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Xara Photo and Graphic Designer

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August 01, 2011    
 
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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is a Photo Editing Software for windows created by Publisher Magix AG.

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer Summary

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer is a powerful photo editing program that that will outplace your existing beloved photo and graphics editor. This amazing software from MAGIX AG combines all good qualities offered by popular photo and graphics editors out there in order to come up with an unbeatable, multi-faceted tool. Xara Photo and Graphic Designer has all the tools you need to create stunning images and manipulate problematic photos. But if you want to extend its capability, you can purchase the Designer Pro in order to unlock some revolutionary features including Xara Web Designer.

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer Features

Photo editing programs are evaluated on how they make the life of photo editors blissful. With Xara Photo and Graphic Designer, you have easily accessible tools on the top and left-side portions of the program, quite similar with other competitors’ layout. But the notable thing about the tools is that they are very responsive and snappy due to the high-speed vector rendering engine the software uses. As said, MAGIX AG combines all great features of other programs into this one, so you can perform the same image effects like transparency, gradient fills, shadows, bevels, and others without distracting dialogs. It also uses the drag-and-drop function, which makes editing easier and faster. With other programs, you need to look for the draggable outlines of images to move, rotate, or resize them; with Xara Designer, you can move an entire object anywhere easily because of the solid live object manipulation capability.

Xara Designer also allows you to import more than 40 different video and image formats, which is another revolutionary feature it offers. It also has a long list of supported export formats, from RTF, HTML and Flash, to several bitmap and vector formats. The creative tools are also improved; the unnecessary tools in the previous version have been removed, and the most-used tools have been even more empowered to provide ease of use to the user. Sharing your work is also easier because Xara Designer supports email, digital and printing projects, export to online photo services, and export to PDAs and mobile phones.

Xara Designer also has a lot of advanced features that hardcore editors will love. The program has a web creation feature that lets you create mouseover effects, popup effects, animations, navigation bars, menus, and widgets. It is a powerful WYSIWYG editor that is helpful for novices lacking HTML skills. Designer Pro also supports Flash animations, web widgets, and web-based slideshows for webinars and online presentations. Aside from being compliant with XHTML and CSS standards, Xara Designer Pro is also W3C compliant, which means that your work will run smoothly on popular web browsers.

Lastly, Xara Photo and Graphic Designer has a superb organization tool that lets you browse files, add ratings, and view EXIF information. Also, there is an image search tool that lets you find your images fast. The only missing feature is the ability to create photo albums to sort images, but this capability can be added to the future version.

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer User Interface

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer has a beautiful user interface that both beginner and expert users will love. It has all the tools you need to manipulate and create images, and many creativity tools have drop-down menus that make the interface cleaner and organized. As with other photo editing software, you have to have some working knowledge on how to do projects in order to fully appreciate the great functionalities and features incorporated into this latest Xara Photo and Graphic Designer release.

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer Review

Being a powerful and user-friendly photo editor, it is surprising that Xara Photo and Graphic Designer is not very well known. Price-wise, it is a better option than many other photo editing softwares and this comes with a good price tag as well, and feature-wise, the score still goes to Xara. Its great features will definitely allow you to create professional projects, and with the sharing capabilities and web-browser compatibility, you can just imagine how far you can go with your image editing work.

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Xara is an excellent program that will let you create incredible graphics, complete with layers which many cheaper programs won't let you do. You can also do amazing things with photos, without the outrageous price of Photoshop.

Maybe if you're a professional graphic designer then you might need the more expensive tools, but you can make some very professional looking graphics with Xara. If you know how to use any decent graphics program, you won't have a hard time figuring out Xara. If you don't, it does have a rather steep learning curve but it's worth it.
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Reviewed by TammyG November 25, 2011
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Great program and not expensive

Xara is an excellent program that will let you create incredible graphics, complete with layers which many cheaper programs won't let you do. You can also do amazing things with photos, without the outrageous price of Photoshop.

Maybe if you're a professional graphic designer then you might need the more expensive tools, but you can make some very professional looking graphics with Xara. If you know how to use any decent graphics program, you won't have a hard time figuring out Xara. If you don't, it does have a rather steep learning curve but it's worth it.

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