Xara LX and the leading, bleeding edge of free software graphics
Jan 19, 2009, 16:08 (1 Talkback[s])
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"As a result, you won't find this new application,
called "Xara LX" in the main distributions yet. In Debian, it is
filed under “non-free” in the unstable "Sid"
distribution. However, this is an opportunity to get a sneak
preview of what's coming.
"Vector graphics applications have many different goals to meet,
and so it's no surprise that they differ a lot both in what they
make possible and in what they make easy. Xara Xtreme is targeted
at high-end illustrators, so it puts the emphasis on the "possible"
side of this balance rather than the "easy".
"In practical terms, though, most of the time, vector graphics
applications are used to make relatively simple drawings, such as
the CUPS filter diagram that I drew with Xara LX for this article,
and to make use of existing libraries of graphical assets. This
therefore may not be a completely fair test of Xara LX's strengths.
After all, the selling point that Xara hits hardest is Xtreme's
rendering speed: how long it takes to re-draw the image you see on
screen each time you make changes to the drawing."