Photo & Graphic Designer 365 reviews

Computeractive

Computeractive Buy It

"It's still our favourite all-round affordable design package, and still good value even if you upgrade every year." 

Taimienphi

"Photo editing software Xara Photo & Graphic Designer offers many useful and easy to use functions that will satisfy all your photo editing needs. If you've never tried it, we recommend installing it to see the difference it can make to your photos."

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Graphics.com

“What does it all add up to? In our view, it’s by far the best value for Windows users seeking a solid mix of document-driven illustration and photo-editing capabilities, wrapped up in a single application.”

 


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Download Crew

Editor's Choice, 5 stars out of 5 stars

"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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Techbyter

5 cats

“OK, Xara. This time you get 5 cats and a WOW! The number of new features and improved capabilities, coupled with a year's worth of no-cost upgrades and a program that continues to work for users that decide not to pay for next year's upgrade makes this version a winner.” 

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Photo & Graphic Designer 11 reviews

Computer Shopper Awards 2015

Winner - Best Software

An annual award chosen by the editorial team of Computer Shopper

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Download Crew

Editor's Choice

"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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Computer Shopper

Best Buy

"Powerful new warping and brush tools take Photo & Graphic Designer to lofty new heights."

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Ephotozine

Recommended

“For the price, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 is a rather excellent piece of software that offers a whole host of tools, many of which you'll find in more expensive pieces of software, such as Adobe Photoshop, but for a fraction of the cost.”

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Photo & Graphic Designer 10 reviews

Computer Shopper

Best Buy

"Xara Photo & Graphic 10’s superior performance and vastly lower price make it the obvious choice for home users who want to produce professional-looking designs."

PC Pro

PC Pro Recommended

"Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 delivers impressively refined results for the money – it’s powerful, responsive and packed with features."

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Computeractive

Computeractive Buy It

"Overall this is an impressive suite. The uncluttered interface is straight forward to use and the software is extremely responsive."

Expert Reviews

5 stars out of 5 stars

"A valuable update to an excellent editor that’s ideal for designers on a budget."

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Photo & Graphic Designer 9 reviews

Graphics.com

"In our view, by far the best value for a capable mix of illustration and photo-editing capabilities, wrapped up in a single application. "

TechByter Worldwide

"This is the graphics application that tries to do everything and doesn't fail at anything "

"Xara Photo and Graphic Designer v9 doesn't have all the power of Adobe Illustrator or all the features of Adobe Photoshop, so it can't always do what those large and expensive applications do, but its ability to handle both Illustrator-like vectors and Photoshop-like illustrations, particularly when combined with its price, makes the application an appealing choice for those who need to work with both media types. "

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Blog Critics

"As a lifelong Office user, I was pleasantly surprised at how Xara Photo and Graphic Designer improved my graphic design workflow. With one program I was able to design great-looking product sheets and manipulate the photos for them. "

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Expert Reviews

"This is still the best vector-drawing and graphic-design software for home users. "

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Tony Thomas Tech Trends Blogspot

"The latest incarnation, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9, does not disappoint. It provides even more powerful photo editing, vector drawing and compositing tools at a rock bottom price. "

"All in all, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 is a strong offering that builds on the solid foundation of the Xara engine. There is nothing like it for the price! "

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Photo & Graphic Designer MX 2013 reviews

Expert Reviews

5 Star

"As technologies develop they tend to get more complicated and rarely get faster. This is especially true for creative software, which often strains under the weight of new features. Xara has never suffered this fate. A key selling point has always been its unwaveringly fast performance. Not only do adjustments appear on screen as soon as they're made, it constantly updates while adjustments are made. That's useful when dragging the mouse across the colour wheel to change an object's colour, and it's incredibly liberating when adjusting properties such as bevel, drop shadow or 3D extrude."

"There are so many things we love about this software. The performance comes top, but its ability to tackle vector drawing, photo editing, desktop publishing and simple Flash animations is a close second."

