Xara Photo & Graphic Designer

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 15 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
10.1.2.35097
File Size:
75.6MB
Date Added:
August 11, 2014
Price:
Free to try (7-day trial); $89.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
186,940
Downloads Last Week:
129
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer gives you all the tools you need to enhance your photos or complete professional-grade graphic design projects. Through the app's intuitive interface, you'll find everything you need quickly, and the smooth controls mean you can focus all your energy on creating.

Pros

Vector graphics: This program lets you use Vector Graphics to create designs, which provides multiple advantages over other methods. These include smaller file size for a finished project and more realistic rendition of shadows in a 3D image, in addition to cleaner lines when an image is magnified.

Nice layout: Everything you need to use this program is conveniently arrayed across the top of the interface and down the left-hand side of the screen. The tools are also intuitive, so you'll quickly get the hang of using them.

Feature-packed: This app offers advanced features to help give your photos or designs a professional look. Some options include Shadow and Highlight Adjustments, Auto-rotation of Images, Selective Enhance by Color, and the ability to create Flash animations for use online.

Cons

No default: It is not possible to set this program as the default option for when you open an image file. That means the only way to open a photo or other image is by first opening Xara and then browsing for the file you want to open. Depending on how you use this program and on what scale, this may or may not be a big inconvenience.

Bottom Line

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer provides a comprehensive package of tools for photo editing and design creation. Its intuitive interface makes learning the ins and outs of the program quick and efficient, even for users with limited experience using this type of software. You can try it for free for 7 days, and the full purchase price is $89.99.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10.1.2.35097.

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  • 1 stars

    "Will not work on older, Windows XP, PC's"

    May 25, 2012   |   By craxd

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX 8

    Pros

    Couldn't tell you, as it wouldn't even start.

    Cons

    If the PC's processor doesn't support SSE2, this program, and most likely the other new Xara apps, will not run. In other words, if your PC, that is running Windows XP, is not running a new processor, that supports SSE2, well, they don't want your business.

    Summary

    Pretty sorry to not support PC's with processor's that aren't very old.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not up to expectations"

    June 29, 2011   |   By hab1945

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7.0

    Pros

    None that I can see

    Cons

    None that I can see

    Summary

    While installation is simple, program does not instal in context menu which I find useless. I am using win 7 which may be a factor. When I am in my pictures folder or other folders that contain pictures, I can usually right click on a photo to edit that photo. I can find no way to do this with this program. When I browse to find the program, I cannot find a link to open the photo to edit. The only way I can see to work with this program is to open it from the desktop icon, and then open each individual photo by searching for it. The time involved and inconvenience does not warrant the price when compared to the likes of photoscape. Photoscape does install in the context menu, and while it may not have as many features, it wins hands down by by the convenience of being there whenever you need it, and not having to search for it. The price for Xara is okay with me, but I will not pay that amount for the inconvenience of not being able to open a photo when viewing photos in a viewer.

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  • 1 stars

    "not working very well"

    February 26, 2011   |   By amjad1956

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.1.1

    Pros

    have problem with it

    Cons

    have problem with it

    Summary

    have problem with it, maybe not working very will with some software in my vista version.

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  • 1 stars

    "not enough"

    February 12, 2011   |   By amjad1956

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.0

    Pros

    not free as old version

    Cons

    nothing plus

    Summary

    nothing

    Updated on Feb 14, 2011

    I DELETED FROM MY COMPUTER.

    Updated on Feb 14, 2011

    I DELETE IT FROM MY COMPUTER

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  • 5 stars

    "User-friendly product. I love the Freehand tool!"

    December 10, 2010   |   By AmFly

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.0

    Pros

    I have always wanted a grafik/design software that is truly user-friendly. I love using the freehand tool. This products freehand tool is so easy to use! I got a feeling of gliding across the spreadsheet. Lovely. Thanks!

    Cons

    I started using it recently. Lets wait and see

    Summary

    I like it. Will definately buy it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Pleasantly surprised."

    November 09, 2010   |   By paintflake

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.0

    Pros

    I love vector graphics and was able to quickly adapt to this interface. If unfamiliar with Adobe Creative Suites, this program MAY be easier to use: simple tool icons,online community and tutorials, and the ability to produce hi-fi images.

    Cons

    Trial version.
    Templates were not available on the trial version.
    Less effects than Illustrator.
    Dock-able windows had to be searched for; not part of default view.
    I had to hover over icons to decipher their functions.
    Trial version.

    Summary

    I would personally purchase Adobe's Illustrator ( I've found legit versions for the exact same price) if looking for a solo vector program. Good software to learn and teach with.

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  • 4 stars

    "Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.0 review"

    September 13, 2010   |   By rawenizm

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.0

    Pros

    Xara Xtreme is photo editing software from MAGIX AG that goes right in line with the quality multimedia programs they have been releasing for several years.

    Cons

    if you new at photo editing you may confuse

    Summary

    there is alternative softwares for new user on photo editing and cheap than this I high recommend photo editorx visit here
    www.photo-editing-software.anlatbana.net

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  • 5 stars

    "Very good all"

    August 01, 2010

    Version: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.0

    Pros

    Lots of features

    Cons

    Nothing i like evertything

    Summary

    You can do so much

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  • 5 stars

    "professional but easy handling"

    October 24, 2008   |   By robert_cath

    Version: Xara Xtreme 4.0

    Pros

    result are looking very professional
    but the software is easy to understand and handle

    Cons

    noooothing

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  • 5 stars

    "its good"

    May 11, 2008   |   By (L)atino

    Version: Xara Xtreme 3.2

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