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Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 2013 (v8.1.2)

Photo editing, vector drawing, dtp, web graphics, Flash animation - this tool does it all

by Mike Williams

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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300MB free hard drive space

Languages: English
Software Cost: $69.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 29 July 2012
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Downloads To Date: 2570
Developer: Xara
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Xara Photo and Graphic Designer MX 8.1
Photo editing, vector drawing, dtp, web graphics, Flash animation - this tool does it all

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer (the package formerly known as Xara Xtreme) is a one-stop graphics package with the power to satisfy all your creative needs.

Photo editing? An excellent core set of features caters for all the most common requirements (crop, resize, fix red-eye, sharpen, fix perspective issues and so on). And if you need more, the program supports Photoshop plugins so can be extended just as much as you like (and there are 46 bundled filters to help you get started).

Illustration? The QuickShape tools allow you to draw preset shapes in seconds. There are plenty of other vector and line drawing tools on offer. 3D extrusion means you can drag any shape to create a properly lit and rendered 3D version, and it's just as easy to apply transparency, feathering, blends, shadows, bevels and more.

DTP? The built-in Designs Gallery gives instant access to templates for all kinds of projects (brochures, newsletters, greetings cards, calendars, covers, labels, stationery, more). If you prefer to start from scratch then bundled photos and clipart (3,000+ items) will help. And powerful print and various export options (including PDF and PSD) make it easy to share your creations with others.

If you're looking to create web graphics then Xara Photo and Graphic Designer MX can produce simple Flash animations (visuals only, no scripting or sound), animated GIFs, image maps, buttons, headings, icons and more.

And if you're just wondering what's new from the previous edition, there are some useful additions.

Text styles make it easy to change an entire document (font, colour, line spacing, more) in a few clicks.

The new Share menu makes it easy to share media files with Flickr, Facebook and other Xara/ MAGIX MX applications.

And along with some powerful new tools (colour selection, hue adjustment, shape eraser), the program includes improved image optimisation, enhanced import for many areas (SVG, PDF, RAW, web URLs), faster publishing, and a stack of usability improvements.

Verdict:

A hugely capable design tool which comes packed with high-end features, yet remains generally very easy to use and is amazing value for money.

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