There are plenty of illustration programs out there, but Xara's new Xtreme Pro is different. For starters, it is blazing fast, easy to use, and does much more than illustration. It also doesn't cost too much, and we'll explore some possibilities with the product in this review.
This new version, Xara Xtreme Pro adds new features and usability improvements:
- Animated Flash Export
- Multi-page documents
- Adobe Photoshop PSD import and export
- PDF/X and other PDF export improvements
- Color separation support
- PANTONE color support
- Levels XPE plug-in
- Enhanced text tool
- Shortcut key configuration
- Speed and graphic quality
- User interface
You can view the interface of the program in Figure 1 (see below).
Here you can see some sample content created with Xara Xtreme Pro:
All graphics shown above are copyrights of their creators -- and are sourced from the sample content provided with Xara Xtreme Pro.
Pricing and Support
Xara Xtreme Pro costs $199, and can be bought online through a secure server.
Support is through e-mail, an online knowledge base, and FAQs, demo movies, and extensive tutorials.
Xara Xtreme Pro has an extensive repertoire, and I know that I'll love to have this program in my system for quick edits and easy-to-create graphics, even though I have those other high-end programs installed as well. At this price point, Xara Xtreme Pro will probably pay for itself in one job that you do with it!