"Excellent value and a fantastic photo-editing, design and DTP tool"

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PC Authority

"Ultra-versatile, packed with powerful, professional features, and excellent value for money, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX 8.1 remains a great graphics all-rounder"

"Powerful DTP tools, versatile illustration and vector drawing features, capable photo editing, fast, easy to use, detailed and genuinely helpful documentation, great value for money"

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Betanews

"Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX 8 makes an excellent graphics choice, with powerful illustration tools, quality DTP, surprisingly capable photo editing and a host of useful extras."

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Graphics.com

"The latest version of Xara is positioned as a faster, cheaper, easier-to-learn alternative to Adobe's Creative Suite."

"Releases of Xara always provide significant new functionality and version 8 is no different."

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TopTenREVIEWS

Gold Award

"Xara Photo & Graphic Designer deserves our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award in every aspect. This drawing software has superior features that are comparable to the features included in professional-grade illustration software. It also has traditional features that are easier to use than the features of other drawing applications. Xara provides excellent support and learning resources to help you understand the software. Photo & Graphic Designer also has excellent file compatibility that allows you to import and export most file formats. Overall, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer has all the benefits of a professional illustrator, but you don't have to be a professional to enjoy this excellent software."

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Download Crew

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

"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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Tony Thomas Tech Trends Blogspot

"If you need an app for graphic design, vector drawing, photo editing, compositing, desktop publishing or web design--one of Xara’s apps is certainly up to the task at a price that is refreshingly low in these tight times."

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Photo & Graphic Designer 7 reviews

PCWorld

"Xara Photo & Graphic Designer: The $89 Photoshop-Killer?" "Xara Photo & Graphic Designer (...) is an all-in-one tool that can edit photos, 2D and 3D graphics, animation, text, and page layouts--for online or print media--seamlessly, without switching programs (...) If you are considering splashing out about $1,000 on Adobe Creative Suite Standard (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign bundled) or pretty much any other photo editor, illustrator, or page layout program, try out Xara's Photo & Graphic Designer first. The staggeringly affordable Photo & Graphic Designer is worth your time and the price of a few antacids while you learn. Plus, with $910 change in your pocket, you may never look back."

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 7, Clare Brandt, 21st June 2011

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Mode Studio

"...I’ll say up front that Photo & Graphic Designer 7 has a few features that I have not seen elsewhere, and some features that work more smoothly than in any other image editor package on the market."

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Software Crew

"Excellent photo editing, vector drawing, and desktop publishing tools more than justify Photo & Graphic Designer's existence - it just might be the only drawing tool you ever need "

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TopTenREVIEWS

4 Star

"Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is an excellent illustrator, one that certainly deserves the title of TopTen REVIEWS Gold Award winner in drawing software."

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Expert Reviews

"A solid list of improvements to an already outstanding program that combines illustration, DTP, image editing and animation in a friendly interface"

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IT Reviews

"… is a fantastic all-purpose, cost-effective graphics program for individuals and small business."

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Photo & Graphic Designer 6 reviews

PC PRO

"Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 6 is a steal, and make that a worthy addition to any graphics designer's toolbox."

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PC Advisor

"Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6 is a fully fledged creative suite for the price of an image editor. Xara doesn’t compromise on features in any area."

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Top Ten Reviews

"Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is an excellent illustrator, one that certainly deserves the title of TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner in drawing software."

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About.com

Winner of 3 About.com Reader’s Choice Awards, 2011: Best Desktop Publishing Software Graphic Designers, Best DTP Software for Business Professionals and Best DTP Software for Personal Projects.

IT Reviews

"There is other dedicated software around that can offer superior facilities in the separate fields of photo editing, web page design and desk-top publishing, but nothing that offers all this functionality in a single program."

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Micromart

"...Xara is a corker of a program."

Xtreme 5 reviews

Computer Shopper

"This friendly, highly polished illustration package exels at creating graphics and logos, and can turn its hand to desktop publishing and even web design"

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Software Informer

"From marvelous posters to multi-page brochures this tool can manage everything smoothly."

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