Xara Xtreme

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Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X.

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Xara Xtreme review by Tamara B.
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"A complete graphic suite in the Cloud"

What do you like best?

Xara lets you create beautiful and professional graphics in no time. You can use it for booklets, cards, presentation... And every kind of web graphics: instagram posts, banners, facebook posts, social media images. Even if you don't have anyone to help you out with this kind of stuff, you can achieve very good results with Xara.

What do you dislike?

As it has been ported in the cloud, you need to be online in order to use it. On one side, it's nice when you don't need do install anything on your computer, but sometimes a stand-alone software comes in handy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great tool to use when you need to deliver a mockup in a hurry, it has plenty of templates that you can easily customize. It is obviously very easy to use: you don't need advanced Adobe skills or a high level computer; all you need is a reliable internet access and then you can start creating your own presentation, catalogues, cards... or any kind of web graphics.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can quickly generate graphics for many small projects and mockups without the need to hire a professional, that I can call at a later stage.

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Xara Xtreme review by Melanie E.
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"Xara is almost always open!"

What do you like best?

This is my go-to program for graphics creation. I do not think there is a day that goes by that I am not using Xara Xtreme for some project or another. Even this self-taught designer finds it incredibly easy to understand (and online tutorials are always there to help when I need a nudge!).

What do you dislike?

I occasionally have trouble opening .eps files I purchase from online sources such as Fotolia, but I just go and convert them to pdf online and move on ;)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I absolutely love this program! It is far more affordable than some of the competitors and at least equally (if not more) capable of all of your graphics needs

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a web designer who uses this daily for logos and website graphics. Have also designed (or converted existing) vector logos and graphics for use in everything from marketing tents to banners and business cards

What Vector Graphics solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Xara Xtreme review by Tom S.
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"Design at the speed of creative thought"

What do you like best?

I discovered Xara when it was hidden in the 8th or 10th CD of the Corel Suite back in 1994. As soon as I started the program, everything fell into place. The program is small, compared with the bloated Corel or Illustrator. It's functionality is comparable, and excels in several areas.

The intuitiveness of the interface is one of the strongest suits. Another feature I've enjoyed tremendously is unlimited undos.

Another perfectly executed function is the right-mouse-click in combination with the keyboard. I use it to replicate multiple objects on the spot. The context menu shows the right items.

Years ago I made the boasting statement that I could blow Illustrator+Photoshop out of the water by only using Xara (without photoshop plugins). The challenge was accepted and I ended up demonstrating some of my favorite features such as dynamic transparency, live fills and bitmap fills inside text whilst text remains editable. After twenty minutes, I used the unlimited undo feature to get back to the blank page. After that demo several users bought a copy of Xara. (No I am not affiliated with the product)

What do you dislike?

The part that is least desirable is the pre-built themes. Being a designer, it is not necessary for me to have those. But they do illustrate quite well how the powerful tools can be utilized.

Xara used to upgrade rarely, and when they did it was with some major improvements without loosing the UX experience. Lately the upgrades have been more regular, which tends to be a little bit more costly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you already have a good feel for vector-based design, then you will feel right at home.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a designer I have to create images for web as well as large display format. Any size works flawlessly, and any kind of custom scale can be defined.

Setting up your own custom templates is really easy and allows for even speedier development.

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"A must-have tool for any designer!"

What do you like best?

Xara Xtreme is a very complete software and you can use it for everything... from diagraming to prototyping to vector drawing and specially useful to make wireframes.

It easily becomes your primary designing tool and the speeds up your workflow in an incredible way.

One of the things I enjoy the most is the auto-backup and versioning, which both saved me more than once.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I had against it was the web export. The code generated is really terrible and unpractical.

I also don't like not being able to automatically generate multiple guide lines by entering percentages (ie: dividing the page in 3... like it's easy to do in Adobe InDesign).

Recommendations to others considering the product

First, you have to understand that the current Xara Xtreme is an open-source project based on a 2006 Xara product that was then divided into multiple, smaller and specialized products plus a new complete suite called Xara Designer Pro.

If you're using Linux, go for the current Xara Xtreme without doubts... but if you use Windows, think about why do you need it and then go for Xara website and decide which product is better for you: one of the smaller ones or the full suite.

If you're a professional graphic designer or a web designer, I recommend going straight to Xara Designer Pro.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As said earlier, you can use it for everything: diagraming, prototyping, graphic design, branding, cover design, vector drawing, wireframes... simply everything.

I've been using Xara Xtreme Pro and later the upgraded Xara Designer Pro for over 7 years now as my primary design tool.

Xara Xtreme review by Estince V.
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"I use Xara everyday. I have been using Xara Xtreme (now called Designer Pro) for 5 years. "

What do you like best?

