09: Improved path options

With the improved path tool you already create line and curve segments while drawing. Paths may also be closed or opened afterwards, and the beginning of a path can be recognized immediately due to a new special selection handle. Furthermore, new anchor or control handles can be inserted in any position of a line or curve segment.

10: Interactive scaling

Up to now, groups could be scaled using the dialog. With Version 9, not only groups but also all selected objects without any grouping can be scaled interactively, both freely and proportionally (A). A new sizing handle (B) helps you with interactive proportional scaling. Use an additional key or this new sizing handle to scale not only the object shape but also content such as images or text.

11: New layout aids

VivaDesigner provides a large number of layout aids such as Guide Lines, Grid, Baseline Grid, Smart Guides and Guide Objects. As from Version 9 you will also have a Document Grid as well as a customizable bleed area.

New and improved guides

Working with Smart Guides has been drastically improved. The option now also addresses normal guides/guide objects as well as the new bleed option that can be defined in the document settings.

12: New HTML text import

With the new HTML import you can import HTML text perfectly with all its attributes. The tags or class definitions used in HTML are automatically mapped to existing style sheets in the document. In this way you can create text in any browser application and display it in VivaDesigner in different styles, always with typographic perfection. This all works fully automatically without any programming, complicated tables of manual editing. This option is particularly suited for working with CMS or publishing systems and VIVA publishing servers.

New layer functions

Duplicate layers with optional content takeover and automatic application of a language. In translation, for example, this option saves you the deletion of content in one language variation as well as the assignment of the new target language for every single text object in the document. Furthermore, in combination with the “Team Publishing” module, all objects on a layer may be applied to an assignment with a single keystroke.

PDF 2.0, PDF/X-4 & PDF/X-5

Previous versions support PDF formats up to PDF 1.6 and PDF/X-3. With Version 9 you can also create documents in the formats PDF 1.7 and PDF 2.0. Furthermore, Version 9 supports the PDF/X-4, PDF/X-4p and even the PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg formats. The user interface for the creation of PDF/X files has been improved from the bottom up, so that even beginners should be able to create correct PDF/X documents. Version 9 also supports PDF layers.

Novel driving options for views and layers

You can not only split your document view but also synchronise navigation between the window splittings. Furthermore, for every window splitting you can define the layer display separately. For a document with several language levels, you can for example display the English text in one view and the German text in the other in parallel (layers).