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Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, 2008/04/04 - Xara announced today a new release of Xara Xtreme and Xara Xtreme Pro, the world's fastest graphics program - Xara.com.
Favored by many professional designers for its slick workflow, Xara Xtreme is priced to be within the reach of all computer users. Its versatility makes it ideal for everything from graphic design tasks, DTP style documents, a wide range of photo handling tasks, website graphics and now complete website creation.
New features include:
• Ultra-fast non-destructive photo editing features, 10 times faster and resulting in files 10 times smaller, than other graphics tools
• Panoramic stitching of images
• Real-time, fully shaded, 3D extrude
• Multi-core support. An average of 40% faster and up to 80% faster on dual-core processors (Xtreme Pro only)
• WYSIWYG website creation. Supports free-form web page design, 'anything anywhere' and advanced features such as text flow around shapes, mouse-over effects, pop-ups and more
• Real-time 'flow around' text repelling
• More than a dozen other new features and improvements.
Charles Moir, Managing Director of Xara Group Ltd said "The truly spectacular performance of the new photo handling, plus the fact it's completely non-destructive, moves us into new territory. The 3D extrude is simply gorgeous and, of course, faster and more slick than on any other tool. The website creation feature has been described as a significantly useful feature by beta testers."
"Xara Xtreme was always the fastest graphics tool around, but with availability of multi-core processors, users of Xara Xtreme Pro can now take advantage of these processors for maximum performance. And with the support of our parent company, Magix AG, we're making the product available in multiple languages for the first time", he added.
Xara Xtreme and Xtreme Pro are probably the most powerful, versatile graphics software, at a price to suit anyone's pocket. Xara Xtreme retails for only $89 and Xtreme Pro is only $249 (plus VAT in Europe).
Xara has been developing mass-market software since 1981, the early Microcomputer era. It has focused mostly on publishing related software products, starting from Wordwise, a hugely popular Word Processor in the '80s, to desktop publishing software (Impression) and graphics products in the '90s for the Acorn RISC computer. Xara's first Windows product, Xara Studio, was quickly snapped up and marketed by Corel in the late '90s as CorelXara. The rights were acquired back from Corel and it has since evolved into Xara X and the most recent Xara Xtreme.
Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques used by the industry today. It was the first to introduce vector anti-aliasing, the first with vector transparency and graduated transparency and the first with vector feathering. Many of its User Interface techniques have been adopted by the industry. The graphics engine that is at the core of Xara Xtreme still remains the world's most powerful.
In January, 2007, The Xara Group Ltd. was acquired by MAGIX AG from Berlin, Germany. The company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.