1. It's fast and it can do image tracing easily.

2, It can automatically back-up.

3. Feather transparency tool, which create fast multy color gradient and shading,

4. Shape cutting or merging can be done in short-cuts, can cut whole group of objects or image.

5. Fast and cool shadow tool.

6. Compatible with Adobe Illustrator. I can copy-paste simple objects between them.

What do you dislike?

1. It doesn't have smart guides like Adobe Illustrator.

2. Effects are lagging.

3. No continuous duplicating like Adobe Illustrator.

4. "Convert line to shape" tool is not as good as "Out-line stroke" in Adobe Illustrator.

5. Cannot select similar objects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can use it as a supporter for drawing simple objects then copy-paste to Adobe Illustrator. If you like to draw with it, just use the feather transparency tool and it'll get you to the new level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Illustration and design. Xara Xtreme can get me to draw a vector image in less than 10 seconds, saving my time and get my job done.

Xara Xtreme review by Corey S.
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"An illustrator's Xara Xtreme review "

What do you like best?

For Xara's realm of capabilities it does provide solid bang your buck, at only $79 USD. While Xara doesn't have as robust a collection of tools and to certain degree suffers for it, the learning curve is less steep. Making it easier to pickup for beginners. The use of vectors certainly gives it an advantage over many graphics editors at its price point.

What do you dislike?

As aforementioned, the tools at your disposal in Xara are less than of Adobe Illustrator. As such the possibility of outgrowing the software for many is almost an inevitability.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main benefit of using this program is the price. It's cheaper than the most preferred vector based program, Illustrator.

Xara Xtreme review by Ivan A.
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"A fast and convenient vector graphics utility"

What do you like best?

Speed. Xara uses a highly optimized display engine, while not requiring any expensive graphics card. Panning and zooming is smooth and swift. Middle mouse button alone can be used for zoom and pan, as in AutoCAD. The interface is very much like that of CorelDraw. PDF export is excellent.

What do you dislike?

Support for CMYK is incomplete, and colour profiles are not supported either, so Xara alone cannot yet be fully utilized for print. Transparency flattener tends to alter colours in CMYK mode.

Recommendations to others considering the product

An excellent piece of software for vector graphics, though not perfect when it comes to print and pre-press.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do lots of logo design, and I find Xara one of the easiest and swiftest apps on the market for this area of work.

Xara Xtreme review by Theodore W.
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"Fast work flow, intuitive control"

What do you like best?

Xara is one of my primary tools. I use it to do everything from rapid prototyping designs, all the way to finished product. Xara has one of the most intuitive control schemes I've used, which drastically cuts down time on work flow.

What do you dislike?

I'm not particularly fond of the way Xara handles layers. It feels like it was an addition that wasn't really given any thought before being implemented.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've created everything from print design to video game graphics with Xara. Being able to work quickly to belt out prototypes and being able to easily review to different examples side by side in the same document provides much needed time saving benefits.

Xara Xtreme review by Emili O.
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" program with a varied range of import and export formats"

What do you like best?

availability of a good set of graphic elements, allows the creation of quality illustrations and high resolution.

What do you dislike?

the editing tools and images are basic and simple.

No professional printing tools available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is practical and economical to use this program for your web design jobs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Really economical and simple choice to create illustrations for the web

Xara Xtreme review by Dana Michelle O.
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

Easy to learn and use. Designing made simple, will satisfy your graphic and print needs.

What do you dislike?

Not a replacement for photoshop, no pixel editing tools

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely a god send

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast and inexpensive, Xara Xtreme Pro 4.0 is an excellent choice for print and web designers on a budget — or a deadline.

Xara Xtreme review by Paul B.
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"I provide graphic design solutions and I've used Xara Xtreme for over a decade."

What do you like best?

It is just as capable as working in Illustrator, but it's far less complicated and a great deal quicker as a drawing and illustration tool. The ease of use, creative features and speed at which the software works are first rate.

What do you dislike?

There's no dislikes! This really is one of those products that is a joy to work with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I provide graphic design services to business/companies. Xara allows me to meet expectations in terms of creativity and timeframes.

Xara Xtreme review by User in Veterinary
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"Awesome overall program"

What do you like best?

Was able to perform every aspect of art that I so chose to do. I love drawing and photography, and this program just had it all!!!

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Nothing at all. The whole program is great. Kudos to the creator.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Starting to offer graphic arts and design requests.

Xara Xtreme review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Xara xtreme"

What do you like best?

Easy software for developing websites and completing projects

What do you dislike?

Can be tricky to navigate initially but it gets better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely recommend

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Has cut down on design time.

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