Xara - the $89 Photoshop killer?

Started Nov 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: Xara - the $89 Photoshop killer?
In reply to gastan, Dec 1, 2011

This software is almost as far behind Photoshop/Lightroom as GIMP is. I'm not sure why you wouldn't pay a few more dollars for the real thing.

gastan wrote:

I received an e-mail from Magix software this morning that I thought was worth sharing. They are giving away the latest version of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer (ver 5) for free until Nov. 24. (I don't have any affiliation with Magix other than being on their mailing list because I have purchased their software before)

In a review PC World magazine calls it the "$89 Photoshop-Killer". Well I doubt that, but for people that can't afford Adobe but don't feel comfortable using pirated software, it might come close enough. I don't know because I haven't used it yet ... I'm downloading it now.

While admiting that Adobe users might flounder a bit at first with what seems to be a somewhat counter-intuitive user interface, the review claims that, "Directly comparing Photo & Graphic Designer's photo editing tools with Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard, leaves Adobe in a cloud of dust wondering what hit them," and "For a pro, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer does everything Photoshop can do, often with many fewer steps involved." The reviewer claimed that taking the time to learn the program was worth a couple of anti-acids.

PC World review here:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/230521/xara_photo_and_graphic_designer_the_89_photoshopkiller.html

Magix webpage with download link here:

http://www.magix.com/?id=9192&L=52&partnerid=2&utm_source=magix&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=fgd5silver&utm_campaign=US_44_inaktiv&newsletter=us/fgd5silver/000/ohne/screen

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