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Xara's logo. Click here to visit the Xara website! PRESS RELEASE: Two New Releases - Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6 and Xara Designer Pro 6

Xara Xtreme has had a major makeover for version 6 and there are new names to go with the new features and new look! Xara Xtreme is now Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6 and the new feature packed Xara Xtreme Pro becomes Xara Designer Pro 6.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Xara Designer Pro 6 are the world's highest performing graphics software titles - by a large margin. Their speed enables more complex and realistic graphics to be created more easily and in less time.

Both products are very flexible with vector or bitmap graphics, making them perfect for any design that combines drawing, photos and text, from simple button or logo designs to incredibly detailed illustrations, posters, multi-page brochures, photo compositions and web graphics. And they can produce animations too, including animated GIF and Flash.

One of the unique selling points of the new Xara Designer titles is that they offer a single application for every type of creative or artistic document creation. Instead of requiring three or more separate programs to edit photos, or create web graphics, illustrations, or page layouts, Xara Designer is one super-fast, easy-to-use program that does it all.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6 is ideal for any graphics enthusiast, small company or academic user that requires a single general purpose photo and graphics design tool. Xara Designer Pro 6 includes all the same features, but adds a range of more advanced Website design features, plus support for tools that might typically be required by professional designers such as PANTONE®, CMYK colors, color separations and PDF/X. It also supports multiple processors for even faster performance.

Making a photo calendar in Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6. Screenshot provided by Xara Group Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!

Making a photo calendar in Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6.
Screenshot provided by Xara Group Ltd.

New features in these releases include:

  • A totally new and modern application appearance and user interface

  • Innovative new photo features including Content Aware Zoom

  • New photo editing options including selected-area photo enhancements using the mask, new clone tools and curves brightness tool

  • Additions to the world class transparency support, with new enhanced transparency types and vector-based transparency masks

  • Enhanced graphic tablet support with powerful pressure profile controls and real-time variable width drawing

  • Extended page layout capabilities, including an enhanced Page & Layer Gallery.

  • Many new web graphic and presentation templates, and for Pro only - more website templates

  • Xara Developer Pro also has significant additions to the web design capabilities including easy NavBars & DHTML menus, enhanced Widget integration and new Widget library, powerful new publish options and a free hosting offer

"With a dramatic new look and user interface the Designer 6 series is the fastest, easiest and most powerful we've produced. It includes a range of photo editing enhancements including our unique Content Aware Zoom that intelligently scales the important content of photos. This is a world first."

"It's always struck me as wrong that you should have to use separate programs for what are very closely related creative activities, such as vector illustration, photo work, and page layout or website layout. Xara Designer Pro 6 is a single program that can be used for everything from really advanced vector design work to photo editing and page layout. It has world-class PDF support, and it's one of the best tools for web graphics. Xara Designer Pro 6 provides the most flexible page layout of any web authoring product. It offers website creation for designers, not programmers." says MD Charles Moir.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6 costs just $89 for US customers, £69 for UK (inc VAT) and €69 (inc VAT) for the EU. Xara Designer Pro 6 costs $299 for US customers, £249 for UK (inc VAT) and €279 (inc VAT) for the EU. It operates on Windows XP/Vista/7

For more information see - xara.com/products/designer
Example website tutorial - designer.xara.com

Inserting a YouTube video into a page design in Xara Designer Pro 6. Screenshot provided by Xara Group Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!

Inserting a YouTube video into a page design in Xara Designer Pro 6.
Screenshot provided by Xara Group Ltd.

About Xara
Xara has been developing mass-market software since 1981, the early Microcomputer era. It has focused mostly on publishing related software products, starting from Wordwise, a hugely popular word processor in the '80s, to desktop publishing software (Impression) and graphics products in the '90s for the Acorn RISC computer. Xara's first Windows product, Xara Studio, was quickly snapped up and marketed by Corel in the late '90s as CorelXARA. The rights were acquired back from Corel and it was enhanced and relaunched, and is now available in two versions, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro.

Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques used by the industry today. It was the first to introduce vector anti-aliasing, the first with vector transparency and graduated transparency and the first with vector feathering. Many of its User Interface techniques have been adopted by the industry. The graphics engine that is at the core of Xara Xtreme and Web Designer still remains the world's most powerful.

In January, 2007, Xara Ltd was acquired by Magix AG from Berlin, Germany. The company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.

(First posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 16:20 EDT)

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