The long promised new versions of Xara Xtreme and Xara Xtreme Pro are now available.
It's been only 6 months since the last update of Pro - this version contains a raft of relatively small updates, but for the Pro user any one of these productivity updates (such as importing from Word, new easy object copy or XPS export) would easily justify the upgrade price. But for others you may prefer to wait for the next major update. Details of the features and introductory upgrade prices are provided below.
Microsoft introduced a new 'portable document' file format with Vista, and this is now supported by Windows XP. This XPS format is like PDF in principle, and since Xara Xtreme's PDF support is industry leading, we thought it important to support this new document format.
XPS documents are vector based, and any fonts are embedded. The benefits of this are that they remain high-resolution, you can zoom in and print high resolution copies with no loss of detail. You have the freedom to use any fonts you like in your Xara document and anyone viewing the XPS file, even on a PC without the correct fonts installed, will see the document exactly as you intended.
There are two XPS viewing applications. You can either download .NET framework 3, which enables Internet Explorer as a viewer, or you can download the rather smaller stand-alone XPS Viewer EP. These are free downloads from Microsoft here.
It's worth noting that unlike 'printer driver' XPS writers, Xara Xtreme Pro creates the XPS files directly and natively, which creates smaller and higher fidelity files.
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs. Our pick of top talk this month:
Macromedia Freehand upgrade
Adobe has announced they're to cease development of Freehand, so we think this is a great opportunity for former Freehand users to see the light! We're now offering a special crossgrade offer for Freehand users to convert to Xtreme Pro. Upgrade here
Spread the word! More on this subject next month.
Click on 'get clipart' in the clipart gallery and it will download a Flash folder that has some example Flash animations.
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