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5.0 out of 5 stars A very simple and effective web designer kit, 8 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Magix Web Designer 9 Premium (PC) (CD-ROM)
♦ Brief ♦

Magix/Xara's Web Designer 9 software is a fantastic piece of software available for a very reasonable price compared to other website building software's that are available on the market.

As a consistent user of this software and have been since version 7 all the way through the upgrades such as "MX" and now 9, I can assure you, once you have a little play around with this software, you will soon realise just how easy it is to design and make your own website that fulfils your needs, and trust me, the results have high potential.

This software I personally find to be perfect for small to medium sized businesses as well as for people who want to make more personal/portfolio based webpages etc... However larger companies such Amazon, eBay, YouTube etc... will require MUCH more advanced software.

#Note: If you are an owner of a previous version, rather than buying the new version at the full price, you can upgrade for a much lower cost through the official Xara website.

♦ Installation ♦

The computer specs I used whilst using this software were the following:
* Windows 7 64-bit Operating System | Intel i7 960 3.2 GHz Processor | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card | 12GB RAM.

Throughout all of the previous versions including this more up-to-date version, it's always been a quick & easy to install, and so far *touch wood*, I've never had any errors.

♦ Getting Started ♦

Like any new software, it can be quite a nerve-racking experience, all the tools are new and you don't know where to start, however I found the tools included are simple, there aren't too many too choose from, however all cover what you need to make your website looking great.

When you load up the software, located on the right hand side there is a tab labelled "Designs Gallery", this is where you can access all the different features such as navigation bars, icons etc... but most importantly there are tons of webpage templates available; blue folder icons are free to use and red are the more premium/professional looking themes that are available at a cost.

The best thing to do is simply select a template and play around with the tools and before you know it, you'll have a good knowledge of what certain things do and from there you can decide whether you want to start a webpage from scratch, or select a template to use.

♦ Extra features that make version 9 a worthy upgrade ♦

1) HTML 5 and CSS3 support and compatibility for older browsers; I don't know too much about all this, however I do know that most browsers have been upgraded to be used with HTML 5, so being having a webpage that's compatible is very important.

Also this may be a coincidence, but since using version 9, my website seems to display a lot better with my mobile device.

2) 'Direct integration of 620+ Google Web Fonts'; These fonts you have to individually install, basically when in the font tab, you can browse an insane amount different styled fonts and download them for free, once installed it's available for you to use.

3) '32bit and a 64-bit version for 64-bit Windows'.

4) 'Bundled web hosting & a free top level domain for one year. (e.g. a .com, .co.uk or .de, etc)'.

5) '100+ new business-specific website templates available'; As stated before, these are available for an extra price, the template styles vary from accounting, auto-dealer, bike-dealer, cofee shop, dentist, electrician etc... All these templates are something you can make yourself, however if you want a template "now" then the purchase would be the bets choice.

6) 'HiDPi or Retina compatible websites - automatically'; Apparently this software creates two versions of all your graphics and photos and will show the appropriate image resolution for your device. Viewing my website on both; mobile and desktop, I see no hinder in image quality, so I guess it's doing a good job.

7) 'Improved Google Analytics integration'; FINALLY! In the past I was unsure how to properly link my Google Analytics to my website and shortly gave up then forgot about it, but now there is an area located in the 'web page properties' where you can paste the tracking code.

8) 'Improved web page background handling'; I have definitely noticed a difference in this new version, you can now easily drag and drop what you want onto the background, it will now fill the whole of the browser and you can choose whether your background remains fixed or not when scrolling!

9) Re-colouring via drag & drop; This has made things so much easier, just drag a colour from the colour bar and drag it onto what you want re-coloured, be it text or background, there will be a pop-up confirming which group you want to replace the colour with.

10) 'Drag & drop NavBar replacement'; Another one of my favourites! The hassle before of changing the navigation bar was beyond frustrating because of the fact if you wanted a new styled bar, you would have to manually replace ALL the links. Now you can just drag the new navigation bar onto your current one to replace the look whilst keeping all the links.

11) 'Improved web font embedding'; This isn't something I use a lot, but for those who do will notice a difference as the embedded texts are exported at a much smaller size which will help prevent the webpage from being slow to load up.

There are a lot of minor improvements made to this version which makes using this software a far better experience.

♦ Overall Opinion ♦

I can't really say anything bad about this software, although I really liked the older version, this new one in particular covers a lot of extra tweaks and features that makes using it even more of a positive experience.

Personally I think those who are looking into making their own website be it for personal reasons or to set-up a website for their small-medium sized business, should seriously consider this more cost effective way of doing so.

It doesn't take too long to get used to the tools and the results can be very good indeed.

For an example of my website which was made using this software, take a look at my Amazon profile and visit my website. Since using version 9 I have completely redone my website so what you see now was made using the new Web Designer 9 Premium by Xara/Magix.
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