Xara Designer Pro X365 is a fully professional-grade design solution. It has the advantage of being extremely fast and capable of handling tasks such as layout, page design, text handling, web design, vector drawing and photo image editing.
It combines the feature sets of all of the Xara graphics programs, some of which I have reviewed previously: Web Designer Premium, Page & Layout Designer and Photo & Graphic designer. Unlike one of its major competitors, you don’t have to pay a recurring monthly fee to use it. You buy it and receive 365 days of free upgrades. Its price is also quite reasonable considering its formidable feature set.
Some of the new features include:
- Enhanced “On Reveal” Animations
- New Scrolling Animations
- Easy Move, Rotate and Scale for Photos
- Cross Process Photo Effect
- New Blend Modes for Dodge and Burn Effects
- Photo Filter Presets
- Magnetic Lasso
- Symbols and Icons
- Other Text Enhancements
- New Online Content Catalog
- Photo Grids
- New Smartshapes
- Improved Import and Export
Designer Pro is a Windows-based application that is light on resources. It only requires a Celeron/Sempron-class CPU, 500MB of RAM and 300MB of hard disk space. That means it will not only run on minimally configured netbooks, but older hardware as well.
In use, the program is equally fast and powerful. If you have had previous experience with sophisticated graphics apps, you should feel right at home. Xara continues to offer tremendous value and processing power for the professional graphic designer.
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