in from time to
time to see what’s been added recently.
Publishing your site has never been easier. Not only can you preview the changes on one page, or the entire site, but you can also
update changes to your site without having to republish the entire site.
FTP publishing information for each document you create can be saved for and with that document only! You can create individual
publishing profiles that you can select from the Profile drop down list. You have the option to save the FTP password with the
document. And last but not least, you can publish only the current changes. So if you simply corrected a typo or replaced one photo,
that’s all that will be uploaded to your web server. This dialog alone is worth the price of an upgrade.
Xara/Magix is also providing a free Web Hosting account. The details have yet to be worked out however. So stay tuned.
The MP4 player (shown above) drops onto the page without a preview image when you drag and drop the MP4 file onto the page. So
when you publish the page, all you see is the Play arrow and the controls.
If you add a photo behind the player image, it will be published with the page. You can resize the player to any size you want and
the MP4 video will automatically resize on play.
Steve Ledger astutely observes that the MP4 will loop endlessly (though this may change in the final release version). You can edit
the Placeholder code to change this. Change the two instances of loop=true to loop=false in the Replace with HTML Code text entry