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About Xara Group

Xara is one of the oldest software developers in the UK, with an uninterrupted history of innovation dating back to 1981.

From Wordwise, one of the earliest microcomputer word processors, to Xara Designer, the world's fastest, and many believe the world's best drawing and illustration software, Xara has developed a wide range of products covering the whole realm of publishing software. Xara has pioneered many technologies taken for granted nowadays. From developing the world's first check-as-you-type spell checker, to award winning desktop-publishing software, to the first drawing software to provide real-time anti-aliasing and transparency control, Xara continues to innovate and develop leading edge technical solutions.

Xara's first Windows illustration software, Xara Studio, was licensed to Corel and distributed for many years as CorelXARA. Now back under Xara control this product has been enhanced and relaunched and is now sold in two versions, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Xara Designer Pro, and also forms the basis for Xara Web Designer.

Xara has been involved in the Internet from the very beginning. Xara Networks, a subsidiary of the Xara Group, was a pioneer Internet provider in the mid 1990s (subsequently sold). Another early innovation was Xara Online, which provided online Web Service based web graphic and photo effect add-ons. Xara's most recent development is Xara Cloud, a cloud based service which offers the ability to design rich documents in the web browser, using any device, and in collaboration with colleagues. Today Xara does all of its business via the web, and has millions of online customers, worldwide.

Xara has offices in Berlin, Germany and Gaddesden Place, a historic house in the UK, north of London. Click here for a photo of Gaddesden Place.

Xara benefits from a distribution partnership with MAGIX Software GmbH. MAGIX has been a leading international provider of high-quality software, online services and digital contents for multimedia communications since 1993. Internationally, MAGIX operates from branches in the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. The MAGIX product range is targeted towards laymen and professionals alike and goes beyond the PC range to include seamlessly integrated online and mobile applications.

According to its retail sales figures, MAGIX leads in the multimedia software sector in the most important European markets, and is one of the most successful competitors in the USA.
Xara Group Timeline
1980's: Becomes largest developer of BBC, Acorn, Atari and Archimedes software
1991: Starts development of first Windows software in anticipation of 32-bit Windows (to be Windows95)
1994: Launches Xara Studio
1994: Signs marketing deal with Corel: Xara Studio relaunched as CorelXARA
1995: Launches xara.com
1995: Founds new company, Xara Networks, one of the first ISPs in the UK and soon a major backbone provider to UK corporates and other ISPs
1996: Launches Xara Webster
1997: Begins online sales and launches Xara3D
1998: Sells Xara Networks to ITG
1998: Launches Webstyle
1999: Investment/Technology sharing agreements with Zyris PLC to develop Zy Modules
2000: End of Corel agreement. CorelXARA has new beginning as Xara Xtreme (later Photo & Graphic Designer)
2001: Purchase of ZyModules from Zyris PLC, starts new division, Xara Online, developing Web Service based online services
2002: Launches Xara Online Connectable Data Modules
2002: Launches first Ready Made Apps from Xara Online
2002: Launches Menu Maker
2003: Launches Xara ScreenMaker
2006: First Open Source project and launches Xara Xtreme Pro (later Designer Pro)
2007: Acquired by MAGIX and launches first products under the MAGIX brands in Europe
2009: Launches Web Designer
2013: Launches Page & Layout Designer
2015: Launches Xara Online Designer beta.
2018: Releases latest versions of Web Designer, Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro X
2018: Commercial launch of Online Designer as 'Xara Cloud'.