CNET Editors' review
Xara Xtreme Pro offers various design possibilities in one compact program. While novices should be wary of its complexity, Web designers, animators and illustrators will find something to like.
The program's interface is a complex spread of tiny, unfamiliar icons. Fortunately, there are several tutorial texts and even a few videos to better familiarize users with its many features. The overwhelming impression we got from its tools was that Xara Xtreme is not for beginners. While it takes great pains to teach users about its various elements, there's no hand-holding. It takes a lot of effort and thought to produce professional-looking designs. That said, Xara Xtreme offers just about every tool imaginable for creating a Web page from scratch and posting it online. The animation options are a little less inviting since its commands aren't as extensive, but it still offers several tools and framing options. The drawing option feels like Microsoft Paint; anyone could use it. The program comes with a bevy of special features, though our favorite was its Web design templates, which make the complicated process of creating attractive Web sites a little smoother for inexperienced designers. Overall, Xara Xtreme is a great choice for those who need a comprehensive design package. Those who need things spelled out for them should find a program more suited to beginners.
Xara Xtreme has a 30-day trial. It installs desktop icons without permission. This program is a liberating tool for design pros, and we recommend it.
Xara Designer Pro is the perfect choice for professional design work, ideal for both print and the web. It's equally flexible with vector or bitmap graphics, making it perfect for any design that combines drawing, photos and text - from simple button or logo designs to incredibly detailed illustrations, posters, multi-page brochures and photo compositions. And it's great for the web as well - from Flash animations to complete HTML web pages, websites and presentations. Plus Xara Designer Pro offers the fastest rendering in the business making it a very productive tool and ideal for experimentation. The UI is designed to minimize the on-screen clutter with on-document editing that makes your design the center of attention. Supports common industry formats including PDF/X and PSD, and offers full color separation and PANTONE support for commercial print output.
What's new in this version:
- Photo healing
- Background erase
- Mask tools
- Photo FX plug-ins
- Google Fonts
- Easy re-coloring
- MS Word export
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"Best All Around Graphic Design Software!"
Version: Xara Designer Pro X9 220.127.116.1107
Whether you are creating websites, doing digital art or scrapbooking or designing for print all the tools you need are right there in one program.
Fast, intuitive, and easy to learn!
Great support from Xara support at xara.com or from the friendly community at Talkgraphics.com
None that I can think of.
From professional designers to home users Designer Pro X will serve your needs!
"Nice product, disconnected support and community"
Version: Xara Designer Pro X9 7.1
It does good quality vector graphics and operations, it has a good UI, and has a really nice WYSIWYG web page generator. I've been using this for years.
PDF generator is also good.
-Bad font handling for web generator
-Uses undocumented(except for obscure references on a 3rd party forum) layer properties that you have to manually type in layer name fields.
-The 3rd party forum, the only feedback medium, has negative responses to pretty much all feature requests and support questions through their board.. The actual company never seems to go there.
-They don't seem interested in keeping up with technologies and trends. Like web 2.0 placeholder templates etc..
They instead say it's not supported, and if you don't like it use something else(not far off from this attitude).
It's probably the best WYSIWYG and vector tool out there, great supplemented with gimp or photoshop and a code editor; I use notepad++.
"A great vector program with bitmap editing included."
Version: Xara Designer Pro X9 18.104.22.16805
Designer Pro has an extremely fast rendering engine (perhaps the fastest of any graphics program) The tools are all very responsive and tight which says to me that the coders wrote it right and tight.
No support for SVG
i have been using Xara Designer Pro since it came out and used Xara Xtreme back to ver 3 and can honestly say that I can not remember any crashes.
If you are in to web site construction but do not or can not code Designer Pro has a full featured 'what you see is what you get' web editor included.
All in all Xara Designer Pro might be the only graphic design program you need.
"The best user friendly flash program out there"
Version: Xara Designer Pro X9 5.0
Easy to use, graphic tools, 3D animation
No cons, .
Great software, people looking for good and easy flash maker programs should buy it!
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