By Michael Burns | on March 08, 2007
Pros: Inexpensive. Rapid content creation and editing. Wide battery of effects. Substantial file import/export capabilities, and simple Flash and GIF animation export.
Cons: Limited feature set for specialist photo, DTP or Web professionals. Windows XP only at present.
Xara Extreme Pro’s toolset pitches the software at multi-tasking creatives. It’s primarily a vector-based graphics application, though it does include a photo editor, bitmap support, and conversion tools.
The feature list is akin to elements of Photoshop, Quark, Illustrator, and Flash, and the application can import and export PSD files, including complex layer support. It offers CMYK colour separations and PDF export (from version 1.3 through to version 1.6, as well as various PDF/X standards) and import.
Some Photoshop plug-ins are supported, with a selection shipping with Xtreme Pro. These are available in the Xara Picture Editor component. Version 3 of Xara’s Picture Editor now features a Levels panel with a live preview for brightness, contrast, and gamma adjustments, and there’s also a small crop of other enhancement and correction tools.