REVIEW: Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 9

With Fireworks no longer being developed by Adobe, is Xara's new tool for Windows worth looking at for web graphics creation?

Our Verdict

If you’re using Windows, Xara Photo and Graphic Designer will do a good job for you - for a price that’s just a little more than one month’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

For

  • Photo, drawing and design features all in one place
  • Great price for so much functionality
  • Image slicing, image optimisation, SWF and other web specific features

Against

  • Feels like many web features are legacy tools.
  • Workflow sometimes clunky and confused
  • Cheesy templates

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Xara’s graphics tool could have been a contender. Before Adobe Fireworks came along, it was very briefly the go-to app for web graphics creation. Combining bitmap editing and vector graphics in one package, early versions followed Firework’s growth step by step. Owned by Corel in an early incarnation, it’s had many names - CorelXARA, Xara X and Xara Xtreme. It currently has the unwieldy name of Xara Photo and Graphic Designer.

Now that Adobe has officially decided to cease development of Fireworks, could the original web graphics app finally step back into the spotlight?

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The Verdict
3.5

out of 10

Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 9

If you’re using Windows, Xara Photo and Graphic Designer will do a good job for you - for a price that’s just a little more than one month’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

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