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Version 21.5 Update

Date: 3rd August 2021

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Use Photo Filename

Many customers have asked why the photos in their published website don’t use the original filenames of the photos that they imported, so that Search Engines can find and index those names. That’s because it’s not always helpful to expose those names in your public website - some filenames may be inappropriate and others may having nothing at all to do with subject of the site and so could be worse for SEO rather than better. Also of course most photos from digital cameras have meaningless names anyway.

Therefore users can control what names are used for image files in the published website or web document. The Utilities > Web Properties > Image tab lets you set any name for the selected photo and that name will then be used for the photo’s filename. And since sometimes the photo’s original filename is useful there is now an additional Use photo filename button that will instantly fill that name field for you with the selected photo’s original filename (if it has one). Only use this if the photo filename is meaningful and relevant to the content of your site.

Canonical Links

A canonical tag is a way of telling search engines which specific URL to treat as the master copy of a page, thereby preventing SEO problems caused by identical or "duplicate" content appearing on multiple URLs.

Publishing a web page to your domain might mean the same page is served when visiting the web page address with or without the www prefix and on both HTTP and HTTPS protocols.  This can appear as duplicate content to search engines.  Applying a canonical link will suggest which URL to show in search results and allow search engines to count links pointing at different versions as links to the canonical version. 

A <link rel=canonical> is now automatically applied to the <head> of your web page when you publish to Xara Hosting  / MAGIX Online World. If you are publishing to Other Web Host, enter the URL you want set as canonical in the Website URL field.

links with target="_blank"

A link that is set to open in a New window or tab (_blank) will now automatically have the ‘noopener and ‘noreferrer’ attributes applied. This is a security improvement to prevent the targeted page from gaining access to the referring page.

Show Profiled Colors

The Show Printer Colors option in Window > Show Printer Colors has been replaced with Show Profiled Colors. As the name suggests, in this mode all HSV and RGB colors in your document are processed using the current document’s selected color profile, in the same way as when your document is exported to PDF/X for printing purposes using the same profile. So in this mode the on-screen appearance of these colors should now more closely match how the colors will appear in the PDF. And the colors seen on screen will vary, depending on the color profile used (as set in Utilities > Options > View). 

Note that this mode does not change the on-screen appearance of any CMYK colors in your document, as these are always displayed by applying the same document color profile.

Other bug fixes and improvements

Web Fixes

  • Alt text added to web document viewer buttons.
  • Fixed an issue that caused videos to be mis-positioned on a pop-up layer.

Text Improvements

  • Google fonts update: Another 21 new fonts added.
  • When pages in a flowing document are re-ordered, page breaks are now added to prevent text moving between pages, which can be confusing.
  • Spell checker: Each SmartField is now treated as a separate word.
  • An unexpected font size change after outdenting of a sub-list has been fixed.


  • PowerPoint import: Fixed some sub-headings appear too bold.
  • PDF to Word: Fixed misplaced text.
  • Fixed an error that caused AI file from stock illustrations in Content Catalog to crash.
  • Word import fixes.
  • PDF import fixes

Other Fixes / Improvements

  • Fixed dialog width/height text pixelated while editing Open Graph graphic.
  • Fixed button palette not displayed correctly on some screens.
  • Fixed an issue with Trapezoid shape.

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  1. Robert Turner

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