Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is an image editing program incorporating photo editing and vector illustration tools created by British software company Xara , which was acquired by German company MAGIX AG in 2007, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary. Xara Xtreme LX was an earlier open source version for Linux .

The Windows version Was Previously sold under the names Xara Studio , Xara X and Xara Xtreme , and traces icts origin in the late 1980s to a title called Expired ArtWorks for the Acorn Archimedes line of computers using RISC OS . There is a pro version called Xara Pro Designer (formerly Xara Xtreme Pro ).

The current commercial version of Xara Photo and Graphic Designer runs only on Windows. Versions up to 4.x can be run on Linux using Wine .

History

  • ArtWorks , the predecessor of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, was developed on the Acorn Archimedes and Risc 32-bit RISC computers running RISC OS by Computer Concepts Ltd. in the late 1980s. [2]
  • The first version developed for Microsoft Windows was initially called Xara Studio, but before wide-scale, it was licensed to Corel Corporation, and from 1995 to 2000 was released as CorelXARA. Corel ceded the licensing rights back to Xara in 2000. [3]
  • The first version under the name Xara X was released in 2000 directly by its original owner. [4]
  • In 2004, the next version, Xara X¹, was released. [5]
  • Xara Xtreme was released in 2005. [6]
  • In October 2005, The Xara Group, Ltd. annoncé [6] Plans to open the source of Xara Xtreme under the GPL and to seek community help in porting it over to Linux and Mac OS X .
  • In November 2006, an enhanced version of Xara Xtreme, Xara Xtreme PRO, was released. [7]
  • In May 2007 Xara Xtreme 3.2 and Xtreme 3.2 were released. 3.2 Pro included Xara3D and both versions offered more robust typography features. [8]
  • In April 2008, Xara Xtreme 4.0 was released. [9] Major features include extended text-area handling, tighter integration of bitmap handling, and HTML export.
  • In June 2009 Xara Xtreme and Xara Xtreme Pro 5.1 were released. [10] Features included more text-area enhancements, content-aware scaling of bitmap images, master page (repeated) objects, an Object Gallery (replacing the Layer Gallery), website creation tools, and multi-stage graduated transparency.
  • In June 2010, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6 and Xara Designer Pro 6 were released. Xtreme was renamed to Photo & Graphic Designer and Xtreme Pro was renamed to Designer Pro. [11]
  • In May 2011 Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7 and Xara Designer Pro 7 were released. [12] Features included ‘magic’ photo erase, user interface improvements to docking galleries and snapping alignment and (in Pro).
  • In May 2012, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 2013 and Xara Pro X Designer (v8) were released. [13]
  • In May 2013, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 was released. [14]
  • In July 2013, Xara Pro X9 Designer was released. [15] New or upgraded tools for healing, background erase and masking. Special effects plugins. Web authoring gets enhanced tools for background handling, embedding of fonts and handling high-res images for high resolution displays on mobile units. Page layout tools now have support for Google, automatic end-of-document creation page, multi-column text boxes, web documents and import of docx-files.
  • In July 2014 (16 July) Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 was released [1] [16] and (23 July) Xara Designer Pro X10 was released. [17] [18]
  • In June 2015 (29 June) Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 was released [19] and in July 2015 Xara Designer Pro X11 was released [20] .
  • New versions of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer [21] and Xara Designer Pro X [22] were released in 2017 with a 365 date Update Service [23] .
Version Description Release Date
Xara X commercial version 2000
Xara X¹ commercial version 2004
Xara Xtreme commercial version with commercial plugins 2005
Xara Xtreme XS commercial version, a light version of Xara Xtreme without plugins or bevel / shadow / outline tools 2006
Xara Xtreme PRO commercial version with enhanced functions 2006
Xara Xtreme for Linux open source version 2006
Xara Xtreme,
Xara Xtreme PRO 3.2
improved typography (Pro includes Xara 3D6) May 2007
Xara Xtreme,
Xara Xtreme PRO 4.0
April 2008
Xara Xtreme,
Xara Xtreme PRO 5.0
June 2009
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6,
Xara Designer Pro 6
GUI redesign and tool updates and enhancements June 2010 [11]
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7,
Xara Designer Pro 7
May 2011
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 2013,
Xara Designer Pro X (v8)
May 2012
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 May 2013
Xara Designer Pro X9 photo, graphics, page layout, and web design July 2013
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10,
X10 Designer Pro
July 2014
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 June 2015
Xara Designer Pro 11 July 2015
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer with Update Service May 2016
Xara Pro X Designer with Update Service July 2016

Features

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is known for its usability and fast renderer. [24] [25] It provides a fully anti-aliased display, advanced gradient fill, and transparency tools.

Among vector editors, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is considered to be fairly easy to learn, with similarities to CorelDRAW and Inkscape in terms of interface. Alongside the vector illustration tools, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer also includes an integrated photo tool offering manual and automatic photo enhancer, cropping, adjustment of brightness levels, red-eye fix, ‘magic’ erase, photo healing, color and background erase, panoramas and content aware resizing. Designer Pro includes a wide range of tools for other design tasks, including the creation of web pages and websites, [26]

See also

  • .xar file format
  • Comparison of vector graphics editors
  • Comparison of raster-to-vector software conversion

References

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  12. Jump up^ “Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro 7” . Retrieved 2010-12-01 .
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  20. Jump up^ Limited, Xara Group. “New: Xara Pro X11 Designer, Creative Software with Online Editing” . Xara.com . Retrieved 2017-08-03 .
  21. Jump up^ Limited, Xara Group. “New: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365” . Xara.com . Retrieved 2017-08-03 .
  22. Jump up^ Limited, Xara Group. “New: Xara Designer Pro X365” . Xara.com . Retrieved 2017-08-03 .
  23. Jump up^ Limited, Xara Group. “The Update Service” . Xara.com . Retrieved 2017-08-03 .
  24. Jump up^ Xara Xtreme Open Source – Performance
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  26. Jump up^ http://www.alphr.com/xara/xara-designer-pro-x9/32326/xara-designer-pro-x9-review#ixzz2hEorwDPz